Ampco Flashlight Group continues expansion with acquisition of Audiopro

Ampco Flashlight's Peter de Fouw and Audiopro's Rolf Dijkstra head up the merger, which will also see the company's sales divisions move to one location
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Peter de Fouw, Ampco Flashlight Group, Rolf Dijkstra, Audiopro Netherlands

The Ampco Flashlight Group has acquired Amsterdam-based Audiopro Netherlands – one of Benelux's leading suppliers of audio equipment – effective as of 31 March, reinforcing what it calls its "range of audiovisual businesses across its three divisions: sales, rental and technology".

The Utrecht sales and rental giant took a controlling share in the rival Purple Group in July (see AFG takes controlling share in Purple Group).

Ampco Flashlight's Peter de Fouw, who joined the company last January (see Ampco takes aim at the future), and Rolf Dijkstra of Audiopro (pictured, left) head up the merger, which will also see the company's sales divisions consolidated at one location, resulting in "a powerful one-stop shop in the fields of light, audio and visuals".

Since its inception in 1988, Audiopro has become one of the region's major suppliers of d&b audiotechnik and Clear-Com systems. "Audiopro is a welcome addition to the Ampco Flashlight Group and our sales companies TM Audio Holland and Lightco Netherlands," says Peter de Fouw. "It will enable the group to offer an even more comprehensive product portfolio, boosted technical knowhow and a significantly expand[ed] customer base."

"With my background as engineer I can see the enormous technical and practical potential that we have created with this merger," says Rolf Dijkstra of Audiopro. "Being embedded in the Ampco Flashlight Group we formed a platform for our crew members and ourselves for taking on more, and bigger projects further, in a wider territory."



Ampco takes aim at the future

Quietly restructuring its business model over the past few years, the Ampco Flashlight Group has its sights set on cross-border collaboration throughout Europe.

Independence for Ampco Belgium and Candela

BENELUX: The Belgium-based sales companies became fully independent of the Ampco Flashlight Group as of January 1, reports David Davies. The move follows the decision by long-term Ampco Flashlight prime mover Karel de Piere (pictured) to acquire the ownership of two Group companies: Ampco Belgium and Candela.

Fred Heuves to depart Ampco Flashlight

THE NETHERLANDS: Fred Heuves is to leave the company in January after an unbroken 18-year run, writes David Davies. In a statement released to trade media last week, CMO Fred Heuves revealed that he is to leave sound and lighting rental, sales and distribution group Ampco Flashlight on January 1st.