Harman Professional Solutions Laying Off 650 Employees

[![220px-Dinesh_c_paliwal](/content/images/2017/09/220px-Dinesh_c_paliwal.jpg)](/content/images/2017/09/220px-Dinesh_c_paliwal.jpg)Dinesh Paliwal, Pres. & CEO of Harman International Industries.
Audio, video, lighting, and control systems manufacturer Harman Professional Solutions last week confirmed to [AVnetwork]( that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung.

“To be clear, the changes we announced yesterday are the culmination of a transformation that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, director of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told “The changes will result in several facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, Indiana, South Jordan, Utah and a few smaller offices throughout Europe that came to Harman through a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years. Following these transitions, Harman stated it will enter a “rebuilding” mode and form three “Centers of Competency”: Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centers will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, mechanical structures, and other supporting elements. The job of converting these technologies into competitive products will be for our newly formed New Product Innovation (NPI) teams.

This news comes only a few months after electronics giant Samsung completed its purchase of Harman International Industries in March 2017. At the time that completed purchase was announced, Samsung President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn said, “We look forward to working with all of Harman’s employees to execute on our vision,” while Dinesh Paliwal, Harman president and CEO, added that the prucvashed added “compelling cash value to our stockholders, benefits our customers, and provides new opportunities for our employees.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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