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Anaheim’s Extron Electronics Picks Up Product Line

Anaheim’s Extron Electronics Inc., a maker electronics for projector systems used in classrooms, boardrooms and auditoriums, said Monday it acquired a division of Burbank-based Electrosonic Inc.

Extron picked up the products engineering and development unit of Electrosonic, which designs, installs and supports big audio/visual installations.

Privately held Extron didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, which includes products currently designed and made by Electrosonic as well as patents for its technology.

The products include devices that allow for streaming video from the Internet and processors for displaying multiple images on video walls or single displays.

“At Extron we have been in development of a complete line of A/V streaming products for over three years and will be announcing additional streaming solutions later this year,” President Andrew Edwards said. “We see the Electrosonic products as a great complement to our continually evolving product line.”

Some Electrosonic workers are set to join Extron, the company said.

The Electrosonic Group systems integration and service business is not part of the acquisition and will continue on as a standalone company.

Extron is a big player in audio/visual electronics that keeps a low profile here.

The company designs and makes a slew of electronics, including devices that transmit data between computers and video projectors, switches, amplifiers and other signal processing devices.

The Business Journal estimates the company has yearly sales of about $150 million.

Extron sells to specialized resellers that install and service what’s called professional presentation displays used by government agencies, companies and schools.

Some of Extron’s roughly 900 products also are used in video production studios and by broadcasters. Other niche markets include videoconferencing displays and home theaters.

Extron started in 1983 in Garden Grove. Its headquarters moved to Santa Fe Springs for a few years and then ended up in Anaheim in 1995.

Its earliest products were interfaces that would convert computer signals so that they could be received by a video projector.

The company has some 1,000 workers here and has sites in the Netherlands, Singapore, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and North Carolina.

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