Audioprof obtains majority share in Community Pro

Audioprof Group International has announced that it has acquired a majority share in US-based manufacturer Community Professional Loudspeakers.

Audioprof is the holding company established to develop and build 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 focus on small and medium commercial fixed install applications founded by Tom Gheysens in 1992.

Community was founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze, going on to create the world’s first dedicated midrange compression driver, the M4, and the first lightweight fibreglass horns. The company designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, often for applications in extreme and challenging environments, which can be found in sports venues, auditoria, theme parks, worship facilities and convention centres around the world. Recent installations include Commonwealth Stadium in Canada, Arena Lublin in Poland, St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota, USA 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,” commented 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.”

Howze added: “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. 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.”