In December 2017, Jands announced it was cutting ties with all Harman brands in its distribution portfolio effective February 1st 2018. The list of brands, some of which have dwelt in the Jands house for quite some time, includes names like JBL, Soundcraft, dbx, Lexicon and more.
Yesterday, Jands made a new announcement stating its appointment as Australian distributor for live sound giant L-Acoustics — a fitting replacement in the wake of forfeiting JBL.
The move sees Hills part ways with L-Acoustics after taking on the brand in March 2013.
Here’s the original press release.
L-Acoustics is pleased to announce the appointment of Jands as its new certified distribution partner for Australia, with effect from 1st January 2018. Jands’ distribution arm represents the best professional audio and lighting products, selected from the world’s most renowned suppliers. Jands is set to provide L-Acoustics with an increased penetration into the Australian marketplace, whilst adding L-Acoustics to its roster further solidifies Jands’ position as the go to distributor for premier brands.
“My first introduction to L-Acoustics was when, along with Peter Ratcliffe from JPS, I visited the factory in 2000,” says Paul Mulholland, Jands’ Managing Director. “It was clear from our first introduction to the V-DOSC speaker cabinet that L Acoustics was destined to become a dominant force in live sound. JPS became the L-Acoustics rental network partner for Australia and I watched as the pioneers of line array continued to develop ever more innovative products. I am proud that Jands now represents L-Acoustics and excited that our company will be able to provide the best solutions to our customers in the fixed installation and touring market.”
Jands has a team dedicated to offering technical and design support to its customers around Australia, along with product training for contractors and end users. The team comprises production and installed product specialists with decades of combined experience.
“We have recently appointed two business development managers who will focus on the touring production and live venue markets around Australia,” explains Mulholland. “Both BDMs have a background in the production industry and work with current and new Jands customers to discover ideal solutions for their needs.”
“We’re delighted to have Jands join the L-Acoustics family,” says Tim McCall, L Acoustics regional sales manager. “We have had considerable success in Australia over the last decade and aim to build on this strong base. We have a natural synergy with privately owned, technology and solution-focused partners, I think we now have that with Paul and his team.
“The history, technical expertise and depth of knowledge inherent within the team at Jands, working closely with myself and other familiar faces, will bring greater focus and resources to the market, which are necessary with the introduction of innovative technologies embedded in systems such as Syva and L-ISA. This is an evolutionary move to the next level for L-Acoustics in Australia. Expect more exciting news in the near future.”