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Beale Street Audio Buys BMB

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In a perhaps unusual move for an audio vendor, Beale Street Audio acquires Netherlands-based distributor BMB Electronics as part of its growth strategy, following a recent international distribution partnership with URC.

Beale Street AudioBMB will serve as the Beale Street Audio's European hub, creating a "more efficient and responsive" supply chain across EMEA territories. The deal covers all BMB facilities, including 3000 square metres of warehouse space and 1500 square metres of office space complete with dealer resources such as a wired training facility, demo rooms and showroom.

Beale Street Audio will retain all current BMB employees and existing partnerships with Amina, ebode, Terra and URC.

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Vantage Gets Habibtech Distribution

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UK-based Habibtech signs a distribution deal with luxury home control system maker Vantage in a partnership allowing for closer integration between Vantage control and Nuvo whole home audio systems.

Vantage controlsVantage offers integrated automation solutions featuring a widget-based UI handling many aspects of the home, including lighting, home theatre, cameras and security. It also displays the current weather and allows for home climate changes.

The Vantage range currently features 3 displays-- the 4-inch Equinox 40 and 41, and the 7-inch Equinox 73-- as well as a selection of controllers, LED dimmers, line-voltage relay modules and DIN-rail lighting control relays/dimmer modules.

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WyreStorm Partners With Vivateq

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Audio/video solutions maker WyreStorm adds German distributor Vivateq as European sales partner handling Wyrestorm products actress Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Germany.

Wyrestorm VivateqThe announcement follows similar deals with Belgian distributor Alelek Group and French distributor Sidev Display Systems.

Vivateq offers a variety of custom install products for both residential and commercial markets, as well as training and technical support. It works with with system integrators, AV retail stores, electricians and building technology companies.

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AWE Gets Closer to Loewe

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Loewe strengthens its relationship with AWE by choosing it as main channel distributor in the UK after realizing that many Loewe dealers are becoming involved in custom installation.

Loewe TVsAWE was appointed Loewe distribution partner in 2012. Following the announcement Loewe will support Galeries and some strategic accounts directly, but AWE is the supply route for the majority of dealers and retailers.

The distributor also put sales director Paul Mott as director of the Loewe business for AWE.

“We feel this is a classic win-win," Loewe says. "AWE will offer our dealers a better logistics platform at the same great terms and conditions they get today. They also offer access to margin enhancing complementary products and expertise in the home automation sector.”

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AlhenaCom to Head Up Cabletime Distribution in Italy

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AlhenaCom

Cabletime, developer of the MediaStar Evolution range of IPTV and digital media distribution solutions, names AlhenaCom to manage distribution of the MediaStar Evolution range of IPTV solutions in Italy.

Founded in 2008 in Modena, AlhenaCom S.r.l. specialises in delivering a value-added service to reseller partners involved in the management, distribution and display of multimedia content across all professional environments. The company delivers high levels of support to its channel and to customers and works with selected vendors including NEC, Intelix and Opticis.

"This is an important agreement for AlhenaCom, enabling us to offer a range of different solutions for encoding source SD/HD video over IP," says Marco Bompani, founder and CEO of AlhenaCom. "We were impressed by the new features now available from the MediaStar Evolution product line, and launched at ISE, in particular iVOD and the HLS live streaming facility in Media Manager, and we feel that MediaStar covers all the market demands for video distribution over the network."

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Chief Updates Design Centre

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Chief Design CentreChief makes the specification of AV mounts easier for consultants, architects and designer with an updated online Design Centre, a library of downloadable information.

One can find Revit files, CAD, tech drawings, manuals, certification information and literature for 24 popular Chief products.

The downloadable documentation is also available on Autodesk SEEK.

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WyreStorm Adds European Partners

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WyrestormAudio and video distribution and control solution maker WyreStorm signs two new distribution partners-- the Belgian Alelek Group and Lyon-based Sidev Display Systems.

Alelek represents WyreStorm in both Belgium and Luxembourg from March 2014. It is a KNX home and building technology distributor, and its product portfolio includes audio/video, security, heating/cooling and energy management.

The distributor has 5 branches in Belgium as well as a KNX Experience Centre in Antwerp.

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