Bowers & wilkins is a british loudspeaker company that produces mid-range through reference quality hi-fi and home theater speakers. the company name is often abbreviated to just b&w. joe atkins is the current owner and chairman. he is the successor to robert otto trunz, who led the company after founder john bowers died in 1987. bowers & wilkins is based in its home town of worthing, west sussex, england. b&w is part of the b&w group ltd, which also includes rotel and classé audio.