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Painting with Light Celebrates 20
Belgium - Belgian visual design studio Painting with Light (PWL) celebrates 20 years of utilising multiple media and luminescent sources, including lighting, video, lasers, projection, and content to create inspiring designs, breath-taking 'wow-factors' and dramatic immersive environments.
The journey has seen it grow from an ambitious dream to a leading international technical innovator and solutions provider.
The company was founded by Luc Peumans in 1999. His vision, imagination, focus and sense of adventure have driven PWL to become the imagineering powerhouse it is today, working across multiple entertainment and leisure industry platforms with a skilled team of dynamic multi and mixed media experts.
PWL’s core business started with designing lighting, video and scenic elements for music tours and festivals, television productions, a diversity of live events and theatre productions.
Luc’s eagerness to experiment with and try out new ideas helped his work become noticed, which prized open new opportunities and areas especially in crossover disciplines like architainment which require a broader approach, thinking out-of-the-box and the adaptation of light and luminosity in its various forms utilising different techniques and treatments.
PWL’s work is now an invigorating balance of projects in these original sectors, plus newer areas where lighting and media installations are integral to creating atmosphere and mood like theme parks, attractions, museums, venues. from bars to live music and dance halls and buildings (from offices to big football arenas).
There’s also been several cool and more esoteric art installation work including ‘Protected Paradise’ created by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and lit by Luc for the 2017 Venice Biennale.
PWL constantly keeps abreast and ahead of emerging technologies and trends, developing relationships with a mix of technology leaders and manufacturers, all the time remaining completely independent. The key is always how relevant equipment and tools can be uniquely applied to the array of work.
Luc states: “Reaching the 20-year mark is a huge achievement! It has been an amazing experience and is a tribute to the whole team and all those who have played a major part in the company over that time! Here’s to the next 20!”
As artistic director of Painting with Light, Luc maintains a creative overview of each project, working closely with a talented team of designers, programmers and technical and creative experts who ensure that PWL’s signature style and flair is delivered appropriately every time to the client, meeting the highest expectations.
A lot has happened in 20 years, and with the advances in various technologies embraced by the world of entertainment technology, some of the things that Luc only dreamed about in 1999 are now possible!
Luc was always passionate about drama, music and performance and as a teenager became fascinated by the technical aspects of show production.
He studied engineering at college which boosted his own practical perceptions of what was possible and satisfied some of his curiosity for technology and creative risk-taking. It also fed his desire to make Painting with Light a trailblazing phenomenon.
He always wanted to make a difference with the company, and in turn inspire future and upcoming young professionals. PWL has grown and been nurtured – carefully and steadily – from his brainchild to a virtuoso team of 20 with inter-disciplinary skills, plus some regular freelance collaborators working out of an amazing office and HQ space in Genk, which is a contemporary artwork in its own right.
The project to renovate the old stable block of the once flourishing deep seam coal mine , now popular visitor attraction C-MINE, took three years and was a labour of love and design.
It now provides an interesting, comfortable and funky environment in which the collective synergies of PWL can thrive and produce creative visual strategies and schemes for any project and deliver them fully from conception to completion.
Recent projects have included lighting the new Popcorn Revenge interactive dark ride at Walibi, Belgium; lighting throughout the Majaland theme park area at the Kownaty Holiday Park in Poland; site-wide atmospheric lighting and the creation of light-art works for the Campo Solar festival plus several music and theatre tours.
In picture: Davy Vandenreyt (marketing), Iiris Rousku (lighting expert), Peter Van den Bosch (leisure and entertainment sector manager), Céline Cuypers (lighting and technical designer), Ashwin Coelho (lighting expert), Marc Van der Wel (freelance sales expert), Luc Peumans (PWL founder and creative director), Orkün Gumustekin (intern, leisure and entertainment) and Jo Segers (product designer).
24th September 2019
AES Technik appointed reseller for Artistic Licence in Germany
Germany – Following on from a hugely successful PLASA London show, Artistic Licence welcomes Frankfurt-based AES Technik as a value added reseller for its products in Germany.
As technical services provider and project integrator working with many leading brands, AES is known for its high level solutions across a broad sector including conferences, trade fairs, award presentations and concerts.
Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell comments: "As a UK based manufacturer facing Brexit uncertainties, it's very important for us to maintain a strong international profile and ensure a business-as-usual approach. We have some incredible new products, our trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial, won the Gold Innovation Award at the show last week and I think many people will be surprised at just how keen our pricing is these days. Growing our European distributor base is an obvious move, and we are excited to be increasing our visibility in Germany through this new initiative with AES Technik."
24th September 2019
Norfolk-based specialist in LED lighting and control re-brand as TLS Lighting
UK – N orfolk-based specialist supplierof UK-designed LED lighting and control, previously TLS Pixelite, has launched its new rebranding and its new name, TLS Lighting. TLS Lighting revealed a fresh and consolidated company image to “reflect the company’s evolution and future direction.”
From its origins as Technical Lighting Solutions, founded by Alan Reeves in 2007, the company has grown from strength to strength offering innovative and high-quality control systems for LED lighting as well as bespoke manufacture and design of lighting solutions for customers. The company’s range of constant voltage DMX LED drivers is unsurpassed for quality and productivity, offering up to 1200W and greater functionality than in its closest competitor in a more cost-effective package.
TLS Lighting CEO, Alan Reeves, revealed that he instigated the re-brand for the purpose of consolidation and simplification, “to create a stronger brand for our customers to identify with, drawing upon the solidity upon which TLS was built.”
As the keystone to any brand identity, the logo for TLS Lighting was an important decision. The logo recruits the three letters, TLS, ensuring the brand DNA moves forward with the company.
The TLS Lighting website now boasts a new portal (www.tlslighting.co.uk) from which visitors are invited to click on one the company’s many prestigious projects, view its premium lighting and control system products as well as learn more about lighting control in its technical knowledge section.
Alan adds: “Taking the time to clarify what TLS Lighting stands for and what it represents to its customers is a very important step that makes an important impression at this stage of the company’s journey. It was important for me to keep the letters in the name and logo as a permanent reminder of the strength and integrity that we built upon and continue to take forward with us.”
TLS Lighting is a specialist dealer for Chauvet Lighting, Chromateq, PixNet, LED Strip Studio and Luxibel. The company is an award-winning LED lighting and control solutions provider, also manufacturing the highest quality control solutions with more power and functions than are available elsewhere.
In picture: TLS Lighting managing director and FD, Derek Bawdry with CEO, Alan Reeves.
24th September 2019
Outline appoints Grupo Morfo as new Mexican distributor
Mexico – Grupo Morfo has been named Outline’s exclusive distributor for Mexico. Effective immediately, Grupo Morfo will be responsible for sales, technical support and service of Outline products across all markets, including touring, AV rental, live bands, performing arts venues, hospitality, restaurants, clubs, portable, cinema and stadiums.
“In Grupo Morfo we have found an ideal partnership to strengthen, publicise and launch the Outline name in Mexico,” says Giorgio Biffi, Outline president and CEO. “Grupo Morfo has a solid, strategic approach in the product lines they have represented, as well as a proven track record of responsive service and support. The company principals have a close collaborative relationship with the integrator community, which aligns with Outline’s growing emphasis on commercial installation. At the same time their personal experience in live performance and touring will connect with that key market.”
For Antonio Maceda (pictured), founder and director of Grupo Morfo, the appointment represents a significant step forward for the company: “With this appointment, Outline has recognised our company’s passion for audio and our demonstrated success with other product lines,” says Antonio Maceda. “We certainly share Outline’s commitment to product quality and customer support, and we have everything in place to take Outline to a wider audience in Mexico. We like to sell solutions, not boxes. Customers know they can rely on us from initial design proposals through ongoing technical support after the sale,” says Antonio Maceda.
“We are excited to have Grupo Morfo join as our distributor for the important Mexican markets,” says Giorgio Biffi. “We welcome Grupo Morfo to the Outline family.”
“Outline is highly regarded as a prestige, innovative brand,” observes Maceda. “We’re enthusiastic about building on this reputation among potential new users while at the same time introducing a new generation of Outline products to a wider audience of audio professionals in Mexico.”
24th September 2019
ACT Lighting to become exclusive Ayrton distributor for Canada
Canada – Ayrton and ACT Lighting has announced that, from 1 October, 2019, ACT Lighting will assume the exclusive distribution of Ayrton in Canada. Over the past several years Ayrton has established itself in the market as the leading force for innovative lighting products and solutions which are currently used in myriad projects around the globe.
"We are excited to further our partnership with Ayrton to now service the entire North American market,” states Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Lighting. “Ayrton is the industry’s most innovative brand and market-leading manufacturer of professional digital lighting with unmatched quality and design. Ayrton’s product portfolio and development strategy are the perfect match for the ACT Lighting team.”
“As Ayrton continues to look forward, it makes sense to consolidate our North American distribution strategy,” says Chris Ferrante, Ayrton CEO. “ACT Lighting is the perfect partner, being the best placed company across the region, especially considering the incredible growth we have experienced together in the US market. We are looking forward to the broader partnership the Canadian connection will bring.”
“ACT Canada is very excited to be able to offer this industry leading brand through our full-service Canadian warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario,” adds Andrew Beck, senior vice-president of ACT Canada. “As in the US, Ayrton will strengthen and complement our existing product lines.”
With ACT Lighting, Ayrton is now partnered with the strongest distributor and service provider across North America, with the most comprehensive service and support organisation and more than 26 years of experience.
23rd September 2019
Shure Announces Autograph as Pro Audio Partner of the Year 2019
UK – Shure UK has announced Autograph as its 2019 Pro Audio Partner of the Year award.
The award was presented at PLASA show 2019 by Stuart Moots, associate director UK Pro Audio Group as part of their annual program to acknowledge the exceptional work carried out by Shure partners each year.
This year’s award was presented to Autograph Sound Recording for their exceptional dedication and commitment to wireless best practice that delivers results at the highest level.
“Autograph were an early adopter of Axient Digital and have been a great ambassador for digital wireless technology,” says Stuart Moots, UK Pro Audio director. “They’ve shown unwavering commitment to delivering first-class results at a time when the RF landscape remains challenging, particularly in highly congested spaces like London’s West End. Autograph deliver everything we expect from a Shure partner, and more; it’s easy to see why so many theatre productions call on them to deliver. They are a great team to work with and we look forward to building on this year’s success.”
Will McGonagle, hire manager, Autograph comments: “We are delighted to be named Shure’s rental partner of the Year for 2019. Axient Digital, and in particular, the ADX1M transmitters have very quickly become a crucial part of our inventory. Along with the PSM1000 IEMs and countless microphones you will find now Shure in every theatre you find Autograph.”
In picture: Will McGonagle and Stuart Moots.
20th September 2019
Cast appointed exclusive Elation distributor in Switzerland
Switzerland – Cast Swiss Light Consulting, an Elation partner in Switzerland since 2015, is now the exclusive Elation Professional distributor in the country after a recently signed agreement that went into effect on 1 September. Founded in 1986 and located in the town of Villeneuve in south-west Switzerland, Cast manages a portfolio of top entertainment technology manufacturers, focusing on the distribution of stage and lighting equipment to stage lighting and production companies, theatres and TV studios.
With the new exclusive partnership, Cast expands its professional portfolio to include Elation’s complete range of innovative lighting products, allowing the company to offer its customers more complete solutions. “As one of the bigger lighting companies in the industry, Elation is a fast growing brand in Europe with a reputation for high quality and top level service,” said Cast CEO Silvio Cibien. “This is exactly what we look for in a partner, a company that strives to be the best. We delight in demonstrating to customers the added value of investing in Elation products. The product range is very extensive with solutions to fit all sizes of projects and all types of demand.”
Sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe, Marc Librecht, commented: “Cast has just what we were searching for in a reliable partner; an experienced, knowledgeable and personal team with a proven track record of performance. They are adept at meeting customer requirements and finding creative solutions and, importantly, are committed to providing exceptional customer service. We look forward to continue working with them, now as our exclusive distributor.”
In picture: Marc Librecht (Elation), Thomas Gottschlich (Cast), Alain Suard (Cast) and Alistair Smyth (Elation).
19th September 2019
TEATR named new Elation Distributor in Poland
Poland – Elation Professional has announced that speciality stage technology company Przedsiebiorstwo Specjalistyczne TEATR has been named the new distributor for Elation products in Poland. Based near Warsaw in the town of Piaseczno, TEATR is one of Poland’s oldest and most respected entertainment technology companies.
“We’re excited to be partnering with such an experienced company in one of Europe’s fast developing and important growth markets,” states Marc Librecht, head of sales and marketing for Elation in Europe. “The Polish market is distinct and offers unique opportunities. Our co-operation with TEATR will be a key step in expanding the Elation brand there and we look forward to working closely with their team.”
TEATR has been involved in the implementation of state-of-the-art stage technology solutions for many of Poland’s top theatres, concert halls and other cultural venues since its establishment in 1971. After nearly five decades of experience, the company continues to expand with a new headquarter building ready for occupancy in October.
“Our scale, years of experience and team of designers, consultants and technicians have allowed us to develop a broad client base that includes theatres, philharmonics, community centres and TV stations, as well as the biggest Polish rental companies,” states TEATR CEO Michal Frackowiak. “To us, the most important goal is our clients’ satisfaction. We look at each project individually, offering the highest quality products to match their needs. We find Elation to be a very forward-looking brand with good quality products and an experienced team we can work with as partners to make the best decisions for our clients.”
18th September 2019
WORKPRO Lifters Put Safety First by Launching New Training Videos at WFX
A new training programme designed to teach stage technicians the safest way to operate telescopic and front loading lifters will be introduced at WFX 2019 by Spanish company Equipson, which manufactures WORKPRO Lifters.
Equipson has produced a series of 15 videos in English and Spanish that demonstrate how safety issues can easily be avoided by following the correct procedures. These videos, which range in length from three to ten minutes, cover topics such as setting up, elevating, mounting and descending telescopic and front loading lifters, how to safely move a telescopic lifter, how to mount a line array on a front loading lifer and how WireDrive works as well as how to rectify wire mistakes.
Juan Jose Vila, CSO of Equipson, says: “As manufacturers of these products we are committed to making them as safe and accessible as possible to all users. Dedicating resources to proper training is key to our approach and this is why we have devised a range of audio visual content that clearly shows the correct way to use lifters in order to avoid unnecessary and potentially fatal accidents.”
Equipson’s videos, which are free to view and hosted on the company’s own WORKPRO Lifters YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv9FmFrBRbtoMsB6akhfrEQ/videos), are aimed at a wide range of staging operatives, from those working in theatres and Houses of Worship through to those operating in a live touring environment.
“It doesn’t matter what kind of show or event you are putting on, the safety aspects of using lifters remain the same,” Vila adds. “We have put these videos together because we received feedback from our own customers who felt there was a gap in the market for this type of training material. They want to learn best practise and they want their technicians to be as safe as possible, so who better to teach them than the companies that actually make the equipment and know exactly what it can and cannot do.”
In conjunction with its US distributor Etnia Pro, Equipson will be showing its own range of telescopic and front loading lifters, trusses, cables and accessories on booth 734 at WFX, which takes place in Orlando, Florida from 17-19 September, 2019.
"This is just the beginning of our commitment to training,” Vila says. “We are also planning to introduce knowledge tests and a certification programme for those who want to be recognised as a lifter operator and to have tangible proof of their own skill level.”
18th September 2019
GDS FoH Fund offers up to £10,000 worth of front-of-house lighting to one lucky theatre
UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is delighted to announce a partnership with the award-winning, specialist LED lighting manufacturer GDS to offer a new in-kind award.
One small not-for-profit theatre will be awarded up to £10,000 of front of house lighting, courtesy of GDS.
GDS manufactures LED lighting equipment and controls for lighting foyers and bars as well as a range of back of house and stage management products. The GDS FoH Fund will deliver a complete GDS solution package including lighting design, installation and complete project management throughout, allowing one theatre to benefit from a full upgrade to its front-of-house lights.
Theatres Trust will provide its expertise to draw up a shortlist for what will certainly be a popular scheme as theatres look to improve their environmental sustainability by improving their audience’s experience and upgrading to front of house lighting to LED technology.
Jon Morgan, Theatres Trust director says: “We are grateful to GDS for its generous support in creating the GDS FoH Fund. The launch of this scheme is timely as we know many theatres are keen to reduce their environmental impact and improve the front-of-house experience, both of which can be vital in making a small theatre more financially sustainable. Theatres Trust are uniquely placed to connect theatres with kind offers from our corporate supporters.”
GDS co-founder Richard Cuthbert adds: “Having been a passionate supporter of the Theatres Trust for many years now, we are extremely proud to be able to give something back to the industry and make a real difference to the future commercial diversity of a UK theatre. The GDS FoH Fund can offer a brilliant opportunity to create warm and welcoming spaces in the most sustainable way.”
Applications are open to any not-for-profit theatre, amateur or professional with less than 500-seat capacity. The deadline is 29 November 2019. Further information is available on the Theatres Trust website.
Visit stand G20 at Plasa on Monday 16 September to find out more about the GDS FoH Fund and the partnership between GDS and Theatres Trust.
16th September 2019
Mackie Partners with Avid
USA – Mackie has announced a new partnership with Avid to offer Pro Tools | First plus the exclusive Musician Collection featuring a unique bundle of 23 Avid plug-ins, including the legendary 304C Compressor and 304E EQ bundle, with select Mackie products. In addition, the popular Waveform OEM software and 16 plug-in DAW Essentials Collection is still included with select Mackie products. This complete software package is valued at over $500 USD making Mackie products an incredible value to end users. This announcement goes alongside the all-new ProFXv3 Series professional effects mixers with USB, which features upgraded recording capability, Onyx mic preamps, onboard compressors, and 24 effects making the series a perfect match for the industry-standard software.
"Pro Tools has long been the industry standard when it comes to recording," said Matt Redmon, Mackie director of product marketing, "and we are excited to bring this powerful software to Mackie customers for the first time."In addition to including Pro Tools / First with the new ProFXv3 mixers, the software bundle will now be included with a massive list of other Mackie products including Onyx USB Interfaces, Big Knob Series monitor controllers / interfaces, all studio monitor series, DL Series Digital Mixers, and more.
The Musician Collection is full of great-sounding plug-ins that are perfect for guitar, bass, vocals, drums, and more. The extensive list of plug-ins includes the renowned 304E EQ and 304C compressor, Eleven Lite, and Studio Reverb plus fun pedal plug-ins like Black Op Distortion, Gray Compressor, and Green JRC Overdrive.
"Mackie hardware has long been essential to all facets of music production, as evidenced by Mackie products playing a part in the personal studios of most Avid employees involved in audio," remarks Ed Gray, director, partnering programmes for Avid. "We are excited to bring new Mackie hardware customers into the world of Pro Tools to see what we can accomplish together with this compelling offering."
Mackie will continue to include the popular multi-award-winning Waveform OEM bundle that includes their DAW Essentials Collection featuring 16 professional plug-ins with select products.
"Software is essential for modern musicians and content creators," says Redmon, "and with two complete software packages included in our products, Mackie users will get incredible value and choice right out of the box."
13th September 2019
A4i.tv Video Release – Xstage S10 Advanced Design Stage Deck
Xstage has just released a video on A4i.tv that puts the spotlight on its new, advanced design stage deck, the S10. Weighing in at only 33kg, but without any reduction in loading capacity (750kg/m2) or stability, the new S10 deck is winning over live entertainment professionals around the world.
Discover the advanced design and leading features that have made the S10 so popular by watching the video here.
12th September 2019
DPA Microphones Appoints Distributors in Serbia and Croatia
Serbia & Croatia – As part of its commitment to its professional customer base, DPA Microphones has appointed two new distributors in Serbia and Croatia.
AVL Projekt and LAV Projekt are now responsible for the company’s entire range of high quality microphones, which includes products aimed at the recording and pro audio markets, live sound, installation and broadcast.
Both AVL and LAV are long-term distributors and integrators of professional audio, light and video solutions. They address DPA market segments through a network of system integrators, installers and dealers, which are very active in the theatre, broadcast and with live touring companies. Being able to work as system integrators as well, they can support customers from the initial point of contact to the delivery and installation of turnkey solutions. With a strong focus on after sales, both AVL and LAV have built reputations as trustable partners in the region.
Slobodan Veckalov, managing director of AVL Projekt, says: “We are very excited to be representing such a great microphone brand. We have worked with DPA in the past on various projects, and we advocate for top-notch quality product in the portfolio of brands that we distribute.
Davor Vujic, managing director of LAV Projekt, says: “It is both a great privilege and obligation to introduce great DPA products into the Croatian market.”
Guillaume Cadiou, area sales manager for DPA Microphones, says: “DPA has been growing well in the region for several years, and we are now taking the next step by getting closer to our market by appointing local representatives in the region. I have known the team at AVL for a while, and did not need to think much when we were looking for representatives. They have already demonstrated great audio expertise and have been very active from day one.”
DPA believes that these appointments will ensure continued support for its valuable customer base across all market sectors.
In picture: Bo Brinck, Jovica Macos, Slobodan Veckalov, Dragoslav Beljin, Zarko Ivic and Guillaume Cadiou
11th September 2019
Brompton Technology ranked in Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100
UK – Brompton Technology has ranked in the annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table for the second year running, moving up to 76th place.
The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times on 8th September 2019.
Brompton continues to enjoy considerable growth and commercial success. This is thanks in no small part to the sales of its 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor and XD data distribution units, as well as its commitment to exceptional customer service.
“We’re delighted to feature in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table once again,” says Brompton’s managing director Richard Mead. “In May, Brompton also appeared in the Sunday Times WorldFirst SME Export Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies that have achieved the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years. Everyone should be very proud of what their hard work is achieving.”
10th September 2019
Clair Brothers Expands into Russia with Rental Partner Sound Line Agency
Russia – The Sound Line Agency, founded in 1998, operates with the singular mission of bringing its customers the best products the industry has to offer. The company closely follows technology news and developments to ensure its knowledge base remains on the cutting edge. Its dedication to excellence is what makes Sound Line one of Russia's respected rental companies.
Sound Line received its first Clair Brothers speakers in the form of the proven 1.5AM stage monitors. According to Andrey Kabanov, owner of Sound Line Agency: “This was my company’s first experience working with Clair Brothers gear, but I had heard such positive feedback from musicians who’d had direct experience with the American brand that I already had high expectations. Back in 2005 I had the pleasure of seeing a Sting concert in Moscow where Clair Brothers loudspeakers were used. Since then, I’ve never heard another system of equal quality. The problem in those days was this incredible equipment was exclusive and not readily available to companies like mine. Through my twenty-two years as a sound and systems engineer, it was understood by pro industry friends, colleagues and online sources that the Clair Brothers commitment to high quality was unmatched. So, when I had the opportunity to work with them myself, I jumped at the chance. The products have more than lived up to my expectations.”
For its production needs, Sound Line purchased several Clair Brothers components, including the kiTCurve12 system, 8CX front fills, 1.5AM stage monitors, i218-Ms and CS218-Ms. Kabanov provides more detail: “The kiTCurve12 system is powerful and multifunctional and can be used for smaller events, as well as, for front and side fills at the big venues. It’s a self-powered system that uses a DSP processor, which gives it another big advantage. The 8CX is a compact system that is excellent as front fills at jazz concerts and business conferences. As far as the 1.5AMs, from my point of view, there is no equal monitoring system in its category. These monitors deliver perfect sound quality, which means everything to musicians and vocalists. The 1.5AMs provide huge power capacity and sound pressure, plus ideal audibility. The addition of the i218-Ms to our company can’t be overstated. They are monsters of sound for stadiums, arenas and outdoor events. They have a well-laid rigging scheme that requires a minimum amount of time and physical strength to set up. And the CS218-Ms, easily mobile as they are, project great bass tones with no hum. All told, these systems are excellent instruments for sound engineers creative work.”
Since joining the Clair Brothers roster of international partners, Sound Line has put on numerous high-level shows with global acts such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval and Noize MC, just to name a few. “Only Clair Brothers consistently gives me such impressive and incredible results. I feel the co-operation between the system creators and the engineers who are using this equipment is a very special one. Everyone is beyond satisfied: engineers, musicians and fans alike!”
9th September 2019
Claypaky announces new go-to-market and distribution structure in the UK and Ireland
UK – As part of the restructuring process of our sales organisation in some regions, Claypaky has announced the appointment of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) as the new Claypaky distributor for the United Kingdom, and its sister company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland Ltd. for the Republic of Ireland.
AC-ET, with its 45 years of activity as a leading provider of cutting-edge entertainment technology products, certainly needs no introduction.
Marcus Graser, designated CEO of Claypaky, says: "We are honoured by AC-ET’s decision to dedicate special resources and commitment to the distribution of our products; the collaboration between our two companies started back in the 70s but this new agreement, based on a shared vision of a more modern relationship, marks a decisive change that everyone will benefit from."
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET’s UK sales and purchasing director, remarks: "We are delighted to be working with Claypaky. The brand has been a leader in stage lighting for decades, producing some of the world’s most iconic lighting products."
Emilio Cornelli, Claypaky’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, declares: "We greatly appreciate the team of AC-ET’s industry professionals; their experience and the company’s world-class service will be of great benefit to all the customers in the sectors in which CP's products are used.”
The distribution agreement is effective from 1 September.
6th September 2019
SiM appointed as ProLights distributor for Russia 05 September 2019 Professional
Russia – Entertainment Technology manufacturer ProLights have appointed Moscow based SiM Company (Группа Компаний "SiM") as their distributor throughout Russia.
SiM joins the ProLights distributor network with more than 28 years of experience in the professional market and as one of the largest suppliers of lighting, sound, video projection systems and cinema equipment throughout the region. Having developed a stellar reputation and nurtured long-standing relationships through years of trading and experience, SiM were the obvious choice for a long-term partner in the region.
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for ProLights comments: “The team over at SiM are so knowledgeable and have a great reputation throughout the area. Russia covers such a wide area and we believe that SiM have the ideal company culture, infrastructure and contacts and we thoroughly look forward to working with them.”
Ivan Rumyantsev of SiM explains: “The team at ProLights and their attention to detail is why we are so looking forward to working alongside them. The core principals of continuous customer support, personal customer relationships and high-quality products are fully aligned with how we operate. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship as their distributor”.
SiM will be exhibiting at Prolight & Sound Russia (Moscow) from 12-14th September 2019, an event that will feature a whole host of ProLights solutions. Alongside this, SiM invite customers to visit their new showroom in Moscow to meet the team, discuss their projects and view the multitude of solutions available.
6th September 2019
Brompton Technology expands customer facing team
In line with its continuing rapid growth, Brompton Technology has announced the expansion of its customer facing team with the additions of Dries Vermeulen as business development manager (Europe), and Chris Grandin as technical support manager.
Vermeulen, a familiar and highly respected face in the LED industry from his days at Barco, VER and ROE Visual, brings a wealth of experience in a technical and commercial capacity. He will be based in Belgium, perfectly positioning him to be in close contact with Brompton customers throughout Europe.
Grandin, who has relocated from South Africa, has most recently held the positions of group technical advisor for the Gearhouse Group of companies and technical services supervisor at Christie Digital Systems. He brings over two decades of expertise in the demanding field of live entertainment and events, providing technical solutions and backup for creative staging ideas at events reaching audiences from under a hundred to a few million, across South Africa and internationally.
Vermeulen and Grandin join the customer facing team alongside familiar faces including Rob Fowler, now in the role of senior business development manager and US-based Sean Sheridan, regional technical manager – Americas. Adam Callaway, who recently celebrated five years with the company, moves to the newly created position of technical project manager, and Luke Hurford, who continues to be based in China, moves to the role of regional technical manager – APAC.
“Dries will be a fantastic addition to the business development team. I have known him for many years and have huge respect for him having had the pleasure of working together at VER and subsequently collaborating during his time at ROE. His extensive knowledge of the LED industry, both from a technical and business perspective, will be a great asset to Brompton,”says Fowler. “Providing first-class technical support is such a huge part of what Brompton is all about. Chris is the perfect person to take on that responsibility as we respond to the rapid growth Brompton is experiencing.
“I am delighted to welcome these new faces to Brompton Technology and to know that we have a team that can support Brompton customers anywhere in the world. It’s also very pleasing to see the progression of some long-standing staff members into exciting new roles.
“Both Chris and Dries share the Brompton commitment to technical excellence and high quality. These new additions will help us build on the fantastic growth we are seeing through 2019, and to be ready for even greater things in 2020.”
In picture: Chris Grandin and Dries Vermeulen.
5th September 2019
Blinding Light is now TSL Lighting
UK – TSL Lighting has announced that Blinding Light will now operate under the TSL Lighting branding, following its acquisition of the event lighting specialist in January 2018.
The move marks a milestone in the expansion of TSL and reflects its forward-thinking approach under the directorship of Sam Tamplin, Loz Wilcox and Dom Sheerman. It is effective from 2 September 2019.
Sam Tamplin comments: “During the time that Blinding Light has been part of the TSL family, we’ve harmonised our processes to the point where the equipment preparation for all jobs, whether styled as TSL or Blinding Light, is identical, so the time feels right to remove any potential brand confusion for our customers.
“Both of our brands have always shared the same core values: to provide the best quality lighting, rigging equipment and services available to customers in the production industry, so bringing the brands together as TSL Lighting will see no change or disruption to new or existing customers of either brand. Projects will continue to be delivered from both our Basingstoke and Gatwick locations and our trade hire teams will continue to service our industry colleagues.”
When TSL acquired Blinding Light, the directors of both companies reassured customers that they would retain the same points of contact within both brands, that they would continue to enjoy the same level of service, that there would be continuity in our quality of equipment and most importantly, they would keep the personal relationships that they have always enjoyed with our team.
“We’re nearly two years into this project now and I’m delighted that we’ve kept our word on all of these things,” says Tamplin.
TSL has stepped up investment into its expanding operations over the last two years, making significant improvements to its internal infrastructure across every area, from warehouses to IT and accounts. In addition, it has specialised both of its sites, with all lighting projects based in Basingstoke and all rigging projects processed at Gatwick.
“Clients can continue to deal with their existing project manager or hire coordinator at the same location, via the same phone numbers and email addresses, and will continue to enjoy the same great level of service and quality of equipment they have learned to expect from both brands,” says Tamplin. “I’m excited to continue our mission into 2020 and beyond and to cement our position as one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK.”
2nd September 2019
ULA Group New Elation Distributor in Australia and New Zealand
Australia & New Zealand – Elation Professional has announced that ULA Group has been named the new exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Australia and New Zealand. Established in 1991, ULA Group provides leading entertainment, architectural and LED digital lighting solutions to an extensive portfolio of clients across the region.
“We understand the value in providing our clients with as many options and solutions as possible, therefore we sought an internationally recognised brand that was well respected and could cover a vast array of markets,” stated Cuono (Con) Biviano, managing director of ULA Group. “As an acknowledged brand on international tour riders and an emerging standard in the major theatre market, Elation was a natural fit.”
Elation director of sales and marketing, Eric Loader, added: “A partnership with ULA was a logical step for us to move forward in the Australian and New Zealand market and is an important piece of our growth strategy. With an extremely well-qualified and experienced team with well-established relationships across the industry, along with offices across Australia and New Zealand, ULA is well prepared to support our product line and grow the Elation brand.”
ULA Group serves rental companies large and small and works with major installation customers to provide clients with market-leading visual solutions and services. The growing company offers an extensive portfolio of brands and maintains offices throughout Australia and New Zealand.
“Elation offers unique, innovative products across rental, production and theatre and that was important for us,” Biviano said. “Not only was Elation an early adopter of LED technology and has developed some of the most advanced LED light engines, it is now at the forefront with a complete range of IP65 products and that’s where we see the growth in the future.”
The new partnership with ULA Group launches at the Integrate Show 27-29 August in Melbourne where Elation’s latest IP65 Proteus series and theatrical-grade Artiste series fixtures are on display.
In picture: Eric Loader and Con Biviano.
27th August 2019
Renkus-Heinz Partners with GBC in Romania
Romania – Renkus-Heinz, maker of premium professional loudspeaker systems for live sound and install applications, has announced that its products are now being distributed in Romania by GBC. Located in the capital city of Bucharest, GBC is a market leader in Romania's distribution and AV integration industries, with more than 17 years of experience. GBC is a member of the PSNI Global Alliance and is a member of, and certified by, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA).
"We're delighted to partner with GBC in Romania," comments Renkus-Heinz European technical sales manager Michal Poplawski. "They have extensive experience in a wide variety of market segments in Romania and are known for delivering personalized high-end solutions with the latest technology, which makes them a great fit for us. Like Renkus-Heinz, GBC is dedicated to improving the way people communicate and work, using top quality products and systems."
"Our customers and dealers rely on us to deliver only the very best professional products, and when it comes to loudspeakers, that means Renkus-Heinz," observes GBC executive manager George Boboc. "Not only does Renkus-Heinz make the finest loudspeaker systems for installed sound, they offer a variety of outstanding solutions, ranging from ICONYX digitally steered arrays to advanced point-source systems and subwoofers. As Renkus-Heinz' distributor in Romania, we can take advantage of this to deliver exactly the right custom audio solution for government, education, corporate, health industry, cinema, and many other applications."
27th August 2019
Martin Audio celebrates double-digit growth following management buyout
UK – LDC-backed Martin Audio, the designer and manufacturer of premium high-performance loudspeaker systems, has recorded double-digit sales growth following a series of product launches and overseas expansion.
The Buckinghamshire-based business, which provides sound systems for some of the UK’s biggest festivals, reported a 22 per cent increase in sales in its financial year 2017-18, growing from £16.5million to £20.1million. It is now forecasting a further 20 per cent increase throughout 2019.
Over the same period, Martin Audio has added a number of major global rental clients to its roster, including US-based Soundworks, Southard Audio and Twilight Audio which were part of efforts to consolidate the brand’s footprint in North America, where it is now established as a direct distributor. In addition, Jamaican brand Main Event Entertainment, and Dominican Republic-headquartered Group AR were also added joining the ranks of Martin Audio rental companies that manage tours, corporate events and major festivals including London’s British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, Rock in Rio and Rock in Japan.
The brand has also launched 15 new products over the past 12 months and extended its scaleable acoustic technology offering. Its new range of sound solutions has enabled the business to expand into the commercial install space, allowing it to compete successfully with major industry players.
Martin Audio was backed by LDC in 2018, in a management buyout from global audio specialist Loud Audio. As part of the deal, LDC invested £12 million in the company, alongside its existing management team.
Following the carve-out, Martin Audio has invested in developing key teams, processes and enhancing its computer software and ERP systems, as well as recruiting a new finance department from scratch.
Over the next 12 months, the business is looking to further expand its product range to further increase its market share.
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, said: “This has been a significant year for Martin Audio, with a series of key product launches to help us continue providing incredible audio experiences to our customers. We’ve also laid the groundwork for future growth by enhancing key business functions and ensuring we have the best possible team in place.
“LDC has backed our plan from the beginning and has played a key role in helping us set the wheels in motion, offering us the flexibility we needed and directly supporting our recruitment efforts. We’re now looking to build on the momentum we have created to expand our offering even further and become a major player in the market.”
Philip Weston, investment director at LDC London, added: “The ambition and drive of Dom and his team has helped Martin Audio to achieve record sales this year, expanding their portfolio of products to ensure they are at the forefront of audio technology. We are excited to continue working with the team and supporting them through their next phase of growth.”
23rd August 2019
New Headquarters for ChamSys
UK – The spacious facility on Brooklands Courtyard that ChamSys Ltd. now occupies represents more than a new headquarters for the growing lighting console manufacturer. The building also epitomises a commitment on the part of ChamSys to build on its already-strong tradition of providing unparalleled quality products and customer service.
Occupying a large section of the new building is a multi-line manufacturing centre that will enable ChamSys to expand its volumes and simultaneously build MagicQ Stadium and MagicQ Compact consoles. An extensive product soak and QC area ensures ChamSys products are manufactured and tested to the highest standards. The new stores and dispatch warehousing will facilitate ChamSys’ ability to maintain high stock levels to service its worldwide distribution network as it experiences an ever-increasing demand for its products,
Prominently featured in the facility’s design are its service department and customer training area. Reflecting its commitment to customer service, ChamSys included a dedicated repair centre, two fully equipped training rooms for regular training courses, and a stand-alone pre visualisation suite for visiting programmers. The facility also houses ChamSys R&D facilities with space for the Engineering team, which has recently doubled in size as ChamSys invests in new product development.
“The new headquarters reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards as we grow,” said Chris Kennedy, managing director of ChamSys. “We’re extremely happy with how our new facility will enable us to accelerate our product development whilst maintaining our high product quality and software excellence. ChamSys is committed to providing the best value and service to the customer.”
ChamSys is celebrating its 15 years of designing and manufacturing lighting consoles with a facility opening event for its customers on 2nd September. Contact ChamSys at email@example.com
22nd August 2019
MILOS Corner Brace HD – The guy wire Executioner!
See the latest video release on A4i.tv that exposes the dark side of MILOS innovation. Introducing the new MILOS Corner Brace HD, which has been designed to add full support for small to medium-sized roofs and eliminate the need for guy wires!
In this video, Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp is back again to speak about the design, features and advantages of the new MILOS Corner Brace HD. Designed for use with standard two-way and three-way 90 degree corners, it eliminates the need for guy wires by ensuring stabilisation, reducing ballast requirements, providing more access to the stage and requiring less time to install.
Watchthe video here and witness the beginning of the end for guy wires…
21st August 2019
Adamson Partners with Hermes Music for Mexican Distribution
Mexico – Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed Pro Audio Comercializadora, a division of Hermes Music, as its exclusive distributor for the Mexican market. The partnership leverages Pro Audio Comercializadora’s decades of service in the Mexican pro audio market and further bolsters Adamson’s position in the Americas.
“Pro Audio Comercializadora has been in the professional market for several decades, and in that time, we’ve watched Adamson become a market leader in terms of innovation, product performance, and brand profile,” comments Raul Carlos Uriegas, director of Pro Audio Comercializadora. “The development of their various patented and proprietary technologies over the years makes it clear Adamson is proud and passionate about the audio industry, and that’s exactly the kind of company we want to partner with.”
Based in Mexico City, Pro Audio Comercializadora will work in close collaboration with Adamson’s Canadian headquarters to develop educational programming, provide client support, and propel further growth in the national market. Uriegas states that customer and user support will be at the core of their efforts from the outset, with plans already in place to deliver Adamson’s globally-standardised Applied Certification training in the near future.
“A very important part for us is to assist those who have trusted Adamson over the years, regardless of the origin of the sale,” he asserts. “Pro Audio and Adamson share a common bond in the way we care for our customers, and we plan to live up to both companies’ reputations with education opportunities and second-to-none service and support as part of the Adamson Network.”
Founded in 1996, Pro Audio Comercializadora serves the pro audio, DJ, broadcast, and recording markets with a catalogue of brands producing cutting-edge technology. The company takes pride in following and evolving alongside the latest industry trends to best serve its customer base.
Uriegas says in closing that his team is looking forward to working in tandem with Adamson based on their shared core values. “We see ourselves as an extension of the Adamson brand, and take great pride in the opportunity to represent their principles and overall vision in our country.”
“We’re very happy to know that our present and future partners, customers, and users in Mexico will have the support of an esteemed company like Pro Audio Comercializadora and Hermes Music,” says Adamson’s James Oliver, director of sales and marketing. “They take pride in a client-first mentality and have already shown their dedication to working together to ensure we have strong support in this very important market.”
In picture: Hermes Music general manager Juan Perches and Adamson CEO Marc Bertrand.