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BARCO Acquires High End Systems

Hmm.

BARCO has acquired Austin, TX based High End Systems for about fifty five million bucks. High End Systems, for those who don’t know, is a moving light and automated technologies company that all lighting designers in the industry have or will have at some point encounter their gear. From the article at Blue Room Forums, it looks like BARCO is pretty excited to get their name on HES and release technologies together:

Stephan Paridaen, President of Barco’s Media and Entertainment division states: “We are proud and excited about joining forces with the leading player in the digital lighting market. High End’s differentiated product line-up and recent product introductions are clearly proof of their market-led vision and strong R&D focus. We look forward to introducing many new and exciting products into the converged lighting/video space together.”

“The acquisition is a great outcome for the employees of High End Systems and we are confident that the combined creativity and customer focus of Barco and High End Systems will deliver superior technology for the global entertainment markets,” said Merritt Belisle, Chairman of High End Systems, Inc.

BARCO is a global technology company that produces a lot of multimedia equipment and technologies. The acquisition of HES will be an interesting bit of change, and I for one am interested in seeing how this impacts the lighting industry, especially with regards to media servers and digital lighting.

<Update>
The link from above was actually from Ukslc.org, not Blue Room.
Oops!