B&W: a British success story
I guess events in SW19 yesterday have put me in a mood to celebrate British success, so I thought I'd post this.
There’s an article in the FT today about the success of UK ‘niche’ export manufacturers. A number of examples are given, including B&W. According to the article, B&W’s annual sales are £140m, of which 35% are in the US and 30% in Europe. B&W have 50% of the global share of speaker sales over $2000. The factory in Worthing produces 1000 pairs of the 800 series per month.
It may be that it's increasingly uneconomic to build lower and mid-range hi-fi separates in the UK, but at the upper end things are different. (Oh and so much for passive speakers being 'dinosaurs' …)
Disclosure: I have no connection with B&W and I haven’t liked the B&W speakers I’ve heard.