Inside the Gibson/Onkyo Marriage
The first product dealers and consumers can expect from the recent marriage between Gibson and Onkyo will most likely be a headphone line, followed by a music-enhancement driver for mobile devices. After that, the sky's the limit.
"We have a lot of ideas," Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar recently said during an interview, along with Munenori Otsuki, CEO and president of Onkyo. "At the end of the day, though, it's a skunkworks, so you don't really know what's going to come out of it."
Gibson recently became a majority stockholder in Onkyo and an owner of 51 percent of Onkyo's U.S. distribution. Onkyo also bought stock in Gibson, and the two companies have formed a joint R&D venture, "a type of skunkworks," Juszkiewicz explained, "to develop game-changing products."