A Swiss engineering pioneer has just been taken over by a Wuppertal, Germany-based company known for its design, manufacture, and distribution of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications.
The company now owned by Riedel is Archwave, and the new partnership will create a research and development (R&D) hub in Zurich.
At the same time, it is designed to increase Riedel’s global engineering team to more than 100 engineers while expanding its R&D capabilities for IP and standards such as AES67, which will further boost interoperability in the broadcast world.
Archwave is an audio-networking and streaming specialist that Riedel says “vigorously promotes open standards for the interconnection of audio and video equipment in professional environments.”
Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel Communications, comments, “By collaborating with Archwave, we are taking another important step towards providing complete networking solutions that allow broadcasters to work the way they want to work. With our new engineering team in Switzerland, we now have all the tools we need to create the plug-and-play workflows that our clients need for their transition to IP.”
As part of this agreement, Riedel will also acquire Cymatic Audio, an audio specialist within the music industry. This move allows Riedel “to enter new markets and get closer to musicians, who already rely on Riedel technology in the background.”
Arie van den Broek, CEO of Archwave Technologies B.V., said, “It is not often that such a strong and obviously strategic fit presents itself, but that is what I found with Riedel. Riedel’s strength, operational excellence, and commitment to open technology were the factors that drove the development of this new relationship. We also appreciate that the deal offers new channels to markets within the existing Riedel organization. The team and I are extremely happy and excited to move forward as part of the Riedel family.”
With this cooperation, Archwave and Cymatic Audio will remain an autonomous unit within Riedel, while Riedel will adopt Archwave technology solutions for its own product portfolio.