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Roland Acquires DW
Roland Corporation announced on September 12 that the company reached an agreement with U.S. drum manufacturer Drum Workshop Inc. to acquire DW through a Roland’s new subsidiary to be established soon in U.S.
Roland has been manufacturing V-Drums digital drum line since 1997. In 2020 V-Drums Acoustic Design series which adds design concepts of acoustic drums joined the line.
Launched in 1972, DW has designed, manufactured, and distributed acoustic drums and percussion having Pacific Drums and Percussion, Latin Percussion, Gretsch Drums and Slingerland brands in addition to DW drums and Hardware.
Roland expects to accelerate development works of innovative acoustic and digital drums and percussion inspiring next generation drummers and musicians.
DW CEO Chris Lombardi and co-founders Don Lombardi and John Good continue to manage DW business after the acquisition.
Gordon Raison, Roland president, CEO commented, “DW is known as a distinguished company for its unique achievements in the industry. I have been greatly impressed with the quality of DW products, rich human resources, and reputable craftsmanship. DW has, as Roland has, pursued history of musical innovation for decades. We continue supporting DW so that they can conduct best possible business in the years to come.”
Chris Lombardi, DW CEO agreed, “We see Roland’s philosophy to seek innovation in every way exactly fits our corporate policy. We are looking forward to work together and provide artists and musicians throughout the world with incomparable products and services.”