The L‑Acoustics Group ensures market leadership for premium audio experiences. Thinking globally and acting locally, we support controlled and sustainable growth through technological innovation. Our industrial expertise is supported by outstanding employees and leading service providers worldwide.
An International Group
An interview with Laurent Vaissié and Hervé Guillaume, sharing their common ambition to shape our journey for an exciting future.
What are the key assets for developing ambition?
Laurent Vaissié: We employ a forward-thinking culture of innovation, anchored by a solid foundation of over 35 years of proven expertise in R&D, manufacturing, product design, and quality excellence.
We shape the future of sound and our own future by thinking differently, encouraging new ideas, setting trends, and not following them.
We are never afraid of challenging the conventional status quo, learning, or adapting to improve. That is our DNA. We are recognized widely in the industry and beyond – evidenced by L‑Acoustics being selected as one of the top 10 most innovative live event companies in the world. Our agility and innovation are key assets. Our role is to ensure that the transformation underway remains true to our culture and mission.
Hervé Guillaume: Indeed, Laurent and I are the gate-keepers, missioned by Christian Heil, to ensure that the L‑Acoustics DNA and unique culture built over 35 years continues to guide all of us to face any future challenges.
Our industry – and way of life – was challenged by an unforeseen and unprecedented crisis that will for sure affect both our business and operations.
We believe in our ability to rebound through leadership and creative energies to turn this situation into an opportunity that shapes the future of sound.
What do you envision for the future?
Hervé Guillaume: We think that our future will be intrinsically linked to our ability to adapt to changing demands. We are constantly reshaping our supply chain operations, improving our design tools’ efficiency, and adapting our HR and communication resources.
We have to reimagine our business in many ways and organize our teams to develop innovation, education, and new markets.
Laurent Vaissié: When we talk about reimagining our business, it’s also through exploring the many facets of the premium listening experience, from the world’s biggest stages to the most extraordinary private sound spaces.
And preparing our business for the next challenges and opportunities of today’s digital age, managing and growing our brand, expanding our outreach and relationships, developing online education, and learning how to stay connected and build together while we’re distant.
The current context accelerated our need for this digital transformation and demonstrated our strong capacity to remain closely linked despite the distance. We strongly believe this aptitude is how we will shape our journey to reach the next performance level and an even more exciting future.
Our milestones to the entrepreneurial journey
A pioneer in sound technology, Dr. Christian Heil was always thinking ahead and envisioning the next sound generation. His intuition is how he founded his own company and turned his progressive vision into a reality.
Christian Heil founded
L-Acoustics with the desire to apply pragmatic solutions from physics to the audio industry.
This exploration journey started in the backyard of his own farm next to Paris.
Mixing physics, research, and determination, Christian adopted a 'test and learn' approach, which led him to disruptive innovation with the first line source array design.
The L-Acoustics brand started gaining traction in the pro audio industry and live sound entertainment.
The first L-Acoustics headquarters opened up close to Paris, in Marcoussis, with the first R&D and production line center.
The UK subsidiary opened.
L-Acoustics opens its US distribution in Oxnard, north of Los Angeles, the epicenter of the entertainment industry and corporate offices of international festivals.
As the company grew, reinforcement of the supply chain operations became a priority. Simea, in France, was acquired, producing wood composite cabinetry internally with the expertise of Thierry Rieb's teams.
The L-Acoustics Group is created with an international ambition and a dedication to technical and operational excellence worldwide.
The Group signed the Camco acquisition, based in Germany, to create synergies in electronics R&D and develop innovative sound amplifier products.
Christian started to build a management group around
him to maintain independent governance.
L-Acoustics is a privately-owned company where managing executives are also key partners in the business and are highly involved in daily team management.
From early adopters to new industry standards, the company became a success story providing sound systems for various activities such as World Youth events to Olympic Games.
The new L-Acoustics Ltd is initiated in Highgate. Residing in a suburban area of north London, Highgate, is in the heart of the entertainment and musicals industry in Europe.
L-Acoustics reaches 200 employees as it climbs the ladder of the premium sound experience market.
LAC2, the industrial site in Marcoussis, is opened to increase production capacities and meet clients' needs.
The US-based Oxnard teams move into larger offices and demo spaces in Westlake,
close to Los Angeles, the heart of the music entertainment industry, developing a
global hub for the
To strengthen manufacturing operations, HGP joined the Group bringing precision metal expertise into the industrial operations.
Dedicated to the premium residential market, the
L-Acoustics Creations brand is born.
To ensure a dedicated premium service for
L-Acoustics Creations, Delta Live joins the
As the L-Acoustics Group expands its business and operational ambitions, two CEOs are internally promoted by Dr. Christian Heil to lead the organization to the next level of performance with the support of an Executive Management team.
The L-Acoustics hub in Singapore is opened to further international expansion.
Strengthening logistics strategy, a new warehouse in Marcoussis opens with more than 50,000 square meters dedicated to flows and clients' orders.
A calibration and education center network is created worldwide to delegate training and expand the knowledge base.