By Wares August 14, 2017 Industry news

Read about key changes at Arcam, Avalon Audio, Electrolux, Interdyn, Logitech, Lexar and TWG.

CDL buys Avalon Audio

According to a post by Vaughan Winiata on LinkedIn on 23 June, Computer Dynamics (CDL) has bought Avalon Audio, distributor of Onkyo, KEF and Integra.

Avalon MD Winiata will also be joining CDL.

The deal “adds considerable growth opportunities for CDL and positions CDL as New Zealand’s leading distributor in the AV market”, says the statement.


Electrolux adds rangehood expertise

Electrolux has agreed to acquire European rangehood manufacturer Best, which is part of Broan-NuTone, a North American manufacturer and distributor of residential ventilation products.

With net sales in 2016 of €42 million, Best has 450 employees, mainly at manufacturing sites in Italy and Poland.

Broan-NuTone will continue to design, manufacture and market Best brand products in North America.

The acquisition is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2017.


Harman buys A&R Cambridge

Now a division of Samsung, Harman International has bought UK hi-fi brand Arcam.

The brand joins AKG, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson in Harman International’s stable.

“We believe this is an unprecedented opportunity to grow Arcam’s engineering capabilities and extend its product reach into new markets,” says Arcam in a statement.

Arcam products come to New Zealand through Sound group Holdings.


Interdyn takes on AudioQuest

Specialist audio distributor Interdyn is taking on the NZ distribution of AudioQuest products.

As well as producing specialist AV cable, AudioQuest recently rolled out products in new categories like the DragonFly line of portable DACs, NightHawk headphones and Niagara power conditioners.

AudioQuest has come to New Zealand through B&W Loudspeakers for the last seven years.


Logitech buys into console gaming

Logitech has bought gaming accessories company Astro Gaming for US$85 million.

Best known for its audio headsets, the Astro buy is expected to boost Logitech’s presence in the console gaming industry.


Micron discontinuing Lexar retail business

In June came the shock announcement that Micron Technology would be discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business as “part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels”.

The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers. Micron may sell all or part of the Lexar business.

Cellnet is Lexar’s New Zealand distributor.


TWG sells Financial Services

Late June also brought news of the conditional sale of The Warehouse Group’s financial services business to Finance Now, a subsidiary of SBS Bank.

The sale enables The Warehouse to continue to offer branded financial services to its customers, as well as allowing resources to be focused on the transformation of its retail business which is its “current top priority”.

The sale does not include Diners Club New Zealand.



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