Audioprof Group International has announced that it has acquired a majority share in Community Professional Loudspeakers, signalling the holding company’s new focus on large and medium sized fixed install audio applications.

Audioprof Group International was established to ‘develop and build strong audio companies with a focus on specific niches in the audio industry’.

It currently owns a majority stake in Apart Audio, a European loudspeaker and electronics manufacturer with a strong focus on small and medium commercial fixed install applications.

Community, on the other hand, designs and manufactures high-performance indoor and outdoor loudspeakers that are often used in extreme and challenging environments, such as sports venues, auditoria, theme parks, worship facilities and convention centres, with recent installations including Commonwealth Stadium in Canada, Arena Lublin in Poland, St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota and World Cup venues in Brazil.

“We are very happy that we can offer our worldwide customers a complete range from indoor to outdoor and from small to large fixed install audio solutions with two very strong brands: Community and Apart Audio,” comments Hans Swinnen, chairman of Audioprof Group International.

“Both companies will be developed as standalone entities under the same umbrella respecting their market focus, customer base, culture and heritage. They will enjoy ‘best practice sharing’ from both sides. With a strong base in Europe and the USA we will strengthen our worldwide position in installed sound.

“We are very pleased that Bruce Howze stays on board as an important shareholder, president and R&D director and that Christine Howze will continue to help us grow the business. Leadership positions at Community will remain the same with Steve Johnson as CEO.”

“It has been a wonderful and enjoyable journey since the company’s beginning and I’m very glad to have found a shareholder and partner with the same entrepreneurial background and spirit that drives Community,” adds Bruce Howze, founder of Community.

“The relationship with Audioprof ensures continuity of the Community brand for our employees and customers, and I’m confident that we are positioning the company with the right partner for continued growth in the future.”

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