ETC acquires GDS product lines
Friday, 14 December 2018
etc-arcsystemfamilyETC is acquiring a number of GDS product lines, including the ArcSystem modular LED lights
UK - ETC has expanded its partnership with fellow lighting manufacturer GDS by acquiring its ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem product lines.
Under the new agreement, ETC will assume the global manufacturing and distribution responsibilities for ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem from August 2019.
David Lincecum, ETC vice-president of marketing, comments: “ETC plans to expand our work in architectural lighting throughout the world, and bringing these GDS products under the ETC banner is the leading edge of that strategy. We look forward to assisting customers around the world in their migration to architectural LED lighting. GDS have designed great products and we are pleased to take them over in 2019.”
Richard Cuthbert, GDS managing director, adds: "Following this new agreement together, we will see GDS move forward into a new, exciting stage of expansion. We are, as a company, more focused than ever before to bring new problem-solving products to our customers. We look forward to working with ETC in the future combining our technical expertise for the benefit of the industry."
Prior to this agreement, ETC and GDS had already been in a partnership where the American company had been manufacturing and selling the ArcSystem and BlueSystem products in North and South America since 2015. Until the latest deal takes place, customers should continue to use the existing GDS sales channels. ETC and GDS will continue to develop and service the for customers around the world.
ArcSystem is an award-winning range of modular, efficient LED lighting designed for use in auditorium and arena spaces using wired DMX or wireless ArcMesh protocol a GDS-developed wireless control system. It's been installed into numerous venues significant theatres, arenas, churches, galleries and museums as well as TV studios and cinemas.
BluesSystem is a reliable dimmable working light for backstage areas. Mounting directly onto electrical conduit The BluesSystem provides focused light for general use, corridor and stairway applications.

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