Chauvet Completes Purchase of ChamSys

[![CEO Albert & VP Bernice Chauvet ](/content/images/2017/03/Albert-Berenice-Chauvet-284x300.jpg)](/content/images/2017/03/Albert-Berenice-Chauvet.jpg)CEO Albert & VP Berenice Chauvet
Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, U.K.-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a stronger presence in the controller market that complements its Chauvet Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels, according to the company.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”

ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, U.K.  ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as managing directors of the company and, together with Sales Director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales, and support teams.

The ChamSys MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, FL headquarters. In Canada, ChamSys products are distributed by Theatrixx. The Chauvet Professional sales team will assume responsibility for ChamSys sales in the U.S.  They will have the full-time support of Phil Watson, former CEO of ChamSys, Inc. who has been named ChamSys USA Director.

“We’re committed to maintaining the ChamSys brand and its reputation for excellence by supporting the vision and culture of its management team,” added Albert Chauvet. “At the same time, we’re also looking forward to building ChamSys in the USA and making this outstanding line of controllers available to an even larger market.”

ChamSys Managing Director Chris Kennedy adds, “Chauvet and ChamSys share similar cultures, a strong sense of respect for our customers, an appreciation of our staffs and a powerful drive to be the best in our markets,” he said. “This partnership is clearly a logical step for both companies.  We deeply appreciate that Chauvet is committed to building on our 14-year heritage so that ChamSys becomes even stronger in the future.”

For more information, contact Chauvet Lighting: 954-577-4455,

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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