Bosch to acquire Telex Communications

Thursday, June 29, 2006

FAIRPORT, N.Y.--The Bosch Group announced yesterday plans to acquire Minneapolis-based Telex Communications for an aggregate purchase price of $420 million, including assumption of debt. Telex, a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio, wireless, life safety and communications equipment, will be assigned to the Bosch Security Systems division, which last year generated sales of approximately $1.25 billion.
Telex, home to brands such as ElectroVoice, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik, Telex, and RTS, posted $308 million in sales last year and employs more than 2,000 people in nine countries.
"They have a very complementary suite of products for our communications portfolio," said Bosch Security president Shamus Hurley. "This makes us a very solid powerhouse from a customer's perspective in the sense that it really gives us a very well rounded portfolio in the voice evacuation, congressing, public address, and now professional sound arenas. Any customer that's playing in those fields, this will give them a strategic advantage."
John Bartle, chief executive officer at Barcom, a Bosch dealer based in Swansea, Mo., said Telex's audio products would be "something that should fit into our particular strategies in the marketplace." Started in 1972, and employing 54, Barcom has traditionally done audio work and became a Bosch dealer roughly five or six years ago, said Bartle.
"There's been a lot of play in the marketplace today," said Bartle, who's seen a lot of it in his time, "but the biggest thing is that when a big company buys another company, it has to be an effort from all sides to focus on customer needs and the most cost-effective way to fill those customer needs. They need to understand that it's still at the dealer level, and the dealers can use all the help they can get. Everybody's in a real rush to sell product, the ones who will rise to the top will recognize that the overall service is what sells."

For more from Shamus Hurley about how Telex will be integrated into Bosch's future plans, see the August issue of Security Systems News.