Robe Announces Acquisition of LiteWare Product Range from GDS


Robe Lighting s.r.o., the Czech based entertainment lighting multi-national announces the acquisition of the complete range of LiteWare portable battery LED products from UK company Global Design Solutions (GDS).

With immediate effect the sales, marketing, manufacture and support for this award winning range will be transferred to Robe, and be available through both the company’s subsidiary offices and extensive global distributor network.

Robe CEO Josef Valchar comments, “We had planned on entering the battery LED market for some time, so when the opportunity to acquire the market leading brand came along  … the die was cast!”


“GDS has done a great job in establishing the product range and I know we can develop it further and add to the global sales through our network. It’s also great to instigate this at a time that fits in with the huge growth that GDS is experiencing with their own core market products.”

The complete LiteWare range will be highlighted on Robe’s booth - B51 in Hall 11 - at the upcoming Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.


GDS M.D. Matt Lloyd says, “As GDS continues to grow internationally with other innovative products, the company is investing in the ongoing development of the award winning Arc system and other products that are predominantly project based.”

“The LiteWare brand has been extremely successful for GDS and Robe taking it on will ensure its continued success and future development”.


GDS is an award winning UK manufacturer that was established in 2004 with an international distribution network in over 42 countries. The company has its manufacturing facility in Bristol UK where it produces all of its six different product ranges.  The diverse range of technology based products include ARC System, an advanced wireless and wired LED Auditorium House Lighting system, LiteWare the original wireless battery uplighter, LiteWare HO and LiteWare Satellite. SMConsole range which includes stage managers desks and consoles. CueSystem incorporating unique TCPIP programmable Ethernet based cue light systems. Mobal Tester, the original and award winning automated Socapex tester. The multi award winning BlueSystem utilising BlueBeam and BlueDome, the worlds original and leading backstage LED working light system for any venue and finally our special projects team that deliver bespoke versions of our standard products.