Harman Professional Solutions – which includes brands such as AKG, AMX, Crown, JBL Professional, Lexicon and SVSI – is in the midst of a major restructuring, and as such 650 positions are set to be made redundant, representing around 2.5% of current employees. This move is not entirely unexpected, with Harman having been acquired by Samsung in late 2016, the firm was bound to undergo some massive changes.
The layoffs were announced to Harman employees with plenty of notice, according to Harman Professional Solutions’ public relations director, David Glaubke. The company has notified all staff members of the changes that it needs to make over the next year to assist with its transition, and to mitigate the impact on its employees and their families.
What’s Next For Harman?
Since the acquisition by Samsung of Harman, there has been a lot of speculation on the future of Harman’s brands. In the integration market, many wondered about the future of SVSi (video distribution) and AMX (automation).
David maintains that all Harman Professional Solutions brands will continue to exist, adding that “there will be continued investment in the portfolio, including AMX.”
Meanwhile, Harman has been transparent about its focus on restructuring to better serve the evolving integration market. That transformation has been in process “over the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness and accelerate new product innovations,” David notes.
“We are now consolidating certain locations acquired through acquisitions over the years to leverage the R&D, engineering, design and manufacturing operations of our other divisions and speed up our time to market.
“We also are investing in a stronger IT infrastructure, supply chain and software-driven NPIs [new product introductions] that will improve high-demand product availability and processes and resources for our customers, sales teams and distributors.”
There is some physical restructuring going on as well. David indicates that Harman Professional Solutions is forming three ‘Centres of Competency’ locations:
- Northridge, Calif., with a focus on acoustics
- Aarhus, Denmark, with a focus on lighting
- Richardson, Texas, with focuses on electronics, DSP and video and control
Richardson, of course, was the headquarters of AMX prior to being acquired by Harman in 2014.
“With these changes, we are now better aligned and structured for future growth,” David concludes.
Perhaps most importantly, David emphasises, Harman Professional Solutions “will ensure that the process is completely seamless for our customers.”