Midas and Klark Teknik change up UK and US distribution

July 1, 2009

It seems that Bosch is making some interesting changes.  They are giving Midas and KT their own distribution. This should enable a much more focused effort to bring Midas back into the main stream of the digital console market.

As to what is says about Bosch’s plans for the their family of pro brands is less clear.  Bosch in the US seems to be making steady solid growth (even in tough times) by simply keeping a steady stream of good products coming and working their distribution / channel relationships.  They may see Midas / KT simply in need of more focus or they may be setting it up for an eventual spin-off.

US News from: Live Sound: Midas, Klark Teknik Appoint Midas Consoles North America As New Distributor – Pro Sound Web.

“This is a huge new chapter in our company history. It ensures that our present and future customer base in North America is offered dedicated, brand-orientated sales expertise and technical support.” – David Cooper, Midas/Klark Teknik

UK From Audio Pro: Midas and Klark Teknik bring UK distribution in house

http://www.audioprointernational.com/news/1301/Midas-and-Klark-Teknik-establish-in-house-distribution-for-the-UK

“With the UK being one of the most influential markets in concert touring, it warrants direct access to the factory,” Hughes said. “With this move, UK customers will have the direct support of not only me, but also Karl Brant and his service team, technical sales manager Jason Kelly and brand development manager Richard Ferriday, plus the factory demo facilities.”Midas and Klark Teknik sales and marketing director David Cooper added: “This is a fascinating time for Midas and Klark Teknik, both in the UK and internationally, and the future for the brands looks very exciting.As Midas and KT are UK based, it makes sense for the Kidderminster HQ to run UK distribution. Given the ongoing success of the Midas XL8 and PRO6 digital systems and increasingly complex Klark Teknik products, it’s important that we maintain strong personal relationships with rental companies, sound engineers and end users, which the move will facilitate. This closer relationship with our customers will have the added benefit of providing useful feedback for both new and existing products.“Over the past couple of months we have worked in conjunction with Shuttlesound regarding the move, and by taking Midas and KT out of Shuttlesound, it will allow them to free up valuable resources and focus on the Electro-Voice brand, so customers win all round.”

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Pro Sound News Europe – A further flourish of Frankfurt highlights

June 28, 2009

Pro Sound News Europe – A further flourish of Frankfurt highlights.

he attendance figures issued by show organisers at the conclusion of the event reinforced the impression of an overwhelmingly upbeat show. Collectively, the (MI-oriented and simultaneous) 30th Musikmesse and the 15th Prolight + Sound attracted 111,000 visitors from 125 countries – an increase of approximately 1,300 over last year. Specifically, PL + S received 33,631 visitors – 7.5% more than in 2008 – with Germany leading the way in visitor numbers, followed by The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Belgium.

From my perspective, as a quick visitor to the Frankfurt show (in for less than 24 hours for meetings) – it was busy but a much smaller show.

They did a good job of making smaller so it seemed to be busy and happening despite the reduced visitors (official visitor numbers are always over stated – they are badges bought many of which are bought before the show and do not reflect if they deiced not to come).

Unlike the recent NAB show where many parts just seemed like dead space and the bars at the Hilton were empty – not only did it seem like 50% less people, but the people at NAB all seemed to be told don’t spend any money – felt sorry for Vegas if that is possible.

M-Audio introduced the new Studiophile CX8 and CX5 studio monitors
NEXO – celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout the show.
Optocore presented its new converter devices, X6R and V3R.
Trantec showed its new S6 wireless system
Yamaha announced a Version 2 update for its M7CL digital mixing console.
JBL announced that the new LSR2300 Series Studio Monitor System.
HME publicised its WS200 Wireless Speaker station and CL200 Call Light Actuator.
HK AUDIO announced special limited edition versions of its ConTour Array systems.