Focusrite has announced the acquisition of OutBoard

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Focusrite has announced the acquisition of OutBoard

Focusrite Tim Carroll
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Focusrite plc has announced the acquisition of Sheriff Technology Limited, trading as OutBoard ("OutBoard").

Founded in 2001 by Robin Whittaker and David Haydon, OutBoard is a UK-based company specialising in innovative entertainment technologies for a global client base. Operating under two sub-brands-TiMax and OutBoard-their products are vital for professionals in the audiovisual industry, particularly in live performances, event management, and the rapidly expanding sector of immersive sound experiences.

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Focusrite acquisition

TiMax specialises in innovative immersive audio and show control technologies through the Soundhub and Tracker D4 products, catering for a wide range of applications including entertainment, events, branding, themed environments, and exhibition spaces. Their solutions are frequently used for Broadway and West End shows. We anticipate there will be opportunities to work with other Group brands in this space, notably Martin Audio.

By extending Focusrite’s activities into new products and markets, which complement its existing Audio Reproduction business, the acquisition is strategically aligned with the Group’s previously communicated aims of growing the core customer base, expanding into new markets, and increasing lifetime value for customers.

Tim Carroll, CEO of Focusrite commented:

The acquisition of OutBoard represents another strategic expansion within our Audio Reproduction business, enhancing our product range and market reach. OutBoard’s innovative products, such as TiMax spatial audio and show control, align perfectly with our mission to deliver exceptional audio experiences within live environments. We are looking forward to integrating OutBoard’s technologies and exploring new opportunities in this segment of the rapidly evolving audio industry.

Robin Whittaker and Dave Haydon, Founders and Directors of OutBoard added:

Joining forces with Focusrite marks an exciting new chapter in OutBoard’s story. We are thrilled to see our products reach new markets and benefit from Focusrite’s global presence and brand recognition. Our commitment to innovation and quality remains steadfast, and we look forward to contributing to the Group’s continued success.”

Read the full press release at Focusrite PLC here.