Britain’s KEF celebrated its 50th anniversary as a loudspeaker innovator in round-the-globe simultaneous receptions September 27th that included a New York City party hosted by Queen Elizabeth II’s Consul General, Danny Lopez, at his penthouse residence. Other receptions noting the anniversary took place in the U.K., Hong Kong, France and Germany.
“Fifty years is a long time. Not a lot of companies have had that type of run,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF’s USA Division, in his remarks at the reception, adding that the company’s longevity and success was due to its being “an engineering and design company in tune with what the its market and its customers are looking for, but most importantly, with what music is all about.”
“A 50th anniversary is an incredible achievement, and KEF stands for innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Lopez in toasting the company, founded in 1961 by engineer Raymond Cooke. He noted that KEF’s worldwide activities were in sync with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s launch of the “GREAT” Britain brand campaign, geared to promoting the U.K. and its products in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics – both of which will take place in 2012.
For the New York reception, a special cake depicting Cooke and several KEF speaker models was produced by Carlo’s Bakery, featured on the TLC show, “Cake Boss.”
(Photos by Kristen Somody Whalen)