UK Equipment rental supplier Visual Elements has invested in a Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system featuring a Vista EX surface - taking its inventory to 18 separate Vista desks.
Established for almost 20 years, Visual Elements provides wet and dry hire solutions to live events clients across the world - including music festivals, theatre shows and film premieres. It is also the in-house supplier to leading London events venue, Tobacco Dock, whose diverse client list includes awards ceremonies, corporate conferences and consumer exhibitions.
A Vista user since the platform launched in 2004, Visual Elements has one of the UK's largest inventories of Vista systems, which range from full size all-in-one consoles to ultra-compact control surfaces.
Visual Elements director, Mike Townsend commented: "Visual Elements has been supplying Vista systems for nearly 15 years. We find it ideal for running large shows on a wide range of events, such as the Pavilion Theatre in Cromer's world-famous End of the Pier variety performances three times a year.
"It's so quick and easy to programme complex lighting designs, and the Timeline feature enables us to perfectly sync the lighting with audio and video running from timecode."
Mike wanted to take full advantage of the Vista 3 software's powerful next generation capabilities by investing in a Vista EX control surface, which is purpose-designed to be used with the new software.
He commented: "I've found it very easy to make the jump to Vista 3. It offers some really nice enhance
South Africa - The Soweto Theatre has become a river that has quenched the thirst of art devotees in the busy community of Jabulani in Soweto, near Johannesburg. Staging ongoing productions ranging from poetry to choirs, and beauty pageants to music festivals, the theatre has nurtured both professional and emerging talent.
More recently, the Soweto Theatre took delivery of 20 Robe Robin LEDBeam 150s supplied by DWR Distribution.
“Initially we considered the Robin LEDBeam 100s as part of our venue upgrade,” explained Lebugang Mnisi, technical manager. “Having chatted to Kevin Stannett of DWR, he advised us that the 150s would be a better match.”
According to Kevin Stannett, the Robin LEDBeam 150 is small fixture with a massive zoom range and sweeping beams. Lightweight and compact, it will be useable across all three of the theatre’s venues from the smallest to the largest.
To test their functionality and ability, the units went straight onto DVD recordings for gospel artists including Bishop Ledwaba Live DVD Recording, Joyful in his Presence, Thompho Ephraim Mutika and Hophethehile.
“It is said dynamite comes in a small package, and in this case, this is undoubtedly true,” said Nkululeko Mazibuko, a lighting technician at the theatre since 2012. “The lights may look small but they possess so much power and accuracy. They are easy to setup, easy to use, very light and portable, with sharp clean beams and crisp colour from open white to other colours.”
The theatre has enjoyed a busy calendar, from the Abantu Book
Brazil - API has announced the addition of a new distributor in Brazil, Just Pro Audio. Distributing professional audio brands for Latin America, Just Pro Audio’s extensive product line will now include analogue sound of API.
Just Pro Audio focuses on musical production, broadcast, radio, and live audio, and offers a wide variety of services including consulting, systems design, integration, installation, training and technical support.
“API is honoured to have Just Pro Audio on board to help us expand our sales into the very vibrant and growing Brazilian market,” noted API’s managing director Gordon Smart. “Just Pro’s level of professionalism and expertise is an excellent match for the API brand, and their timing is perfect with the arrival of three new API consoles over the past 24 months.”
The Netherlands - ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the multi-award winning Ethernet-based digital intercom system for event production and broadcast applications, has announced the appointment of two new distributors. These latest appointments bring the brand’s global sales network total to 39 countries, as Green-GO continues to increase its market presence worldwide.
The new exclusive distributor for Green-GO in Slovenia is MK Light Sound, based in Ljubljana. The long-established and highly respected company provides top-end lighting, audio and multimedia equipment and systems as well as consultancy, engineering, installation and technical event production services.
In Thailand, Bangkok-based Broadcast Audio Service becomes the exclusive Green-Go distributor. A systems design and integration specialist founded in 2008, the company provides equipment and services to all major Thai broadcasting organisations.
Speaking on behalf of MK Light Sound, Dean Karov says, “We are very satisfied to begin this cooperation with Green-GO. Converged networking is becoming a standard in our industry and as a technology solutions provider, we needed a simple but effective and capable networked intercom solution.”
Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien says, “We are delighted to welcome Broadcast Audio Service and MK Light Sound to our growing worldwide family. Both companies are highly respected, multi-skilled experts in their fields, and we are confident that the unique offering of the Green-GO digital intercom solution will be a successful fit with all aspects of
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has announced it will be hosting a Seeing is Believing UK training and demonstration event on 6 March 2019, in partnership with video brands including NovaStar and Prolights.
Held at Production Park in Wakefield, technical experts from NovaStar and Prolights will provide hands-on product training focusing on the key features of NovaStar's LED display processing solutions, as well as advice on how to operate and specify them for different projects.
Attendees will get an insight into NovaStar's extensive product line-up that includes the Taurus multimedia player for smart display systems; the MCTRL660 PRO controller, which provides an ultra-low latency solution when paired with NovaStar's A8s and A10s receiving cards; and the InfoComm award-winning MCTRL4K controller, which utilises the latest HDR technology to show more details and bring pictures to life.
In addition, the day will give an overview of Prolights' flagship OmegaPIX modular LED displays, which feature NovaStar's A8s card.
Video content will be driven by Green Hippo's Hippotizer V4+ media server range, and product specialists for all featured video technologies will be on hand to answer any questions.
This is a free event and complimentary lunch & refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Registration is via www.ac-et.com/events
Spain - French loudspeaker manufacturer APG has appointed Andalusian audio specialist Zero Dbs to support and promote its brand and products in Spain.
Zero Dbs has organised demo days on 13-14 February in collaboration with the APG team, taking place at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre, which was equipped with a Uniline Compact system at the end of 2018.
Juan Antonio Cuevas, technical director and owner of Zero Dbs, comments: “I have favoured the APG brand for a long time thanks to its sound and manufacturing quality, as well as its versatility. Their products offer features that I have not found with any other brands in the industry.”
He adds: “The Spanish market might not know the APG brand well yet, but I’m convinced regional companies and customers will soon be aware of its qualities. Whenever we have provided APG in the past, customers have been amazed. They are usually so satisfied with their equipment that they come back for more.”
The APG Uniline Compact system deployed at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre comprises four UC206N medium/long throw speakers, a UC206W and two SB115-M2 subwoofers per side, as well as a DMS48 digital processor and a pair of Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifiers to drive the system.
Cuevas adds: “The APG gear was easy to install and is versatile enough for any type of show, which was a requirement for the end client. The intelligibility, sound pressure and coverage of the Uniline Compact is second to none, and its Dante-compatibility means the option for integration with a digital
UK - Unusual Rigging reports that its support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has been recognised by Support the Goals.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, or SDGs is a plan to end poverty, extreme inequality and climate change by 2030. Agreed in 2015 by world leaders, these goals can only be achieved with the support of businesses.
Unusual Rigging has gained its first star rating; a maximum of four stars can be awarded as the company progresses and communicates its journey to support the goals.
Tom Harper, director at Unusual and head of sustainability, comments: "On face value, the goals laid out by the SDGs may feel too broad and interdependent, hence way beyond the scope of an entertainment rigging and engineering company's influence. Yet with headlines such as "Only 12 years to act on climate change" or "Human activity causing the 6th mass extinction", it becomes incumbent on us to act - however small our organisation, or limited our impact may seem - being part of 'Project Everyone' means just that - a contribution to something greater."
Unusual has been working on demonstrating its commitment to sustainability for several years, incorporating the principles of a circular economy within its business practice, from running on renewables (SDG7) to 'closing the loop' through RFID technology, on thousands of items of equipment.
Harper adds: "In a circular model, businesses aim to create an economy that is restorative by design. In our case, we aim at keeping resources in use for
UK - Live event production educational facility Backstage Academy has announced the continuing support of long-term partner d&b audiotechnik.
The news was announced by d&b director Stephen Hogg and Miles Marsden, Backstage Academy’s industry partnerships director, who instigated the original agreement.
Marsden comments: “d&b has a long-term commitment to training; the company took the opportunity of being an early adopter here and is now one of a number of companies reaping a return on investment.”
Headline partners enable the Backstage team to work with current technology and equipment, in return gaining access to the Academy’s facilities, both for their commercial needs and as a part of the institution’s educational syllabus. These facilities range from immersive opportunities in Production Park, studio space and hot-desking. “Everyone gets something out of it, with the reward of seeing students progressing through the ranks,” states Marsden.
Stephen Hogg adds: “d&b has developed a very strong educational programme. The resulting knowledge transfer skillset has attracted the attention of many educational establishments, including Backstage Academy, with whom we have been working for several years. We have already helped to establish live sound reinforcement as a vital part of their curriculum, enabling students to develop a keen awareness both of audio techniques in general and of our systems.
“Having use of the facilities is a huge benefit, but the other interesting aspect of Backstage Academy is its
Merging Venues - Venue operators AEG Facilities and SMG - which runs arenas in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle - have announced a merger, creating a new company: ASM Global. The company will be based in Los Angeles and will operate more than 310 venues across five continents.
SMG Europe, a subsidiary of SMG, currently operates venues such as the Manchester Arena, the First Direct Arena in Leeds, and Utilita Arena in Newcastle. AEG Facilities is the venue management arm of AEG and will own 50% of the company, with the other half owned by Onex, the parent company of SMG.
SMG chief executive Wes Westley described the move as a “major step for our industry”. He adds: “We are excited to bring together these complementary businesses to further elevate the standard of excellence in venue management. We plan to accelerate innovation by combining our expertise to deliver increased value and offer enhanced capabilities to municipalities and venue owners worldwide.”
All Together Now - Michael Rice, who won BBC talent show All Together Now last year, has been chosen to fly the flag for the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 21-year-old from Hartlepool, who was also on The X Factor in 2014, was picked in a TV viewers' vote. He will now travel to Israel in May in the hope of impressing Eurovision fans with his rousing anthem Bigger Than Us.
Special Delivery - The Specials have thanked fans after scoring their first-ever number one album - 40 years on from the release of their debut. Encore, the
UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed Richard Dean Associates as its rep firm for the New England and Upstate New York. Established in 1975, Richard Dean Associates’ line card includes Shure, QSC, Allen & Heath, BARCO, Patton Electronics, Denon/Marantz Pro, Rane, IDK Corp. and Listen Technologies.
Dick Bazirgan, principal of Richard Dean Associates, comments: “We pride ourselves on representing the premier brands in every category, and Community is certainly in that group. It is a great complement to our other brands, with outdoor and installation products covering voids we couldn’t previously fill. The endorsement of many of our rep colleagues also played a big part in our decision. To a firm, they talked about what a great company Community is to work with.”
Bazirgan adds: “We have a large number of outdoor opportunities with all of the colleges and universities here, as well as a big opportunity for the E Series column line source systems in the house of worship and small theatre markets. We spend a lot of time with end users and consultants, giving us an edge when the final decisions are made.”
Mike Marr, Community’s eastern regional manager, says: “The regions of New England and Upstate New York are in good shape and RDA brings opportunities to introduce Community to new dealers as well as to consultants and engineering firms. The area they cover is large with substantial opportunities for Community and I am excited to be able to work in the field with the RDA team.”
UK - Olympia London, the home of the PLASA Show, will undergo a £1billion transformation that will turn the exhibition centre into a 'world-leading cultural hub'.
The plans, which include two major venues and a host of arts, office and retail spaces, were approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council on 31 January. The venue will remain open throughout the works, Olympia London has confirmed, with "no disruption to any trade show" held there.
Peter Heath, PLASA managing director, comments: “We wholeheartedly welcome this news from Olympia and are excited to see how the classic venue evolves and expands over the next few years.
"We have seen PLASA Show rapidly grow each year since it moved to the west London venue in 2016. This announcement provides more opportunity for growth and secures the show's place in the international calendar for the long-term.”
The project, set to be carried out over the course of five years, will see upgrades to the existing spaces and the creation of a 1,500-seat theatre, a 1,000-seat performing arts venue, two hotels, a cinema, a 200,000sq.ft logistics centre and 670,000sq.ft of office space.
The scheme is financed by Olympia owners YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International, with architects Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC leading the design and implementation.
PLASA Show returns to Olympia London from 15-17 September. For more information, please visit www.plasashow.com.
UK - Event hire and production company Colour Sound Experiment has invested in Chroma-Q's award-winning Space Force and Color Force II 72 LED fixtures.
The Space Force fixtures were recently utilised on the E-sports gaming tournament FACEIT Major London 2018, which culminated in a live final at the SSE Arena, Wembley in front of 10,000 fans and a global TV audience of millions.
Haydn Cruickshank, Colour Sound MD, comments: "As an LED fixture, Space Force’s cool running and no fans means no noise, which makes it perfect for the demands of film and production work. Color Force II has, in my opinion, significantly raised the performance bar again for an LED alternative to traditional cyc, wash and effects lighting sources.
“Colour Sound has been using Chroma-Q LED fixtures for more than a decade. With innovative products such as theirs, we've built up an extremely strong offering for entertainment lighting over the years, and we have now expanded into our fourth warehouse this year."
Swaziland - Ten Concepts, a Swaziland based hire company for audio, visual and lighting equipment, has invested in a DiGiCo S21 with D2 rack, purchased from South African distributor, DWR Distribution.
“When I saw the DiGiCo S21 on the internet I was sold,” says company founder, Thabani Ngcamphalala. “I love the touchscreen and being able to move files from one screen to the other without a problem. It’s so user friendly.”
He will be using the console for corporate events and shows, and is particularly looking forward to making use of the DiGiCo platform for live events.
Europe - Sixty82 has expanded its global distribution network with the appointment of Electro Waves Oy as its exclusive distributor for Finland and Sweden.
“We are very happy with our newly formed partnership with Electro Waves,” says Sixty82 CEO Fokko Smeding. “It will help strengthen market synergy for Sixty82 as it creates a solid foundation to penetrate the Scandinavian market.”
Date Jonkman, Sixty82 executive account manager, continues: “Electro Waves is a highly-regarded and well-renowned distributor in the trussing and staging industry. Their team is well experienced and, with their expertise and support, we are confident that, together, we can create something special.”
Miko Nurkki, CEO of Electro Waves, comments: “In order to offer our customers holistic, quality solutions, we have gathered the best partners around us - Sixty82 shares our passion as innovative forerunners and as professionals implementing unique solutions in an ever-changing world. They are a highly versatile, progressive and innovative manufacturer with a big future. So we are proud to be able to use our expertise to put them on the Scandinavian map.”
UK - On-Stage, supplier of musical accessories and pro-audio equipment, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.
After years of encountering the varied needs of musicians first-hand, Jim Hennessey set about designing the innovative solutions he felt were lacking in the marketplace. Utilising knowledge acquired during a career in aviation, as well as his experience of the music industry from his time at Ovation guitars, Hennessey designed the TRI Triple Guitar Stand, an industry first which became On-Stage's debut product.
“I've always been a creator and designer, so when I saw a need in the industry, I filled it,” said Jim Hennessey. “I'm so proud of where we are as a company today; we have all of the musicians that have used our products throughout the years to thank. It has been a pleasure serving you for the last four decades.”
Distributed in UK, ROI and Benelux by JHS, On-Stage now produces a wide range of MI goods, including stands, cases and cables, to cater to both live and studio-based situations. As well as equipping guitarists and bassists, On-Stage's accessories also includes brasswind, percussion and microphones. Additionally, On-Stage products are employed by music industry professionals around the globe, with leading venues including Liverpool's Cavern Club, where On-Stage are the stands of choice during live performances.
USA - At the recent NAMM show, Westview Productions presented a cheque for $5,162.32 to Behind the Scenes as their first donation to the charity as a new Pledge-a-Service Partner.
Westview is an entertainment, energy, and immersive technology solutions firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Their project process encompasses all aspects of design that integrates with all construction trades to ensure a cohesive and seamless project experience. Westview has global experience in lighting, motion control, audio and AV systems, media, and architectural systems allowing them to provide comprehensive services as a sole solutions organisation.
On presentation of the cheque, Eric Bloom, president, states: “I feel so strongly about the Behind the Scenes Foundation’s efforts, that it’s a great pleasure to be able to support the foundation this way. Helping to support our colleagues in a time of need, especially with funds from service work that came directly from the industry is really special. We are just pleased to be able to give, even in a small way, to such a beneficial organisation.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, commented, “We were thrilled to receive such a wonderful first-time donation from Westview. Their generosity sets a benchmark for other service companies and helps to ensure we will be able to assist the many people coming to us for assistance. We thank them for their commitment to the programme and challenge other service companies to follow their lead in caring for our colleagues in need.”
The Behind the Scen
UK - Technical production specialist, Hawthorn has announced a significant investment in its video department, having invested over £1m in new equipment over the last year. The latest kit additions focus on bolstering the company’s 4K offering and sees significant investment in infrastructure from Lightware and Barco.
With a long-standing history of working with Lightware products, Hawthorn has added two MX2-16x16-HDMI2.0 Matrices to its hire shelves. The standalone product is a member of the Lightware HDMI 2.0 matrix switcher family, supporting uncompromised 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz 4:4:4. Alongside this, the company has also purchased six channels of HDMI2.0-OPTC-TX/RX220-Pro, an HDMI 2.0 compatible, HDCP 2.2 compliant extender pair for video, RS-232 and Gigabit Ethernet signals, supporting uncompressed 4K UHD resolution.
Hawthorn has also upgraded its Barco Event Master E2 and S3 products, investing in 4K Quad HDMI 2.0 input cards, 4K Quad DP 1.2 input cards and 4K Quad HDMI 2.0 output cards. On top of this, the company has also added the Barco Event Master EX to its range. The EX, a 4K60p scaler with the same processing power as four ImagePROs, works alongside the E2 and S3 processors to add input and output capacity, expanding the scaling and switching power of the entire system.
The latest expansion follows on from Hawthorn’s investment in Barco’s UDX 4K-32 laser projectors last year.
Talking about why he chose to invest in the Lightware & Barco products, David Barton, Hawthorn’s Group Head of Video said: ”We pride ou
USA - Cornerstone AV has invested in High End Systems’ Sola series of automated LED luminaires, adding 50 flagship SolaFrame 3000s to its rental inventory. The HES gear was deployed immediately, illuminating three nights of A Kurt Bestor Christmas in nearby Salt Lake City. Michael Frantz, Cornerstone’s lighting department supervisor company, said their third time lighting the Christian singer’s holiday show was “the best ever.”
LD Matt Endicott, Cornerstone’s lighting designer for the Kurt Bestor shows, agreed: “It is the total package: shutters and the even output, along with its primary function of colour temperature consistency for key lights. That is what aced it for us: the uniform field, shutters and ability to light a big arena show. Everything else was icing on the cake.”
The SolaFrame 3000s were used for all purposes, for key light, floor light, ‘wispy’ aerial beams with prisms and dual gobos and graphic effects. ”I found one spot in each song to use each feature of the fixture,” Endicott notes. “The feature set was awesome - we got a lot of cool looks out of them. I’m psyched that we got them. I don’t see a need for any other light.”
Frantz also supplied Endicott with 16 HES SolaWash 2000s. The show’s three nights at the Eccles Theatre were captured on camera – and the SolaFrames reportedly came through with flying colours. “The colours just read,” Endicott enthuses. “With arc lights everything would turn purple and blue and ambers muddy. This was nice and crisp and the fact that you’re no
Poland - The first Rigging Conference to take place in Poland will be held at the Giliwice Arena from 19-20 February. Attendees can look forward to learning about ICOPER (International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging) and the National Rigging Certificate, the leading industry certification from PLASA.
Additionally, PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath will present a keynote talk on the importance of European collaboration. Heath comments: “It’s good to see initiatives such as this encouraging industry standards and safety. I am looking forward to speaking at the conference to play a part in promoting professionalism across the entertainment rigging sector in Poland.”
For more information please go to: http://www.riggingconference.pl/
UK - As part of PLASA’s Professional Development Training, chartered engineering consultant and LSi journalist James Eade will host a one-day seminar and workshop on Electrical Safety Management on 26 March at ETC Ltd in London.
The workshop will focus on the 18th edition IET Wiring Regulations which came into force on 1 January 2019, critical for those who manufacture and hire equipment, own a venue or are end-users.
James Eade comments: “I’m delighted to host this workshop with PLASA to help attendees understand their overarching requirements for managing electrical safety in the workplace. Many are becoming familiar with the temporary power standard BS 7909, but that is one of several standards that fit into a bigger picture surrounding legal requirements of electrical safety management, from workbenches in a factory to temporary systems erected on site. In the workshop we’ll also cover the salient changes to the IET Wiring Regulations and their practical application.”
This event is part of a collection of seminars and workshops from PLASA, which cover subjects such as sales, branding, health and safety and technical updates.
To book your place please visit: http://plasa.me/electrical
To find out more about the changes on the IET, visit:
Luxembourg - Trussing and staging systems manufacturer SIXTY82 has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Codex Events.
With immediate effect, Codex will be SIXTY82´s exclusive partner responsible for the distribution of the full SIXTY82 product range in Luxembourg, which enables, SIXTY82 to guarantee full distribution coverage to its Luxembourgian customers.
“We look forward to working with a company of Codex’ standing, and our partnership will help meet increased local demand for technical know-how from experienced people,” says SIXTY82 executive account manager, Date Jonkman. “We believe that Codex is well positioned to further develop our existing customer base and that with their market presence and sales support network, together we can make a real impact,” says SIXTY82 CEO, Fokko Smeding.
Patrick Risch, CEO of Codex, comments: “Together with the team we have unanimously chosen SIXTY82 as our exclusive trussing and staging brand because they deliver unrivalled quality and top-class support. In addition to the strong points of know-how, flexibility, and an extensive engineering department, SIXTY82 brings innovations which are trend-setting.”
The Netherlands - OCA Alliance, the AV trade association formed to promote awareness, implementation and development of the AES70 open network control standard, is once again fulfilling its mission at ISE, supporting the release of the latest revision of the standard.
The result of several years of collaborative work within the OCA Alliance and the AES, AES70-2018 is an evolutionary upgrade to the original AES70-2015 standard. The revision provides a number of new and improved features
The new standards documents are available from the AES Standards site. Links to the relevant AES pages are on the Developer Resources page of OCA Alliance Technical Site, while more details on the 2018 changes may be found on the OCA Alliance website.
Key to the OCA Alliance’s mission is supporting developers become more familiar with the AES70 standard, providing assistance in its implementation. The alliance extends that activity this year, producing and providing additional new tools and support resources free to the industry.
Particularly useful should be OCTT, an open-source tool for testing devices' conformance to the minimum AES70 implementation specification, defined in Part 2 of the AES70 standard. While not a full-blown formal test suite, OCTT is a Windows-based programmer's tool, intended to confirm that devices under development fulfil the minimum requirements for AES70 compliance.
The OCA Alliance Technical Committee is now operating a public discussion list for AES70. Anyone can post to the list; alliance membership is not required. Questio
UK - Following the sale of its ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem lighting products to ETC, Bristol-based GDS has announced it is launching a number of new product lines in the coming months.
No timeline has yet been specified, although the company has expanded and restructured its operations to support the new releases and meet the anticipated market demand. The new products will target the entertainment market and the broader architectural sector.
To ensure a smooth transition, GDS will also continue to manufacture the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and Cue-System ranges until 31 July, with ETC taking over the global manufacturing and distribution responsibilities for the lines in August.
Managing director Richard Cuthbert comments: “GDS is immensely proud to have developed and introduced many cutting-edge technologies over the years. We brought ArcSystem through from concept to manufacturing and witnessed its global adoption as a market leading product."
He continues: “ETC recognised its incredible value and is perfectly placed to take it to the next level. Just as was the case when we sold our Liteware range in 2014, this sale put us in a very strong position to invest in the next generation of GDS innovation and we’re looking forward to sharing our new range of lighting and control systems in the coming months.”
GDS has also strengthened its design, support and sales teams and reconfigured its premises to optimise efficiency. A new website is also set to launch in February.
Cuthbert adds: “GDS is an incredibly exciting p