South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) has invested in an Absen D3V indoor/outdoor LED screen consisting of 150 panels and a Green Hippo Karst+ Media Server from local distributor DWR Distribution.
SARA - a non-profit training organisation based in Newtown, Johannesburg – acts to provide students with skills across lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging, AV and production specialties through a hands-on training and tutoring programme.
Freddie Nyathela is the heart behind SARA and he has fought to get the programme off the ground. Students with limited resources are given the opportunity to join the entertainment industry and many reputable technicians have passed through his establishment.
The investment of a new Absen D3V screen and Green Hippo Karst+ was funded by the National Lotteries Commission (the NLC).
Nyathela explains: “The equipment is crucial for SARA’s training. The purpose of purchasing this equipment is not to compete with anybody’s business or with any hire companies. The main focus is for students to touch, to play and to have access to hands on training with the latest technical gear. We will also assist some of the SARA graduates who have set up their companies and need gear for an event. They don’t have large budgets and we will loan it to them at a minimal rental fee.”
In addition to providing the kit, DWR Distribution has also committed to present a range of training courses from lighting to audio, fixture service workshops and a list of other topics, to SARA students.
Australia - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera LED has announced the ULA Group as its exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor.
Established in 1992, the ULA Group is one of Australia and New Zealand’s best known professional lighting and visual solution providers, supplying a wide range of architecture, entertainment and digital LED solutions.
Sebastian Bückle, Astera’s sales and marketing director, comments: “I see huge potential in the Australian and New Zealand markets, which are highly developed, innovative in approach and growing fast, so we sought a partner that is progressive in thinking and approach with a great reputation for quality and well connected with a diverse and interesting client base. ULA Group ticked all the boxes! They have a huge energy and are highly motivated to push Astera products to the top across multiple markets.”
ULA Group MD, Cuono ‘Con’ Biviano, comments: “Astera is more than just a well-designed and engineered LED product - a minutiae of details have been thought through, making this a truly groundbreaking range. The ingenuity of the Astera product range is perfectly suited to ULA's portfolio and vast client base, from rental houses to film studios, through to the design and specification market.”
Con concludes: “The structure and professionalism that Astera has brought to the table, along with the passion and dedication to producing great products makes us really excited to be working with Sebastian and the team. We can’t wait to get the products and the brand out there.
UK - Polar has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Colorado-based Ultimate Support. The US manufacturer offers a comprehensive product range that encompasses support stands, hardware and accessories for every conceivable type of music industry application, as well as studio furniture and acoustic treatments.
Polar managing director, John Midgley, comments: “Ultimate Support is a high-quality brand manufacturing truly exceptional products, and we are delighted to be strengthening our range with this partnership. The intellectual property contained within the Ultimate Support portfolio speaks volumes for the ingenuity and design expertise behind every stand and workstation. The value and breadth of available solutions for applications throughout the MI, studio, rental and installation markets is clear to see and we’re looking forward to introducing Polar customers to these innovative, stylish and very practical products.”
Mike Belitz, CEO at Ultimate Support, adds: “We’re confident that we’ve made an excellent choice by appointing Polar as our UK distributor, as they are ideally placed to meet all our key requirements. They have an extensive reach across our core markets, offer great sales and technical expertise and have the capacity to support our extensive line with locally held inventory, ensuring that customers enjoy rapid delivery.”
USA - Ahead of last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, the ADJ group of companies opened its LA-based global headquarters for a dealer event on 23 January. With lighting and sound demos, hands-on product training as well as a free lunch, the event offered ADJ customers an exclusive preview of the new products to be launched at NAMM and also allowed the company to show appreciation to its hard-working in-house staff and on-the-road sales team.
Visitors had the opportunity to see seven new ADJ products before they were officially unveiled at NAMM as well as receive an introduction to ADJ Group’s recently acquired Eliminator Lighing series. An audio demo space was also setup to allow customers to hear the brand new Avante Audio AS8 compact column speaker system and the innovative new Imperio versatile mini array system.
A new lightshow was also unveiled at the company’s in-house showroom, programmed by new showroom manager Jake Rhodes, who took on the role during 2018.
“Our pre-NAMM open house was a great opportunity to meet our valued customers right at the start of another year,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “It not only allowed them the opportunity to be the first to see our new products but it also gave them quality time with their sales reps and the chance to establish relationships with other members of our in-house team. I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event for investing their time to visit with us, and also the ADJ team for their continued hard work. 2019 is going to be an awesome year.”<
UK - Cardiff-based events specialist 11th Hour recently took possession of additional warehouse premises to cope with the demands of its continued expansion. Its 6,000sq.ft of space will be assigned to 11th Hour’s growing festive ice-rink operations, allowing the entire inventory of rink apparatus to be stored independently, close to its principal Cardiff Bay operations base.
Growing demand for its ice rink services in 2018 saw 11th Hour install new rinks in Swansea, Caerphilly Castle and Aberystwyth, adding to its established Cardiff, Celtic Manor and Bargoed sites. More locations are expected to be brought onstream in 2019.
Business development manager Jason Venables comments: “We’re conscious of always trying to remain ahead of the curve at 11th Hour. It’s important to ensure that our processes and logistics remain up to speed in the face of ever-growing demand for our services. Our new facility enables us to maintain, operate and store our ice rink provision in its own dedicated space. Whilst the rest of our kit is in and out of the warehouse on a year-round basis, it made sense to separate out what is a specifically seasonal part of our business, with a view to streamlining our day to day operations.” Investing in the new premises has already allowed 11th Hour’s new warehouse manager Mike Coles and his assistant Matt Stone to re-align and optimise the use of the company’s main warehouse.
Jason Venables continues: “The dismantling and storage of our rinks at this time of year has previously had the capacity to cause some disrup
UK - The ALD has launched a fundraising campaign “to adequately compensate” the team behind its Save Stage Lighting campaign.
The fundraising campaign was launched at the ALD’s annual Lighting Lunch in December in support of the work of Rob Halliday, Robbie Butler and Paule Constable, who also received ALD lifetime memberships and a standing ovation from the attendees.
The volunteer trio shouldered ‘unprecedented workload’ last year to highlight the dangers to the entertainment lighting industry posed by the EU’s proposed Ecodesign regulations, catapulting the issues on to the radars and priority lists of lighting professionals, manufacturers, producers, venue managements and politicians.
The trio also pushed the #SaveStageLighting cause into the public eye via an online petition recording around 85,000 signatures, and were involved in assessing and producing a wide array of written documents and briefing papers whilst taking part public meetings and highlighting the potential damage of proposed legislation in the media.
“They have put their own careers and paid work on hold in order to safeguard performance lighting. The money will also provide a reserve to help educate and support others in the face of future Ecodesign challenges,” the ALD explains in a statement.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, comments: “These singular circumstances call for a singular solution. The entire lighting industry has benefitted from the work of a very few tireless freela
Mexico - Mexico State-based technical production company Kona has invested in Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders.
The company was founded in 2012 by Andres Marroquin, who previously ran PRG Mexico / Ocesa. The operation provides sound, lighting, video, rigging and staging for a diversity of events.
The company’s Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders inventory currently stands at 26 of each and is set to increase soon, says Kona.
Marroquin comments: “The market here in Mexico can be extremely volatile, so as a smaller company we need to think smart and be flexible.”
He sees significant potential in the county, which he regards as ‘emerging’, being strategically located between two major oceans, a gateway to the economic powerhouse of Latin America and enjoying a lively healthy musical interchange with the US. “Mexico is in a unique position and our industry is in a very exciting place right now.”
Recent cross hires for the Robe kit have included (to PRG and Logra) popular singer Chayanne’s tour which featured 120 MegaPointes in total, shows for Dead & Company and the most recent season of Playing in the Sand in Cancun.
USA - San Diego-based Pacific AV has joined the EM Acoustics North America sales team. The announcement was made by EM Acoustics operations director Mike Wheeler.
“Pacific AV has the experience and knowledge to help us expand our user base in the States,” explains Wheeler. “Scott and his team have strong relationships with a large network of key contractors, consultants and rental companies. They bring a lot to the table and we’re glad to have them on board.”
Principal Scott Wrege started Pacific AV in 2006. Since then the company has received numerous awards, from outstanding achievement to rep of the year, for their sales efforts in southern California and southern Nevada.
“Our goal is to not only be a valued resource to our customers, but to introduce them to products that solve their specific audio system challenges,” Wrege adds. “We do our best to be experts on every product we represent. We also believe hands-on listening and learning opportunities make a world of difference, which is why we conduct as many demos as possible each year. It is exciting to introduce our territory to EM Acoustics’ incredible-sounding range of loudspeakers.”
“From the super compact EMS-41 loudspeaker to the HALO-A Arena line array, all of our products have been designed with an eye toward extreme sonic quality while also delivering what our customers demand,” says Wheeler. “I believe our growth in North America is indicative of what the market is looking for. I’m confident that people like Scott and his team will prove this out in
USA - Bandit Lites team members gathered in Nashville for the company’s annual general meeting to mark the past year’s achievements and strategise for the upcoming year.
The company awarded staff with significant anniversaries or those who have demonstrated excellence in service.
In a special ceremony, Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland lauded Leonard Cox, the company’s first employee to retire. Cox served in the military prior to joining Bandit Lites 25 years ago and has proved invaluable to the company serving most recently as the director of logistics and safety.
“Leonard came to Bandit in 1993 and has been a true friend and invaluable part of all things facility related,” said Strickland. “Leonard led us in many areas for 25 great years and we will sorely miss him. He is going to enjoy a much-deserved retirement! Thank you Leonard and have a blast my friend.”
Andy Reese (technical assistant) celebrated five years of service with Bandit while Chas Albea (equipment coordinator), Erich Hudgens (shop foreman), John Jenkinson (installation and service specialist) and Shawn Lear (client representative) were honoured for a decade with Bandit. Jeff Archibeque (lighting technician) and Giff Swart (general manager) rang in 15 years with Bandit.
Both Andy Knighton and Matt King were granted awards for 20 years of service at Bandit. Knighton has worked as Rascal Flatts’ lighting designer for multiple tours and has worked countless productions
“Matt King has been an invaluable part of Bandit for over 20 years,” says
Night Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight has accepted an invitation to perform the Star Spangled Banner at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, which is being held in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia on 3 February. It was confirmed this week that the halftime show will be performed by Maroon 5, with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi supporting.
There has been criticism directed at some black artists for failing to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapaernick, who has been without a club since 2016 after “taking a knee” during the performance of the anthem in protest against racial injustices. Artists including Rihanna and Cardi B reportedly turned down the show, traditionally seen as a massive opportunity for artists to be seen by a TV audience of hundreds of millions.
Gladys is now facing similar criticism but, in a statement to Variety she said she intends to "give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life."
- Five areas in England will benefit from a new £20m Cultural Development Fund. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, who announced the winning areas, said the fund would help people build careers in the arts and culture locally but "also boost wider investment and diversify the creative economy". He said: "Creativity, arts and heritage make our towns and cities unique and our communities better places to live. The five areas are:
UK - Sister companies Shooting Partners and Anna Valley have merged under the Anna Valley brand, which has been redesigned to represent a broader service offering and modern style. A new, responsive website has also been created to support the new brand.
The two companies were subsidiaries of the Shooting Partners Group, which launched in 1989 as a camera-hire business and expanded to include AV technology, with the acquisition of Anna Valley in 2000. This announcement comes three years after the Shooting Partners Group underwent a management buyout and follows considerable business growth in existing and new markets. As well as establishing a new AV integration business unit and significantly increasing their rental business year-on-year, in 2017 the group also purchased live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions which remains unaffected by this re-brand.
The decision to bring Shooting Partners into the Anna Valley stable is motivated by a number of factors, including the convergence of the audio-visual and broadcast sectors and the increasing use of professional camera equipment in the events and corporate markets.
Anna Valley will now offer an end-to-end, production-to-presentation service, providing the expertise and technology for innovative video projects.
“2019 marks our 30th year of operation in the video production and AV sectors,” says Anna Valley managing director Steve Jones. “The company has grown significantly over the last three decades and it’s appropriate for the brand to be updated to reflect our current state, f
Canada/USA - Christie Lites has made a major commitment to Kinesys automation with the purchase of Elevation Liftket 500kg chain hoists as their flagship automation products going forward – both 200V and 400V systems - for North America and Europe.
The initial investment has also included Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring and Mentor 4 E-Stop aggregators to provide a full Kinesys safety architecture as well as the powerful and flexible Kinesys Vector control.
This will be available to clients worldwide throughout all of Christie’s 13 shops.
The move coincides with the appointment of Mark ‘The Drifter’ Desloges to head up Christie’s new Automated Motion Control & Rigging division, established to co-ordinate this specialist area of technical production.
Extensive specialist Kinesys training will be implemented for all Christie crew working on the systems.
Drifter will be based in Toronto, Canada, and will spend his time between Christie’s facility there and, primarily, their Orlando hub, the home of Christie Lites Enterprises and where much of the Kinesys kit will be stationed when not on the road.
David Bond of Kinesys USA commented, “Huntly Christie is very discerning when it comes to choosing the brands and product types his company carries. We are very proud to be his chosen automation manufacturer and envisage a prosperous relationship with his company. Drifter’s energy and experience, along with the Christie Lites sales team, will help drive our products to the current Christie Lites market and beyond, furthe
USA - Panduit Corp has acquired global AV manufacturer Atlona.
As part of the acquisition, the Atlona team will join Panduit’s Enterprise business group. Atlona will continue to serve its customers from its global headquarters in San Jose, California for all sales, customer support, and training related inquiries.
“Atlona has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge AV technology that embraces the full potential of the convergence of AV and network infrastructure,” explains Dennis Renaud, president and CEO of Panduit. “Their industry-leading solutions complement Panduit’s extensive physical infrastructure portfolio, which will allow us to offer customers a quality end-to-end solution as they move to increasingly complex network infrastructure systems.”
Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO adds, “There are strong synergies between our companies including a culture of providing innovative, high-quality, customer-driven products, along with outstanding customer support capabilities. This partnership will ultimately provide our market channels with a single-source solution and expand our footprint globally.”
Panduit Corp. develops physical infrastructure management solutions. The company serves education, computing, network, operations, storage, healthcare, government, energy, machine building, and shipbuilding industries through a network of electrical, electronic, network, and industrial automation distributors worldwide. Panduit Corp. has strategic alliances with Cisco Systems, EMC, IBM, and Rockwell Automation. The company was foun
UK - Chroma-Q will celebrate its 15th year as a producer of premium performance LED lighting products by showing several new innovations for the first time at BSC Expo 2019, Battersea Evolution, London, 1-2 February.
Chroma-Q has been a pioneer in the development of LED lighting for entertainment applications since launching the Color Block DB4 in 2004. The brand's latest generation of film & broadcast lighting solutions utilises Chroma-Q's proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies - drawing upon 15 years of LED expertise - to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.
The Brute Force powerful new, LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy Light’, will be making a big impact this year. Capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps @ 240V, the larger Brute Force 6 is a versatile, controllable fixture that could change users' approach to lighting.
Making its BSC debut, the new Studio Force II high intensity, tuneable white LED wash batten delivers variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control, and can produce deep saturated colours when needed.
Widely adopted by major film and television companies, the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling.
Also showing at BSC for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system provides simple, visually-ba
UK - Question Session will return with a full programme across two Glasgow city centre venues on 8 February. The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane will host this year’s daytime conference, followed by a live music event at The Old Hairdressers on Renfield Lane.
Now in its fourth year, this free conference offers a comprehensive, tailored programme of workshops, seminars and panels featuring prominent professionals from all areas of the music industry.
Focused on innovation, education and exploring current issues, Question Session 2019 is organised by music business students of New College Lanarkshire to enable delegates to connect, share knowledge and create new opportunities with established industry practitioners; initiating discussion, and exposing new talent.
Topics for Question Session 2019 panels and seminars will include the following: Releasing your music; Nurturing new talent; Working as a recording engineer; Promoting your event; Mental health in music.
The first series of intimate workshops will include hands-on experience in: Introduction to modular synthesis with Rub-a-Dub; Promoting your music successfully; Resolving legal issues pertaining to the music industry.
The following participants will be in attendance, plus many more prominent names: Ableton; Sub Pop Records; DF Concerts – Chris Beltran; Help Musicians UK; Pledge Music; Scottish Music Industry Association; Creative Scotland.
“Question Session is a superb networking event and platform for anyone interested in a career in the music industry,” s
Europe - Eurotruss is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Martin Kuyper, company founder, states; “I am extremely proud and grateful for all the love and support I received from great people, partners, and users during this incredible Eurotruss journey. Together with all of them, we have built a world leading brand representing not only high-quality truss and stages but also an amazing team of dynamic people who, on a daily base, do great work for our users and partners.
“It all started in a small barn in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Today our truss finds its way into 97 countries, represented by 40 distributors, three Eurotruss sales offices and three factories including Total Structures, leading brand in the USA. A lot happened since that 17th of January 1994, but it flew by and the journey has been full of energy, joy, and happiness. I feel blessed.
“I want to thank all of you supporting the product and the brand. I cannot wait for the next 25 years to come as our future looks bright and we still enjoy every day the rush of making awesome products and providing you with the best support and solutions.”
Thailand - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Sonos Libra as its exclusive distributor in Thailand.
Sonos Libra has a strong presence as a pro audio distributor in SE Asia and already represents the Allen & Heath brand in Vietnam. With an experienced team they have quickly garnered a reputation for first-class service and customer support. Allen & Heath’s comprehensive product portfolio allows Sonos Libra to fully address a broad range of market segments, from audio installations through to the most demanding touring applications.
Markus Sinsel, sales director at Allen & Heath, says: “We are very pleased to be working with the Sonos Libra team in Thailand. They are a young, dynamic company who have rapidly built an impressive standing in the region. We are looking forward to continuing to work together to further strengthen the brand.”
Alfonso Martín, Sonos Libra’s CEO, adds: “Allen & Heath was a ‘must-have’ brand for us in Thailand. We know how much Thai customers like Allen & Heath products, particularly in compact digital and touring formats and we’re extremely excited to be able to bring the full range to the market.”
The partnership takes immediate effect with plans for regular training, product support, stock availability and product presentations.
Turkey - Harman Professional Solutions has announced a new distributor partnership with Ertekin Elektronik in Turkey.
The distribution agreement entitles Ertekin Elektronik the right to distribute the full range of products offered by Harman Professional Solutions. The agreement covers the JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS, Lexicon, and Studer brands, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring audio, video, lighting and control solutions.
“We are excited to partner with Ertekin Elektronik in this very important region,” said Mark Coombes, regional director, MEA at Harman Professional Solutions. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with Ertekin Elektronik to lead our iconic brands towards the future. We are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge of the Turkish market to support our customers’ needs on an ongoing basis.”
“We are delighted to be distributing the complete Harman Professional Solutions range in Turkey,” said Yurder Ertekin, sales and marketing manager of Ertekin Elektronik, “HARMAN offers a great portfolio of quality brands, which are completely aligned with our customers’ needs. With our expertise and the brands that Harman Professional Solutions offer we will be able to offer a complete solution.”
USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM. The one-hour training sessions will be held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM U Education Centre, adjacent to a brand-new pro-audio exhibit space. The RAD and IAS sessions will take place on Thursday 24 January and Saturday 26 January at the Anaheim Hilton.
Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software is the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception. Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system operates primarily in the VHF band clearing valuable UHF bandwidth for other systems.
Zimbel will demonstrate the system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt packs operate in the relatively open VHF band (also with a very small RF footprint), the UV-1G is the best choice for large intercom intensive events, small "dry hire" rentals and everything in between.”
USA - QSC has announced the expanded role of Brands on Stage as its Latin American distribution partner for the company’s Live Sound division. Brands on Stage will now manage the QSC live sound portfolio throughout Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay, enabling new QSC brand-growth opportunities with Latin American channel partners and their customers.
“We are very excited to be part of the QSC family. Our work philosophies are 100% aligned. For many years, Brands on Stage have continually strived to keep improving ourselves and today we have our reward – the honour of carrying the flag of QSC and its representation throughout Latin America,” says Guillermo Promesti, principal of Brands on Stage.
“We have plans to offer educational seminars and product presentations throughout the region for our customers, to share QSC’s amazing portfolio of products, such as the TouchMix compact digital mixers and the K.2 Series,” Promesti adds.
“Brands on Stage has been with QSC for many years and is a collaborative partner in every sense”, adds Gina Bergmann, Sr. director of sales for Canada/Latin America/Asia Pacific, QSC Live Sound. “With their proven results, reputation for customer service and education throughout the Latin America, we’re excited to see the fruits of their efforts in this expanded regional role.”
UK - Penn Elcom, manufacturer of 19-inch racking and flight case hardware, has expanded the latch producing line its Washington, Tyne & Wear UK base, adding three new jobs, and 10 new machines as part of a £50,000 investment to update and expand its production of latching mechanisms.
Nearly everything needs a latch of some sort, and multiple types and styles of Penn latches are made here - for a range of flightcase and 19-inch racking products used in all sectors of the entertainment, professional AV and IT industries. This includes anything from technical rental company equipment flight cases to installed racking systems housing amplifiers, servers and other devices.
The investment and reorganisation of the latch line took just five months and will boost capacity by 30% to over 2m latching parts per year. It has been overseen by Penn Washington production manager Steve Langdon.
The Latches are made available worldwide via Penn Elcom’s international distribution network which covers all continents and countries.
Sixteen skilled people are now dedicated to the latch production element of Penn’s UK manufacturing operation, producing a variety of latches.
The machinery itself comprises a mix of old and new bifurcated rivet machines which include some that are pedal operated, fully guarded and yield approximately 120 finished parts per hour.
“It has been a fantastic project,” states Steve, “our goal was to create a pleasant, modern working space for employees that we could also showcase to our customers as a well-plann
USA - Rational Acoustics, developers of the Smaart acoustic test and measurement software platform, has announced the relocation and expansion of its US headquarters.
The new HQ, located at 32 Crabtree Lane in Woodstock, houses Rational’s administration, sales, product development and warehouse operations as well as a new in-house Smaart training centre. At 5,700sq.ft, the new building is nearly three times larger than Rational’s previous offices and will accommodate the company’s continuing growth in personnel, sales and training.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Rational,” comments Karen Anderson, Rational Acoustics’ CEO & co-founder. “Over the past 10 years we have grown from a little four-person start-up to a company of 11 people. We have more than doubled our personnel, tripled the number of Smaart classes we hold each year and quadrupled our sales. Our original offices served us well, but we have simply outgrown them. We needed to find a space that would accommodate our vision for the future of Rational Acoustics.”
One of the primary features of the new building is the addition of an 1,100sq.ft Smaart training centre. This facility will host a variety of Smaart classes throughout the year, including the standard three-day Smaart Operator Fundamentals class, as well as some new, shorter advanced/special topic seminars which will be introduced in the coming months. With over two acres of land surrounding the building, attendees will be able to gain hands-on experience utilising Smaart with larger systems and in both
USA - LA-based ADJ Products has acquired Eliminator Lighting in a bid to broaden its product range. All existing Eliminator Lighting fixtures are now available from ADJ USA, whilst ADJ Mexico will distribute the brand in Mexico.
ADJ dealers will now be able to purchase Eliminator products alongside equipment from ADJ Lighting, American Audio and Avante Audio, allowing for consolidated orders to minimise shipping costs. To welcome Eliminator Lighting to its new home at ADJ Products, its to be re-branded with a sleek new logo.
Eliminator Lighting’s long-serving product manager, Albert Paredes, will stay with the company. Paredes has extensive experience in the lighting industry and is no stranger to ADJ, having worked in the company’s Service Department for many years prior to moving to Eliminator.
New products will continue to be added to the brand’s catalogue, continuing its focus on providing affordable lighting and special effect products to event professionals that offer unbeatable value.
President of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez comments: “This is an exciting development for ADJ Products as Eliminator Lighting has a great range of value DJ products that fit into our diverse network of customers. It also means that the ADJ Group’s product catalogue now covers every type of application and budget; ranging from Eliminator Lighting at entry level, to ADJ covering the mid-market and Elation Professional serving top-end theatrical and touring productions.”
Singapore - Serapid Group, a supplier of lifts, quick die change and horizontal transfer systems, has announced that as part of its international growth strategy Serapid has opened a new company in Singapore, with Robert Degenkolb, formerly of J.R. Clancy, joining the organisation as managing director.
Degenkolb has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry in project management and sales and most recently as managing director of J.R. Clancy‘s Singapore operation. He will remain based in Singapore where he has been residing since 2011. Prior to Singapore, Robert worked as a project manager for J.R. Clancy and oversaw the successful completion of numerous entertainment projects in both domestic and international markets.
As part of the opening of the Singapore office, Ivan Seigneur has transferred from Serapid France to join Robert in the role of technical manager, and Yu Rong Chen (sales manager, China) will also now report to Degenkolb.
The opening and resourcing of the office is part of Serapid’s on-going strategic growth plan and reflects the increasing volume of work that Serapid is securing within the Asian region. Iain Forbester (vice president business development) stated, “The opening of the new company in Singapore and its initial resourcing reflects Serapid’s commitment to the region and the desire to provide better service and support. This is the first step towards establishing a much stronger regional presence. As well as sales and mark