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Audiovox Corporation


180 Marcus Boulevard
Hauppauge, New York 11788
U.S.A.
Telephone: (631) 231-7750
Toll Free: (800) 645-4994
Fax: (631) 273-6922
Web site: http://www.audiovox.com

Public Company
Incorporated:
1960
Employees: 750
Sales: $5.39 billion (2005)
Stock Exchanges: NASDAQ
Ticker Symbol: VOXX
NAIC: 42169 Other Electronic Parts and Equipment Wholesalers

Audiovox Corporation is an international leader in the marketing of mobile electronics including car sound, mobile video, vehicle security, remote start, and tracking and navigation products. The company's consumer electronics subsidiary distributes its products through power and specialty retailers, distributors serving new car dealers, original equipment manufacturers, mass merchants, and the U.S. military. Along with its namesake brand, the company's products can be found under the Acoustic Research, Advent, Code Alarm, Heco, Jensen, Mac Audio, Magnate, Phase Linear, Prestige, Terk, and Vogel's brand names. Audiovox sold its cellular subsidiary in 2004 to focus on its electronics business.

FROM CAR RADIOS TO CELL PHONES: 196595

John J. Shalam, the son of an Egyptian textile merchant, immigrated to New York City with his family in 1948. He founded Audiovox as an import trading company in 1960. In 1965 Shalam found that the 2,000 car radios he was forced to dispose of when a deal to sell them fell through were so popular that he began doing business exclusively in auto sound. By 1982 Audiovox was one of the top three companies in the custom auto sound industry, according to Shalam, selling radios and sound systems both to car dealers and retail customers. The company also had a Protector division providing after-market products ranging from paint sealants to car burglar alarms. Cellular mobile telephones were added in 1984. Company sales grew from $157.88 million in fiscal 1985 (the year ended November 30, 1985) to $203.83 million in fiscal 1986. Net income increased from $2.73 million to $3.45 million during this period.

Audiovox became a public corporation in 1987, raising $37.62 million by selling about one-sixth of its Class B common stock at $16 a share in its initial offering. Shalam retained control over a majority of the shares. Although the company had been carrying mobile cell phones for only three years, they accounted for almost half of its income in 1987. Audiovox held the largest market share of this product, with approximately 20 percent of the total cellular market, and was selling them to seven regional Bell operating companies, as well as other telephone companies, distributors, and mass merchandisers in the United States and Canada, including two joint ventures. Audiovox was also selling, installing, and servicing cell phones through its 16 Quintex retail locations.

Automotive sound equipment was still the largest sector of Audiovox's business in 1987. These products included radios (including stereo cassette radios), compact disc players, speakers, amplifiers, and antennas, marketed through five product divisions to car dealers, mass merchandisers, catalog showrooms, and audio specialists. A wide variety of automotive accessories included security systems, radar detectors, cruise controls, videocassette players, and chemical protection treatments. Audiovox was also selling cordless telephones. Shintom Co., Ltd., an Asian company in which Audiovox held an interest, was supplying Audiovox with about one-third of its products, but the majority of its cell phones were coming from Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba subsequently replaced Shintom as Audiovox's leading supplier. Sales were being made under such registered trademarks as Audiovox, Hi-Comp, SPS, and Protector as well as private labels.

In 1989 Audiovox introduced a $399 wireless home security system with remote dialing. The following year it added facsimile machines, and in 1991 it marketed what supplier Toshiba called the world's smallest portable telephone. However, this was a recessionary period in the national economy, and Audiovox lost money in fiscal years 198991, including $14.7 million in the last year alone. In 1993 Audiovox sold part of its 50 percent share in CellStar Corporation, operator of the retail chain National Auto Cellular, for $27.5 million. Audiovox was also seeking to improve its balance sheet by adding to its export sales volume, which came to about $10 million in 1993. The following year Audiovox took a 30 percent interest in a new Japanese company, TALK Corporation, established to market and distribute cellular phones, electronic pagers, videocassette recorders, and other products for Audiovox, Shintom, and Rainbowstar Company. Also in 1994, Audiovox formed a Malaysian joint venture and opened a subsidiary in Singapore.

EXPLOITING THE CELL PHONE BOOM

Although now far behind Motorola Inc., Audiovox was still the second largest distributor of cellular phones in the United States, with 14 percent of a domestic market that continued to climb. By 1997, it had also fallen behind Ericsson Inc. and Nokia Inc., though retaining 11 percent of the handset market. By this time cellular phones accounted for 70 percent of the company's sales. To stay abreast of the competition Audiovox cut prices, which contributed to a net loss in fiscal 1995 and 1996, following record net income of $26.2 million in 1994. The company shut down 90 of 120 unprofitable retail outlets in 1995.

In 1998 Audiovox introduced Pursuit Vehicle Trak, a system designed to allow motorists without even a mobile phone to communicate with an emergency help center. It automatically monitored a car whenever it moved more than 1,000 feet from where it had been parked and could slow down and shut off the car if it had been stolen. Other systems features would start the car, warm the engine, and unlock the doors. Also that year, Audiovox introduced a cellular phone using a built in Global Positioning System (GPS) to pinpoint a caller's location.

The cellular industry was moving from analog to digital phones during 199899. The digital ones offered clearer reception and added features such as caller ID. Audiovox came out with a digital phone using a CDMA (code division multiple access) chip in 1998 and TDMA (time division multiple access) and GSM (global system for mobile communication) models in 1999. The company offered wireless carriers special marketing packages, including providing warranty repairs. "They're relatively quick to respond to the changing dynamics of the industry and to us as a customer," a United States Cellular executive told Pradnya Joshi of Newsday in 1998. Digital sales outstripped analog sales worldwide for the first time in 1999.

Audiovox's sales nearly doubled in 1999 as its new line of digital phones became available in the United States, and its net income rose from $2.97 million to a record $27.25 million.

COMPANY PERSPECTIVES


Our Mission: To provide the highest quality products and unparalleled customer service. To ensure sales support that meets and exceeds our customers' expectations. To be a responsible member of the communities in which we conduct business. To encourage employee growth and participation through open communication. To produce maximum returns for our shareholder's and our company's growth. To provide a safe and satisfying work environment for our employees.

The company was expecting even better results in 2000 because of the introduction of TDMA and GSM sets, which served, respectively, as the standard in Latin America and Europe and Asia. Audiovox's international cellular phone sales as a percentage of its overall sales had dropped from 20 percent in 1996 to 13 percent in 1998 partly because it did not have a GSM model to compete in Europe.

With a full digital line in place, Audiovox was projecting sales of 5.3 million handsets in 1999 and 7.1 million in 2000. During 1999 it moved from fifth to third place among handset suppliers in North America, according to a survey. For 2000, the company was planning to add such features as Internet access and other interactive technologies. It was also planning tri-mode products combining digital and analog technologies. It moved from the American exchange to the NASDAQ in early 2000 and completed a secondary offering of stock, raising $97.5 million after deducting expenses.

REORGANIZATION IN 1999

Audiovox was divided in 1999 into a Wireless Group and an Electronics Group. The Wireless Group, acting through Audiovox Communications Corporation, a 95 percent owned subsidiary, was selling handsets and accessories. It raised its sales 110 percent in 1999 and accounted for 80 percent of company revenue. Digital products grew to 56 percent of the unit's sales, compared to 19 percent in 1998. The group also was selling a complete line of accessories, including batteries, hands-free kits, battery eliminators, cases, and hands-free earphones.

The Wireless Group was operating about 20 subscriber facilities under the names Quintex or American Radio and was licensing the trade names Audiovox, Quintex, and American Radio to five retail outlets in the United States. Its five largest wireless customers were Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Communications Inc., PrimeCo Personal Communications LP, MCI Worldcom, and United States Cellular Corporation. Acting through Audiovox Communications, it was also operating several retail locations under the Quintex name. Although not engaged in manufacturing, the company was working closely with both customers and suppliers in the design, development, and testing of its products.

The Electronics Group consisted of two major categories: mobile electronics and consumer electronics. The former included auto sound products, such as radios, speakers, amplifiers, and DC changers, and mobile video products, including console mobile entertainment systems, videocassette players, game options, automotive security and remote start systems, and automotive power accessories. The latter included home and portable stereos, two-way radios, LCD televisions, and MP3 Internet music player/recorders. These products were being marketed under the Audiovox brand name and several other company owned trade names, including Prestige, Pursuit, and Rampage.

The Electronics Group's customers included a variety of mass merchants, chain stores, specialty retailers, distributors, new car dealers, and subsidiaries of auto manufacturers. Its five biggest customers in 1999 were Gulf States Toyota, Kmart Corporation, Southeast Toyota, Alkon International, and Costco. Sales of Audiovox's Malaysian and Venezuelan subsidiaries fell under the Electronics Group. TALK Corporation continued to be the joint venture that held distribution rights for products manufactured by Shintom Ltd., with Audiovox holding exclusive distribution rights on all its wireless personal communications products for most of the world. Audiovox Specialized Applications, a joint venture formed in 1997, was responsible for distributing products for vans, recreational vehicles, and other specialized vehicles. Also formed in 1997, Bliss-Tel Company, Ltd., distributed wireless products and accessories in Thailand.

KEY DATES


1960:
Audiovox is founded as an import trading company.
1965:
Audiovox begins dealing exclusively in auto sound systems.
1984:
Audiovox begins selling cellular telephones.
1989:
The company introduces a wireless home security system.
1997:
Cellular phones account for 70 percent of revenue.
1999:
Audiovox markets a full line of cell phones.
2003:
The company acquires the Acoustic Research, Advent, Jensen, Mac Audio, and Magnat brands.
2004:
The company sells its Communications subsidiary.

Audiovox was leasing 33 facilities in 11 states and a Canadian province in 1999. It also owned and leased facilities in Malaysia and Venezuela. Company headquarters remained in an industrial park in Hauppauge, Long Island. Shalam was still president and chief executive officer of Audiovox. The company's long term debt was $122.8 million at the end of fiscal 1999. Shalom owned 20.7 percent of the company's Class A shares in February 2000.

AUDIOVOX IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Several changes were on the horizon for Audiovox as it entered the new millennium. Perhaps most significant was the decision to jettison its Communications arm, which included its cellular business. After peaking in 2001, increased competition and falling prices began taking a toll on profits and left the company scrambling to shore up its bottom line in 2002 and 2003. As such, UTStarcomlooking to gain a foothold in the U.S. cell phone marketpurchased Audiovox's Communications subsidiary in 2004 for $165.1 million. According to a June 2004 Warren's Consumer Electronics Daily article, the sale would "free Audiovox of a low margin business, while enabling it to focus on building a growing CE segment."

Indeed, when the dust settled on the Audiovox's largest sale to date, the company was in prime position to focus on its consumer electronics business, which had been bolstered by the 2003 purchase of Recoton and its Jensen, Advent, and Acoustic Research brands. This sector of Audiovox's business had been extremely profitable. In fact, the division had secured 16 consecutive quarters of profit and revenue growth by August 2004 and nearly 70 percent of pretax profit for the company in fiscal 2003.

Over the next few years Audiovox continued to seek out key purchases that would strengthen its foothold in the electronics market. The company also made it known that its long term strategy included a possible sale or partnership with a Chinese company since most of its products were manufactured in the country. In January 2005, the company added Terk Technologies Corp. to its arsenal. The purchase expanded the company's satellite radio product offerings. Two years later, German cable supplier Oehlbach Kabel was acquired. Audiovox also set plans in motion to buy Thomson's consumer electronics accessory business.

Patrick Lavelle, named president and CEO of Audiovox in 2005, was elected chairman of the prestigious Consumer Electronics Association in late 2006. With Lavelle and Shalam at the helm, Audiovox forged ahead with its plans for growth. Included in its strategy was a focus on expansion in satellite radio, collision avoidance, navigation, mobile video, DVDs, flat panel televisions, and handheld GPS. The company also planned to launch new products under its brand names, which by this time included its namesake along with Pursuit, Jensen, Magnate, Mac Audio, Heco, Acoustic Research, Advent, Terk, and Phase Linear. On the international front, the company continued to look for acquisitions that would increase its presence in Europe.

Robert Halasz

Updated, Christina Stansell Weaver

PRINCIPAL SUBSIDIARIES

Audiovox Communications Corporation; Audiovox Electronics Corporation; Quintex Mobile Communications Corporation; American Radio Corporation; Audiovox Holding Corporation; Audiovox Communications Canada Company; Audiovox Venezuela C.A.; Audiovox German Holdings GmbH; Code Systems, Inc.

PRINCIPAL COMPETITORS

Pioneer Corporation; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.; Sony Corporation.

FURTHER READING

"Audiovox CorpPatrick Lavelle Named Chairman of the Consumer Electronics," Market News Publishing, January 3, 2007.

"Audiovox Expanding Lineup of Aftermarket Products," Automotive News, June 7, 1982, p. 16.

"Audiovox Sees $30 Million in Revenue Coming from Ex-Recoton Assets," Warren's Consumer Electronics Daily, July 20, 2004.

"Audiovox to Enter Home Security, Unveil Cellular Phone, Car Stereo," HFD, December 26, 1988, p. 79.

"Audiovox to Sell Cellphone Business, Focus on CE," Warren's Consumer Electronics Daily, June 15, 2004.

"Audiovox Weighs Mergers, Acquisitions, Possible Sale," Warren's Consumer Electronics Daily, July 13, 2005.

Bernstein, James, "Audiovox Broadens Its Marketing in Asia," Newsday, August 30, 1994, p. A41.

Bohen, Colleen, "Audiovox Buys Accessories Biz from Thomson," Twice, January 8, 2007, p. 8.

Demery, Paul, "Audiovox Is Playing Big Overseas," LI Business News, April 15, 1991, p. 3.

Einstein, David, "911 Cell-Phone Location Just a Jingle Away," San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 1998, p. C3.

Joshi, Pradnya, "Audiovox Finds Its Calling," Newsday, November 6, 1998, pp. C8C9.

, "Calling All Cars! New Options on Tap," Newsday, December 18, 1997, p. A68.

Much, Marilyn, "Audiovox Corp. Hauppauge, New York; New Look Wears Well on Electronics Supplier," Investor's Business Daily, August 20, 2004.

Siemplenski, Janel, "Cellular Dealer Dials IPO," Dallas Business Journal, October 29, 1993, p. 1.

Sutton, Judy, "1996 Hall of Fame: John Shalam, AudiovoxOn Top of Technology," Dealerscope Consumer Electronics Marketplace, January 1996, p. 10.

"Toshiba Develops Small Telephone," New York Times, March 26, 1991, p. D5.

Wagner, Daniel, "Audiovox Unit Buys German Firm," Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News, March 6, 2007, p. 1.

Walzer, Robert, "Audiovox Sets Internat'l Push," LI Business News, September 17, 1999, p. 1A.

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Audiovox Corporation

Audiovox Corporation

150 Marcus Boulevard
Hauppauge, New York 11788
U.S.A.
Telephone: (631) 231-7750
Toll Free: (800) 645-4994
Fax: (631) 231-2968
Web site: http://www.audiovox.com

Public Company
Incorporated: 1960
Employees: 950
Sales: $1.16 billion (fiscal 1999)
Stock Exchanges: NASDAQ Chicago
Ticker Symbol: VOXX
NAIC: 42169 Other Electronic Parts & Equipment Wholesalers; 443112 Radio, Television & Other Electronics Stores; 513322 Cellular & Other Wireless Telecommunications

Audiovox Corporation is an international leader in the marketing of cellular telephones, consumer electronics, auto sound, vehicle security, and mobile video systems. The company markets its products under its own brands and private labels through a distribution network that includes Bell operating companies. International sales are also handled through several joint ventures. Audiovox purchases most of its products from sources in Asia, Europe, and the United States. One supplier, Japanese-based TALK Corporation, is 31 percent-owned by Audiovox.

From Car Radios to Cell Phones: 1965-95

John J. Shalam, the son of an Egyptian textile merchant, immigrated to New York City with his family in 1948. He founded Audiovox as an import trading company in 1960. In 1965 Shalam found that the 2,000 car radios he was forced to dispose of when a deal to sell them fell through were so popular that he began doing business exclusively in auto sound. By 1982 Audiovox was one of the top three companies in the custom auto sound industry, according to Shalam, selling radios and sound systems both to car dealers and retail customers. The company also had a Protector division providing aftermarket products ranging from paint sealants to car burglar alarms. Cellular mobile telephones were added in 1984. Company sales grew from $157.88 million in fiscal 1985 (the year ended November 30, 1985) to $203.83 million in fiscal 1986. Net income increased from $2.73 million to $3.45 million during this period.

Audiovox became a public corporation in 1987, raising $37.62 million by selling about one-sixth of its Class B common stock at $16 a share in its initial offering. Shalam retained control over a majority of the shares. Although the company had been carrying mobile cell phones for only three years, they accounted for almost half of its income in 1987. Audiovox held the largest market share of this product, with approximately 20 percent of the total cellular market, and was selling them to seven regional Bell operating companies, as well as other telephone companies, distributors, and mass merchandisers in the United States and Canada, including two joint ventures. Audiovox was also selling, installing, and servicing cell phones through its 16 Quintex retail locations.

Automotive sound equipment was still the largest sector of Audiovoxs business in 1987. These products included radios (including stereo cassette radios), compact disc players, speakers, amplifiers, and antennas, marketed through five product divisions to car dealers, mass merchandisers, catalogue showrooms, and audio specialists. A wide variety of automotive accessories included security systems, radar detectors, cruise controls, video cassette players, and chemical protection treatments. Audiovox was also selling cordless telephones. Shintom Co., Ltd., an Asian company in which Audiovox held an interest, was supplying Audiovox with about one-third of its products, but the majority of its cell phones were coming from Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba subsequently replaced Shintom as Audiovoxs leading supplier. Sales were being made under such registered trademarks as Audiovox, Hi-Comp, SPS, and Protector as well as private labels.

In 1989 Audiovox introduced a $399 wireless home security system with remote dialing. The following year it added facsimile machines, and in 1991 it marketed what supplier Toshiba called the worlds smallest portable telephone. But this was a recessionary period in the national economy, and Audiovox lost money in fiscal years 1989-91, including $14.7 million in the last year alone. In 1993 Audiovox sold part of its 50 percent share in CellStar Corp., operator of the retail chain National Auto Cellular, for $27.5 million. Audiovox was also seeking to improve its balance sheet by adding to its export sales volume, which came to about $10 million in 1993. The following year Audiovox took a 30 percent interest in a new Japanese company, TALK Corporation, established to market and distribute cellular phones, electronic pagers, videocassette recorders, and other products for Audiovox, Shintom, and Rainbowstar Co. Also in 1994, Audiovox formed a Malaysian joint venture and opened a subsidiary in Singapore.

Exploiting the Cell Phone Boom in the Late 1990s

Although now far behind Motorola Inc., Audiovox was still the second largest distributor of cellular phones in the United States, with 14 percent of a domestic market that continued to climb. By 1997, it had also fallen behind Ericsson Inc. and Nokia Inc., though retaining 11 percent of the handset market. By this time cellular phones accounted for 70 percent of the companys sales. To stay abreast of the competition Audiovox cut prices, which contributed to a net loss in fiscal 1995 and 1996, following record net income of $26.2 million in 1994. The company shut down 90 of 120 unprofitable retail outlets in 1995.

In 1998 Audiovox introduced Pursuit Vehicle Trak, a system designed to allow motorists without even a mobile phone to communicate with an emergency help center. It automatically monitored a car whenever it moved more than 1,000 feet from where it had been parked and could slow down and shut off the car if it had been stolen. Other systems features would start the car, warm the engine, and unlock the doors. Also that year, Audiovox introduced a cellular phone using a built-in global positioning satellite (GPS) service to pinpoint a callers location.

The cellular industry was moving from analog to digital phones during 1998-99. The digital ones offered clearer reception and added features such as caller ID. Audiovox came out with a digital phone using a CDMA chip in 1998 and TDMA and GSM models in 1999. The company offered wireless carriers special marketing packages, including providing warranty repairs. Theyre relatively quick to respond to the changing dynamics of the industry and to us as a customer, a United States Cellular executive told Pradnya Joshi of Newsday in 1998. Digital sales outstripped analog sales worldwide for the first time in 1999.

Audiovoxs sales nearly doubled in 1999 as its new line of digital phones became available in the United States, and its net income rose from $2.97 million to a record $27.25 million.

The company was expecting even better results in 2000 because of the recent introduction of TDMA and GSM sets, which served, respectively, as the standard in Latin America and Europe and Asia. Audiovoxs international cellular phone sales as a percentage of its overall sales had dropped from 20 percent in 1996 to 13 percent in 1998 partly because it did not have a GSM model to compete in Europe.

With a full digital line in place, Audiovox was projecting sales of 5.3 million handsets in 1999 and 7.1 million in 2000. During 1999 it moved from fifth to third place among handset suppliers in North America, according to a survey. For 2000, the company was planning to add such features as Internet access and other interactive technologies. It was also planning tri-mode products combining digital and analog technologies. It moved from the American to the NASDAQ exchange in early 2000 and completed a secondary offering of stock, raising $97.5 million after deducting expenses.

Audiovox in 1999

Audiovox was divided in 1999 into a Wireless Group and an Electronics Group. The Wireless Group, acting through Audiovox Communications Corp., a 95 percent-owned subsidiary, was selling handsets and accessories. It raised its sales 110 percent in 1999 and accounted for 80 percent of company revenue. Digital products grew to 56 percent of the units sales, compared to 19 percent in 1998. The group also was selling a complete line of accessories, including batteries, hands-free kits, battery eliminators, cases, and hands-free earphones.

The Wireless Group was operating about 20 subscriber facilities under the names Quintex or American Radio and was licensing the trade names Audiovox, Quintex, and American Radio to five retail outlets in the United States. Its five largest wireless customers were Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Communications Inc., PrimeCo Personal Communications LP, MCI Worldcom, and United States Cellular Corporation. Acting through Audiovox Communications, it was also operating several retail locations under the Quintex name. Although not engaged in manufacturing, the company was working closely with both customers and suppliers in the design, development, and testing of its products.

The Electronics Group consisted of two major categories: mobile electronics and consumer electronics. The former included auto sound products, such as radios, speakers, amplifiers, and DC changers, and mobile video products, including console mobile entertainment systems, videocassette players, game options, automotive security and remote start systems, and automotive power accessories. The latter included home and portable stereos, two-way radios, LCD televisions, and MP-3 Internet music player/recorders. These products were being marketed under the Audiovox brand name and several other company-owned trade names, including Prestige, Pursuit, and Rampage.

Company Perspectives:

Our Mission: To provide the highest quality products and unparalleled customer service. To ensure sales support that meets and exceeds our customers expectations. To be a responsible member of the communities in which we conduct business. To encourage employee growth and participation through open communication. To produce maximum returns for our shareholders and our companys growth.

The Electronics Groups customers included a variety of mass merchants, chain stores, specialty retailers, distributors, new car dealers, and subsidiaries of auto manufacturers. Its five biggest customers in 1999 were Gulf States Toyota, Kmart Corporation, Southeast Toyota, Alkon International, and Costco. Sales of Audiovoxs Malaysian and Venezuelan subsidiaries fell under the Electronics Group. TALK Corporation continued to be the joint venture that held distribution rights for products manufactured by Shintom Ltd., with Audiovox holding exclusive distribution rights on all its wireless personal communications products for most of the world. Audiovox Specialized Applications, a joint venture formed in 1997, was responsible for distributing products for van, RV, and other specialized vehicles. Also formed in 1997, Bliss-Tel Company, Ltd. distributed wireless products and accessories in Thailand.

Audiovox was leasing 33 facilities in 11 states and a Canadian province in 1999. It also owned and leased facilities in Malaysia and Venezuela. Company headquarters remained in an industrial park in Hauppauge, Long Island. Shalam was still president and chief executive officer of Audiovox. The companys long-term debt was $122.8 million at the end of fiscal 1999. Shalom owned 20.7 percent of the companys Class A shares in February 2000.

Principal Subsidiaries

Audiovox Canada Limited (Canada); Audiovox Communications Corp. (95%); Audiovox Communications (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; Audiovox Holding Corp.; Audiovox Holdings (M) Sdn. Bhd.; Audiovox Venezuela C.A. (Venezuela); Quintex Mobile Communications Corp.

Principal Operating Units

Electronics Group; Wireless Group.

Principal Competitors

Nokia Inc.; CellStar Corp.; Ericsson Inc.; Motorola Inc.; Motor Sound Corp.

Key Dates:

I960:
Audiovox is founded as an import trading company.
1965:
Audiovox begins dealing exclusively in auto sound systems.
1984:
Audiovox begins selling cellular telephones.
1989:
The company introduces a wireless home security system.
1997:
Cellular phones account for 70 percent of revenue.
1999:
Audiovox markets a full line of cell phones.

Further Reading

Audiovox Expanding Lineup of Aftermarket Products, Automotive News, June 7, 1982, p. 16.

Audiovox to Enter Home Security, Unveil Cellular Phone, Car Stereo, HFD, December 26, 1988, p. 79.

Bernstein, James, Audiovox Broadens Its Marketing in Asia, News-day, August 30, 1994, p. A41.

Demery, Paul, Audiovox Is Playing Big Overseas, LI Business News, April 15, 1991, p. 3.

Einstein, David, 911 Cell-Phone Location Just a Jingle Away, San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 1998, p. C3.

Joshi, Pradnya, Audiovox Finds Its Calling, Newsday, November 6, 1998, pp. C8-C9.

, Calling All Cars! New Options on Tap, Newsday, December 18, 1997, p. A68.

Siemplenski, Janel, Cellular Dealer Dials IPO, Dallas Business Journal, October 29, 1993, p. 1.

Sutton, Judy, 1996 Hall of Fame: John Shalam, AudiovoxOn Top of Technology, Dealer scope Consumer Electronics Marketplace, January 1996, p. 10.

Toshiba Develops Small Telephone, New York Times, March 26, 1991, p. D5.

Walzer, Robert, Audiovox Sets Internatl Push, LI Business News, September 17, 1999, p. 1A.

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