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Christmas donations from Movecat support social projects in the region
Germany – At the end of another successful year, Movecat is once again pursuing its idea of allowing social institutions in the Nufringen region to partake of its success. This year the chosen beneficiaries were the DRK Ortsgruppe Gärtringen, the GWW in Herrenberg and the Waldhaus in Hildrizhausen. Movecat of Nufringen is one of the leading manufacturers worldwide in the field of modular scalable stage kinetics.
The Christmas donation from Movecat will enable the DRK Ortsgruppe to supplement the equipment used by its eight first aid workers. They will be receiving a special attachment for the defibrillators of their emergency backpacks that is suitable for children. The defibrillators hitherto available in the emergency backpacks were only suitable for adults. Thanks to this small additional electrode, it will now be possible to treat children from birth to eight years of age. True to its motto "safety first" for all, Movecat felt very strongly that such treatment should also be extended to children. From now on, the excellently trained volunteers of the DRK Ortsverein and the volunteer fire brigade of Gärtringen attending emergencies will be able to intervene immediately rather than having to wait for the arrival of an emergency doctor or fire rescue services. The first minutes are often crucial to the survival of children.
Also considered was the woodwork shop of the Waldhaus in Hildrizhausen, which offers help and recognition to young people from socially disadvantaged families as well as young people with personal difficulties, by supporting initiatives to integrate them into schools and professional life. The donation from Movecat will make it possible to expand the workshop and equip it with additional woodworking tools.
The GWW charity workshops in Herrenberg offer the mentally ill as well as the mentally as well as physically handicapped an opportunity to enter the labour market, thereby giving them the chance to live as independently as possible. For their production, Movecat has purchased additional large mobile containers to supplement those that formed part of last year's Christmas donation. The containers will be used to store cardboard and paper for shredding. The raw material used for Karopack cushions – an environmentally friendly packaging material – is produced from the shredded material in a closed recycling process.
The Christmas donations were presented by Movecat CEO Andrew Abele and marketing director Angelika Dallman, in person.
In picture: Andrew Abele CEO with DRK Ortsverein Gärtringen
15th December 2017
S.E.A. Appointed Community Distributor for Germany
Germany – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting GmbH as its distributor for Germany, effective 1st January, 2018.
S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting GmbH is a leading German distributor of professional audio technology. The company exclusively markets a portfolio of 20 premium audio brands, offering first-class solutions for recording studios, live events and fixed installations. Founded in 2000, the owner-managed company has developed from a regional musical instrument and studio gear store into a key player in the pro audio industry. The company now successfully serves a dedicated customer network, supported with direct customer communication by experienced product consultants. In addition, fast logistics, comprehensive customer project support, from planning to completion, and qualified after-sales service are key elements in the company’s sales approach.
“We are delighted to join forces with Community and represent the company’s high-performance products in the German market,” stated Heinz Bouwer, sales manager at S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting. “Community offers a comprehensive range of audio products with superior sound, excellent manufacturing quality and unique features, making the brand a perfect fit with our existing portfolio of installed sound products. We look forward to further developing Community in our territory and taking advantage of the synergy with more than 12 years of successful cooperation with its sister brand Apart Audio.”
Community’s EMEA sales manager, Jamie Ward, added: “We’re really pleased to partner with S.E.A. for this key European market. S.E.A. has a great team dedicated to the fixed installation sector, with a wide breadth of experience and knowledge in all areas of pro audio to draw on. Additionally, the company has a very strong in-house technical applications department, capable of supporting all Community verticals from hospitality through outdoor and up to large scale venues.”
12th December 2017
DPA Microphones Expands in the UK By Acquiring Sound Network
UK – DPA Microphones has announced that it has acquired Sound Network, the UK pro audio distributor with whom it has had a close relationship for more than 20 years.
Established by Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop, Sound Network is highly regarded for its exceptional audio expertise, committed staff and dedicated technical support. The distributor has been key to DPA’s success in the UK, particularly in the broadcast, live sound and theatre markets where DPA’s high quality microphone solutions are regularly used on prestigious live shows and productions.
DPA’s decision to acquire Sound Network came after Wandless and Dunlop announced their intention to retire from the business they had founded in 1994.
“Sound Network has been a marvelous ambassador for DPA for many years and has invested heavily in the brand,” says DPA’s CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen. “By acquiring the business, we can maintain our close cooperation with the company and build on the strong relationships Sound Network already has with our all-important UK dealers and customers. Sound Network has a large range of prestigious customers, including most of the West End theatres that are influential beyond the borders of the UK. We will now be much closer to these important customers and that will give us even more insight into the environment in which our microphones are being used.”
For Ralph Dunlop and Pete Wandless, the decision to part from Sound Network was not taken lightly, but both believe DPA’s acquisition is a sign of progress of the company.
“This acquisition secures the longevity of the company Pete and I built together, and for the most fantastic team that exists within it,” Ralph Dunlop says. “It will offer greater opportunities for those involved, on both sides, and I am convinced its future is in safe hands. The years catch up with you, and the time has come for us to hand the baton to a new generation of innovators. Pete and I have no regrets and many, many, happy memories, some of which cannot be repeated. We wish our dedicated team and the new owners all the success in the future, convinced the company will take microphone technology and education to new heights."
On a day-to-day level, the acquisition means business as usual because all of Sound Network’s staff will remain with the company in their usual roles. The company name will also continue, as will its distribution arrangements with other manufacturers such as Sony Pro Audio, Meris, Bubblebee Industries, Quested Monitors, Smart Research and China Cones.
Adam Pierce (pictured), Sound Network’s sales and marketing director who will now head up the company and report directly to DPA’s EVP of Sales Nikolaj Forsberg, says: “Sound Network has aligned itself with DPA’s philosophy since its inception, so this is the next logical step for both companies to continue their growth and ambitions in the UK market. Sound Network’s reputation for high level service and expertise will only be strengthened by a closer partnership with DPA Microphones and while it is 'business as usual’, our customers and our other manufacture partners will definitely benefit from this move. “DPA have always inspired us as a brand, through its incredible product portfolio and its people, so we are delighted to become part of the family.”
The DPA brand is already well established in the UK where it is recognised for its durability, clarity and consistency. Products like the d:screet miniature microphones are already the mainstay of many theatre productions in the West End, which is an inspirational reference point for the global theatre industry. This same industry is among those that are really gaining value from the newly introduced ‘CORE by DPA’ microphone technology that reduces distortion and increases dynamic range. Another innovative product launched recently is the pocket-sized d:vice digital audio interface that enables content makers such as live and mobile journalists to record and broadcast studio quality audio while on the move.
“Our opportunity to get closer to Sound Network will benefit everyone in the DPA sales channel, even outside the UK,” Kalle Hvidt Nielsen says. “DPA is growing at a rapid pace and is committed to developing new products that accurately reflect the needs of our customers. More involvement in the UK market and closer communication between Sound Network and DPA’s head office in Denmark will allow us to better determine what the market needs.”
30th November 2017
Le Maitre celebrates 40th Anniversary with Party at Wynn, Las Vegas
USA – This year Le Maitre is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Since 1977, the company has been manufacturing pyrotechnics, smoke, haze and flame machines and special effects. Le Maitre now has over 1,500 state-of-the-art products in its extensive product range.
To mark the anniversary, Le Maitre held a party at Intrigue at Wynn, Las Vegas to thank their customers, dealers and industry friends for all their support.
Le Maitre joint managing director Karen Cornacchia says: “We’re very proud to be celebrating 40 years in business and it’s important for us to acknowledge and thank those who have helped and supported us along the way. We held a party in London’s Mayfair for our UK and European distributors, but it was very important for us to also celebrate with our industry friends in the US.”
Le Maitre now has a head office in Mitcham in the UK, where all its smoke, haze and flame machines are manufactured. Pyrotechnics are manufactured in Peterborough in the UK, and now also in Missouri, USA, and there is an established office in Las Vegas to service the American markets along with a warehouse facility in Belgium to support tours in Europe.
As Cornacchia states:, “Since setting up Le Maitre USA, LLC, business in the United States has gone from strength to strength, and with Le Maitre now manufacturing pyrotechnics in our new dedicated facility in Missouri we expect that to continue. We have many exciting developments ahead, but we wanted to take stock and celebrate our achievements and this important milestone with our many American customers, colleagues and friends.”
29th November 2017
De Sisti Open UK Sales and Projects Operation
UK – De Sisti has been a world leader in professional lighting systems since 1982. Innovation, technological research, high performance products, substantial attention to detail and highest attention to international safety standards are the most significant company priorities. All products are designed, manufactured and tested at De Sisti’s factories, where total quality control is the primary goal. De Sisti has made substantial investment in its products, system upgrades and development to ensure users benefit from the technology advances and their significant optical experiences. As part of this investment De Sisti has now opened De Sisti UK to support the substantial existing and potential customers based in the UK and Ireland as well as providing project concept and design, a complete installation service, and maintenance support with annual inspections if required. The office is currently based close to Junction 11 of the M25 to make access across the UK easy with support for TV and film studios, performance spaces, rental companies and photographers.
The office is set up to provide full product support, is equipped with the very latest demonstration and loan stock and provides quotations for equipment and projects as well as offering a complete design service covering all of the aspects of film, TV and photographic studios: lighting, lighting control, suspension, electrical and the building itself.
In September, De Sisti launched a substantial number of new products and upgraded all the LED arrays within the Fresnel range ensuring that brighter sources are utilised whilst at the same time improving CRI and TLCI figures to sit within the 92 to 96 band. The Fresnel Rain Protected range was shown now with an F7 at 160W, the F10 HP at 330W and the F14 HP at a very bright 580W ensuring that energy efficient solutions are available to replace HMI and 5kW incandescent sources. At a recent demonstration in the factory De Sisti showed these being sprayed with high levels of water which carefully runs out of the products due to the water drainage system built into the housing to ensure no damage to the internal components, a great benefit with our UK unpredictable weather.
The recent addition of Vari-White technology to the Fresnel and the SoftLED range now ensures that studios and other performance spaces can be lit with the ability to set the colour temperature from the lighting console without any change in intensity and importantly immediately without gel or climbing ladders. In theatre and film or TV drama, this can help move from day to night or to simulate different artificial sources such as street lights shining through windows just by means of a fader movement or key stroke, thus utilising one fixture instead of a number to do the job.
In news and current affairs TV studios these fixtures can help to balance one skin tone to another changing immediately to suit the persons on camera making them ideal of long running news programmes with multiple guests. The technology provides adjustable colour temperature from 2800°K to 6600°K on a continuous basis for theatre lighting designers. For TV lighting directors a step basis is provided where set colour temperature changes of 400°K occur for every 10% variation in DMX intensity. The latter ensuring that TV lighting directors always know exactly what temperature they are working at.
The Fresnels continue to utilise the same high quality shock resistant German glass lenses they have since 1982, these being fitted in their original incandescent versions as well as throughout the LED Fresnel range that now spans from 30 to 580 Watts. The universal power input from 90 to 250 volts ensures a true smooth dimming range from 0 to 100% at any of the AC input voltages making them ideal for use on shoots where the power is coming from different supply sources. Up to date, any of the 30, 60 or 120 Watt versions are also operable on batteries.
The Vari-White and the standard tungsten or daylight fixed colour temperature versions operate using the installed self-stabilising active cooling system. This thermal stabilisation is managed by an internal thermal sensor and the central processor unit working with the fixtures array heat-sink and the integral silent fan cooling. This maintains the array at a constant temperature, thus ensuring array longevity and fixture stability with the silent hydro bearing fan operating at a very slow speed. Importantly the thermal stability also ensures that when DMX dimming is in use there is no shift in colour temperature.
De Sisti hold a patent on the optical system which basically operates in the same way as the incandescent Fresnels with an array and a reflector moving towards and away from the Fresnel lens. Unlike other manufacturers the Fresnel units always ship with a four-leaf barndoor and colour frame and are available as standard with manual yokes or optional with pole operated yokes pan, tilt and focus helping to reduce changeovers and turn-around times, a wide range of in front of lens options are also available.
Some of the very first generation of De Sisti LED luminaires has now been installed for in excess of five years with recent tests showing that in 24 hour a day studios the operational hours have exceeded 35,000 without light output or colour degradation.
The SoftLED range launched earlier this year provide a wide range of wattage ratings and physical sizes. Constructed from rugged and lightweight aluminium extrusion ensures a very rugged housing which when finished in a black oxidised low glare finish to ensure that the fixtures are designed to stand up to the daily usage of rental and studio applications. Accurate honeycombs provide the opportunity to key from the softlights as well as shaping and controlling the beam spread. The range spans from 60 Watts with SoftLED1 to 120 Watts with SoftLED 2, 180 watts with SoftLEDd 4 and the awesome 360 watt SoftLED 8, which is a highly intense source suitable for area washing. All are available in dedicated tungsten or daylight colour temperatures or as a Vari-White version which is proving to be incredibly popular with the SoftLed 8 producing over 1000 lux at a distance of three metres making this almost twice as bright as other well known brands.
To complement the range of LED soft and keylights De Sisti has upgraded its range of suspension solutions for pantographs, motorised hoists and a new low cost push pull telescopic drop arm. De Sisti recently secured a large order from the new Riverside Studios to supply 147 Lite Mini Hoists for the new Studio 1 opening next year. The hoists are being purpose manufactured to a match a detailed specification prepared by Riverside. This includes the ability to determine operating height and to store this hoist by hoist, to include a built in Ethernet to DMX node capable of providing four universes of DMX per hoist, 80kg SWL capacity, dimmed and direct power and data all managed by a cable management system per hoist. The hoists are being control by a De Sisti AED hoist control system of similar type to the six systems delivered to the three refurbished studios at Television Centre. This touch screen based-control system is designed to be easy to operate by an inexperienced rigging crew that changes regularly, thus requiring a logical easy to use approach.
New lower weight capacity pantographs and the new telescopic drop arm are further additions to the suspension range ensuring that even low height studios and performance spaces can now benefit from the De Sisti D Smart Grid which uses a unique aluminium extrusion that can support lighting bars but can also contain integrated dimmed and direct power, Ethernet and DMX or video and audio data based around its D rail and primary structure with top and bottom mounts for Unistrut or Hilt components. These solutions are extremely cost effective and most importantly ensure that the grid solutions are managed by specialists rather than being part of a general building contract. These grids are perfectly suited to performance spaces requiring objects such as loudspeakers, other audio equipment, projectors and video screens, manual and motorised luminaires, and effects equipment to be hung overhead. The grid allows for fixed extruded bars or standard 48.3mm barrels or for manual pull along types with trolleys than can support diagonal or parallel movements. Locating such a system above a torsion wire grid in a multi-purpose venue can provide a completely flexible system at an economic cost.
The UK operation is managed by Nick Mobsby who has considerable experience of designing studio and performance venue solutions. The UK operation will provide spare parts support for existing products including those that have been out of production, a complete design service for lighting and suspension solutions, delivery of new product with help and guidance if required. Mobsby confirmed that: “We have loan lighting and suspension equipment available for those wanting to try out any of the kit.”
At a recent Society of Television Lighting and Design visit to ITV’s Coronation Street production centre the head of lighting Chris Chisnall demonstrated three different generations of De Sisti equipment from incandescent fixtures (these are still available), to the first generation LEDs, to the very latest in LED softlights and Fresnels. He showed how sets are now lit in the two new studios primarily using only 240 Watt soft lights where the honeycombs help to control the light simulating keylight, a few occasional 60W modelling Fresnel keys are added if required for close up work. Chris also has some of the rain proof versions out on the filming lot.
The UK operation is part of the De Sisti world-wide projects network with bases in the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia ensuring that small and large scale projects can be managed across the globe, packaged to match the needs of end users with the same level of quality, engineering and project management.
27th November 2017
Penn Elcom Announces India Operation
India – Multinational flightcase hardware and 19inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom has announced the launch of a new distribution centre in Mumbai.
This will be based in the Vasai area and will be headed by Rodney D’Monte. Rodney will initially be working with six staff which will increase as the operation ramps up.
Penn Elcom chairman Roger Willems stated: “Mumbai is a major commercial and cultural hub and a great strategic location with a very positive future and we enjoy its vibrancy and energy. That’s exactly where we want to be.”
This follows other recent major investments in Penn Elcom’s global manufacturing and sales network in Canada, the UK and China, and is also in response to growing demand for its ranges of premium quality products in key market sectors like professional audio, AV and IT.
Roger, known for his lateral thinking and commercial wisdom, also comments they see India and the whole sub-continent as a huge growth market and a powerhouse of the future. “Although it is very different, the rawness and the sheer potential remind me of how I felt about China 15 years ago,” he says.
With this in mind, he also expects to increase Penn’s market share of domestic sales in this highly industrialised nation.
Penn’s Indian enterprise is also about responsible business and finding a balance. Its highly successful approach in China has included integrating and building sustainable commerce and opportunities that can economically and socially impact the immediate community.
There is the chance to enhance working practices and ideas, including administration and production via information and experiences shared between all Penn’s facilities around the world. This maintains worldwide consistency and offers skills and learning opportunities via active training programmes and staff interchange between Penn in the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK and Asia. This is an initiative that benefits all the company’s resources and the model will be enthusiastically embraced in India.
The Indian operation will first focus on the racking and hardware elements of Penn’s business, and will also manufacture and distribute products utilising well known quality brands like Amphenol cables and Neutrik connectors.
It will also work closely with the Chinese operation, based near Beijing, sourcing its basic hardware from there and the two manufacturing bases in the UK.
“It’s a long term investment with a lot of work and detail involved in setting up the infrastructure, but all signs are that India will become another star performer,” concludes Roger.
In picture: Prashant Tandle (warehouse assistant), Rodney D'Monte (general manager) and Sachin Wagare (senior warehouse assistant).
24th November 2017
Osram’s new LED chip factory goes into operation in Kulim
Malaysia - sram’s new LED chip factory in Kulim, Malaysia, begins operation on time. “We are both on schedule and within budget,” pointed out Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram Licht AG, during the opening ceremony in Kulim on Thursday. “Given our enormous re-cent growth rates of 19 percent in the LED business, we are pleased to have the new production capacities. Our investment in Kulim also attests to the technology shift and our transition to becoming a high-tech corporation: At the beginning of this decade, conventional lighting still accounted for 80 percent of Osram's business. Today, two-thirds of our sales are based on optical semiconductors.”
In November 2015, as part of its Diamond innovation and growth initiative, Osram announced plans to build the new LED chip factory in Kulim and to have it up and running by the end of 2017. The modular, expandable factory has now been put into operation just two years after the announcement and one and a half years after the ground-breaking ceremony. A total of €370 million was invested in the first stage of completion. Osram can expand the factory in two additional stages, entailing total investment costs of up to one billion euros including expansion of the LED assembly capacities in Osram’s global factory alliance.
Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors business unit, underscores the enormous production capacity in Kulim: “With one week’s production we could completely retrofit the street lighting of the metropolises New York, Rio, Hong Kong and Berlin with LEDs.” To upgrade the entire street lighting worldwide, Kulim would have to produce LEDs five and a half years long exclusively for this purpose. Energy savings of up to 80 percent, compared to conventional street lights, can be achieved with LED lighting. In addition, LED has better light colour stability and can be more quickly dimmed and adjusted, so that empty streets or sidewalks do not always have to be illuminated with full brightness.
The Osram factory in Kulim will produce blue LED chips which, by means of a converter layer, can generate white light. They are produced for general lighting purposes, such as the previously mentioned public street lighting, but also for façade lighting, private and commercial interior and exterior lighting, or for billboards, as well as for special applications such as horticulture lights. The global LED market for general lighting is estimated to be €6 billion in 2018, roughly six percent of which is for street lighting. An average growth rate in the market of seven percent per annum is foreseen through 2020. The overall market for optoelectronic components – including general lighting – will be €17.5 billion in 2018.
The plan is to also produce LED chips in Kulim in the medium term for premium applications, such as automotive lighting and video projection. Thanks to the new facility at a green-field location, no compromises had to be made in the design of the factory, in addition it features the latest technology. In comparison with the four-inch technology, the production systems for six-inch wafers produce 125 percent more LED chips per wafer in a single cycle.
Osram is currently investing worldwide in the expansion of the existing six sites in its LED production network. Therefore, Osram is also expanding its plant in Regensburg, which currently has about 2,500 employees, and will additionally hire up to 1,000 employees. Premium LED chips and laser diodes, which are used, for example, in high-quality car headlights, will be manufactured there as well as infrared diodes for sensors that can be used in applications including facial recognition in mobile phones, or in cars for intelligent assistance systems (such as proximity control).
Furthermore, Osram will be expanding its site in Schwabmünchen. In the future, Osram will manufacture LED primary materials in clean rooms there. In addition, Osram also has another plant for LED primary products in the US city of Exeter. In Wuxi, China, Osram is expanding its capacity for assembling LED chips into complete LEDs, i.e. light emitting diodes with a housing and partly with primary optics too. In Penang, Malaysia, located near Kulim, LED chips are also manufactured and assembled.
24th November 2017
Live Systems confirmed as an Adamson Certified Reseller
UK – Live Systems Ltd based in Edinburgh are the latest UK company to become an Adamson Certified Reseller.
Established in 2000, Live Systems has grown to become a significant force in the events and integration markets in Scotland and the north of England providing sound, lighting, staging and video and offering their services to a varied client base including the live music, theatre and corporate markets. The depth of experience developed through this work and their drive for quality and consistency has defined the Company’s reputation in the marketplace.
The company invested in an Adamson S10 line array earlier this year. It has been used on a diverse range of events including the Meadows Festival and the Edinburgh Mela where it has impressed customers and sound professionals alike.
Steve Robb managing director of Live Systems commented: “We have always looked to promote products that offer something different, either in terms of technology, features or quality. The Adamson brand really does tick all of these boxes and fits perfectly into our portfolio, both for our rentals and for our sales and installation business. Our customer’s have praised the product highly and are clearly seeing the benefits of Adamson over other brands. We are therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to join the sales network for this respected brand and look forward to promoting and developing the product.”
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse, UK distributor for Adamson, said: “I’ve known Steve Robb and Live Systems for a number of years and have always been struck by the company’s ethos of setting themselves apart from the competition by bringing something different to the rental and installation markets while at the same time providing the very best in equipment and service with helpful staff. We think this is a great combination to help establish Adamson in the Scottish and North of England markets and look forward to working with them.”
In picture: Steve Robb, managing director of Live System, and Derek Blair, director of the Warehouse.
23rd November 2017
Mojo Barriers appoints New Budapest Distributor
Hungary – A range of Mojo Barriers aluminium crowd safety barriers are now based in Budapest with the announcement of a new Mojo distributor giving convenient, cost effective barrier rental for festival organisers and tours coming to Eastern Europe, 17th November, 2017.
A stock of Mojo Barriers will be permanently located in Budapest for rental and it has already been hired out to create the front of stage barrier for the Gorillaz concert, 13th November in Budapest, Papp Laszlo Arena.
Mojo’s project and touring manager Stanley Jilesen states: “With the expanding live events market in Hungary and Eastern Europe, Mojo Barriers is proud to support organisers with local resource to help keep their events safe. Having worked with Sziget Festival for several years we are delighted to work with the innovators in this region pushing for higher standards.”
The new Hungarian distributorship is the company’s 12th along with the international offices in The Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia. Growing this global network strengthens the ability to support world tours with local resources whilst also making it easy for festivals and concerts in the region to hire the range of barriers.
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director, comments: “We wanted to deliver our events to the highest of international production standards, particularly when it came to the safety of our audience, artists and crew. Our experience with Mojo Barriers has been very positive so we are delighted to be able to offer their products to other events in the region.”
In picture: Stanley jilesen and Daniel Benis.
21st November 2017
Community Partners with DV2 for Distribution in France, Belgium and Luxembourg
Benelux – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of DV2 Belux for distribution in Belgium and Luxembourg, effective immediately, and DV2 France in France, effective 2nd January 2018.
Founded in 1997 by Didier Dal Fitto and Guy Vignet, DV2 France is a leading distributor with a portfolio of premium pro audio brands, offering an industry-leading level of technical support for the live and installation sectors. In 2014 DV2 opened its office in Belgium to serve the Belgium and Luxembourg markets. Managed by Ludovic Vandegoor, DV2 Belux has built a highly experienced team that includes David Huyvaert, Lieven Verzele and Sébastien Desaever.
“DV2 is a major player in France and Belux and this partnership will substantially strengthen our distribution in these key European markets,” said Community’s EMEA sales manager, Jamie Ward. “Although it brings two markets under one company, DV2’s separate offices and operations in France and Belux independently serve their own markets, for language and cultural benefits, and we appreciate the advantage this gives in servicing Community’s customers with the highest level of service and technical support.”
“We are more than thrilled to partner up with Community and represent the company’s high-performance products in the Belgium and French markets,” commented Guy Vignet, President of DV2. “The latest series from Community are just superb in terms of sound and build quality and we look forward to furthering the brand’s reputation in our market.”
DV2 will be welcoming visitors to see Community products on its booth at JTSE 2017, Porte de la Chapelle, Paris on 21st and 22nd November.
20th November 2017
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Partners with Steve Warren to Develop Chroma-Q UK and Ireland Sales
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is delighted to announce that well known industry face, Steve Warren is now working in partnership with the company to develop sales of Chroma-Q's award-winning lighting fixtures range, as the brand's exclusive dealer for the UK & Ireland.
This partnership follows Steve's new company, Lighting Distribution Consulting Ltd, recently being appointed by Chroma-Q to assist the development of its international sales and distribution channels outside of North America.
AC-ET will undoubtedly benefit from Steve's wealth of industry experience, with a particular focus on raising awareness of the product range amongst UK lighting designers and other users in the touring & live events sector, as well as other major entertainment markets.
The latest generation of Chroma-Q LED products have won multiple awards and garnered much praise from users for their high performance. These include the new Color Force II colour-mixing LED cyc and wash light, the Inspire colour-mixing LED house light, and the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
For Chroma-Q UK & Ireland sales enquiries, please contact AC-ET on +44 (0)1494 446000 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, contact Steve Warren on +44 (0) 7802 980 608 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or for more information about Chroma-Q, visit www.chroma-q.com or www.facebook.com/chromaq.lighting
In picture: A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd’s managing director Phill Capstick, Lighting Distribution Consulting Ltd’s Steve Warren and A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd’s co-founder and executive chairman David Leggett (holding a Chroma-Q Color Force II 48 colour-mixing LED cyc and wash light).
16th November 2017
Five London theatres awarded vital funding to secure their buildings for future use
UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London to benefit from the third round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients of the £5,000 grants include Applecart Arts, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Chats Palace, Park Theatre and The Space.
The scheme was launched in Summer 2015 by Cameron Mackintosh’s Mackintosh Foundation in partnership with the London Mayor’s Office, to help small theatres in the city with vital capital funding. In Spring 2016 Fawn James joined the Mackintosh Foundation as the second major donor to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.
Applecart Arts receives £5,000 towards a new venue heating system.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham receives £5,000 towards urgent repairs to the get-in door of its main house theatre.
Chats Palace receives £5,000 towards a new front door.
Finsbury Park’s Park Theatre receives £5,000 towards replacement of its alarm system.
The Space receives £5,000 towards the installation of an LED house lighting system.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “London has a unique collection of theatres and its thriving culture relies on performance spaces of all sizes. The smaller theatres across London often operate on fragile business models and struggle for investment into their buildings. We see supporting theatres that are taking care of their buildings so they can continue to serve their communities as key to our mission. For these organisations a small grant makes a big difference.”
Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Greater London Authority says: “London’s small theatres are absolutely central to performing arts in the capital. They are centres of community activity, allow both emerging stars and enthusiastic amateurs to showcase their talent, and are a training ground for jobs in theatre from lighting and sound to make-up and set design. Congratulations to the five theatres who have been awarded grants.”
Applications for Round 4 of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme are now open. The application deadline is 25 January 2018. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit: theatrestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/grants-funding/london-small-theatres-grants-scheme.
Theatres outside of London can apply for the UK Theatres Small Grants scheme which similarly offers grants of up to £5,000 but does not have the same capacity restrictions. The deadline for the next round of the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is the 7th January 2018.
16th November 2017
Eighth Day Sound Joins Adamson Sales Network and Installs IS-Series Systems
USA – Building on a long and successful business relationship, Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound has officially joined Adamson Systems Engineering’s sales network on the back of significant installations at the corporate headquarters of a US-based Fortune 500 company and the University of Buffalo.
“Adamson’s reputation in the live sound industry is second to none. We’ve enjoyed a very rewarding relationship with them on the touring side of our business, so we recognised the potential to grow our respective businesses by taking our partnership to the next stage,” comments Jack Boessneck, executive vice president of Eighth Day Sound. “Every time we’ve invested in Adamson over the years, we’ve seen immediate and significant returns, and their recent developments like the new install-focused IS-Series have us excited to expand that trend from a sales perspective.”
As one of the top sound reinforcement solution providers on the planet with offices in Cleveland, Los Angeles, the UK and Australia, Eighth Day Sound has provided Adamson loudspeaker systems for tours by major artists like Shawn Mendes, The 1975, and Nick Cave, as well as events including Drake’s OVO Fest and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sold-out 2017 dates in Dublin, Ireland.
In fact, Eighth Day Sound’s Owen Orzack was instrumental in introducing Adamson’s compact S-Series loudspeakers to the touring market, with the S10 two-way true line source enclosure now being a staple of high-end systems for top international touring acts and major music festivals.
Now, Eighth Day Sound has recognised an opportunity to bring top-tier performance and service to clients across both its sales and integration divisions, including rental companies, performance venues, corporate facilities, houses of worship, and beyond.
Eighth Day Sound’s director of installations, Tom George, has already outfitted the corporate headquarters of a major US-based Fortune 500 company with a substantial IS-Series system which, at the time, was the first of its kind in the world.
“Put simply, the IS-Series takes Adamson’s proven tour-grade technology which we’ve been confidently standing behind for years, and loads it into sleek, architecturally-friendly boxes that blend seamlessly into virtually any space,” comments George. “We’ve had great success with it in benchmark installations already and look forward to delivering quality sound and performance to future clients with Adamson’s strong customer support behind us.”
“We’re proud of our long-standing relationship with Eighth Day Sound and thrilled to be adding them to our sales network,” comments James Oliver, director of sales and marketing for Adamson. “Once again, Eighth Day is ahead of the curve in recognising the opportunities available as we continue to grow in scale and scope and we look forward to working closely with them to deliver high-performance audio and great service to their customers.”
In picture: Tom Arko president, Eighth Day Sound, Marc Weber of Adamson, Cathy Bellante of Eighth Day, CW Alkire of Eighth Day, Tom George of Eighth Day, Jack Boessneck of Eighth Day, Owen Orzack of Eighth Day, James Oliver of Adamson, Jason Kirschnick of Eighth Day and Ben Cabot of Adamson.
16th November 2017
J&C Joel crowned National Business Awards Exporter of the Year
UK – J&C Joel has won the Exporter of the Year category at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.
The Sowerby Bridge-based firm, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, was praised by the judges for the pace of its international growth, the range of countries they cover and their strategy of offering of a range of value-added services suited for both their UK and overseas clients.
The Lloyds National Business Awards, which took place at Grosvenor House, London, on 14th November, is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with a particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.
To scoop the award, which was sponsored by Lloyds Bank, J&C Joel had to see off stiff competition from Clifton packaging Group, Cocofina, Durbin, M Squared, Jeunvie, Osprey Europe, Pricecheck and Vision Support Services.
J&C Joel’s CEO, James Wheelwright, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have won this award, we weren’t expecting it as we were up against some really strong businesses. In recent years we have invested heavily in our export infrastructure, opening new offices overseas and expanding our operations to ensure we are offering the best service for our customers worldwide. To be recognised nationally for our success makes all the hard work the team has put in worthwhile.”
Over the past year J&C Joel has been recognised specifically for its exporting capabilities picking up the Business Desk Yorkshire Business Masters Exporter of the Year, Insider Made in Yorkshire Exporter of the Year and the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Exporter of the Year.
James added: “It has been a fantastic year for us as we have been recognised across the region for our exporting success. To win all these awards is a terrific achievement and an absolute credit to everyone here at J&C Joel.”
16th November 2017
Earpro steps up to distribute Green Hippo’s product line in Portugal and Spain
Iberian Peninsula – Green Hippo has announced the appointment of Earpro as its distributor in Portugal and Spain. This announcement heralds a further exciting addition to the Green Hippo distributor ranks and, with immediate effect, Earpro will put its considerable commercial weight and industry experience behind taking Green Hippo’s award-winning line of real-time video playback technology into these two valuable markets.
Earpro, with offices in Barcelona and Madrid, is a specialist audio and visual distributor with a recognised track record of success in pro markets. Operating the audio and lighting categories, as well as the video division, it is ideally placed to understand the requirements of Green Hippo users. And as part of the Midwich stable, Earpro has the backing of a specialist audio and visual corporate giant valued at over £400m.
Commenting on the new partnership James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “This alliance is great news for visual creatives across Portugal and Spain. Earpro knows these markets inside and out, and our line of real-time video technology continues to grow in not just model choices, but also in its ease-of-use and technological talents.”
Miguel Mezquita, managing director of Earpro, commented: “We are delighted to team with Green Hippo. We are already very familiar with, and admirers of, its impressive product line and we can’t wait to play our part in furthering its success in Portugal and Spain. Importantly, we also get on well with the Green Hippo people, including the training department and the highly-experienced technical crew.”
14th November 2017
Robert Juliat announces new partner for Chile with Santiago-based company, VGL
Chile – Robert Juliat and VGL have entered into a new agreement for VGL to become the official partner for the distribution of all Robert Juliat products in Chile.
Founded in 1992, VGL is a leading distributor of entertainment lighting equipment used in the concert touring, theatrical and architectural industries in Chile.
"We are very excited to start a business relationship with Robert Juliat. The market recognises the brand as the world leader of quality lighting equipment for theatres, events, TV studios and more,” comments VGL sales and marketing director, Francisco Jaramillo.
“Robert Juliat is the first name in profile spots, followspots, Fresnels and PCs. We have a similar company culture, committed to quality and good service. We think that together, we will be very successful in the Chilean market."
Robert Juliat was founded in 1919 and is still a 100% family-owned company today. The company is the renowned manufacturer of top quality lighting fixtures, all made in France and based around superb optics and ergonomic design.
“We are very happy to work with VGL. Thanks to its values, commitment, teamwork, expertise and approach to customer service, VGL is a highly successful player in the entertainment industry. We now hope to be able, with VGL as our partner, to pay greater attention to the Chilean market, thereby allowing us to promote our brand and quality fixtures,” explains Robert Juliat sales director, Claus Spreyer.
10th November 2017
Adamson and The Warehouse Welcome Hawthorn as a Certified Reseller
UK – Award-winning creative technical event production company Hawthorn has officially become an Adamson certified reseller in the UK.
Named by the London Stock Exchange as one of the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain,’ Hawthorn creates spectacular bespoke technical solutions for a huge range of events and through its equipment rental and sales, permanent installation and full technical event production services is a leading technical supplier in the UK and beyond.
“I’ve been aware of Adamson for a number of years and have always been very impressed with its quality, from how their loudspeakers sound to ease of rigging and now, it’s great to see it on many riders and installation specifications in the UK,” comments Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound. “We’re very proud to be one of the first companies in the UK to become a certified reseller and are very much looking forward to working with Adamson and The Warehouse.”
Founded more than 30 years ago, Hawthorn has become a leading service provider for its creative use of technology and innovative approach to audio, video, lighting, staging, scenic and power distribution services for installations and live events. The company’s clients consist of a broad range of corporate customers and agencies, along with concert and theatre productions. Hawthorn serves its clients in both traditional and non-traditional event spaces and is the preferred provider of its services in several notable venues in the UK.
Hawthorn has provided audio visual solutions for a range of high profile clients, including Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, Adobe Summit EMEA, the UK’s largest games event, EGX, Sundown Festival, The National Theatre’s UK tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the UK tour of Sister Act, and much more.
Earlier this year, Adamson, together with its UK distributor, The Warehouse Sound Services, launched the install-focused IS-Series in the UK at PLASA London. The IS-Series packs the company’s sophisticated tour-grade technology into sleek architecturally friendly boxes with rugged and unobtrusive rigging solutions.
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse, says: “We are delighted to have Hawthorn on board as one of the first Adamson certified resellers in the UK. They have a wealth of experience in the installation and rental markets and are well-known for providing the very best equipment with customer service that is second to none. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
In picture: Derek Blair, director of the Warehouse and Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound.
9th November 2017
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Appointed Panasonic Solutions Partner for Projectors and Displays
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been appointed as a Panasonic Solutions partner for the Panasonic range of professional projectors and large format display screens, bolstering the line-up of technologies available from its specialist video sales division.
The product range is a natural fit with AC-ET's diverse customer base, which spans temporary events through to permanent installations, including concert tours, theatre shows and other stage live events, education and drama facilities, television shows, film productions, museums, leisure, airports and retail, exhibitions and corporate events and architectural applications.
Stuart Burdett, sales manager for AC-ET's Video sales division, commented: “We're delighted to add Panasonic to our video portfolio. The brand and its products are synonymous with innovation, first-class image performance and excellent build quality, and we are excited to be able to make the full range available to our customers.”
AC-ET has access to Panasonic’s Visual solutions, including popular models such as the PT-RZ970 laser projector, which is designed for intensive usage and maintenance-free, long-lasting brightness (9,400 lumens) in permanent installations. Panasonic's large format display LED screens feature high end technologies such as IPS panels, for clear off-axis visibility and excellent colour reproduction at up to 4K resolution.
AC-ET has recently supplied Panasonic laser, DLP and LCD projectors for a variety of markets, including leisure, live events rental and production, and theatre. In addition, large format display screens have been supplied for education and other permanent installations.
AC-ET's specialist video sales team can assist with Panasonic product specification, installation, training, servicing, and after-sales technical support.
AC-ET is a leading provider of complete video systems including media servers and control, video transmission and networking, video display technologies, plus everything needed to connect it together, from simple power cables to fully bespoke assemblies.
7th November 2017
Protec and Bumat Team Up in the Middle East
UAE – Protec, one of the world’s leading event solutions providers, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, has entered into an agreement with Bumat Motion Systems GmbH, the world’s leading manufacturer of turntables and revolves since 1948. Through this agreement, Protec will be better-positioned to provide its partners and customers with a more comprehensive product offer, and the industry’s leading source in the Middle East for turntables and revolving platforms rentals for events and exhibitions held in the region.
Protec’s Founder and CEO – Stephen Lakin said: “Over the last year we have had more and more requests for revolves, particularly in the motor industry. We felt that working together with a world leader like Bumat would be the ideal solution to beef up our stocks with a quality product that we could offer our clients. Bumat’s modular system can supply turntables of any size and carrying capacity, made of aluminium or steel, in diameters ranging from 0.1m to 55m and capable of accommodating load weights from 10kg to 450 metric tons. Our customers can now order turntables out of the standard-system or have them planned and manufactured according to their individual requirements. They can individualize any turntable with regards to carrying capacity, installation height, construction design, mode of operation and serviceability.”
As a market-leader, Protec is known for its exceptional event technical deliveries with the ability to use the latest technologies and equipment drawn from its vast portfolio. It currently owns one of the world’s largest stocks of audio, video, lighting, scenic and staging, robotics, motion tracking, backline, rigging, SFX and conference solutions equipment. It’s not uncommon for the company to be seen at the heart of some of the most technically challenging shows produced in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Far East. The company only recently bolstered its lighting, video and audio departments with more investments apart from recruiting more world class talent to further reinforce their over 140 strong team. According to Lakin, this latest development with Bumat has strengthened the company’s commitment to providing its clients in the region nothing short of the best products and services and should allow Protec to serve more companies with more flexible and scalable services.
This agreement between Protec and Bumat, both global leaders in their own right, should boost the Middle East’s ability further in terms equipment and expertise offered. Speaking to Bumat’s managing director Timo Burgmeier, he said: “Bumat manufactures a highly sophisticated and long lasting product. This is why we only manufacture our turntables in Germany. Different construction parts, protected by patents, ensure a high running smoothness and durability of our turntables. Bumat’s engineering achievements enable our clients to take advantage of all conceivable combinations of complex revolving, rotating, elevating and traversing movements. We use of state-of-the art 3D CAD systems and our own production facilities with CNC machining centres.”
Burgmeier said that he was excited with this agreement with Protec and looked forward to working with the Middle East giant to strengthen Bumat’s reach and ability to offer a world class product to the region. “As an owner-run family business, we have been installing systems and managing numerous projects for well-known customers all around the globe since the company was founded in 1948. Dedicated assembly and service teams with many years of experience are at our customers’ disposal wherever they may be: in Germany, Europe or anywhere else in the world. We are very excited and we are sure that our agreement with Protec will be a positive step, both for us as well as the Middle East region,” Burgmeier added.
3rd November 2017
Prolyte Group adds partner to distribution network in North America
USA – Prolyte Group has added a new distribution partner to its global partner network. ProVision Staging LLC have become distribution partner for Prolyte in North America, serving the Hawaii region. Based on their experience in selling trussing and stage solutions, they aim to become a fully-fledged Prolyte distributor.
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, ProVision Staging has both the experience and profound, in-house knowledge of the Prolyte product range to successfully support Prolyte customers.
Having worked as a video engineer, Andy Boujikian noticed a growing market demand for reliable and certified structural solutions, companies offering expertise, and a know-how to bring the market to a higher level.
As Andy Boujikian, general manager of ProVision Staging comments: “There’s a growing demand to raise the level of knowledge and creating awareness on safety issues within the local event industry here. With Prolyte as a partner we have the perfect package. We can offer a combination of high quality products and training events, like the Prolyte Campus. In my own work practise I have experienced how raising the level of knowledge can enhance work floor safety.”
Matthijs Meijer, responsible distributor manager adds: “Finding a partner whose intention matches our company’s philosophy so seamlessly is really rewarding. With this addition we have created better access to our product range, so more US based customers can be served with Prolyte products and our Prolyte Campus Events.”
2nd November 2017
Harman Professional Solutions awards distribution of the full Martin by Harman brand portfolio to Sound Technology Ltd in the UK
UK – With effect from 1st November 2017, the full range of Martin by Harman professional lighting will be supplied and represented in the UK by Harman partner Sound Technology Ltd.
Since 2008, Sound Technology Ltd has distributed Harman audio solutions and services to customers supplying a wide range of market sectors including touring, theatre, stadiums, performing arts venues, nightclubs, houses of worship and cruise ships.
Representing a major expansion for the Hertfordshire-based company, a new dedicated professional lighting team incorporating sales, marketing, support and service is being established, with Ritchie Reed already in place as business development manager, professional lighting. A familiar figure in the industry, Ritchie has worked in the entertainment lighting world for over 20 years, including key account manager for theatre and UK sales director at Martin Professional itself until April 2016.
“We are immensely proud and excited to be representing the full Martin portfolio,” comments David Marshall, managing director, Sound Technology Ltd. “Whilst we see clear synergies in terms of customer base and market sectors we already operate in, our new professional lighting team will be focused exclusively on the management and development of the Martin brand in the UK.”
The return to UK distribution from a direct model will result in streamlined logistics for customers, with Sound Technology holding substantial Martin stock in the UK, and a supply of spare parts locally.
Sound Technology’s existing 4000 sq ft demonstration facility is already equipped with Martin lighting and will be expanded with additional fixtures. It is a perfect environment for customers to test the latest products, including the acclaimed new MAC Encore Series. An Open Day on 14th November will provide the opportunity to see the demo facility and, in particular, experience the MAC Encore.
Jonas Stenvinkel, group director entertainment EMEA, Harman Professional Solutions, comments: “We are very pleased about this expansion of our partnership, Sound Technology has been our distributor in the UK for many years, and with their strong representation across the country, we believe the expansion of our great partnership will lead to a mutually beneficial future for both companies.”
2nd November 2017
BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre
BackStage Pass, an original video series for the live event entertainment industry, has announced the release of the third video in an ongoing series of interviews with leaders who have helped shape the history and future of the entertainment industry.
Mark White, ETC regional manager, UK and Ireland, is Bill’s guest and he offers a unique perspective into the theatre in both regions.
“I was fascinated by Mark’s experiences,” noted executive producer, Bill Sapsis. “In some aspects they parallel what many of us have lived through in our careers, but they have that distinctly British flavour that makes for an extremely interesting, and informative, interview.”
BackStage Pass videos are available for free on YouTube. Previous interview guests have been Neil Mazzella & Richard Pilbrow.
Mark White’s interview is available to view on YouTube here.
31st October 2017
HHB Appointed UK and Ireland Distributor for Non Lethal Applications
UK & Ireland – HHB Communications has been appointed UK and Ireland distributor of Southern-Germany based software developers (NLA).
NLA began their innovative approach to create affordable, professional and dependable video playback solutions back in 2012. Now in its third incarnation, Video Slave is fast becoming the go-to software solution for post and broadcast facilities and engineers looking for rock solid synchroniSed video playback when working with popular DAWs like Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic and Studio One.
Since its first release, numerous features have been added to aid users in different areas. The current version is now far more than a video player but also offers one of a kind dialogue recording features with tight integration with Pro Tools.
Video Slave 3 has been used in numerous high budget productions including Guardians of the Galaxy, House of Cards and House. Companies worldwide have relied on Video Slave including Warner Bros., Vice Media, Food Network and RTL.
Speaking for HHB, sales director Steve Angel commented: “Non-Lethal Applications offer affordable, time-saving and effective synchronised video playback solutions, providing integrated workflow benefits to any post production facility.”
Non-Lethal Applications owner and lead developer Flo Loferer explained his decision and excitement to select HHB: “We’re thrilled to have the chance to announce HHB as our exclusive distributor for the United Kingdom. Given their reputation within the industry and their excellent reputation in the post-production community we are sure that they’re the best distribution partner in the market. We’re looking forward to a great collaboration.”
31st October 2017
TMB Celebrates 400+ Years of Pro Cable Assembly Experience
USA – In a modest ceremony this week at TMB Los Angeles, the ten-year anniversaries of three of the company’s cable assembly technicians were celebrated. All three are part of a distinct company-wide group of professional, highly-skilled cabling technicians, of whom TMB is justifiably very proud. Also a matter of great pride at TMB is its Pro Cables division’s worldwide cabling staff of over 50, with an average tenure of close to eight years, representing over 400 years of combined experience!
Says TMB global operations manager, Jonny Starr: “Half our cabling staff have been with TMB for more than ten years, and frankly, it shows. Experienced, conscientious and highly trained cabling techs such as Lidia Rodriguez, Rosa Hernandez, and Jose Granados, who were recently recognised in LA, contribute significantly to making TMB’s cable assemblies the standard to which all others are compared.”
Since 1983, TMB has supplied entertainment production and staging professionals with the world’s highest quality power and data cables and assemblies. TMB was the first to design and build custom, proprietary cables, connectors, and assemblies specifically for this demanding market. TMB cables are valued throughout the industry for their peerless reliability, handling characteristics, and long life. In addition, TMB’s unique ProPlex data cables are trusted for their very high data transmission quality and noise rejection, both critical factors in today’s high-tech show environment. Also, in recent years, TMB has introduced a proprietary range of extremely durable, armoured ProPlex Fibre cables and breakouts, which, like all TMB portable cables, are made for the road.
In addition to the wide range of portable cables, TMB has developed a comprehensive range of specialised proprietary cables for permanent installations, and has partnered with many of the world’s leading venues on the design and supply of specialised custom cables for many different and challenging applications.
TMB manufactures cable assemblies in four locations: Los Angeles, London, New York, and Toronto. All assemblies are built to order, to customers’ exact specifications, including custom printed labelling, colour-coding, ties, etc. and all delivered to TMB’s famous Rush Service Normal standard. Decades of real-world, touring experience is manifested in every TMB cable and assembly, proven again and again to be dependable night after night, mile after mile, through whatever life on the road throws at them.
In picture: TMB's Los Angeles cabling department.
30th October 2017
Venuetech New Elation Professional Distributor for the Middle East
Elation Professional has announced that Venutech Audiovisual & Lighting Systems has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in the Middle East.
Venuetech has been a leading provider of professional products and services to the entertainment industry in the Middle East since 2003 and has seen immense growth since its founding. Headed by one of the Middle East market’s most experienced and esteemed personalities, Nour Assafiri, Venuetech’s team of industry professionals is focused on all aspects of the audio, video and lighting market, from sales to technical support.
“The major target has always been to be able to provide a complete solution for our clientele, therefore we see Elation as the missing piece of the puzzle,” said Nour Assafiri. “We believe that our experience in entertainment lighting along with Elation’s strength and reputation, as well as their continuous production of innovative products, will open doors for a strong relationship and the proper share in the market.”
Venuetech has just wrapped up a successful Prolight + Sound Middle East show at the Dubai International Convention Center, where they represented Elation products for the first time. Supporting the Venuetech team at their stand was Elation sales and marketing director, Eric Loader, as well as Elation key account manager, Frederik Afif. “We are excited to have Venuetech join the Elation team and grow the Elation success in the GCC region,” Eric Loader stated. “I’ve known Nour for many years and value the relationships and experience he and his team have in the region. We look forward to the opportunities this partnership will open up and to supporting Venuetech in expanding the Elation brand in the Middle East.”