March 2019—Born in 1979 in Saint-Etienne France, this year Focal celebrates its 40th anniversary. This fantastic milestone is a celebration of the acclaimed French brand, renowned for its manufacturing expertise in sound solutions and for its dedication to honouring the emotional impact of music. In a tribute to its forty years of passion, innovation and excellence in the High-Fidelity sector, Focal will shortly be announcing some very special “40 Year” products.
FROM LOCAL MANUFACTURER TO GLOBAL BRAND
Focal’s first speaker driver manufacturing workshop was set up inside a precision mechanics company in Saint-Etienne, France in 1979. Forty years later and still in Saint-Etienne, Focal is delighted with the path it has taken and proud of its industrial sites, home to around 250 employees working for their
CEO Christophe Sicaud. A leader in the home hi-fi loudspeakers market, the brand quickly went on to conquer the in-car sector, professional studios and the audiophile headphones sector, offering unique, high-end equipment. Today, alongside electronics expert Naim Audio as part of the Vervent Audio Group, Focal’s reach extends to all four corners of the globe.
FOUR DECADES OF INNOVATION
With speaker drivers and high- fidelity loudspeakers at its core, Focal has always routinely invested in acoustic research. Innovating – to manufacture solutions that produce the most natural, warm and powerful sound. Innovating – to satisfy every listening need and every customer, from newcomers to die-hard audiophiles. At Focal, innovation applies as much to its technologies as it does to the tools it uses. The brand closely oversees every step in the creation of its Made in France products, from the research and development phase to final assembly. This is the only true guarantee of quality and durability, which also speaks of the spirit of progress rooted in the heart of Focal. Thanks to the cutting-edge research of its engineers – with speaker cones and drivers, between designs and materials – the brand has built an impressive catalog of patent-protected technologies. Focal has made (and continues to make) revolutionary advances for both itself and for the world of High-Fidelity in general, cementing its very special legacy.
A “40 YEAR” COLLECTION
Strive for excellence – always. Preserve a unique French expertise – naturally. Focal was born from these values and has grown alongside them. They are its DNA and its strength. To mark its anniversary, the brand intends to continue its mission and its passion, as well as to commemorate its history. As such, this coming May, Focal will unveil a range of pro- ducts specially developed for its 40th birthday at Munich’s High-End Exhibition. Exceptional sound solutions for the home, car and professional studios, products which combine its heritage with modern tastes – all to bring music, design and emotions to life. Let’s get the party started!
“Forty years already… And yet only forty years! Our passion for music, our pursuit of excellence and our expertise have spearheaded our quest for acoustic perfection. For 40 years, we have developed sound-enhancing solutions at our Saint-Étienne plant every day, always with the greatest respect for artistic creation. Four exhilarating decades in which we have grown and come into our own. From a French manufacturer with a passion for Hi-Fi, Focal has developed into an international brand. Our passion has always been our lodestar. More importantly, it has made us what we are today: a vanguard of acoustic technology and conveyor of pure emotion. Today, we pave the way for the future with the same enthusiasm and exacting standards, focusing on listening pleasure and on sharing this with each of you.”
Find out more about Focal’s 40-year history: https://www.focal.com/en/dates-and-history-of-focal
Focal Professional Products: https://www.focal.com/en/pro-audio