Kralk Audio Expands as Part of ManorDrive Group
Kralk Audio joins ManorDrive Group with new premises and plans for the future.
Alan Clark founded Kralk Audio less than eight years ago and, in that time, has made a name for the brand to those in the know. For us, it was his Black Cat speakers at the Bristol Show that first brought Kralk to our attention.
For many, it is Alan's attention to detail and no-nonsense approach that has won him worldwide fans with over 3,000 pairs of speakers built and shipped internationally, all from his small Wakefield workshop.
As with any successful growing business, the Kralk Audio model now requires a step-change in scale and capabilities.
Kralk Audio becomes Kralk Audio Limited and is now part of the ManorDrive group of companies. Staying true to the spirit in which Alan makes his products, Kralk Audio Ltd. does not aspire to become a mainstream manufacturer; it will always be about quality loudspeakers.
A planned £100k investment from the ManorDrive Group will see most of the operations move to Hull, where a new manufacturing unit will be kitted out to the highest specifications. New tools – such as a CNC router – will help increase throughput, improve manufacturing precision, greatly expand the production capabilities and ensure the superior quality of the finished products. The assembly and custom finishes will continue to be handmade, in typical Kralk Audio fashion.
Alan will continue to impose his uncompromising standards in the role of Technical and Quality Director of Kralk Audio Ltd. He will be responsible for training new staff and guaranteeing that the legendary Kralk Audio quality will rise to become an industry benchmark. Additionally, Alan will continue to manually assemble the crossover networks in Wakefield, using the same quality components, and still hand-wind coils to exact values. Naturally, custom loudspeakers will be Alan's exclusive responsibility, along with developing new Kralk Audio models.
Kralk Audio Ltd. is already hard at work on the long-awaited launch of the new 30 Series, a return to the higher end of the market. Also, engineering of the TDB Mk II range has started; bringing an updated look, new drivers and a step-up in sound quality. However, the new range will remain faithful to the TDB philosophy: no unnecessary frills, accessible prices and a myriad of customisation opportunities.
Nicolas Will, in his newly-appointed role of Commercial Director, is excited to join the team and steer Kralk Audio Ltd. on its new path. He brings more than 20 years of expertise in business, engineering and marketing management to the company. Nicolas told StereoNET:
As the owner of Kralk Audio loudspeakers even before joining the team, I recognised their careful craftsmanship and high-quality sound. I am privileged, I now am in a position where I can strongly contribute to the legacy that Alan has created.
We are excited to see what the future holds for Alan, Nicolas and the new team at Kralk Audio Ltd. We wish them all the very best of luck.
For more information, check out Kralk Audio.
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