HARMAN Earns Record 144 Design Awards
STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier audio, infotainment and software services company, is proud to announce a new record of product innovation and design awards for its home and multimedia products. Over the past two and a half years, HARMAN brands including JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, and Mark Levinson have won 144 awards for 84 different products. Backed by strong consumer demand, with more than 10 million HARMAN portable audio products sold worldwide, this record of success makes HARMAN the champion award winner in the global consumer electronics industry.
“Getting the design exactly right is part of the HARMAN credo,” said Damian Mackiewicz, Vice President, Design for the Lifestyle Division. “It’s integral to ensuring that each of our products is a consistent, compelling reflection of the values that consumers expect from HARMAN brands: excellent performance, innovation and advanced technology, complemented by perfect styling. We know these values matter to consumers, so we’re enormously proud and delighted that our products are such consistent design winners.”
Marking excellence in innovation and design, HARMAN consistently receives industry recognition for its leading brands, including JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity, AKG and Yurbuds, among others. The company earned 13 Red Dot Awards, weeks after winning 15 iF Design Awards and nine prizes for innovation at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, adding to its already impressive collection of honours.
A few examples of this year’s wins include the following:
- Red Dot Design: JBL led the charge and came in with five awards, including for the JBL GO wireless speaker. The Harman Kardon brand scored a triple win, including for the wireless HD audio system. AKG won two awards for its headphones.
- iF Design Awards: Harman Kardon was the big winner, with the Esquire Mini, Soho Wireless, Omni Bar, wireless HD audio system and the packaging design all earning iF recognition. AKG headphones won four prizes, and JBL scored wins for the JBL GO, JBL Clip and JBL Synchros REFLECT BT earbuds.
- CES Innovation Awards: The JBL Synchros REFLECT series garnered no fewer than three prizes, with other JBL products recognized including the Authentics L16 Spotify) and to the Mark Levinson brand for the No 585 integrated amplifier.
HARMAN’s product innovation and design approach is also scoring points with consumers. HARMAN recently reached the iconic landmark of 10 million unit sales of portable devices such as loudspeakers and headphones.
“We are proud of our achievements so far but this is just the beginning of great design from HARMAN and we are excited about what’s next,” says Mackiewicz. “With a steady stream of innovative products emerging from our R&D labs every year, we are committed to continuing this record of excellence.”
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HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.