The Vitec Group announced that it has acquired UK-based Camera Corps – a supplier of specialty remote cameras, remote tracking systems and camera support systems.
Based at Byfleet, in London, Camera Corps is known for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. Its range of specialty equipment includes high-level cranes, HD and SD motorized tracking cameras, underwater cameras, bullseye-mounted archery target cameras and fire-proofed high-temperature cameras.
Camera Corps will operate within the company’s Vitec Videocom division. The acquisition will complement the existing range of Vitec Videocom products, which includes lighting, power, tripods, robotic cameras and prompting systems for the broadcast, media and entertainment markets.
The move represents a key milestone for Vitec, as the acquisition will enable the company to supply HD/SD pan and tilt camera systems to the industry and will pave the way for the company’s other brands to venture into additional horizontal markets like sports and reality television.
In particular, The Camera Corps core business will complement the robotic camera support systems offered by Vinten Radamec, which is also owned by Vitec. The specialty products offered by Camera Corps are a natural fit with Vinten Radamec’s range of robotic heads, pedestals and controllers. Full robotic support solutions will be available for major projects, such as Summer and Winter Olympic events.
Vitec-owned rental facility Bexel will also work alongside Camera Corps. Bexel will incorporate Camera Corps key products such as the small, flexible robotic cameras, into its rental range to enhance its existing rental portfolio for broadcast.
“We are delighted with the acquisition of Camera Corp, which is a world-class business that will complement the market leading companies already sitting under Vitec Videocom,” said Joop Janssen, CEO Vitec Videocom. “One of our key aims has been to encourage multi-brand system sales of our globally recognized broadcast, film and pro-video products to simplify the way customers do business worldwide. This acquisition will enable us to do just that.”