Ever since the company was founded, Jacques Mahul was aware that Focal-JMlab would have to become international in order to compete with its competitors.
Thus, in the early 90’s, an export strategy for Focal-JMlab hi-fi loudspeakers was established, with a particular focus on high-end products for Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. In recent years, there has been considerable growth in these areas thanks to the strong development of the brands’ reputation, first JMlab, and then Focal, which were both awarded. The JMlab Vega model, for example, was voted “Loudspeaker of the Year, 1992” in Japan, a first for a French product!
In 1996, it was the Grande Utopia model’s turn to be praised by the international press as one of the best hi-fi loudspeakers ever commercialised… only to be dethroned by the Grande Utopia Beryllium, which, with its Golden Sound [best product in all categories] awarded by the Japanese, placed itself as the major international reference for loudspeakers!
In the same family, the Nova Utopia was voted “Product of the Year” in 2004 by the American magazine Stereophile...
Today, Focal is truly present on an international scale and its international sales have reached 70%
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