Aputure has announced that it has acquired film and broadcast lighting maker Prolycht for an undisclosed amount in order to bolster its professional lighting technology.
Prolycht is far from a household name, even among lighting professionals since the brand is relatively new. It was founded by Chinese lighting research scientist Anqing Liu in 2017 who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Smart Lighting Research Center and also worked at Philips Lighting Research Center in Boston, NewsShooter reports. Liu also serves on the CIE standards board. Basically, Liu knows LED lighting and his company is focused on delivering high quality, color accurate products.
By acquiring Prolycht, Aputure hopes to bolster its reputation in the professional space, as Liu’s company has made great strides in color science and software algorithms related to color accuracy.
“Aputure’s pursuit of cutting-edge excellence resonates with Prolycht’s product offerings, bringing in an era of revolutionary advancements in color science for the film and television lighting landscape,” Aputure says.
“With this acquisition, Aputure will assume stewardship of Prolycht’s state-of-the-art color science and technical talent as the two companies now embark on a new collaborative journey together.”
Aputure’s CEO Ian Xie says that the timing of the acquisition reaffirms the company’s commitment to shaping the future of lighting technology.
“We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the Prolycht team. Their expertise and passion align with Aputure’s dedication to innovation and excellence. This union promises to enhance our competitive edge, particularly in the realm of color science and engineering breakthrough technology. This fusion of innovation and combined company culture will only further accelerate our ability to produce breakthrough product offerings,” Xie says.
“Over the past six years, Prolycht has been a catalyst for innovation in film and television lighting technology. Tremendous efforts were taken for the development of color, sensing, optics, and control technologies that have redefined industry standards,” Liu says of the merger.
“Aputure has shaped our industry with great products, and always shared our goal of creating value for every filmmaker through innovation. Driven by this common philosophy we are certain Prolycht’s technology and spirit will live on in Aputure’s future products and technologies.”
The two companies promise that there are plans in place to ensure current Prolycht customers continue to have warranty and repair support “for as long as possible.” The companies did not say if the two brands would remain separate once the acquisition completes.
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