Focusrite plc has announced the acquisition of Linea Research Holdings Ltd, the UK based designer and manufacturer of professional amplifiers, controllers and software.
Linea Research becomes the ninth brand of the Focusrite Group joining Focusrite, Novation, Ampify, ADAM Audio, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Focusrite Pro and Sequential.
Linea Research, headquartered in Letchworth Garden City, UK was formed in 2003 by a team of experienced professional audio specialists. Products include a range of amplifiers, including the “world-renowned” M Series, together with digital signal processors, audio networking and software products. Two of the original founders, Davey Smalley, commercial director, and Ben Ver, engineering director, will continue to lead the business post-acquisition.
Focusrite’s subsidiary Martin Audio is a major customer of Linea Research – its technology is behind the successful iKON amplifier series that powers Wavefront Precision line arrays seen on live tours and at prestigious festivals such as British Summer Time in Hyde Park.
The acquisition strengthens the critical source of supply of amplifier modules for Martin Audio and will enable greater integration of loudspeaker and amplifier technology in Martin Audio products. However it is also the intention to continue to develop the sales of Linea Research products through third-party distribution and to OEM loudspeaker customers.
By extending the Group’s business into new products and markets, which complement its existing offerings, 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.
“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Davey, Ben and the entire Linea Research team to the Focusrite Group,” said Tim Carroll, Focusrite CEO. “We know the team and the business well given that Martin Audio is a major Linea Research customer. This will lead to many synergies and is expected to improve gross margin for both Martin Audio and the wider Group. Linea Research’s products are globally recognised as best in class and we are all excited about the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead with the collective expertise of the Linea Research and Focusrite Group R&D and sales teams.”
In a joint statement Smalley and Ver added: “We are delighted to be able to continue the Linea Research success story from within the Focusrite Group. Having seen the support and growth of the brands within the Group, we believe this provides us with a secure foundation to further our R&D efforts and product portfolio, strengthening the Linea Research brand while continuing partnerships with our long-standing OEM partners. This can only be a good thing for our customers, end users and very much our staff.”