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Eurotruss celebrates 25 years of truss excellence
The Netherlands - Worldwide leading brand and manufacturer of truss systems Eurotruss celebrated its 25th anniversary on 17th January. Martin Kuyper, founder of Eurotruss states: “I am extremely proud and grateful for all the love and support I received from great people, partners, and users during this incredible Eurotruss journey. Together with all of them, we have built a world leading brand representing not only high-quality truss and stages but also an amazing team of dynamic people who, on a daily base, do great work for our users and partners”.
“It all started in a small barn in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Today our truss finds its way into 97 countries, represented by 40 distributors, three Eurotruss sales offices and three factories including Total Structures, leading brand in the USA. A lot happened since that 17th January 1994 but it flew by and the journey has been full of energy, joy, and happiness. I feel blessed.
“I want to thank all of you supporting the product and the brand. I cannot wait for the next 25 years to come as our future looks bright and we still enjoy every day the rush of making awesome products and providing you with the best support and solutions.”
18th January 2019
‘Shure Distribution UK’ becomes ‘Shure UK’ as the Company Focuses on Growth
UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, has announced a change in its official business name “Shure Distribution UK” becoming “Shure UK.”
The name change comes as a result of business growth since adopting a vertical market strategy in 2013. To continue sustaining this growth, it is the right time for the company to focus efforts away from third party brands, and instead direct sole attention towards Shure’s success in the UK.
By refining the company’s strategy and focus, Shure will increase capacity for value-added services, while also deepening end-client engagement and developing more rewarding programs for valued channel partners.
Rob Lackey, company director, Shure UK Limited comments: “After more than 50 years as a multi-brand distributor, Shure has grown significantly globally and in the UK, allowing us to refocus UK business activities for continued growth in the years ahead. The removal of distribution from our trading title is also necessary to accurately reflect the diverse range of business activity that is critical to our future success. We continue to invest heavily in sales and marketing across all three vertical markets while increasingly delivering best-in-class training to our clients and the broader industry.”
Most recently, Shure acquired TES Electronic Solutions in Edinburgh, greatly extending the companies engineering capacity within the UK. This important acquisition represents Shure’s continued commitment to the UK market with a new specialist office location that will play a vital role in the company’s product road map for the foreseeable future.
16th January 2019
Penn Elcom Upgrades and Expands Latch Line Creating New jobs
UK – Penn Elcom, leading global manufacturer of 19-inch racking and flight case hardware, has expanded the Latch producing line its Washington, Tyne & Wear base, adding three new jobs, and ten new machines as part of a £50,000 investment to update and expand its production of latching mechanisms.
Nearly everything needs a latch of some sort, and multiple types and styles of Penn latches are made here for a range of flightcase and 19-inch racking products used in all sectors of the entertainment, professional AV and IT industries. This includes anything from technical rental company equipment flight cases to installed racking systems housing amplifiers, servers and other devices.
The investment and reorganisation of the Latch Line took just five months and will boost capacity by 30% to over two-million latching parts per year. It has been overseen by Penn Washington production manager Steve Langdon.
The Latches are made available worldwide via Penn Elcom’s international distribution network which covers all continents and countries.
Sixteen skilled people are now dedicated to the latch production element of Penn’s UK manufacturing operation, producing a variety of latches.
The machinery itself comprises a mix of old and new bifurcated rivet machines which include some that are pedal operated, fully guarded and yield approximately 120 finished parts per hour.
The new machines can all run at the same speed, and assorted different parts are constantly being produced on the line utilising different settings and speeds, so the whole process is ultimately flexibility.
The main difference between this and the previous set up is that the operators are fed components, and their assembled parts are now placed onto a conveyor system to be inspected and packed at the end of the line.
A combination of this overall process optimisation and the introduction of the new machinery allows increased productivity and less machine down-time.
Steve explained that all the staff working on the Latch Line were integral to planning this upgrade from the outset, and were involved in every aspect from machinery layout, seating, room temperatures and working space.
As a result, they are now enjoying a fully climate-controlled environment, which is much cleaner and quieter than before.
“It has been a fantastic project,” stated Steve, “our goal was to create a pleasant, modern working space for employees that we could also showcase to our customers as a well-planned working concept where the passion and dedication that goes into manufacturing Penn products can be experienced first-hand.”
The space is evenly illuminated with daylight colour temperature LED fixtures to ensure the best lux levels and that the highest quality standards of zinc plating can be attained as well as being safe for all the employees. The air conditioning and soundproofing further enhance and help control the ambience in all the working areas.
Staff have personalised toilet facilities, nearby rest break areas and easy access to free chilled, filtered water.
“We believe these facilities have increased staff engagement, morale and productivity,” commented Steve, adding that by maintaining this style of working environment and level of investment in the site, Penn Elcom is intending to continue the fast-growing trend of being an employer ‘of choice’ in the local area.
This is in addition to “constantly improving our staff retention and appeal in attracting the new and diverse talents we need to remain dynamic, in-touch and accessible”.
16th January 2019
Serapid Group announces the official opening of its Asian subsidiary: Serapid Singapore PTE LTD
Singapore – Serapid Group, a leading supplier of lifts, quick die change and horizontal transfer systems, has announced that, as part of its international growth strategy, Serapid has opened a new company in Singapore, with Robert Degenkolb, formerly of J.R. Clancy, joining the organisation as managing director.
Robert has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry in project management and sales and most recently as managing director of J.R. Clancy‘s Singapore operation. He will remain based in Singapore where he has been residing since 2011. Prior to Singapore, Robert worked as a project manager for J.R. Clancy and oversaw the successful
completion of numerous entertainment projects in both domestic and international markets. As part of the opening of the Singapore office, Ivan Seigneur has transferred from Serapid France to join Robert in the role of technical manager, and Ms Yu Rong Chen (sales manager, China) will also now report to Robert.
The opening and resourcing of the office is part of Serapid’s ongoing strategic growth plan and reflects the increasing volume of work that Serapid is securing within the Asian region.
Iain Forbester (vice president business development) stated that: “The opening of the new company in Singapore and its initial resourcing reflects Serapid’s commitment to the region and the desire to provide better service and support. This is the first step towards establishing a much stronger regional presence. As well as sales and marketing functions, activities will be expanded to offer design, project engineering and after sales service in what is becoming a key market for the Serapid Group”.
In picture: Iain Forbester (vice president business development), Emeric Labesse (CEO Serapid Group), Guillaume Davies (COO Serapid Group), Robert Degenkolb (Serapid SG managing director) and Ivan Seigneur (Serapid SG technical manager).
16th January 2019
BLUMANO Launches Netherlands Operation
The Netherlands – BLUMANO, engineering consultancy for design and safety in the entertainment industry is expanding its operation with the announcement of BLUMANO Netherlands. This prime west European base will work in close collaboration with the existing offices of BLUMANO in the UK and in Italy.
Michiel van der Zijde is joining the ever-expanding organisation, who in addition to his extensive knowledge of stage machinery, brings a background in project management to the dynamic equation. He is an industry professional and has an impressive track record in production design and product development spanning over 20 years with experience working as a technical producer with industry leading brands.
BLUMANO is delighted to add Michiel to the team and feels it further enhances BLUMANO’s ability to provide dynamic, full-service, multi-platform packages to clients needing engineering solutions and high levels of support.
Michiel was attracted to BLUMANO’s work, international client portfolio and constantly growing reputation as an authority for specially tailored engineering services relating to machinery, control systems and automation for sets, stages and other areas of entertainment technology.
“We share the same core values – a commitment to excellence, a passion for what we do and a dedication to making our industry a safe working environment. It’s the art of finding the optimum balance between creativity and pushing the envelope in safe and practical scenarios,” commented Michiel.
The team worked with Michiel on several projects including the 2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run II tour, which is where they noticed his erudite approach to project management and substantial knowledge of technical co-ordination, calm character, and the ability to source cost-efficient engineering solutions that do not compromise on safety.
BLUMANO is specialised in atypical technical frameworks, all of the areas that standard engineering companies might choose not to handle. This often includes dealing with performer flying, moving elements above audiences and automation of special and unique objects designed for one-off shows, concert touring, corporate and industrial events, theatre and television productions, festivals, large sporting fixtures and other special events. The company motto is: the more complex and challenging, the better!
In its first five years of operation, BLUMANO has embraced numerous projects across Europe, North America and Asia. The organisation has earned a great reputation for ingenuity and perseverance in finding safe and workable engineering solutions. This runaway success has prompted BLUMANO to look towards the future and to consolidate and grow; Netherlands is a strategic, exciting and important step in that direction.
15th January 2019
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Selected to Distribute Work Pro Audio
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been selected to provide distribution for the Valencia-based Work Pro Audio brand's range of high quality solutions for the installations market.
Under the agreement, AC-ET will supply dealers, system integrators and venues with Work Pro's range of portable PA systems and installation speakers, amplifiers, rack-mount mixers and media players.
Steve Eaton, senior sales executive in AC-ET's audio team commented: “We are very happy to be selected as a distributor for Work Pro, and to add yet another high quality audio brand to our portfolio. Work Pro offers a very extensive range of installation and professional audio products, meaning we can offer solutions from the brand to cover a whole host of requirements, all of which are very high quality and cost effective. We expect a lot of interest in the product range.”
Offering compact yet high quality audio solutions, the Work Pro line-up is ideal for commercial applications requiring a discreet installation, such as shopping malls, restaurants and sports facilities.
AC-ET was selected by Tim Riley of Work Pro UK master distributor, Polar Audio. He commented:
“I appointed AC-ET as I knew their audio team would be more than qualified to specify the Work Pro products owing to their high level of technical expertise and experience supplying to these markets. In addition, I needed a company that was able to fully support the brand by offering stock on the shelf of popular lines, competitive pricing, and first class customer support at every stage from pre-sale to post-installation.”
15th January 2019
HHB Communications Canada Appointed as Exclusive Canadian Distributor for sE Electronics
Canada – HHB Communications Canada has announced its appointment as the exclusive Canadian distributor of sE Electronics, an innovative manufacturer of microphones and accessories.
sE is a Shanghai-based manufacturer that produces high quality microphones and accessories that offer great performance at affordable prices. Their design, engineering and the vast majority of their manufacturing takes place in sE’s own factory.
In 2006, sE released the original Reflexion Filter, and brought studio-quality vocals to bedrooms, garages, and closets for the first time. Since then, over 120,000 sE Reflexion Filters have found homes all over the world. sE also has the distinction of being the world's only microphone manufacturer to collaborate with Rupert Neve – arguably the most famous name in the history of recording equipment.
sE’s global sales and marketing director Toni Scherrenberg says: “Over the last few years, we have launched very successful products that have found their way into the hands of some of the finest artists on the planet, and we're just getting started. I am very pleased to announce that HHB will take on sE Electronics distribution for Canada. HHB are truly Canada's leader in professional audio and music production technology, and with their expertise and infrastructure I am confident that they will succeed in taking our business to the next level.”
Dave Dysart, HHB Canada’s president, states: “I have always been very impressed with the quality, unique designs and value for money that sE products offer. We look forward to expanding their presence in the Canadian market.”
In picture: Dave Dysart – president HHB Canada, Warren Beck – technical support / broadcast and systems product specialist HHB Canada and Dave Misener – product specialist HHB Canada.
11th January 2019
Prolyte intensifies international expansion
Worldwide – Following the opening of the ultra-modern production site in Romania in 2016 and the North American office in the USA in 2018, Prolyte Group has announced its next steps to grow on all frontiers.
Prolyte introduces Eddie Slotboom as the new projects director for Prolyte Group. In this role, Eddie Slotboom will be responsible for determining the strategy on Large Structures and seeking co-operation with global event organisations.
With his wealth of experience and because of his previous work at Stageco, Eddie Slotboom is not a stranger in the entertainment industry. “Eddie shares the same vision as Prolyte in terms of safety and professionalising the business. I’m convinced that his role will be instrumental to the ambitions of Prolyte,” states Lambert Bouwmeester, CEO of Prolyte Group.
From 1st January, 2019, Ralph Stockley will move on from his position as chief commercial officer to chief business development officer. His primary goal will be to realise business opportunities in new areas for Prolyte Group. Besides that, he will support sales director North America Juan Kopinsky in further strengthening the position in the North American market.
William Voskuil, former general sales manager at the Prolyte headquarters in Leek, The Netherlands, will move to the position of sales director EMEA and LATAM. He will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities within Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, leading the Prolyte internal sales, marketing and distributor manager teams to Prolyte’s ambition for global growth.
Another new member of the Prolyte family is Tracie Welch-Brenton. As of November 2018, Tracie has the position of chief marketing officer North America and will work together with Eddie Slotboom, Ralph Stockley, William Voskuil and Juan Kopinsky on Prolyte’s global marketing and sales strategy.
With these latest expansions, Prolyte is confident customers and future customers can be assured to have the best possible access to the full expert support, as well as giving a solid foundation for its continued international expansion.
11th January 2019
DPA Microphones Appoints a New Distributor in the Philippines
The Philippines – DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines, with immediate effect and across all markets including live sound, House of Worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.
Founded in 2007, Music & Audio distributes products for a wide range of manufacturers involved in the sound reinforcement and musical instrument industries. Brands such as Korg, VOX, Smarvo and Lava Cable are included in the company’s roster. Music & Audio’s philosophy is to provide premium, cost-effective solutions for the most demanding music-making and sound enhancement needs. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Audiophile Components Inc, the largest pro audio distributor in the Philippines with a total of 70 dealers/contractors nationwide, DPA products will now be available through 12 Audiophile branches in and around Manila.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominic Tsang, DPA’s APAC area sales manager, says: “We are pleased to have found an experienced partner in the Philippines and I am confident that with its solid knowledge and local expertise, Music & Audio will be able to serve our current and future customers promptly, efficiently and in the best way possible. By having Music & Audio as a partner, we are ready to expand our sales network to different market segments and capture the full potential of the Philippines.”
Jun Fernandez, managing director of Music & Audio, adds: “DPA is a technology leader in the pro audio market and a company with a strong product development team. In recent years they have launched numerous cutting-edge products to different sectors including broadcast, film and theatre.
“To offer the best audio solutions to our customers, we only sell products that we love and want to use ourselves and this is especially the case with DPA microphones. Their sound is so real and natural, which is the most important element for miking because microphones are the first part of the signal chain and the one place where you don’t want any colouration or distortion of the sound. We’re excited to be a distributor for DPA and believe that DPA's products will generate synergy with our existing brands.”
In picture: Dominic Tsang and Jun Fernandez.
10th January 2019
AV Marketing Finland Takes on Martin Audio Distribution
Finland – When AV Marketing Finland hired Jyrki Mäkinen late last year it was with a view to boosting its already enviable portfolio of distributed AV, public address and conference systems, via further excursions into pro audio.
“The first and most important issue was to check loudspeaker ranges suitable for pro users and the installation market,” he observed. The focus quickly turned to Martin Audio whose Finnish distribution had previously been handled from Sweden. “This is not always the most effective way to operate in Finland,” Mäkinen recognised. With an extensive background in pro audio he contacted Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, whom he already knew and hence the seeds were sewn for a co-operation.
That partnership became effective on 1st January 2019.
There was a firm logic in the Finnish company’s rationale. “AV Marketing Finland is an extremely experienced provider of presentation equipment, but in order to serve the customer base more effectively we needed to expand our audio portfolio.
“Martin Audio will become the key brand in our distribution portfolio, and will raise our profile in the touring and installation markets.”
Given the spread of Martin Audio’s product range he believes that a brand already familiar to audio professionals in Finland will naturally permeate through to the target customer groups. “Our first priority will be the installation market through our presentation retailer network,” continues Jyrki Mäkinen, who will become the de facto product manager. “We have great number of AV, MI and IT retailers who will be more than delighted with the CDD and ADORN products, and this will enable us to better support them. After the first wave we will concentrate on theatre, rental and multi-purpose markets.”
In summary he says: “We see the future as very bright indeed and are excited by the entire Martin Audio brand portfolio, which will open new markets for us. We now have excellent tools ranging from big, medium and small installations right up to stadium level systems. On top of that we can offer immersive 3D sound for live acts and theatre productions. It’s great to be a part of the Martin Audio family.”
Training and marketing has already commenced, with roadshows, seminars, workshops and many other initiatives lined up for 2019.
8th January 2019
MyT Folding Steroid Roof System dominates in Naples
LITEC has just released a new video on A4i.tv dedicated to its MyT Folding Steroid Roof System, which was chosen for an extremely large and successful tribute concert in Naples, Italy that celebrated the life and songs of Italian singer Pino Daniele.
The video documents construction of the massive MyT Folding Steroid Roof System, which also featured spot and delay towers (constructed with MyT Folding Steroid’s modular components), and shows them in action during the evening’s performances. The highly publicised and nationally televised concert attracted an impressive crowd of more than 85,000 attendees, and was broadcast to a television audience of millions.
The MyT Folding Steroid Roof System is a modular, completely self-contained roof environment. It's a hybrid combination of MyT Folding Steroid Truss made from EN AW-7003 T6 aluminium (used as a mother grid), 23 metre high towers with 85 x 85cm bases made from EN AW-6082 T6 aluminium, and key structural elements in high strength S355 steel such as modular ballast bases, sleeve block and safety block grid/tower.
Even within an open-air stadium setting, and a tremendous crowd in attendance, LITEC's MyT Folding Steroid Roof System maintained its dominating presence. It thoroughly impressed both visually and with its high weight loading parameters.
Watch the video here: https://www.a4i.tv/2018/12/05/litec-myt-folding-steroid-roof/
7th January 2019
BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre
BackStage Pass has announced the release of the latest in the ongoing series of video interviews with people who have helped create the history and shape the future of the live entertainment industry. This interview highlights George and Josh Jacobstein, the Owner and COO, respectively, of Rose Brand, the largest supplier of theatrical fabric and stage curtains in North America.
Bill Sapsis, BackStage Pass executive producer, noted: “Rose Brand’s history is a true ‘rags to rich velour’ tale, with George leading the transition from a small company in lower Manhattan supplying cleaning fabrics to general industry in the 1920s to a large organisation provided stage curtains, fabric and theatrical supplies to the entertainment industry around the world. The Rose Brand story, and its continuing commitment to the theatre business, is one that may surprise and definitely will inspire you.”
BackStage Pass videos are available, at no charge, on YouTube. The videos focus on individuals who have had an impact on the entertainment industry. Previous guests are Jennifer Tipton, Neil Mazzella, Richard Pilbrow, Mark White, Steve Terry and John McGraw and David Hale with David Hearn, Richard Winkler and Fred Foster.
Rose Brand’s interview is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/wG21GQ6QEpU
7th January 2019
Concept Audio to Distribute Powersoft in Malaysia
Malaysia – Powersoft has appointed Concept Audio as a distributor in Malaysia, further underlining the company’s commitment to discovering the untapped potential of new markets in the APAC territories.
Concept Audio, which was established in 2002, bills itself as the complete AV equipment distributor in the region, providing gear, system designs, project implementation and system integration for venues that require staging, lighting, sound systems as well as PA / conference systems. The company already has distribution deals in place with some of pro audio’s biggest names, including Shure, Nexo, Quest Engineering, and JBL, as well as other well-known industry manufacturers such as Coolux and Clearcom.
Castrit Lim, sales director of Concept Audio, commented: “Powersoft products can deliver more than enough power to any sized sound system, and their reliability is complemented by excellent component quality, compact size, and intuitive functions. We discovered that Powersoft amps would also be the most flexible option for our customers – given the audio products we distribute already – and the value for money is second to none.”
The main ambitions for Concept Audio’s new Powersoft inventory are, for now, centred around universities and government departments, but the company confirmed that they expect a good response from integrators, rental companies and end users alike.
Lim continued: “We believe that the install market is a main growth area for our country at this moment. The majority of spending power here falls under middle and entry market levels, so most clients are looking for the best possible products on an affordable budget. Education in this stage is very important, and we intend to conduct more product introduction events and training seminars in order to promote brand awareness. Powersoft has a proven track in helping distributors to educate the markets with their leading sonic technologies, and we are confident that these sessions will be beneficial for the customers as well as the brands themselves, eventually leading to many more Powersoft-driven installations and projects in the region.”
2nd January 2019
Entedi Ltd – New Elation Distributor in UK
UK – Elation Professional has announced that technology equipment solutions provider
Entedi Ltd. will begin to distribute Elation Professional products in the UK effective 1st February, 2019. Entedi was formed in 2016 by a team of experienced industry professionals to service the ever-growing demand for professional high-end equipment in the UK and Ireland. The company serves both rental and installation customers across the wide spectrum of dynamic lighting applications.
Elation is co-operating with Entedi in what is an expanding market for intelligent lighting technology. “As the recent PLASA show demonstrated for us, there is growing demand for Elation products,” states Marc Librecht, head of sales and marketing for Elation in Europe. “Expanding our brand in such an important European market is an essential piece of our growth strategy. Entedi is a company that appreciates that relationships are the key to success and we are delighted to be working with them to spread the Elation brand.”
With the exclusive partnership, Entedi expands its professional portfolio to include Elation’s complete range of innovative lighting products, allowing the company to offer its customers more complete solutions. Cally Bacchus, managing director for Entedi, stated: "Since the start of Entedi we have always focused our partnerships with manufacturers who strive to bring new technologies to market, those that want to make a difference and are passionate about what they do. We do this for our customers, because our customers are always looking for new creative looks alongside their confidence in the return-on-investment. There is no doubt in my mind that Elation is breaking new ground and truly offers our customers excellent products for the job. All of us at Entedi are very proud to be working with Elation and look forward to sharing all they have to offer."
2nd January 2019
Powersoft S.p A. begins public trading on the AIM Italia
Italy – Powersoft S.p.A. is set to commence the public trading of it shares on the AIM Italia (Alternative Investment Market), organised and managed by Borsa Italiana.
This bold decision has been made to facilitate further progress on Powersoft’s already exponential growth, which has occurred consistently since its inception in 1995. The move will also allow Powersoft to not only continue but intensify its already impressive R&D activities.
Powersoft’s CEO Luca Lastrucci commented: “We have enjoyed great success in the last few years, which has been evidenced by the significant advances we have made over the last two decades, both technologically and territorially. In order to take the next step forward, we have decided to open ourselves up to a wider world. This will, in turn, give us more capital to maintain our strong focus on R&D, which has been a key growth driver for this company since the beginning.”
A pioneer in switched-mode technology, Powersoft has made Class-D a reliable and effective reality, improving its performances to a level unheard of before and making it widely accepted as industry standard. The company has also introduced other major patented technologies that increased the efficiency of its amplifiers, such as Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Power Factor Correction (PFC), Differential Pressure Control (DPC) and Smart Rails Management (SRM) to name a few.
All these technologies, aimed at improving efficiency, and consequently reducing power consumption while expanding capabilities, are part of Powersoft's Green Audio Power design philosophy. With this kind of approach Powersoft contributes to environmental sustainability, thanks to smaller, lighter and more efficient amplifiers.
Latrucci added: “As well as continuing to break new ground with our world class amplifiers, the listing will also allow Powersoft to keep its place as a global leader in the provision of OEM solutions for some of the industry’s leading loudspeaker manufacturers. We are very excited about the new opportunities this move is opening up for both Powersoft and our customers, and we look forward to maintaining the high standards that we have become known for over 23 years.”
18th December 2018
GLP extends its portfolio with the takeover of Ehrgeiz
Germany - By taking over Ehrgeiz on 1 January 2019, GLP is resolutely continuing on its strong growth path and portfolio expansion, particularly in the outdoor sector, with innovative and high-quality solutions.
Steven Braun, managing director of Ehrgeiz, stated: "Since both companies are located in the same place and are active in the same market, there have always been points of contact. Ehrgeiz has been successfully developing and marketing products in an increasingly competitive market in recent years. This fact has not escaped GLP and there have been discussions as to how we can combine the strengths of both companies. I am delighted to be joining the GLP family, along with the Ehrgeiz team, and continue to develop great and innovative products.”
Udo Künzler, CEO of GLP, responded: "I am proud to welcome Steven and his Ehrgeiz team, and we look forward to working together. Ehrgeiz has developed a broad expertise in recent years and knows how to develop innovative products, and this is particularly evident in their outdoor products. The merger will expand GLP's portfolio in areas where we see great potential and will make us even stronger in the coming years. Taking on Ehrgeiz is a win-win and will drive us further in our global growth strategy.”
At the beginning of 2019, Ehrgeiz, including its employees, will be integrated into GLP and Ehrgeiz will remain as a brand within the GLP operation. The service and support for existing orders and customers will still be guaranteed after the takeover.
18th December 2018
DiGiCo Immerses with KLANG:technologies
UK — DiGiCo has announced the acquisition of KLANG:technologies as a key new addition to the Audiotonix family that already includes leading audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiGrid, Solid State Logic and DiGiCo. The deal, which was concluded last week, further brings together some of the most influential and innovative brands within the Pro Audio Industry.
James Gordon CEO of Audiotonix comments: “We have had the pleasure of working with KLANG and their pioneering immersive technology for a couple of years and when the opportunity arose for them to join Audiotonix, we were keen to make it happen. We have always stressed that with our M&A we would look at each brand’s requirement and help support them with their aspirations. On that basis KLANG will become a key part of DiGiCo’s future, as they combine forces to improve the listening world of artists and monitor engineers alike. It is about to sound a lot more natural, with the arrival of I-IEM (Immersive In Ear Monitoring).”
Austin Freshwater, GM of DiGiCo, added: “We have been working in the background with KLANG for some months on increasing our level of integration. Over that time, it was clear the ethos of the development teams was similar, with a lot of shared common goals. Combining the control of the KLANG system into the DiGiCo worksurface will allow I-IEM and 3D personal monitoring to be a part of an engineer’s natural work flow, and that’s just the beginning for us and the KLANG team. We are keen to meet all their existing supporters and help more potential users understand the difference a KLANG system can make.”
Roman Scharrer, CEO of KLANG summarises: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the team at KLANG. Having the wealth of industry knowledge and relationships that only the DiGiCo team have at our disposal is really going to allow us to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to those we feel will benefit the most from our ground-breaking development work. Being part of the Audiotonix family will allow our R&D team to bring more of our ideas to life. We can already anticipate that 2019 is going to be a busy year for us and we will continue to excite our users with innovative and sustainable solutions.”
18th December 2018
ETC and GDS announce new partnership details
UK – ETC, Inc. and Global Design Solutions Ltd. (GDS) have announced a development of their successful partnership. Since 2015, ETC has been manufacturing and selling GDS-designed products in North and South America. Under a new agreement this relationship is expanded. ETC has acquired the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines from GDS.
There is no immediate change for customers of the two companies: ETC makes and sells the products in North America and GDS remains as the maker and seller of these products in the rest of the world. In August 2019 ETC will take over manufacture and distribution of these product lines worldwide.
“Following this new agreement together, we will see GDS move forward into a new, exciting stage of expansion. We are, as a company, more focused than ever before to bring new problem-solving products to our customers. We look forward to working with ETC in the future combining our technical expertise for the benefit of the industry,” comments GDS managing director, Richard Cuthbert.
David Lincecum, ETC vice president of marketing adds: “ETC plans to expand our work in architectural lighting throughout the world, and bringing these GDS products under the ETC banner is the leading edge of that strategy. We look forward to assisting customers around the world in their migration to architectural LED lighting. GDS have designed great products and we are pleased to take them over in 2019.”
For the near-future, GDS customers can continue to develop projects and procure ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem products via existing GDS sales channels and Matt Lloyd continues to be involved with the sales and promotion of these products. As the transition date nears, GDS and ETC will work with customers to migrate orders and quotations to ETC. Customers can be assured that all investments in these products are well placed and sound for the future. ETC and GDS will continue to develop and service these products for customers around the world.
17th December 2018
RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones
Denmark – RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organisations in the Pro Audio market, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S (“DPA”) from The Riverside Company.
DPA, based in Allerod, Denmark, is the number-one premium brand in the high-end professional audio microphone market for the live, broadcast, theatre and studio end-user segments and is known as the undisputed quality leader in the industry, continuously pushing the boundaries with regards to performance and durability.
RCF Group, with headquarters in Italy and branches in the USA and Europe, operates under the companies RCF, AEB Industriale (dB Technologies) and EAW and is an international leader in the design, production and sale of products and solutions for professional audio and installation systems. RCF Group generates over 80% of its revenues outside of Italy in 120 countries.
In 2017 two prominent European private equity players, Palladio Holding and Amundi Private Equity Funds, invested in RCF Group with a minority stake in order to support and enhance the group in its ambitious growth plans.
Following the September 2018 acquisition of EAW, with its iconic history in install and touring sound, the acquisition of DPA represents a second important milestone on RCF Group’s impressive growth path.
Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group stated: “Since my early days I have been fascinated by the world of microphones. Our portfolio already represents excellence in pro audio and we are very proud to add to our roster DPA, a company that also represents excellence in the microphone industry. We can now offer the complete audio chain, from microphones to speakers for the satisfaction of professionals around the world.”
Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO of DPA stated: “We have come a long way during the past few years. Share of sales coming from new products is up from less than 5% to more than 40%, and all major areas in the business have been professionalised and streamlined. Now we look forward to a bright future under new ownership in a Group with an uncompromising quality oriented approach to the Pro Audio business – just like ours.”
Chiomenti provided legal assistance on the transaction for RCF Group, which was also assisted by New Deal Advisors for financial due diligence and by Deloitte for tax and legal due diligence.
11th December 2018
d&b audiotechnik reaffirms commitment to growth in APAC with new venture in China
China – German audio technology company d&b audiotechnik has made a further commitment to its Asia Pacific customers by establishing a new subsidiary in China. d&b audiotechnik and its previous partner in China, d&b China, are realigning their successful partnership by establishing a new co-operation named d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd., based in Hong Kong. The foundation of a subsidiary of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. with offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai is also under way. Forty-four co-workers from the previous partner, based in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, will join the new co-operation.
d&b audiotechnik is headquartered in Backnang, Germany where it carries out its research, development and production. d&b audiotechnik Greater China Group will be responsible for sales, marketing, service and support for sales partners and customers in Greater China.
The leadership of the new d&b subsidiary will be in familiar hands. Daniel Chan, who has a long association with d&b and the Chinese market, will become managing director (CEO) of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. Freddie To, also from the previous partner, will join the Advisory Board alongside an external market expert, who will be announced shortly, and Amnon Harman, CEO of the d&b audiotechnik Group. d&b audiotechnik holds the majority interest in the new cooperation. Chan and To will be co-owners.
“The Chinese market is strong and I believe this move from d&b comes at just the right time to leverage this positive growth,” says Chan.
Amnon Harman, CEO of the d&b audiotechnik Group comments: “This move represents a significant deepening of commitment of d&b to China as a globally important growth market. The establishment of this new d&b subsidiary is an exciting move for us. We will be able to serve our Chinese sales partners and customers more directly with the best solutions for their professional audio needs in installation and mobile applications. The co-owners and co-workers who will be joining the d&b global team bring in tremendous expertise around d&b systems, audio technology solutions and the Chinese market. I am thrilled at the prospects of expanding our business in China with this fabulous team.”
d&b has nine subsidiaries worldwide. d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. will be the third in Asia, joining Japan and Singapore. An opening ceremony will be held on 6 December 2018 in Hong Kong.
6th December 2018
Adlib Has Moved
UK – Adlib has moved to a brand-new Liverpool headquarters in Knowsley, ideally located just off Junction 4 of the M57.
This offers 83,600 square feet of fabulous space including a large pre-production area, a training suite, a comprehensive showroom, dedicated service facilities and a huge contemporary open plan office.
Anyone visiting Adlib at its Fleming Road, Speke, site over the last couple of years will have noticed that it has been absolutely bulging at the seams for some time!
After a long search, Andy Dockerty and the team are pleased to announce the move, which will take Adlib into a new era with more advanced levels of operation, service and efficiency.
John Hughes, Adlib’s director, commented: “Following an extensive four-year search, we are delighted to announce the relocation to our new home. We’re sad to be leaving the old site in Speke in some ways, as it’s a place where we’ve nurtured and grown the foundations of the business.
The new premises, however, allow us to expand and develop in other, and new, areas. This move is a true reflection of the passion, foresight and hard work that everyone has put in over these recent years, and we’re pleased to be able to offer an absolutely first-class facility not only to our staff, but also for our customers and suppliers.
We look forward to giving everyone a traditional very warm Adlib welcome!”
29th November 2018
L-Acoustics, pioneer in professional audio solutions, strengthens its R&D and Production expertise with acquisition of HGP
France – L-Acoustics, headquartered near Paris and HGP, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal, based in Amboise, France jointly announce the acquisition of HGP and its sister entity API, specialised in powder coating by L-Acoustics.
L-Acoustics presently employs over 400 people worldwide and has generated an increase in revenue at a compound annual growth rate exceeding 15% since the company was founded in 1984. A robust R&D focus, combined with ongoing efforts to optimise operations, guides L-Acoustics in this decision to broaden the scope of industrial know-how to encompass precision sheet metal manufacturing, which is used in rigging and internal loudspeaker components. HGP currently employs close to 50 people.
"This operation represents a new and extremely positive step in augmenting our R&D and production capabilities,” explains Hervé Guillaume, managing director of L-Acoustics. “This alliance will allow us to improve our technical skill set and market intelligence regarding precision sheet metal, a vital technology in our professional audio solutions. HGP’s expertise and savoir-faire are highly complementary to our own, enabling us to better comprehend the constraints and specifics of the trade at every stage, from conception to production.”
For Bertrand Bounoure, president and commercial director of HGP: "This constitutes a natural extension of a decade-long, successful supplier-client relationship between two growing companies with shared interests and objectives. We are delighted to pool our resources and abilities.”
Jérôme Dolou, purchasing director, L-Acoustics, one of the key contacts to regularly interface with HGP, adds: "Our interactions with HGP as a key supplier are win-win: quality, dependability, logistical excellence, and above all, a highly nimble approach to rapid prototyping. All this brings serenity and comfort in the planning and production process. We’re thrilled to reinforce this dynamic collaboration."
L-Acoustics has previously demonstrated a successful track record in integrating acquisitions of companies who were formerly component suppliers. In 2007, L-Acoustics acquired Simea in eastern France, a carpentry and cabinetry manufacturer specialized in loudspeaker enclosures. Since that acquisition, Simea’s staff (20 employees in 2007) has quadrupled and their revenue has increased seven-fold. More recently, in 2016, L-Acoustics acquired CAMCO, a German electronics firm with expertise in amplification and DSP.
“From the very beginning of L-Acoustics, excellence in products and services, as well as long term investment in human and technical resources, have been key tenets of our strategy,” declares Hervé Guillaume. “Fiscal 2017 was exceptional with 24% year over year revenue growth. Similarly, 2018 is wrapping up in a climate of optimism with remarkable interest and uptake surrounding our latest audio innovation: L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound. World-renowned artists including Ennio Morricone, alt-J, Childish Gambino, Christine and the Queens and other early adopters have already achieved great results, with more to be announced. This clear momentum will allow L-Acoustics to further consolidate our global leadership.”
28th November 2018
ETC announces new Paris office with recent acquisition
France – ETC has announced the opening of its newest office in Paris. Local French distributor, Avab Transtechnik France (ATF) has been selling and supporting ETC products for over 15 years and has always shared strong values of service and innovation. When the owners of ATF, Jean-Louis Pernette and Christian Rezgui retired in May, an opportunity arose for ETC to acquire the French company and increase its presence in the European market. With this acquisition, ATF becomes part of the ETC family and is officially named ETC France.
"I am extremely grateful for the dedication and effort Jean-Louis Pernette and Christian Rezgui have contributed through their leadership of ATF over the years,” said Fred Foster, co-Founder and CEO of ETC. “The close relationships they have built with our customers in France and the strength of the ATF team provide us with a solid foundation to build the future of ETC France. We wish them all the best in their future projects."
All ATF employees joined ETC as part of the acquisition. “The men and women of this organisation are our first force.” says Atika El Sayed, new general manager of ETC France. “We want to continue to develop our presence in France thanks to this close relationship with the market that the team has been weaving for many years.”
Atika El Sayed’s experience in managing high-tech product companies for many years, coupled with the professionalism of the Avab team, will undoubtedly bring quick growth in the French market.
ETC France is supported by current regional sales manager, Daniele Peroni as well as field project co-ordinators, Philippe Roy for ETC products, and Konstantinos Vonofakidis for the High End System’s brand.
While the entertainment technology market is increasingly controlled by large financial groups, ETC stands out as a privately held company, still owned by its founders. In 2015, the company set up a programme to redistribute one-third of the company's shares to employees in order to emphasise the importance of the human connection within the company and guard against any loss of independence. ETC France will now also benefit from this unique corporate culture.
27th November 2018
W-DMX appoints new distributor in Denmark
Denmark – As part of a new strategy plan in the Scandinavian country, Matrix Sales has become, effective immediately, the new Wireless Solution distributor in Denmark.
Established in early 2011 Matrix Sales provides a powerful distribution partner for many international manufacturers, including SGM, Chauvet Professional and Eurotruss.
Urs Friis-Alstrup, lighting sales manager for the Danish company, comments: “We’re very excited to be working with Wireless Solution in our market, and to expand their presence not only in the rental market, but theatres, installations and AV and broadcasting. Their products pair well with our existent product line, and fulfils a niche that we seek to reach.”
For David Ferraz, international business development manager for W-DMX, the new partnership represents a dynamic change to the company: “Wireless Solution is working closely with Matrix to smooth the transition between distribution channels in Denmark. We are aiming to bring positive changes to the market and work attentively with users to promote our W-DMX G5 product line.”
The Copenhagen-based company has now invested in sales and demonstration stock, and will immediately be the exclusive point of sale for W-DMX in the country.
23rd November 2018
Clair Brothers Adds its C12-M to Arsenal of Rental Partner Grupo Friends In Spain
Spain – This year has been nothing short of magical for American loudspeaker innovators, Clair Brothers, in Spain. Fresh on the heels of bringing Spain’s renowned VTècnics on board as a distributor, they’ve added yet another impressive Spanish company as a rental partner – Grupo Friends – a team known for taking care of everything related to producing an event, from assembly of scenes, tents, lighting and sound, to the hiring of artists and even providing dressing rooms. Grupo Friends is also proudly known for consistently differentiating themselves in the marketplace by overcoming challenges to meet ever-evolving customer demands for higher quality sound. Says Francisco Yllana (pictured), general director of Grupo Friends: “Overcoming the challenges of what customers want is an obligation we take seriously. And when it comes to what sound systems we offer, we only work with the best available products in the world. It’s why we’ve chosen to work with Clair Brothers.”
It was this year that Grupo Friends began to consider upgrading its sound system and took to heart what VTècnics, Clair Brothers distributor in the region, had to say on the subject. Yllana continues: “We met up with technicians from VTècnics and they told us about Clair Brothers and their amazing reputation globally. They told us about their stellar products and the powerful, nuanced sound that they produce. Until recently it was nearly impossible to find Clair Brothers in Spain, but it was at this moment, talking to VTècnics, that we began to feel we could achieve the kind of market differentiation we aim for, with an exclusive team of the highest quality.”
In previous years, Grupo Friends had other sound systems from other manufacturers, but it was the visit to the Clair Brothers C12 demo held in Lleida, Spain that made the decision to bet on Clair Brothers simple. Yllana describes the C12-M system this way: "It delivers a powerful, yet intelligible sound, with practical and precise angulation. Add in the Lake control software and superb technical assistance, you can’t go wrong." And when it comes to comparison with other systems at a live event, Yllana has no doubt about his convictions. “Introducing ourselves at an event with Clair Brothers undoubtedly positions us with an advantage.” Now that Grupo Friends has had the opportunity to showcase the C12, technicians and artists alike have noticed a difference; to the point that sound technicians and artist managers have approached Mr. Yllana with an enormous desire to work with Grupo Friends on an exclusive basis.
Since the purchase of the C12 system, Grupo Friends has already expanded its stage monitoring with the Clair Brothers 1AM system. They’ve also added the prestigious kiTCurve system for side fills or, as the case may be, as a perfect mini P.A. for smaller spaces. To complete their Clair Brothers system, Grupo Friends has also purchased the front-fill FF2-H speaker system. Concludes Yllana: “Since the sound of the very first note played through the C12, it was quite clear that there are two types of sound systems in the world, Clair Brothers and the rest. With them as partner, I feel we have more than differentiated ourselves in the marketplace. We’ve taken a substantial lead."