On one stand is the existing Control4 distributor Convergent Technologies, on another stand is Advance Audio Australia, who takes over distribution of the Control4 product range in November and will feature several of the new Control4 products, according to Nick Libertone CEO of Convergent Technologies, who is also claiming that he has been given no reason for his dumping.
"I only found out last week that Control4 executives will be showing new Control4products on the Advance Audio Australia stand. I am angry about this. My lawyers have told me that Control4 are in breach of their distributor contract but there is not much I can do about it because the contract between Control4 and my Company is based on US law and for me to sue I have to lodge an action in the USA. Control4 know this".
According to Joseph Riediger, a director of AAA, Nick Libertone is making a "rod for his own back by complaining".
"Control4 have dumped him for a reason and I am sure that he knows. This is not the first time that he has been dumped by a major automation vendor. Crestron did it to him some years ago. Control4 have been shopping their business for some time in Australia, Amber Technology and others were all in discussions with them up to seven months ago. I have not been told why he has been dumped".
"All of the current model Control4 stock we will have on our stand has been purchased from Convergent Technologies. We have spent over $35K on stock recently. I don't know what Nick is going on about, he can't help himself, he has been dumped and he has been dumped for a reason, it could be poor service, poor distribution across Australia, I don't know but I am sure he knows".