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Samsung Acquires Harman

Korean consumer electronics giant pays $8.0 billion in bid to gain share in fast growing automotive electronics market

Samsung Electronics, the $200 billion (sales) consumer electronics giant, has agreed to acquire Harman for $8 billion in cash in a bid to secure a larger share of the rapidly growing automotive electronics market. Approximately 65% of Harman's $7.0 billion in revenue... READ MORE

The Global Industry’s Top Players Ranked

Plus sales and demographic data from 43 of the world's top markets

Although music is the universal language, it is expressed differently from one region to the next, and supplying the world’s music makers with the appropriate tools requires an extraordinary level of international cooperation. In the music industry, this cooperation has evolved... READ MORE

SPECIAL FEATURE: Stories From The Global Music Market

As part of this annual report, we profile a cross-section of companies making an impact on the worldwide market for music products. From a German audio specialist to an Argentinian distributor to a music technology startup from the Caribbean, you'll find their stories here.

Adam Hall Group
Alliance Entertainment
AVL Media Group
Fluid Audio
Graph Tech Guitar Labs
J. Ferro Basses
MKG Intellectual Property Law
Musical Distributors Group
Rain Retail Software
Slick Audio
St. Louis Music
Super Sensitive Strings
Taylor Guitars
Tevelam Argentina
Thalia Capos
TianTuo Microphones
Traveler Guitar
Tycoon Percussion

China’s Bull Market For Music!

Once a small show with big aspirations, the Music China & Prolight + Sound convention in Shanghai has truly come of age. Held October 26-29 in the sprawling Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Music China’s 15th anniversary show was bigger, splashier, more diverse, more confident, and more broadly relevant than ever. Enlarged to occupy ten halls and... READ MORE

Germany’s Thomann Opens U.S. Office

Top online retailer hopes to forge better relationships with U.S. suppliers, keep abreast of local market trends 

Musikhaus Thomann has been one of the great success stories of the past two decades. By harnessing the power of the internet, CEO Hans Thomann transformed his family’s tiny music store into an $800-plus million online juggernaut, serving... READ MORE

New Rosewood Trade Restrictions Challenge Guitar Industry

Tough CITES Regulations For Rosewood Mandate Extensive Documentation For All Export Sales. Will It Prompt Guitar Makers To Explore Alternative Materials?

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has issued tough new restrictions on the import and export of all 300 species of Dalbergia, a wood widely used in guitar construction, better known by its common name, rosewood. The new rules, set to be formalized... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

December 2016 Issue

Illuminating The Global Market For Music Products

The Markets: Sales, growth, and demographic data on the world’s top 43 music products markets

The Rankings: The Top 225 industry suppliers ranked by sales volume, company type, and region

The Profiles
• Taylor Guitars
• Adam Hall Group
• Thalia Capos
• JodyJazz Mouthpieces
• TianTuo Microphones
• Musical Distributors Group
• General Music
• St. Louis Music
• Tevelam Argentina
• Alliance Entertainment
• Indigisounds
• MKG Intellecutal Property Law
• Tycoon Percussion
• Super Sensitive Strings
• Viscount
• J. Ferro Basses
• Traveler Guitar
• Fluid Audio
• AVL Distribution
• Graph Tech Guitar Parts
• DremTrigger
• Rain Retail Software
• Sara-Trans
• Slick Audio

China Report: Booming Shanghai show signals vibrant local market, with rich new opportunities, particularly for guitar and keyboard.

Strict New Rosewood Regs And How They Impact The Guitar Industry

Samsung Acquires Harman

Thomann Opens U.S. Office

• D’Addario Stars In Senate Ad Campaign
• Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitar Honored
• KMC Distributes Samson Audio
• Vandoren Opens Chicago Studio
• Gator Distributes Gravity Picks
• Hal Leonard Acquires Schaum
• Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund Marks 20th
• New Black Diamond Strings Endorsers
• PMC “Roadie For A Day” Contest
• QSC Hosts Charity Golf Event
• ProShows Brazil Distributes Celestion
• Steinway Institutional Sales Seminar
• Bechstein USA Launched

• GC Cash Flow Up On 2% Sales Decline
• Sweetwater Hosts Worship Clinic
• Palatine Music Expands
• New Owner For Monmouth Music
• Blues Angel Music Hosts Yamaha Clinic
• Third Rock Music Opens In Cincinnati
• Opus Piano Opens In Philadelphia
• Dietze Music In New Location
• Midstate Music Expands


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