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Clair Brothers Expands Distribution in Argentina and Beyond with Proven South American A/V Professionals – SVC
Clair Brothers Expands Distribution in Argentina and Beyond with Proven South American A/V Professionals – SVC
Argentina – Sistemas de Video Comunicación S.A. (SVC) is an Argentinian company dedicated to delivering on-point solutions for the broadcast television, film, video, pro audio and multimedia industries. SVC has more than 30 years of experience representing leading firms and the highest quality products, making the company a benchmark in technology within its coverage areas in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia. The key to its success is its commitment of integration with specialised professionals, complemented by the import, sales, installation and after-sales service of complex technology products. Joining with Clair Brothers as its sole distributor in this emerging professional entertainment region, SVC cements further its stellar reputation as provider of high-end A/V products and engineering services.
The SVC team was introduced to Clair Brothers by Fabian Giordano, owner of Giordano Sonido, a Clair Brothers rental partner in the same region. Ricardo Pegnotti, director at SVC, explains “In April of 2018, Fabian organised a visit with us to Clair Brothers headquarters in Manheim, Pennsylvania. This was such a big opportunity for us to join forces with one of the most iconic brands in live sound. I can’t thank Fabian enough for this opportunity.”
SVC sells and distributes the Clair Brothers C-Series loudspeakers, which includes C8, C12 and C15 line arrays with customisable TrueFit Technology. Also included in their impressive arsenal is the kiTCurve12, as well as a full range of innovative Clair Brothers products including the popular 1AM and 1.5AM stage monitors, the conveniently stackable S2 PA System, iS218 subwoofers, coaxial cabinets that include the 5CX and 8CX, the new award-winning 10SPOT, plus full-range FF2 front fill boxes, and Clair Brothers/Lab.gruppen amplifiers with on-board Lake processing and Dante digital audio networking.
“We’ve represented AVID for more than twenty years in our territory. The AVID Venue live sound console is one of our key products. This puts us in a unique position because we consider these mixing consoles, paired with the signature Clair Brothers sound, the perfect combination and solution for any customer involved in the entertainment industry,” says Pegnotti.
SVC has begun its distribution of Clair Brothers gear in Argentina and plans, in the near future, to expand into the countries where they currently distribute AVID products. He adds: “I feel it’s important to mention the good vibes we all felt during our visit to Clair Brothers. The team there is so friendly, accommodating and relaxed. Great people combined with the best, most innovative loudspeaker products in the world? Well, let me say, working and growing with Clair Brothers is nothing short of exciting for myself and for SVC as a company!”
“SVC brings a unique focus to the entertainment technology market in Argentina and Clair Brothers is delighted to bring SVC on as a distribution partner and to work with them to continue expanding our growth in the region,” says Henry Hissrich, business development manager at Clair Brothers. “Our industry-leading sound reinforcement products align well with SVC’s expertise and customer-focused reputation.”
21st September 2018
J&C Joel launch Setting the Stage Fund with the Theatres Trust
J&C Joel has announced the launch of a new grant scheme with the Theatres Trust.
J&C Joel is one of the world leading manufacturers and installers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions in the theatre industry. The company is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary and has selected the Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, as its chosen charity for the year.
J&C Joel’s Setting the Stage Fund, which was launched at PLASA 2018, will provide up to £10,000 of in-kind support to one UK based not for profit theatre. The support will be offered in the form of J&C Joel’s products and services which can include but isn’t limited to front of house drapery, masking and black out drapery, tracks and servicing of stage engineering equipment.
Theatres will be able to apply by downloading an application form from the Theatres Trust website. The deadline for entries will be Friday, 30th November with a shortlist announced in January. The shortlisted venues will then be visited by a panel of judges from J&C Joel and the Theatres Trust with the successful applicant being announced in February.
J&C Joel’s CEO, James Wheelwright said: “Theatrical drapery and stage engineering are at the heart of what we do at J&C Joel. We are extremely proud to be able to work with the Theatres Trust to give something back to the industry which has been the key to our success. We hope the Setting the Stage Fund will make a real difference to a theatre in need whilst also benefiting the community it serves.”
As part of J&C Joel’s support for the Theatres Trust across the year they are also encouraging all customers to donate £1 every time they place an order throughout the next 12 months, each £1 donated will be matched by J&C Joel.
Jon Morgan, director, Theatres Trust said: “Being chosen as J&C Joel’s charity of the year means that the Theatres Trust will be able to support even more theatres to thrive. And we are delighted to be working with them on the Setting the Stage Fund, providing our expertise to find a deserving theatre for this generous support.”
20th September 2018
DPA Microphones Chalks Up Impressive Sales Results In Germany
Germany – DPA Microphones’ philosophy of getting closer to dealers and customers has paid dividends in Germany where its new dedicated sales team and reorganised partner structure is achieving results that have exceeded the company’s initial expectations by far.
The new company structure and the introduction of new products such as DPA’s CORE by DPA amplifier technology has led to this very positive reaction from the German market.
To consolidate this success, DPA has launched a dedicated German website – www.dpamicrophones.de – that addresses this important market in its native language and focuses on news, new product information, case studies and local events. It also offers a store locator and product configurator, making it very easy for DPA users to identify exactly the right microphone for their specific needs.
DPA took the decision to strengthen its presence in Germany at the end of 2017 so that it could offer customers better support and improved access to its exceptional product range. The well-known team has a great knowledge and expertise of DPA’s product range and the many different areas of the audio industry that DPA serves.
Heading the German operation is Martin Kaaber (pictured), DPA’s VP of Sales for DACH and Benelux. He is supported by business development manager Florian Kresse, key account manager North Reinhard Stelter and key account manager south Mike Brühl. As of 1st July, Pernille Satsman-Nørhede also joined the team as customer relation manager, with responsibility for managing and coordinating DPA workshop and seminar events that are already proving very popular in Germany.
“I have no doubt that our highly motivated team has played an important role in our success to date,” says Martin Kaaber. “However, we are not resting on our laurels because we know there is still a great deal more we can offer the market. For example, product and sales training conducted in German is in huge demand, so Florian Kresse has taken on this responsibility, with the backing of DPA’s highly skilled staff in Denmark. We are also delighted to have Pernille onboard as her contribution to the team will enable us to deliver even better assistance and support to the German market.”
Kaaber says that the structural changes have been very well received by German partners, all of which are strong in different market segments and have already helped DPA extend its brand reach.
“We only sell to the market through our partner network which allows us to support our partners while at the same time fostering close relationships with end users because our emphasis is on support rather than sales. We firmly believe in getting closer to our customers so that we can learn what they need and want in a microphone solution and what obstacles they are trying to overcome.”
A good example of DPA’s ‘Get Closer’ approach to product development is CORE by DPA, which powers its line of d:screet miniature lavalier, d:fine headset and d:vote 4099 instrument microphones and creates an even clearer sound by lowering overall distortion and expanding the dynamic range.
“The German market has quickly adopted this new technology and we are seeing a significant increase in the amount of CORE products sold,” Martin Kaaber adds. “Many of our rental partners are switching their DPA products for the equivalent CORE by DPA version and more and more dealers and system integrators are specifying CORE products as the new standard. In recent months we have seen a number of key productions such as Mamma Mia the Musical and Wahnsinn – The Wolfgang Petry Musical relying entirely on CORE by DPA microphones and the feedback we have had from the production companies has been fantastic. We have many more CORE equipped German projects in the pipeline so, for us, the future of this technology is looking very promising indeed.”
19th September 2018
Community and Ampere Celebrate 25-Year Partnership in Mexico
Mexico – Concurrent with Community Professional Loudspeakers celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, it also celebrates the 25th anniversary of its partnership with Mexican distributor, Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas sa de CV.
Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas, founded in 1985, is a prominent Mexican distributor specialising in the supply of pro audio for the installation and broadcast sectors, providing market leading system design, technical support and service for all its brands.
To celebrate 25 years of partnership with Community, Ampere recently held a special training event for the official launch of the new IV6 modular vertical array in Mexico. Dealers from all over Mexico came for a day of Community product training, followed by a party in the evening with live performances. The event was supported by key Community staff including president and founder Bruce Howze, Christine Howze, CEO Steve Johnson, director of technical services Dave Howden and Latin America sales manager Steve Goodwin.
Community chose the event to present Ampere with a special award, to thank them for “25 Years of Partnership.” The visit to Mexico also gave Bruce Howze and Dave Howden the opportunity to present technical topics at an AES meeting in Mexico City.
Bruce Howze commented: “It’s very gratifying to see the distribution we started 25 years ago with Ampere develop over the years into the enduring partnership we have today. They’ve always given their total commitment to our brand and products and are a valued part of our global team.”
“Ampere is a fantastic company to partner with,” added Steve Goodwin. “With 25 years’ experience, they know our products inside out, yet maintain fresh enthusiasm with every sale and project. As Sales Manager for the region, I couldn’t wish to work with a nicer, more experienced crew.”
Jaime Celis, director general, Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas, said: “We are very proud to represent Community in Mexico, a brand that combines genuine engineering and innovation. Community continuously sets new standards in loudspeaker technology and the reliability of their products is outstanding. We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 25 years and look forward to partnering with Community for the next 25 years with equal passion.”
13th September 2018
KLANG:technologies Appoints United Brands of Düsseldorf as German Distributor
Germany – KLANG, the German-based manufacturer of the world’s first truly immersive 3D in-ear mixing technologies has appointed United Brands of Düsseldorf, as its exclusive distributor to the German market. United Brands is a highly respected event technology supplier and distributor, responsible for the exclusive distribution of many high quality marques such as DiGiCo and Adamson in Germany. This deal demonstrates further evidence of KLANG’s growing global presence, working in partnership with a number of leading distributors.
Jens Steffan of United Brands, has first-hand experience of KLANG’s products and was instrumental in suggesting and setting up the partnership: “I work widely in audio production and have used KLANG:fabrik products for a number of artists. Currently I’m mixing monitors for Persian artist Ebi on his world tour and we’re using KLANG solutions. I love the cleverness and flexibility of the products. They sound amazing, they’re reliable and also future-oriented by virtue of their FPGA technology, customers can take advantage of software updates instead of buying new product. We are delighted to add another attractive cutting-edge technology to the United Brands portfolio and placing it front and centre in the German market.”
Phil Kamp, head of sales at KLANG is in no doubt that the arrangement is a great fit for both parties: “As we continue to grow our network, it’s important to us that our partners share our genuine passion for delivering quality products supported by excellent service. The United Brands team ticks every box for KLANG. They have a thorough understanding of the German pro-audio market-place and enjoy a strong network of partners and clients. Their technical expertise is of the highest order and this, coupled with a total commitment to customer support, has made them immensely successful. I have worked side by side with members of the UB team on several tours and seminars, as well as in business and we’ve developed a deep respect and trust that will have a hugely positive impact on our co-operation.”
12th September 2018
Eilon Engineering Announces Market-leading Five-Year Limited Warranty
USA - Eilon Engineering has announces that as of 1st September 2018, all Eilon Engineering load monitoring systems are sold with a market-leading five-year limited warranty. The five-year warranty, which includes the company’s popular Ron StageMaster products, is not only an assurance of product quality but an important peace-of-mind component for customers who purchase Eilon products.
“For over 40 years, Eilon Engineering's uncompromising commitment to quality and safety has earned us a global reputation for excellence,” stated Eitan Eilon, CEO and president at Eilon Engineering. “While a strong emphasis on continuous development and innovation has resulted in thousands of repeat customers, a long-term reliability study and careful analysis of Eilon service and repair statistics has proven what the company has always known, Eilon Engineering systems are extremely reliable. The new five-year warranty has been initiated as an acknowledgement of this record of quality, as well as a mark of confidence in Eilon products.”
Some of the world’s most demanding companies have put their trust in Eilon products to deliver the high-quality, safety-conscious products required to safeguard valuable equipment and protect lives. NASA, for example, has relied on Eilon Engineering products for over 20 years. Led by an assembly team that cannot afford to take risks, Ron StageMaster load cells are playing an important safety role in NASA’s mission to build the next-generation US manned spacecraft. In the entertainment world, Eilon products have provided an added layer of safety protection on shows for years. Cirque du Soleil is just one of many clients who use Ron StageMaster load cells to protect audiences and performers from dangerous overloads. Other leading companies such as Disney, Boeing, GE, Siemens, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and many more entrust their valuable assets to Eilon Engineering systems.
Eilon Engineering invites professionals to take a closer look at the complete range of Ron StageMaster load monitoring systems at the upcoming PLASA trade show in London, Stand E12, where the Eilon team would be happy to demo a system and discuss any load monitoring requirements.
12th September 2018
Maestra Scenic is Launched
Maestra has been providing its clients with creative scenic services for the past few years in both London and Dubai, so this consolidates the business model, and brings a key division of the contractor services portfolio in-house.
Already delivering lighting, audio, video, rigging as well as scenic elements including the fabrication of set and staging, it was a “totally logical step” confirmed Maestra Dubai’s managing director Tom Clements.
The new department will be headed up by Jurgens Potgieter, who brings over 10 years of practical experience in the region, working for several leading fabrication contractors. Before then, he cut his ‘production teeth’ in the same industry in South Africa.
Jurgens has been deployed on many demanding and high profile shows and events, and “his wealth of talent, energy and positive personality fits perfectly with our team” says Tom.
Jurgens started his career in theatre while completing an N-Dip in Entertainment Technology, specializing in Set Design & Construction. In the intervening 12 years, he has acquired some serious skills in the construction of temporary and semi-permanent structures across all genres of the entertainment, production and special projects spectrums, and he’s also worked on permanent installations.
“I always strive hard to help create memorable events, productions and projects, by combining my passion and knowledge of the highest international standards and safety regulations to deliver the vision and expectations of each individual client” he commented.
Asked why he wanted to work for Maestra, known for their imagination, flair and being one of the youngest, fastest growing and sought-after production partners in a highly competitive market, he said, “What Tom and the team have achieved at Maestra in such a short time says a lot about their enthusiasm and aptitude for the industry”.
A new warehouse has been designed and kitted out for the exclusive use of Maestra Scenic, all geared towards providing a flexible workspace with maximum efficiency.
An initial investment in new tooling and machinery will assist with custom set and scenic requirements, and while it is envisaged that this will be a big part of the activity, there will also be a comprehensive range of standard rental items available from stock - set flats, staging units, etc. - unleashing an even wider range of cost-effective solutions for any client.
This new scenic division is expected to be expanded rapidly as the company’s commercial success flourishes.
The department will focus on supporting Maestra’s existing business as a truly excellent single-solution provider for all scenic and technical production needs.
10th September 2018
Loud Audio, LLC Announces the Sale of Iconic EAW Business
USA - LOUD Audio, LLC (LOUD), a portfolio company of Transom Capital Group, has announced that it has sold the EAW business from its portfolio of Pro Audio and MI businesses to the Italian Pro-Audio company RCF Group. This is the third and final divestiture by Transom aimed at allowing LOUD to narrow its focus to the Mackie brand and deliver the best possible products and experience to its Pro Audio customers.
"While I have truly enjoyed working with all of the brands in the LOUD legacy, now it's time for us to turn the page and to be entirely focused on building the Mackie brand," said Alex Nelson, Mackie's president. "Our companies have long lived in a conglomeration of brands and I believe going forward all the brands are going to benefit from new found focus, alignment and investment. This last divestiture marks a particularly exciting time for Mackie employees worldwide who are now about to embark on a journey of re-invention and re-vitalisation."
TJ Smith, President of EAW, added: "Having grown up with the EAW and Mackie brands, I can truly say that this is an exciting moment. Both brands are now in a significantly stronger position to support their unique partners and customers. I look forward to the continued development of Mackie and EAW under new and more focused ownership."
Ty Schultz, managing partner at Transom Capital Group, concluded: "Simplifying the LOUD business to focus on high quality audio delivery from consumers to professionals has always been the focus of our thesis. We are very happy to have found a great new owner for the EAW brand and wish everyone involved much success going forward."
EAW and LOUD will be working together over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for all customers, dealers, and distributors.
5th September 2018
J&C Joel expands operations in Europe
Romania – J&C Joel has announced an expansion of its operations in Europe, with the opening of a new office in Romania and establishing J&C Joel Europa.
The UK-based company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions and exports to over 80 countries worldwide.
Following the successful implementation of a channel model of dealers and distributors throughout Europe and Russia, the firm is looking to further develop their presence across the continent by making this major investment into its infrastructure.
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s regional manager for Europe and Russia said: “We are very excited to grow the business into Romania and to provide better strategic support for our clients and partners across Europe and Russia. Their efforts and commitment to market and sell our brand have facilitated the establishment of this hub and we are looking forward to proactively growing our mutual business in their domestic markets.”
The company has opened a new 2,000 sq ft purpose-built office in Romania. The new location, which opened in July, is in addition to the firm’s current established offices in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the business’ headquarters in the UK.
The European sales and warehouse facility is based in the country’s capital, Bucharest and will help support the growing market in Europe and Russia ensuring the company can continue to provide its quality products and first-class customer service whilst improving lead times.
The location of the new office will give J&C Joel a permanent centralised position in Europe allowing the company to service the region better and offer face-to-face support to its network of 28 dealers, distributors and customers. In early 2019 the firm is looking to double the sales team both internally and externally to support the growth in the region and keep up with the ever-increasing demands for J&C Joel’s services.
James Wheelwright, CEO at J&C Joel, said: “It is fantastic we are in a position to open another office, this time in mainland Europe. This is testament to our hard-working team and also the dealers and distributors we have developed partnerships with over the last two and a half years.
“We know that investing in our infrastructure within this region is extremely important to our business, especially to protect our international trade in the wake of Brexit. Having a European based office will not only safeguard the company but will also offer a central hub for our European team allowing them to ensure we are providing the best service to our dealers, distributors and clients.”
5th September 2018
Saville Group Signals the Start of a New Era
UK – Saville Audio Visual is set to launch three new visual identities and revamped websites after enjoying a period of strong growth.
Saville Group has been revealed as the new parent brand. It will be joined by Sparq and Visavvi as the company's live events business and the AV systems specialists respectively.
Colin Nixey, joint managing director of Saville Group, said: "So far 2018 has been one of our busiest years yet. We have invested in creating three new brands to futureproof the company, as well as ensuring our people are the best in the business so that we can continue to support new and existing clients across the UK, Europe and the US.
"Our first-rate, highly trained workforce of more than 200 skilled professionals is hugely important to our success. It means we can continue to provide excellent service, produce exciting live events and deliver innovative business collaboration solutions to our clients."
Andy Dyson, joint managing director of Saville Group, said: "We have an incredibly strong heritage and have been delivering innovative, high quality AV systems integration and live event services for many years.
"Our industry is continually evolving and over a sustained period of very strong growth, which has brought turnover to more than £41m, the board decided we needed to see a change in the way in which we present ourselves through our brands. This will ensure we set the standard for live events and business collaboration for our clients now and in coming years."
The process means that Saville Group, Sparq and Visavvi will be bringing key strengths to the forefront of the businesses. "To do this, our clients and our people were heavily involved in the change process, with some fantastic feedback that was included at the heart of the changes," continued Andy Dyson.
Saville Group's new brand reflects its unique position in the industry and combines a sleek, modern outlook with its heritage as one of the UK's longest-established audio visual companies. It represents strong values, passion and dynamism, underpinning its commitment to working with a wide range of businesses throughout the world.
Colin Nixey, joint managing director of Saville Group, added: "Our brand transformation project has given us an excellent opportunity to review and consolidate our core values as a company. We've created three exciting new brands that accurately reflect who we are and our approach to working closely with our clients. It's been an incredibly positive experience for our teams, uniting us with one clear vision and approach for the future."
4th September 2018
Anolis and ArKaos Announce Partnership
Premium architectural LED lighting manufacturer Anolis and leading real-time visual processing technology provider ArKaos have announced a highly innovative collaboration which will see the two well-known and respected brands working together on several future product developments.
This will result in huge benefits to lighting and media designers and concept agencies using ArKaos and Anolis.
Anolis’s LED lighting, pixel-based fixtures and other hardware will have ArKaos’s newly launched cloud based communications protocol An-Ki embedded, meaning that the growing trend for video-mapped content being run through LED media installations can be maintained remotely from anywhere in the world – thanks to the ArKaos cloud!
“This will add huge value to installation designers working in all fields,” commented ArKaos’ MD Agnes Wojewoda, “it offers the possibility of fully flexible and stable control which will be added to future Anolis products, although the protocol will work with any LED fixture.”
“We are hugely excited to be the first brand to team up with ArKaos on this unique project alliance,” stated Anolis MD Tim Van den Eede, “As two extremely strong and forward-looking European brands, working together, we can provide cool and comprehensive lighting and media fixture ranges and control solutions at affordable prices.”
Key areas and sectors of interest and activity will include digital billboards, interactive building and facade installations, corporate, industrial and commercial sales and cultural projects.
The move will involve a fluid bi-directional commercial relationship whereby ArKaos products like An-Ki and MediaMaster will be distributed by Anolis, while Anolis fixtures including ArcPix, ArcDots, DVPs and others will be sharing sales resources with ArKaos.
Both brands will be included on potential product specifications for projects. It will mean that Anolis products can be supplied with a number of ArKaos’ flexible and proven media server control solutions on-board, and there will be huge potential for the existing customers of both companies to discover the flexibility of the other. New contacts can be presented with many creative options for both fixtures and control.
Customers who invest via one brand will get the ingenuity, quality, experience and support of both established partners.
“Having media server and remote control technology like this as integral will set Anolis apart,” confirms Tim.
Anolis underwent a major re-branding exercise at the start of 2018 when Tim was appointed as MD. He comments: “We and the team at ArKaos all share the same lively and proactive management style and can-do attitude, so we’re anticipating a long and proactive working relationship for the benefit of our respective client bases.”
Agnes concludes: “We are all looking forward to this combination of cutting-edge technologies – we will be able to offer faster, more flexible and even more versatile products and outstanding after-sales and client support.”
In picture: ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic with Anolis’s Tim Van Deb Eede.
3rd September 2018
HK Audio Demo Theatre now open for business
UK – JHS has announced the re-opening of the HK Audio Demo Theatre, at the company's headquarters in Garforth, Leeds.
The newly-refurbished Demo Theatre is home to the entire HK Audio range of live sound reinforcement systems of the highest quality. Made in Germany, these systems are the product of a lifelong passion and pursuit of a vision – the aspiration to deliver perfect sound.
All JHS account holders are welcome to visit the Demo Theatre to utilise the abundance of on-site HK Audio equipment and the company's expertise, and begin turning customer enquiries into sales.
In-house pro audio specialist, Chris Walton is available to offer expert guidance and advice for visitors to the Demo Theatre; Chris has amassed over two decades' experience, working in the music industry in a number of different capacities.
The Demo Theatre is appointed with complete systems, cabling and accessories from the many HK Audio series, including:
LUCAS NANO – Professional sound to go
LUCAS 2K – The heart of the mobile DJ
ELEMENTS – The ingeniously different PA
PREMIUM PR:O – The German audio standard
LINEAR 3 – Top performance you can trust
LINEAR 5 – The new performance class
CONTOUR – The first class workhorse
Installation Line – Always the right solution
The HK Audio Demo Theatre facility is open for use to all JHS Customers, and new enquiries to visit and utilise the facility are always welcomed.
To make an appointment to visit the Demo Theatre, discuss PA requirements, or enquire about becoming an HK Audio stockist, please speak to Chris Walton on 0113 385 4434, email email@example.com
3rd September 2018
PRG and VER emerge as one integrated company in Europe and The Middle East
EMEA – PRG has announced that VER has merged into Production Resource Group in Europe and the Middle East.
The entities will be commonly controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. Jere Harris will serve as chairman and CEO of PRG and VER, and Stephan Paridaen will be president and COO. Both companies will offer the ability to share equipment, knowledge and personnel wherever doing so will benefit its customers and meet evolving client needs, offer solutions, resources and expertise in ways neither company could achieve independently.
“For more than 20 years PRG has been diligent in offering its clients the best production service and equipment in the entertainment industry. Growth across disciplines, markets and geographies has always been a key part of our strategy,” said Jere Harris, PRG’s chairman and CEO. “Now, our ability to support all types of entertainment productions globally will take on new meaning, raising an already high bar to an unprecedented level.”
PRG and VER are both well established in concert touring in lighting, video, media servers, and staging innovations. Combining PRG and VER’s strength will now offer a complete suite of services for tours, festivals, and events. Further, PRG can enhance its long history in television production and expand its work in the film industry as VER brings world-class expertise in the video camera market, lighting, display and a robust suite of cameras. VER customers will benefit from PRG’s staging and automation expertise, vast lighting inventory and its position as the exclusive rental house for PRG’s patented proprietary lighting and video products.
“We believe that this approach will bring about innovation, an exciting level of service, and even more transformative collaboration with our partners. It feels historic, not only for PRG and VER, but for entertainment industry,” said Harris.
Globally, VER and PRG will have approximately 70 locations across five continents. Clients will have improved access to an extraordinary array of equipment from all major manufacturers as well as specialised and proprietary equipment.
23rd August 2018
TiMax announces tm stagetec systems as new Australian distributor
Australia – UK spatial audio innovator, Out Board, has announced tm stagetec systems as exclusive Australian distributor and support specialist for its leading-edge immersive spatial audio and showm control products TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker. Whilst consolidating TiMax representation in Australia’s performance, event and experience markets, the move also furthers tm stagetec systems’ objective of being industry-leading high technology providers and systems integrators.
TiMax SoundHub is the global market leader in immersive spatial reinforcement and stage tracking for vocal localisation, delivering unparalleled realism, flexibility and reliability to live performances. This product also provides outstanding message impact and engagement for presentation sector audiences, delegates, guests, journalists and congregations worldwide, via dynamic immersive audio processing coupled with integrated playback, editing and versatile spatial rendering and show control workflows.
TiMax SoundHub therefore additionally offers experience integrators an exclusive show-in-a-box for immersive multimedia AV installs, rides and themed environments, with this unique combination of resources coupled with extensive external show control interactivity.
TiMax Tracker advanced UWB radar stage tracking follows performers or presenters around a stage or event arena in three dimensions. It ensures actors voices are spatially reinforced in real-time as they move around the stage, maintaining realism, intelligibility and audience immersion.
As technology systems integrators, tm stagetec systems’ staff are experts in their field and the synergy between TiMax and tm stagetec systems is undeniable. Staff have undertaken training for TiMax products in Sydney from Out Board director Dave Haydon and are now well versed and ready to apply TiMax advanced technology and techniques to meet a multitude of client needs. As the company evolves, tm stagetec systems is proud to work with industry-leading, global brands such as TiMax to further offer the most innovative technology solutions to the Australian market.
Mark Lownds, general manager at tm stagetec systems, said: “We are thrilled to welcome TiMax into the tm stagetec systems’ suite of brands. The fit between our technology-driven ethos and the leading edge, high-quality technology offered by TiMax products is a perfect match. To say that we are excited to work further with this brand and offer our clients in the Australian market this reliable, high-quality product for outstanding audio in the live performance, event and experiential arenas is an understatement.”
In picture: Treva Head and Mark Lownds of tm stagetec systems with Out Board's Dave Haydon.
23rd August 2018
A4I.tv – You know what, A4I shows you how!
Area Four Industries has launched the world’s first trussing and rigging internet TV channel at www.A4I.tv. Focused on education, design, rigging, product and on-site videos, A4I.tv will be a one-stop website for viewing videos produced by Area Four Industries and its four truss brands: Milos, Litec, James Thomas Engineering, and Tomcat.
For viewing convenience, navigation on the channel’s website is very user-friendly. All of its videos (a current total of 73 videos) are divided into five categories: educational, design basics, product basics, rigging basics and on-site videos. Just choose which category is of interest, and the user will be presented with a choice of all videos within that category. Alternatively, choose one of the group’s brands and be presented with all videos related to that brand.
Users can look forward to many different videos and video series that Area Four Industries will be releasing on an on-going basis.
All videos on A4I.TV are created with the goal of showing something new, passing on valuable knowledge, sharing tips and tricks within the rigging and support structure industry, presenting new and exciting products, and giving an insider’s view of exciting projects carried out by brands within the Area Four Industries group.
21st August 2018
GLP Appoints Mods Art as Italian Distributor
Mods Art was formed in 2010, initially as an audio company and is today owned and managed by Dr. Larìa, and technical director and CEO, Luigi Lombardi. They have been distributing a full range of video and lighting as well as audio from their base on the Adriatic coast since Laria joined the company in 2016.
“It was important to be able to offer our customers a 360° solution, and following our agreement with GLP we appointed [experienced lighting professional] Alessandro Righi to become the technical referent for this brand,” he said.
He said the company had previously turned down other requests for representation by lighting companies. “This is because our philosophy is really concentrated on technology and research. This we have found in GLP and we are proud to represent this brand in the Italian market. We are impressed not only by the technological innovation but also the reliability of the products and the GLP team itself, which is both professional and positive.”
He said that Mods Art will be looking to build the GLP brand “from the bottom up” in Italy. “We are working to introduce GLP at the top level, which is quite a challenge with so many high profile lighting manufacturers in Italy.”
But initial reaction, following open days and a presence at MIR (Music Inside Rimini) has been 100% positive, he confirmed. “The feedback has been excellent and we are highly optimistic,” Dr. Laria continued.
In fact Mods Art recently supplied a quantity of X4 Bars to major Italian rental company Agorà for use on the Jovanotti tour, and have several other projects pending.
Looking to the future, Mods Art has a dedicated division for seminar and demo activities, managed by Alessandro Righi, and an active social media and trade advertising programme managed by Laura Benigna. "On top of that,” states Dr. Laria, “we are on the road every day.”
In summary he says: “The most exciting products for us are JDC1 and the X4 Bar series – specifically for the concert touring market – but we also have important projects with the impression series in different markets. We believe that all GLP products have a good market potential.”
Sven Heindl added: “Mods Art is a dynamic and positive young company and I could see the mood and ambition from the number of visitors attending the booth at MIR. We look forward to a long and successful future working together with them.”
13th August 2018
Clair Brothers Joins Elit Light/Sound Technologies for Sales and Distribution in Turkey
Turkey – Elit Light/Sound Technologies is a professional solutions provider for studio television applications, conference and concert halls, theatres, bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, educational institutions, shopping malls, art galleries and cultural centres. The company offers its customers long-term solution partnerships from project concept to design to after-sale support. “Our mission is to set new industry standards with every sound and lighting project we work on,” says Elit’s Emre Defne. “We’re so proud to now be the Turkish partner of Clair Brothers because they give us a renewed ability to build on our mission to be the best live event brand in Turkey.” Clair Brothers is Elit’s most recent addition to their portfolio.
Elit Light/Sound Technologies sells and distributes the kiTCurve and C-Series loudspeakers with customizable TrueFit Technology, as well as other Clair Brothers product innovations such as the 1AM and 1.5AM Series stage monitors, the conveniently stackable S2 PA System, and more. “With Clair Brothers unique waveguide technology, we can offer customised products for tailor-made solutions for arenas and concert halls,” continues Defne. “Because of the waveguides, we’re able to find a custom solution with one speaker for a single project. It’s quite amazing. And with different cabinet colour and front grille options, tailoring to a specific project can be even more special.” Perhaps most importantly, Defne feels that the Clair Brothers product capabilities will prove popular with Elit’s customers. “Their products are very powerful when you compare them with other manufacturers around the world; they have at least 2dB or 3dB more in the same category of products. With Clair Brothers, we bring high-pressure volume levels with very high sound quality. Our customers in the Turkish market count on us for that and they believe in us.”
Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers chief engineer, remarks: “We are happy to have Elit onboard with us and look forward to making more contributions to Turkey’s vibrant culture of interesting venues and events. The Elit team brings experience and enthusiasm that will certainly make the future of Clair Brothers in Turkey bright!”
9th August 2018
LIFTKET acquires all shares in ChainMaster
LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH has acquired all shares in ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH effective from 1st August 2018. LIFTKET, a leading manufacturer of electric chain hoists, has been supplying ChainMaster for over 20 years. This event and stage technology specialist develops automated hoist systems including control, software, and operator interfaces.
ChainMaster will continue operations as a separate company with its established ChainMaster brand and its facility in Eilenburg near Leipzig. Company founders Susanne Hartung and Frank-Rainer Hartung remain managing directors. LIFTKET CEO Jürgen Dlugi plans to grow the stage segment, benefiting customers and employees of both companies. Both ChainMaster and LIFTKET supply international markets and work with qualified local partners for customer service and sales. The companies enforce a rigorous quality and safety management. At ChainMaster as well as at LIFTKET, product development and services are closely guided by customer requirements. The two companies will continue to develop and manufacture hoists for precise and safe positioning of lighting and sound equipment and other loads. Both LIFTKET in Wurzen and ChainMaster in Eilenburg are located near the city of Leipzig, in the dynamic industrial region of Saxony. The excellent situation of the labor market for qualified professionals as well as good infrastructure provide optimal conditions for further growth.
9th August 2018
Martin Audio Appoints Sama Sound as Korean Distributor
Korea – Sama Sound has been appointed as Martin Audio’s new Korean distributor.
Established in 1969, Sama Sound has long been one of the leading companies in the pro-audio industry and represents many major brands in the region.
This latest appointment came at a time when both parties were seeking new opportunities to expand their business with different partners. “From our perspective, developing a premium speaker portfolio was part of a strategic plan we had in place for a while, and we agreed to begin this exciting new journey, recognising that Martin Audio is a premium brand in the market, with a reputation built up over many decades,” stated Sama Sound president, Jason Inn.
He emphasises that their first priority will be an educational one, apprising customers of Martin Audio’s technical philosophy and eminent history in order to generate brand loyalty. “MLA is obviously the system that the majority of people know, but, Martin Audio has an excellent all round product range, from Blackline X upwards. We also believe Wavefront Precision series has strong potential in some vertical markets.”
Rental, theatre and HoW markets will be the main targets for line array products, they believe. “But really there is no limitation in other vertical markets we can penetrate, since Martin Audio’s product range has been well planned and thought out.”
As has Sama’s own marketing strategy. They are planning a series of marketing activities to promote the brand, focused on ‘Experiencing Martin Audio’. This will begin with a launch event on 21st August in which the core message will be ‘Experience’. This will focus on Martin Audio’s history, technology, philosophy supported by staff from Martin Audio and an MLA demo. Different music genres will be played for audiences including live traditional music to show how the system will deliver authentic Korean music.
“Since there have not been many opportunities for people in the region to listen to music via MLA so far, we strongly believe it is going to surprise a lot of people,” says Mr. Inn. Training and further product demonstration will follow in the aftermath.
In conclusion, he said: “Having looked carefully for opportunities to expand our product portfolio, we believe that with the acquisition Martin Audio we can now comprehensively service the market and grow together, increasing market share by developing synergy with our current partners. We are extremely excited about the new journey.”
Martin Audio’s APAC account manager, Andy Duffield responded: “Sama Sound has enjoyed great success over many years in the Korean market, both in rental/touring and the wider installation market. With Martin Audio’s proactive product strategy generating above industry growth in APAC both in 2017 and year-to-date, we felt the time was right for a change in our distribution to ensure success across all vertical markets.
“In looking for a new partner we were impressed by the professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the brand shown by the team at Sama Sound. This, plus their highly proactive and connected approach to the market, made the choice easy for us. We are thrilled at the prospects of working with Sama Sound in the years ahead.”
6th August 2018
BlackTrax gets new distributor for South East Asia
Malaysia – CAST BlackTrax has appointed Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its South East Asia distributor for CAST’s unique, innovative BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system.
“BlackTrax has already executed over 9,000 events around the world, but we continue to look for strategic opportunities to grow the business, and the South East Asia market represents a considerable market potential,” said Andrew Gordon, director, business development. “We are excited by this announcement, as A&L is the ideal team to help us establish a strong presence in the region. Their extensive experience, technical expertise and commitment to customer support represent what we strive for in a partnership.”
Acoustic & Lighting System is a distributor and integrator headquartered in Malaysia serving not only the local market but also Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand through a network of nine offices and 200+ staff. It already represents high profile audiovisual brands including Avolites, Claypaky, disguise and Luminex
“We work extensively in creating lighting and video for major live events, and it has become clear to us that BlackTrax will be a very valuable complement to what we can offer our customers, helping us provide them with a more complete solution,” said Eugene Yeo, general manager of Acoustic & Lighting. “BlackTrax has become famous for its ability to support the creation of truly amazing shows – such as new product launches, spectaculars, visitor attractions, grand openings and so on – and that’s what our customers are looking for.”
A&L has already taken delivery of its BlackTrax demonstration equipment and is receiving training from BlackTrax’ local support team.
BlackTrax technology allows moving objects to be automatically tracked, with positioning information transmitted to media servers, lighting consoles and so on, so that the objects can be highlighted with unprecedented accuracy and repeatability. It is rapidly becoming an industry standard for controlling projectors, cameras, robotic lights, media, audio and other equipment and applications that support the RTTrPM open source protocol.
1st August 2018
RM Audio Takes Over Martin Audio Distribution in Greece
Greece – Martin Audio has appointed RM Audio, specialist provider of sound, lighting, video and staging equipment for the live events industry, as its new distributor in Greece.
RM Audio / Ressou Bros Co was founded by Marinos and Michalis Ressos in 2006 and today they run the business, based in Moschato, Athens, with Giannikos Pavlos and Giorgos Kapolas.
Speaking of the excitement generated by the new brand acquisition, Kapolas said: “It is well known that Martin Audio is one of the world's leading manufacturers of speakers, with a history of innovation that has changed the history of the live concert industry and music in general.
“Unfortunately, in recent times the brand has been missing from the Greek market and so we contacted them, setting out our vision of Martin Audio to [EMEA sales manager] Brad Watson, and the opportunities that exist in Greece to get Martin Audio back as first choice of sound professionals again.”
He continued: “Whether we are dealing with concert coverage via MLA or installing CDD5s, as we have recently in one of the most famous cocktail bars in Paros, there is something for all applications. Thanks to these series and others, we can meet the needs of professionals and at the same time strengthen our network of dealers, rental partners and installers.”
RM Audio wasted no time in backing up their belief by showcasing Martin Audio’s portfolio, deploying a variety of systems across multiple stages at the inaugural edition of ADD 2018, Athens’ long awaited contemporary dance music festival, which took place in June. They also placed a large order for a system that includes WPC, monitors, iKON amps, CDD, both for their own rental stock and as a demo system. The iKON amplifier racks have been designed to drive Martin Audio’s new SXH218 subwoofers in bridged mode.
RM Audio has already supported Martin Audio webinars, and in person at exhibitions while in September they will attend the manufacturer’s open day. “Any help we need, we know Martin Audio's specialists are always on hand to share their knowledge with us,” says Kapolas.
Speaking of the appointment, Martin Audio’s EMEA account nanager, Brad Watson, stated: “We’re delighted to welcome RM Audio to the Martin Audio family. Their passion and knowledge for the sector is well respected in Greece and we believe they will be able to maximise the portfolio as they have already demonstrated with this stunning opening event.”
In closing Giorgos Kapolas said: “Although it is still early, the results are already clear, which makes us highly optimistic about strengthening Martin Audio's position in the PA industry.”
30th July 2018
Prolyte Launches North America Office in Texas
USA – In response to increased worldwide demand for its staging products and solutions, Prolyte Group has announced its expansion across North America with the opening of its office in Pearland, Texas. The Netherlands-based company is the world’s leading manufacturer of hardware and structural solutions for the entertainment industry with a product line that includes the aluminium truss structures, roofing, staging, crowd barriers and hoist systems.
Prolyte has built a significant presence throughout Europe, and Asia and the much-anticipated expansion to the US follows five years of successful operations in Canada. The Prolyte product line features lighter materials, faster assembly, and setup capability that is compatible with equipment in both the US and Europe. The company’s proven safety track record, coupled with versatility and ease of use, makes Prolyte systems a top choice for tour operators travelling globally.
“Texas was an attractive selection for Prolyte’s North American headquarters,” says Ralph Stockley, Prolyte’s chief commercial officer. “We already had an existing partnership with a company in Pearland. Other factors, such as tax benefits, the strength of the Texas economy and the proximity to the Port of Houston finalised our decision.”
Prolyte also plans to introduce its Prolyte Campus initiative, which provides complimentary safety and product training. Prolyte Campus is a learning model unique to Prolyte and is well-received by customers and technicians. Through this initiative, Prolyte regularly offers hands-on training events all over the globe and is excited to bring the concept to customers and locations across North America.
“The opening of our new North America headquarters in Texas and the Prolyte Campus programme will better serve clients in the region, speed up delivery times and provide the inventory and presence needed for Prolyte’s anticipated growth throughout North America and, eventually, South America,” says Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte’s chief executive officer.
30th July 2018
Studiomaster signs major European distribution agreement with EMD Music
UK – Studiomaster, the UK headquartered MI and pro audio brand, has signed a major MI and pro audio retail distribution agreement with EMD Music, for Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland.
The agreement, with one of Europe’s largest MI and pro audio retail distributors, follows a number of successive years of increasing growth for Studiomaster’s European export business, out of its Milton Keynes HQ.
“We have being growing our European market share significantly,” explains general manager Patrick Almond, “particularly in the last two years, when the rate of increase began accelerating to a point where it became clear that we needed to find a suitable partner with the presence on the ground to sustain further expansion. The search for the partner that could effectively support us across all of these territories, and provide us with the necessary market exposure to continue our growth strategy and fulfil our targets, led us to EMD Music.”
The agreement covers Studiomaster’s comprehensive range of analogue and innovative digital mixers and mixing consoles, entry level and mid-market self powered and passive PA and installation loudspeaker solutions, portable PA systems, and the hugely popular range of Carlsbro CSD electronic drum kits. With the first shipments arriving in its 12,000 square metre warehousing facility imminently, the agreement significantly broadens EMD Music’s PA offering to European retailers. "Studiomaster is a great British heritage brand with so much history the world of music entertainment. It is the perfect line that we have been looking for, to expand our business in the P.A. sector,” confirms Serge Alsteens, sales director, EMD Group.
In picture: Patrick Almond (general manager, Studiomaster), Serge Alsteen (sales director, EMD Group) and Mike Bufton (head of international sales, Studiomaster).
26th July 2018
TSL Lighting Announces £500,000 Stock Investment as Acquisition of Blinding Light Completes
UK – TSL Lighting has invested more than £500,000 in new rental stock as it announces the completion of its acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light.
The investment expands the company's stock of fixtures from a range of manufacturers, including Chroma-Q, Claypaky, Luminex, Chamsys and Litepanels.
"This marks a significant moment for TSL and Blinding Light as we underpin our commitment to growth and service with significant stock expansion," says managing director, Sam Tamplin. "Both brands share common core values, to provide the best quality lighting and rigging equipment and services to the production industry, delivered by skilled, knowledgeable and friendly project managers and technicians. I truly believe that our combined team – made up of well respected, experienced staff who share these values – will be a huge advantage to all of our clients, both existing and new."
Both locations (Gatwick and Basingstoke) continue to operate under their respective individual brands under the overall control of Sam Tamplin. TSL account directors Dom Sheerman and Loz Wilcox will remain in their management roles at Blinding Light, working alongside design directors Anthony Hall and Neil Harvey, and the rest of the Blinding Light team.
"Customers of both TSL and Blinding Light are assured that they will retain the same points of contact and will continue to enjoy the same great level of service, quality of equipment and personal relationships," Sam continues. "My plan for both sites was always about growth and unlocking extra capacity, so we're delighted to have added extra staff in the office and warehouse at both locations.
"The emphasis for both brands remains as it has always been: on providing a personal and individual service, supplying well prepared, quality equipment and ensuring our staff are suitably trained and experienced for every project they work on," Sam concludes. "It goes without saying that we are focused and committed to supporting and developing these core values as our group continues to grow."
24th July 2018
J&C Joel celebrates 40 years by supporting Theatres Trust
UK – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced the Theatres Trust (the national advisory public body for theatres) as its chosen charity for the company’s 40th anniversary year.
J&C Joel was established as a limited company in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax in 1978 by John Wheelwright whose family had been involved in the textile trade for more than 150 years. Originally selling fabric to tailors and the fashion industry, John quickly identified an opportunity to expand into events and entertainment.
The business, which has now been passed down to John’s son James, exports to more than 80 countries worldwide, providing products such as front of house theatre curtains, stage backdrops, cycloramas, gauzes, acoustic solutions, projection screens and an array of stage engineering solutions.
As part of J&C Joel’s support for the Theatres Trust across the year they will be encouraging all customers to donate one pound every time they place an order throughout the next 12 months; each £1 donated will be matched by J&C Joel.
James Wheelwright CEO at J&C Joel said: “We are extremely pleased to support the Theatres Trust during our 40th anniversary year. We always endeavour to support good causes in any way we can but because it’s our anniversary we wanted to do something extra special and support a charity which is close to the heart of our business. We’re extremely proud of our theatre heritage, which has long been the cornerstone of our business and we know what fantastic work the Trust does to secure the future of theatres in the UK, so they were an obvious choice. We would encourage all our customers to donate to the Theatres Trust through us and help us support this extremely worthy cause.”
Alexandra Burke, singer and actress recently appointed ambassador of the Theatres Trust, said: “I am so pleased that J&C Joel and the Theatres Trust have come together in this way. I’m positive that funds raised across J&C Joel’s 40th anniversary year will help bring joy to more theatre audiences and communities across the UK, thanks to the important work of the Theatres Trust.”
Jon Morgan director at the Theatres Trust said: “Every pound raised on our behalf will improve our ability to advise and campaign on behalf of theatres in need across the UK. We are delighted to have the support of J&C Joel, and their customers. It means we will be able to do even more to ensure theatre buildings have the best chance of a bright future. Thank you J&C Joel, and happy birthday!”
In picture: Jon Morgan and James Wheelwright.