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Harman responds to Austrian Audio launch - 'None of our brands are closing down, including AKG'

Laura  Barnes
Harman responds to Austrian Audio launch - 'None of our brands are closing down, including AKG'

Harman Pro has issued a statement to MI Pro sister title PSNEurope in response to the news that a group of laid-off AKG engineers have launched their own brand.

‘Austrian Audio’ consists of engineers from the microphone and headphone giant, which was forced to close the doors of its Vienna HQ after Harman revealed it was axing 650 staff members.

In response, Harman Professional Solutions global comms director, David Glaubke, has updated PSNEurope on its plans for its portfolio, reiterating that none of its brands will be cut as part of its workforce consolidation.

“None of the Harman Professional Solutions brands are closing down, in fact we’re investing in them to make them stronger – AKG included,” he told PSNEurope.
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“While we announced the wind down of our Vienna facilities more than a year ago, our division restructuring and consolidation of facilities allows us to accelerate our R&D, launch competitive products faster, streamline and simplify how we work, and better integrate our businesses.

“Moving forward we are consolidating R&D at three Centers of Competency (or CoC): Northridge, California, for Acoustics; Richardson, Texas, for Electronics, DSP and Video & Control; and Aarhus, Denmark, for Lighting. On top of theses CoCs, we will have an NPI Team that designs and delivers competitive products based on technology platforms created by CoCs.

“The NPI team will be consolidated in three NPI centers across all product lines, based in Shenzhen, China; Bangalore, India; and Budapest, Hungary.”

He continued: “These NPI centers will take advantage of design and R&D teams from our other Harman divisions that already have a strong successful presence in these places. This footprint consolidation will create many more cross-collaboration opportunities to accelerate and improve our innovations.  

“In addition, these facilities are already home to several Harman manufacturing centers, so we will benefit from the close proximity to our supply chain and other technology partners, a strong talent pool and university infrastructure, and massive growth in the region – all of which will inform future innovative product development.”

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