Artistic Licence to be acquired by Robe Lighting

7th September 2022

(UK) – Robe Lighting has agreed to acquire Artistic Licence, both companies have announced.

Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting, said of the news: “This is a great acquisition for Robe. It provides products that complement our own production, and will add value to sales made throughout our global distribution network.”

An important part of the strategic growth for both Robe and its Anolis brands, the purchase from Singularity UK holdings has also enabled an ongoing product design agreement.

“I look forward to helping develop the Artistic Licence business using the significant Robe subsidiary and distributor network,” said Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell.

“Artistic Licence was born out of my passion for designing and inventing. Over the years we have expanded and diversified our range, and it is now in a form that I am confident will serve the control infrastructure market for many years to come.

“With the company in a stable and profitable position, it seemed like the ideal time to move on to the next phase of my career. My enthusiasm for inventing has never diminished, and I wanted to have the time to explore new designs and consultancy projects. That said, I will be staying on as co-director of Artistic Licence. The company’s USP is its technical credibility, and Robe are obviously keen to preserve that reputation.”

Valchar continued: “Robe is of course known for moving lights, but lighting technology is interconnected. Time and time again, we find ourselves troubleshooting problems that are nothing to do with our fixtures, but instead related to a bad splitter or faulty network data somewhere upstream. By having control over the infrastructure, we can present our customers with a superior solution that enhances the reliability of the installation.

“Robe and Artistic Licence are both companies with a proud history of independence and private ownership. We are committed to innovation and quality. With these shared fundamental values, we are looking forward to a dynamic and productive ongoing business relationship.”