Linear To Merge Panamax/Furman, LiteTouch

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Petaluma, Calif. - The Home Technology Group of Linear plans to combine its Panamax/Furman and LiteTouch subsidiaries into a single operation led by Panamax/Furman President Bill Pollock.

The consolidation follows

last year's consolidation

of Linear's Niles Audio, Xantech and Elan Home Systems subsidiaries into a single entity called the

AVC Group


Linear cited both companies' increasing focus on energy-efficiency and energy-management solutions for the consolidation. Panamax/Furman, for example, offers products that make it possible for dealers and installers to remotely control and monitor A/V system power through a hosted IP web portal, Linear said. For its part, lighting-control supplier LiteTouch has begun offering DayLight Harvesting keypads and plans a low-voltage relay and data port option on keypads to connect motion and occupancy sensors.

The Panamax brand offers power management, monitoring and control solutions for custom integrators, and the Furman brand provides power management solutions for musicians, audio professionals and commercial A/V integrators. It also offers power conditioners for high-end A/V systems.

LiteTouch has been in the custom residential lighting-control market for 30 years.


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