About FACE

the Foundation for Audiovisual Commerce & Engineering

FACE is a full-service provider for the AV Industry.
With offices in Boom (BE), Rotterdam (NL) and Duisburg (GE) we supply a wide range of solutions and services throughout Europe and beyond.

FACE operates with multiple divisions; besides distribution for the Professional AV and MI market, they have a dedicated Project and Integration division.

A team of seasoned AV specialists sculpts entire projects for theme parks, corporate environments, museums, theatre and stage.  

With a broad selection of tools in audio and visual applications they deliver premium hardware, software and services. A dedicated team with years of experience in various AV applications plans, creates and executes solutions to bring any performance, installation, or idea to life.

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A little bit of history...

1992

Ampco Belgium was founded by Karel De Piere and Eric De Bruijn, who joined the venture through his company Ampco Audio Products.

The company started distributing professional audio equipment for the entertainment market and represents widely known brands such as Martin Audio, Midas Consoles, BSS and AKG. 

1998

Candela was founded as a daughter of Ampco, aiming to expand the distribution business to professional lighting equipment.

Candela quickly gained the confidence of manufacturers such as Vari*Lite, MA Lighting and Major- which represented a solid portfolio for the rental broadcast and theatre market. 

Around this time both Ampco and Candela also started to focus on system integration and installations.

2000

Ampco and Candela join the Ampco Flashlight Group, which has various companies branching out in Sales, Rental and Technology divisions.

The group continues expansion in the Benelux, Germany, France, and Romania. All Audio- Visual techniques are supplied with a large focus on the entertainment market.

2009

The Belgian Sales divisions of the group decide to become independent , and Karel De Piere acquires 100% ownership and sells his stake in the Ampco Flashlight Group. 

Ampco and Candela focus 100% on sales and serve the market through their distribution, project and dealer branches, respectively representing the Audio and Lighting side of the business.

2010

FACE is born out of the merger of Ampco Belgium and Candela. A "joined" audio-visual sales company will strengthen the market position and increased synergy and more efficient service benefit both the company and it's clientele.

FACE specializes in Audio, Lighting and Video and supply hardware, software and services to professionals, the project market and a network of dealers active in the entertainment, communication and architectural markets.

2012

The concept of ESP is born;  an outsourcing division for manufacturers who want to get connected to the European market.

Meanwhile the classic FACE activities are expanding outside Benelux to the rest of Europe.

2013

To support the company's growth new satellite sales divisions are set up in The Netherlands and Germany. FACE and ESP develop an new digital strategy and move into B2B E-commerce activities to better support the larger market.