CPL makes first investment in Robe
Thursday, 12 December 2019
cpl-ledbeam-150-investment-img20191205125958CPL’s Simon Haydon with Robe UK’s Bill Jones and some of the LEDBeam 150s
UK - West Midlands-based event technical production specialist CPL has invested in 40 new Robe LEDBeam 150 moving lights, the company’s first Robe purchase.
These will extend the lighting department’s rental stock and will help service CPL’s busy schedule. In addition to a diverse range of corporate and industrial clients, the company provides design services plus lighting, video, sound, rigging and staging to a selection of music and arts festivals and shows including Arcadia Spectacular. Elrow Town, The Hay Festival, Boomtown and Camper Calling.
Getting the LEDBeam 150s onboard was a decision taken by the whole lighting and visuals team at CPL, all of whom had an input.
“We needed a good, fast, reliable, versatile and small moving light and all roads led to the LEDBeam 150 which fills a gap in our stock of small moving lights,” commented events director Lee Gruszeckyj.
They were particularly taken with the fact that the LEDBeam 150, thanks to its 3.8 - 60° zoom, can produce a decent wash as well as nice beams.
Robe UK supplied the fixtures, and their Bill Jones comments: “I have been talking to Max (CPL CEO Matthew Boyce) for at least eight years about an investment in the brand - so I am super happy CPL has made this first move towards Robe. I am positive it won’t be their last.”
Lee explained how CPL is poised to expand their lighting department steadily. When the company first started, they were primarily a video and audio supplier, however, the demand for lights, and now all other production elements together, has steadily grown.
In the last five years, the trend generally has shifted away from single to multi-discipline suppliers with clients, production companies and agencies seeking one technical supplier who can deal with the full complement of event / show technical infrastructure.
This has resulted in CPL growing, and its core business now being ‘full technical production’ show design and equipment rental.
The new lights were flight-cased as soon as they arrived at CPL, with 20 of them loaded straight onto a truck and used for an event.
(Jim Evans)

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