ARRI announces the acquisition of Claypaky from ams OSRAM. With this takeover, the film technology company gains one of the top lighting manufacturers in the entertainment and stage industry.
“With Claypaky as part of our corporate group, ARRI will become a leading lighting solutions provider with top brands for both the motion picture and live entertainment markets,” emphasises Dr. Matthias Erb, Chairman of the ARRI Executive Board. “The expertise, passion, and dedication to lighting that distinguishes both companies also demonstrates that we are well-matched. These similarities form a strong foundation for building a successful cooperation and the further development of our business areas.”
Marcus Graser, CEO of Claypaky, adds: “We are very happy to be joining the ARRI family. Both companies have a leading position in their field, thanks to a deep market knowledge, innovation power, and customer understanding. We both share a rich heritage and an unconditional passion for technology and innovation in a professional industry that fascinates thousands of people around the world. Together with ARRI, we will continue to work on our vision to create the best-in-class lighting equipment and services while offering world-class reference products to an even broader customer base.”
The employees and the Claypaky brand are invaluable assets and key success factors when bringing both companies together. Claypaky will remain as an organisation with its brand, its setup and structure of staff and locations. The same holds true for ARRI, the current setup and locations will remain.
Founded in 1976 and based in Seriate (Bergamo, Northern Italy), Claypaky looks back at a long and successful history featuring a large number of original and innovative products—such as moving body and moving mirror projectors, colour-changers, followspots, projectors, and various lighting effects—many of which have won awards and been used on prestigious projects. The professional sectors using Claypaky light effects include theatre, television, live events, trade fairs, theme parks, shops, conference centres, and many more.
Established in 1917 and based in Munich, ARRI consists of the business units Camera Systems, Lighting, and Rental. The portfolio includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lampheads, lighting accessories, and system solutions like the design and engineering of complete broadcast and virtual production studios. Already since 1924, ARRI has been developing and manufacturing professional lighting products, mainly focused on the motion picture and television industries. Since 1953, all lighting products have been manufactured in Stephanskirchen, Southern Germany, only a few hundred kilometres away from Seriate.