Having unveiled its strategy, at ISE 2013, of broadening its product portfolio beyond mounts, Peerless-AV has followed up its announcements a wireless range with news that the company has acquired Ciil Technologies – a manufacturer of weatherproof outdoor TVs and displays. Ciil’s products are marketed under the brands UltraView and Xtreme,
Ciil’s products are said to be the only outdoor TVs and displays that are completely sealed, with no external vents, exhaust fans or filters. The patented design holds the highest protection rating in the industry at IP 68 and NEMA 6, allowing the products to be submerged in water for 30 minutes without failure. Applications range from professional and college stadiums, public transit, marinas, cruise ships, yachts and factory floors to residential backyards and poolside patios. Models from 26” to 55” are available.
“The market for outdoor TVs is growing rapidly in commercial settings, where weatherproof displays are replacing expensive enclosures, and in residential environments, where the backyard has become the new living room. With this acquisition, our customers can take full advantage of this expanding market sector,” said Michael Campagna, president of the Peerless Technology Division.
“At the same time, this is a strategic acquisition that extends the investment in emerging technology that led to last month’s announcement that we have formed a separate technology division,” Campagna said. “Our goal is to build a global technology business on a par with our global AV mounting solutions business. Acquiring Ciil is a key building block in that process.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Ciil’s manufacturing and operations will be relocated to Peerless-AV’s headquarters and 320,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Ciil products will now be produced in a dedicated 10,000-square-foot area within the Peerless-AV plant, including a 3,000-square-foot clean room for assembly and testing.