Behringer is an audio equipment company founded by Uli Behringer in 1989, in Willich, Germany. was listed as the 14th largest manufacturer of music products in 2007. is a multinational group of companies, with direct marketing presence in 10 countries or territories and a sales network in over 130 countries around the world. Though originally a German manufacturer, the company now makes its products in China.
The company is owned by Music Group, a holding company chaired by Uli
which also owns other audio companies such as Midas, Klark Teknik and Bugera as well as Electronic Manufacturing Services company Eurotec. In June 2012, Music Group also acquired Turbosound company, which designs and manufactures professional loudspeaker systems and was formerly owned by Harman.
According to Uli Behringer his piano teacher, impressed with his sense of perfect pitch, nicknamed him “The Ear”, the inspiration for the Ear logo. The highlighted “ING” stands for “diploma engineer”, or the German academic title “Dipl.-Ing”, which he received upon his graduation from the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf.
The logo was updated to the current logo on September 2010.
In May 2000, acquired the rights to the entire CoolAudio technology from Intersil Corporation, a US-based semi-conductor manufacturer. CoolAudio is a high-power Class-D amplification technology with power ratings up to 4,000 Watts and efficiencies up to 90%, which has been rated as high audio quality. The acquisition included an extensive intellectual property portfolio and licensees such as Alpine and Rowe, among others
In 2002, completed its own factory, Behringer City, in Zhongshan of China’s Guangdong province after it consolidated more than ten separate production locations into one vertically integrated plant. Comprising eight buildings that produces electronics, speakers, guitars and digital pianos and also hosts an onsite health clinic. This strategy was different than that taken by other musical instrument companies who used third party manufacturers. Choosing to run a self-contained plant allowed a greater level of quality control. The 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) manufacturing complex in Zhongshan ships more than 2.5 million products per year to markets around the globe. The plant turns out over 50,000 mixers per month with a failure rate that is less than 0.1%.