We are delighted to announce that Espro Information Technologies has acquired the Japanese company A&D Audio Guide Ltd., thus adding a strong and significant addition to our worldwide presence and market share.
Espro Acoustiguide Group was formed in 2005 following the acquisition of Acoustiguide Corporation by Espro Information Technologies. The Espro Acoustiguide Group is a leading global developer, manufacturer, marketer and provider of audio and multimedia guiding and interpretation systems as well as the leading developer of multi-lingual creative content. In 2010 alone, over 25 million visitors have enjoyed Espro Acoustiguide’s programming at museums, galleries, cultural institutions, heritage and historic sites, city tours, trade shows and visitor centers around the world. In 2010 Espro Acoustiguide added to its wide range of guiding systems by launching Smartour, a set of interactive content applications designed for smart phones and tablet computers.
Espro Acoustiguide Group operates via a network of subsidiaries and local distributors throughout Europe, North and Central America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
A&D Audio Guide was established in Japan in 1999, and specializes in the planning and production of audio tours, distribution of audio guiding devices and the provision of onsite management services. The company is a leader in the Japanese museum market, with a distinguished list of clients that includes the premier museums and tourist sites in Japan, as well as the biggest, most prominent broadcasting networks in the country.
The long list of A&D clients includes NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), TV Ashai Corporation, Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS), Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc., The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Ashai Shimbun, Tokyo National Museum, Nara National Museum, Kyoto National Museum and Kyushu National Museum, the National Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo and Kyoto, The National Museum of Western Art, The National Museum of Art in Osaka, The National Art Center in Tokyo and the County (Prefecture) Museum of Art in Aichi, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi, Yokohama Museum of Art, the Municipal Museum of Art and the Museum of History in Osaka, The Museum of Kyoto, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Mitsubishi Museum in Tokyo.
Commenting on the deal, Israel Gal, CEO of the Espro Acoustiguide Group said: “We are delighted to expand our scope of business into the sophisticated Japanese tour market, which is primed for our advanced guiding and interpretation technologies, content applications and services. We are particularly proud to be adding a strong performer such as A&D Audio Guide to our Group with its excellent staff and impressive clientele that encompass major media and broadcasting networks in Japan, many of whom sponsor numerous art and culture exhibitions each year”.
In Japan, the company will maintain its name as A&D Audio Guide, a member of the Espro Acoustiguide Group. Mrs. Kaori Kurata, previously the Commercial Manager of A&D Audio Guide, has been appointed its Managing Director. The company team will remain in place and will continue to offer its clients excellent service while adding more innovative programming and application options.