Neumann and Merging Technologies Join Forces
Complementary product lines strengthens group offering.
Berlin: July 5 2022 – German studio specialist Neumann.Berlin and Swiss company Merging Technologies – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-resolution digital audio recording systems – will now be working together under the umbrella of the Sennheiser group. Sennheiser has taken over the shares of Merging technology entirely. With this step, Neumann.Berlin will enlarge its range of high-quality audio solutions.
With its legendary microphones, monitors, and headphones, Neumann.Berlin is regarded worldwide as a reference by professional users – such as recording studios and broadcasters – and by semi-professional customers. Neumann solutions stand not only for reliability and lasting value but also for the ultimate in sound quality. Neumann is continuing to build on this strong position and is now strategically expanding its product range. The integration with Merging Technologies is part of Neumann’s growth strategy. “We plan to strengthen Neumann’s offering, particularly in the area of digital workstreams, in order to provide our customers with holistic audio solutions in studio quality. Merging Technologies’ products and solutions are an excellent complement to the Neumann product portfolio. We are therefore very much looking forward to working together with the Merging team,” says Ralf Oehl, CEO of Georg Neumann GmbH. Merging Technologies is one of the world’s leading suppliers of AD/DA solutions, and digital audio workstations, as well as a pioneer in software development to support the AES-67 standard.
“Neumann.Berlin and Merging Technologies are a perfect match, and the collaboration opens up new opportunities for both parties,” adds Claude Cellier, founder, and CEO of Merging Technologies. “Both companies share a passion for excellence and a commitment to always set new standards in audio.” The existing portfolio of the two companies will remain unchanged. The first joint product of the partnership between Neumann.Berlin and Merging Technologies will be a Neumann audio interface that enables the perfect integration of Neumann products into a digital infrastructure.
With the takeover, Merging Technologies will become part of the Sennheiser Group through the strategic partnership. Its team of around 20 people will continue to be located at the company’s site in Puidoux, Switzerland, but will work closely with the Neumann team in Berlin; the two companies see great potential for new joint collaborations, particularly in the area of development and innovation. “We are very pleased to welcome Merging’s employees as part of the Sennheiser Group,” said Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of the Sennheiser Group. “As a family-owned company, we want to grow sustainably on the strength of our own resources in the coming years. To achieve this, we are investing significantly in our professional business.” Both sides have agreed not to disclose financial details.
Georg Neumann GmbH, known as “Neumann.Berlin”, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of studio-grade audio equipment and the creator of recording microphone legends including the U 47, M 49, U 67, and U 87. Founded in 1928, the company has been recognized with numerous international awards for its technological innovations. Since 2010, Neumann.Berlin has expanded its expertise in electro-acoustic transducer design to also include the studio monitor market, mainly targeting TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio production. The first Neumann studio headphone was introduced at the beginning of 2019. Georg Neumann GmbH has been part of the Sennheiser Group since 1991 and is represented worldwide by the Sennheiser network of subsidiaries and long-standing trading partners.
About Merging Technologies
Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 25 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering, and performance industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivaled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.
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