03.12.18

Solotech buys SSE Audio Group

Martin Tremblay Solotech
Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Group Solotech

Canadian AV company Solotech has bought UK AV provider SSE Audio Group. This deal sees Solotech move into the European AV market for the first time

“We are thrilled that SSE is joining the Solotech team, especially given their well-known expertise in audio services. The transaction will enable us to definitively pursue our expansion strategy in the European market and consolidate our unique position as a global player offering full-service (360) sales, rentals and integration of AV technologies,” said Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Group Solotech.

SSE Audio’s founder, John Penn, will continue to head the group in the UK and the established brands of SSE Audio, Capital Sound, Wigwam and Sigma Products will be maintained.

There are obvious synergies between the North American and European teams says Solotech; "Solotech and SSE have worked together for years. We share a passion for innovation, quality and people. I’m convinced that our association will benefit our clients. We will provide them with a broader range of even better services," said Tremblay.

Solotech’s shareholders (Claridge, Desjardins Capital and Investissement Québec) have reinvested in Solotech to enable this transaction that contributes to the achievement of its strategic objectives and its positioning as a global company.

Pierre Boivin, chairman of Solotech’s board, believes this acquisition opens the door to significant potential growth for Solotech on a global scale. "The AV industry offers excellent prospects for growth, which should increase by 4.3% per year to $53.4 billion US in 2022, compared to $43.1 billion US in 2017. Music tours should generate growth of 10% per year by 2022.* This transaction will enable us to take full advantage of opportunities that open up to us,” he concluded.

* Source: InfoComm International, 2017-2022 forecast