Focusrite purchase Sheriff Technology Limited

Focusrite has announced the acquisition of UK-based Sheriff Technology Limited, trading as OutBoard, the company behind both TiMax immersive audio solutions and OutBoard stage rigging motor control products and PAT4 enterprise electrical safety testing.

Founded in 2001 by Robin Whittaker and David Haydon, OutBoard is a UK-based company specialising in entertainment technologies.

Under the OutBoard brand, the business designs, manufactures and sells industry standard rigging control products for live events, together with enterprise-level safety test, preparation and quality management for global rental companies and venues. Their solutions are commonly used across European markets and feature at BST Hyde Park concerts, again alongside Martin Audio.

By extending the Group’s business into new products and markets, which complement its existing offerings within the Audio Reproduction business, the acquisition is aligned with the Group’s previously communicated aims of growing the core customer base, expanding into new markets, and increasing lifetime value for customers.

“The acquisition of OutBoard represents another strategic expansion within our Audio Reproduction business, enhancing our product range and market reach. OutBoard’s innovative products, such as TiMax spatial audio and show control, align perfectly with our mission to deliver exceptional audio experiences within live environments. We are looking forward to integrating OutBoard’s technologies and exploring new opportunities in this segment of the rapidly evolving audio industry,” Tim Carroll, CEO of Focusrite commented.

Robin Whittaker and Dave Haydon, Founders and Directors of OutBoard added: “Joining forces with Focusrite marks an exciting new chapter in OutBoard’s story.  We are thrilled to see our products reach new markets and benefit from Focusrite’s global presence and brand recognition. Our commitment to innovation and quality remains steadfast, and we look forward to contributing to the Group’s continued success.”