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REL’s new owners speak out

February 15th, 2006 · No Comments

John Hunter and Donald Brody, sole owners of US distributors Sumiko, have confirmed that they have aquired the rights to British brand .
Says Brody, “The acquisition of REL was driven by 66 year-old founder Richard Lord’s desire to retire. Our first response was to try to convince him to continue,but after it became clear that Richard genuinely felt a need to retire,we realized that we both knew and understood REL’s culture,their people and core competencies intimately, and we felt that we could really bring something of benefit to REL’.
In addition to the primary facility,Sumiko has taken on its Sheffield cabinet-making facility. ‘It is our intent to grow that substantially in the coming years, all-the-while maintaining the quality that is one of the British hi-fi industry’s best kept secrets.’
Talking about the sale, Richard Lord says ‘I’m proud to transfer the company I built to Mr.Hunter and Mr.Brody as I know it will be in good hands and they will continue the legacy of REL over the long haul I look forward to my retirement and watching the further growth of the REL brand throughout the world – I wish Donald and John every success in the future.’
Declared John Hunter ‘REL is a special company; our sole aim is to be good stewards of what they have built. Keep in mind there are 55 English and Welsh men and women who pour their passion and attention to quality into their work every day.We’re here to grow this company,to make it better in every way it needs.We’re investing in better tools,hiring more experienced people,and paying careful attention to blending leading edge design into the REL mix.’
Both Hunter and Brody claim to have had a hand in REL’s product development, evaluation and industrial design, citing the Britannia Series US launch (coming to the UK soon) and the upcoming R-Series.
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