ams OSRAM signs agreement to sell Claypaky to ARRI AG

ARRI CEO Dr. Matthias Erb with Marcus Graser, Managing Director of Claypaky.

ams OSRAM has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Claypaky entertainment lighting business to German-based ARRI. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. 

Claypaky, established in 1976 and acquired by OSRAM in 2014, is headquartered in Seriate, Italy. Claypaky has strengthened its technology leadership through LED-and laser-based portfolio extensions, and offers an innovative, award-winning portfolio of moving body and moving mirror projectors, colour-changers, followspots, projectors and various lighting effects. Claypaky is a leading partner for the world’s most renowned shows, global events, and theatres.  

ARRI AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems as well as system solutions for the film, broadcast, and media industries, with a worldwide distribution and service network.

“The acquisition of Claypaky is a strategic, long-term investment into our lighting business,” said ARRI CEO, Dr. Matthias Erb. “Claypaky enjoys premium recognition in the entertainment lighting market while ARRI is recognised as a premium manufacturer in motion picture and broadcast lighting. This premium position of the two brands shows, that both companies are an ideal match and can further expand their respective businesses under the unified parent company.”

Dr. Wilhelm Nehring, EVP Business Unit Digital at ams OSRAM, commented: “ARRI AG is an ideal new home for the Claypaky team in Seriate and all around the world. ARRI’s global footprint, strong technology track record and market understanding will offer a very attractive long-term perspective for Claypaky and their customers.”

Marcus Graser, Managing Director of Claypaky, added: “We are very happy to be joining the ARRI family. Both companies have a leading position in their field, thanks to a deep market knowledge, innovation power and customer understanding. We both share a rich heritage of, and unconditional passion for technology and innovation in a professional industry that fascinates thousands of people around the world. Together with ARRI, we will continue to deliver on our vision – to create the best in class lighting equipment, services and offer world level reference products to an even broader customer base.”

With this agreement, ams OSRAM implements the last of the divestments which the company had communicated to pursue following the acquisition of OSRAM. ams OSRAM will continue to focus on the high technology semiconductor business and its automotive & specialty lamps business and the announcement represents a further milestone in the implementation of ams OSRAM’s strategy to focus on core technology areas in illumination, visualisation, and sensing and to divest businesses that are not core to the company’s strategy.