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dbs-solutions-team-photodBS Solutions adds Martin Audio WPS
Tuesday, 8 June 2021

UK - dBS Solutions’ roadmap through Martin Audio’s evolutionary control technology shows no sign of abating.
In 2014 they purchased an XD/DD combination rig for deployment on a successful theatre tour. This was followed by the acquisition of a 40-box Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) system, specifically for the Mercury at Abbey Field pop-up theatre space in Colchester. This ran for an entire outdoor season and was a direct replacement for their old Martin Audio W8LM rig.
Then in February 2020 - immediately before lockdown - two hangs of 16 WPM, supported by flown SXF115 subwoofers and DD6 front-fills, went out on the Queen Symphonic tour.
Now, the company made its first investment in Martin Audio’s more powerful WPS system. “We’ve dipped our toe in the water with a package that will enable us to provide coverage for 2,000-plus capacity concert halls,” confirms dBS Solutions MD, Chris Bogg, taking up the story. “However, we will definitely be increasing that inventory.”
His earlier entry into the world of Wavefront Precision had been driven by the fact that the Abbey Field site is surrounded by local residencies. “This called for a system that could minimise offsite noise while maximising coverage in the tent.”
dBS Solutions were able to use the Hard Avoid feature in the proprietary DISPLAY control software to equal benefit with the Queen Symphonic UK tour. “The balance of rock music in a classical environment is always a very difficult one, not least in some of the most reverberant performing spaces in the UK. We ch

triple-eTriple E launches one-stop installation service
Tuesday, 8 June 2021

UK - Triple E has announced the launch of a new division of the organisation, EEE Build, headquartered in Biggin Hill and appointed two new senior staff members.
The last few months have seen two significant appointments – namely Darren Green joining the growing team of project managers, and Rowan Coupe as installations manager as he heads up the newly created EEE Build division of Triple E.
Both Darren and Rowan join the company with solid industry experience, and both have a considerable knowledge of working alongside Triple E in their previous roles.
Darren has a background in theatre product design, engineering and project management working at notable companies including Theatre Projects, Harkness Screens, Hall Stage and Centre Stage Engineering. Darren has worked alongside the Triple E team on many projects in the past such as Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
Now fully integrated into the Triple E team, Darren’s focus is on managing large-scale, high-value projects across the entertainment sector. Darren is also working with Triple E’s senior management team on the implementation of ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 9001 and enhancing operational procedures throughout the company.
Commenting on Darren’s appointment, MD of Triple E, David Edelstein, “is delighted to welcome Darren to the company. He brings with him a wealth of experience and great knowledge in his field.”
Another recent development for the company has been the launch of EEE Build (pronounced E Build) with the appointment of Rowan Coupe to head up this im

 
 
diversity-panelVirtual Showlight 2021 proves a success
Monday, 7 June 2021

World - The first Virtual Showlight (VSL) event which was held on Tuesday 25 May 2021 proved to be “a real success story,” according to its organisers. With the full Showlight postponed due to the pandemic, VSL 2021 turned trial into triumph when it threw open its virtual doors to an online audience in excess of 430 delegates. Students, educational establishments, venues and of course lighting designers from all genres of the industry - theatre, film and TV, architectural and events, and more - attended from almost 50 countries, and many have since returned to re-watch the Papers through Hubilo’s On Demand service.
Delegates were treated to a diverse range of subject matters from industry professionals at the top of their game. Topics included the illumination of a lighthouse on an island in the Bahamas, lighting comic book movie Birds of Prey, the remote lighting of stage musical Waitress from half way around the globe, transforming a shipyard into an art gallery, and taking a spin on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor. Hamish Jenkinson, Mike Bauman, Ken Billington, Aaron Porter, Rob Halliday, Isabel Nielen, Floriaan Ganzevoort and Mike Evers, and David Bishop all delivered their papers with a wealth of knowledge, humour, imagery and video footage.
The panel discussion on diversity in the industry, chaired by Paule Constable, gave voice to young people who gave inspiring insights into their journeys into lighting, their plans to raise awareness going forward and the importance of free communication between colleagues t

 
sweetwater1Sweetwater appointed Meyer Sound e-tailer
Monday, 7 June 2021

USA - Meyer Sound has appointed Sweetwater Sound of Fort Wayne, Indiana as a new authorised e-tailer for the company’s line of self-powered loudspeakers for music reinforcement and recording applications. As of 1 June, a selection of Meyer Sound products will be available through Sweetwater’s website and catalogue ordering channels.
“Sweetwater is the only national, internet-based retailer with the high level of in-house expertise required to represent Meyer Sound products and technologies,” says Meyer Sound senior vice president John McMahon. “Their sales engineers are not simply order-takers, but rather they are experienced professionals, many of them with extensive backgrounds in sound reinforcement. They know how to match Meyer Sound products to a customer’s requirements.”
Sweetwater’s senior director of partner marketing Arend Raby comments: “We are thrilled to align with Meyer Sound. Much like Sweetwater, they have shown a passion for detail, quality and the most rewarding end-user experience. We’re excited to reach new audiences for them and leverage our strategic partnership toward growth for both brands.”
Meyer Sound product offerings through Sweetwater will focus on applications for portable sound reinforcement and precision monitoring in mid- to high-level project studios. Several offerings will be in the form of “Power Couple” bundles, with full-range and low-frequency loudspeakers paired in pre-engineered configurations. These configurations are aimed at improving ease of setup for a new consumer base that migh

 
 
interfacioInterfacio receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Friday, 4 June 2021

UK - Specialist audio and entertainment technology recruitment business Interfacio has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, recognising a period of significant and sustained growth in the company’s international business.
Commenting on the award, founder and MD Richard Wear says: "We are extremely honoured to be receiving this award and would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment shown by our whole team in delivering consistent results for our clients and candidates around the world in what continues to be a fast-changing and often challenging market."
Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK, and Interfacio is one of only 205 organisations to be recognised in 2021. The Award for International Trade recognises a period of continuous growth for the company in its non-UK business between 2014 and 2020. During this time, delivery of its recruitment and executive search services across live events, corporate AV, consumer audio and fixed installation markets grew considerably in all of the company’s key international markets, including North America, Europe and APAC. These markets continue to represent over 80% of the company's business.
“Recruiting in international markets requires experience, expertise, and high sensitivity to differences in communication and business cultures," continues Wear. "Recent search project successes for clients in Norway, Denmark, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Canada

 
afc-enhanceimageYamaha debuts AFC immersive technology
Friday, 4 June 2021

Europe - Attracting a high number of attendees in April, Yamaha’s online New Technology Showcase revealed the company’s latest professional audio technologies.
A key announcement was the launch of AFC Enhance and AFC Image, immersive audio technologies which ‘radically enhance live performances, interactive installations, projection mapping and other experiential events’. The launch event is now available to view on YouTube, where the details of these developments are showcased.
Hosted on Facebook Live, the New Technology Showcase was presented by a global team of Yamaha’s professional audio specialists, including key members from the company’s Japan headquarters, US and EU research and development teams, immersive audio specialists and loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo.
The event included presentations on Yamaha’s networking solutions, including the latest SWX3220/2320 ST2110-compatible switches for live streaming and broadcast, secure distant Rivage PM console-to-console control via the internet and cloud-based remote monitoring of installed systems using ProVisionaire Control.
The highlight of the showcase was the launch of AFC Enhance and AFC Image. Since 2003, Yamaha’s Active Field Control (AFC) systems have been improving the acoustics of concert halls, theatres and sports venues, creating a better experience for the audience and performers alike.
AAFC Enhance is a modular system which electronically alters the sound reverber

 
 
prolightsPro Lab appointed Prolights distributor for UAE
Friday, 4 June 2021

UAE - Pro Lab has been appointed exclusive distributor for Prolights in the GCC region and Egypt, as of June 2021.
The appointment comes after the increased demand for the manufacturer's products, and strategy alignment between the two companies who are eager to supply high-quality equipment with the best technical expertise and product support.
“We are thrilled to start promoting Prolights' products and be able to show them to our customers as the world of entertainment opens back up,” said Rami Haber, managing director at Pro Lab. “We have been following Prolights' continuing success not only in entertainment but also in the broadcast and theatre markets, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of that journey.”
Paolo Albani, international sales manager at Prolights commented, “We are very happy to work with the team in Dubai. Despite its young age, Pro Lab is a well-established company in the region, targeting high customer service levels, focused on the quality of products they represent with a very strategic vision for its future. This couldn't come at a better time as Prolights grows in multiple sectors.”

 
charlieChristie rewards promising NFTS cinematic talent
Thursday, 3 June 2021

UK - In partnership with the National Film and Theatre School (NFTS), this year’s coveted Christie prize for Most Promising NFTS Student was awarded to Charlie Jenkins, NFTS graduate in cinematography. Charlie received a monetary prize, a certificate, and a crystal trophy to celebrate the win at the socially distanced graduate ceremony. It is the 16th year of Christie’s partnership with NFTS, having supported the School with a variety of initiatives designed to nurture students and develop facilities, including its upgrade from film to digital projection equipment.
Oliver Stapleton and Stuart Harris, co-heads of the NFTS Cinematography MA, comments: “Charlie Jenkins is an exemplary student whose helpfulness to others knows no bounds. As soon as the School re-opened after lockdown, he immediately went to work and assisted the Animation, Model Making and Cinematography departments in the complicated wiring and computer dimming systems needed to produce the Animation films. His positive attitude and immense creativity make him a more than worthy winner of this special award.”
This year, the students were faced with additional logistical challenges to complete their films, and NFTS was among the first film schools to successfully return to production in June 2020 following strict Covid-19 filming guidelines.
Graduates’ films will be showcased for four consecutive days at London’s BFI Southbank in all four of its screens, including the recently re-opened NFT1, which has been fitted with a Christie RGB pure laser projector and Christie Vive Au

 
 
prolightsAudiovisuales Canarias invests in Prolights
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Spain - Audiovisuales Canarias, part of AVC Group, has recently purchased 16 Prolights EclPanel TWC and TWCJr to their rental fleet.
The AV service provider decided to invest in these units to continue offering their customers equipment with reduced energy consumption thanks to its LED technology.
“Our decision to acquire the Prolights EclPanel TWC and TWCJr came after an exhaustive comparison with similar products on the market and, after some last tests of brightness, colour temperature, features, etc., we made the final decision to go ahead with the Italian brand. All the characteristics of this fixture were exactly what we needed to add to our list of equipment for our rental market,” said Alex Labao, commercial director for AVC Group. “The ECL Panel met our needs, completing our increasingly extensive list of equipment with reduced energy consumption.”
The fixtures are already being used in different projects, among them, the recording of the programme 35 Years of Canary Islands Awards for the public broadcaster on the Island, transmitted during the Day of Canary Islands, at the end of May. Seesound is the exclusive distributor of Prolights in Spain.

 
mike-roisetter-and-mark-parkhouse-with-the-cloudpower-amplifierFBT Audio to distribute CloudPower amps in UK
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

UK - The CloudPower series of amplifiers from Apex are set to arrive in the UK and Ireland with the appointment of FBT Audio (UK) as the range’s exclusive distributor.
Effective 1 June 2021, the agreement comes as FBT Audio (UK) continues to experience rapid growth in its commercial audio division - a trend that has continued despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Described as capable of scaling from “a karaoke room to an opera house”, the Apex CloudPower range comprises four Class-D models - the 4 x 350W CP354, 4 x 700W CP704, 4 x 1500W CP1504 and 4 x 3000W CP3004.
Each is lightweight and compact at just 1U and can run in low impedance down to 2Ω or 70/100v line configuration. Also on board is feature rich DSP plus a built-in WiFi hotspot for simple setup, control and monitoring either locally using any HTML5 capable browser (Mac, PC, iOS or Android), or off-site using the built-in LAN connection.
“Our huge growth within the UK installation market in recent years is the perfect platform for Apex to launch these brand new game-changing products for systems integrators,” said FBT Audio (UK) managing director, Mark Parkhouse.
“From features like onboard streaming from AirPlay and Spotify to the gorgeous industrial design and OLED display, CloudPower amplifiers are essential for everyone who values power, control and reliability. We’re honoured to represent them in the UK and Ireland.”

 
 
barcelonaISE Live & Online opens in Barcelona
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Spain - Integrated Systems Events managing director Mike Blackman marked the opening of ISE Live & Online yesterday with a presentation at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via in front of a gathering of representatives from government, local executive boards and agencies, ISE’s owners and the media.
ISE Live & Online is a hybrid event, livestreaming from the Fira and broadcasting to a global audience via the ISE Digital platform.
The opening of ISE’s first show in Barcelona represents a significant milestone in the development of Integrated Systems Europe, and a personal and professional triumph for Blackman, who launched the event 17 years ago with a staff of three.
Along with representatives of the Fira, ISE co-owner AVIXA and ISE exhibitors, Blackman made a symbolic trip by motorbike from ISE’s office in Munich to Barcelona, stopping en route in Geneva, the location of the first ISE show in 2004.
Speaking at a press conference just before the doors to ISE in Barcelona opened, Blackman said: “You do not need me to comment too deeply on our shared experiences of the past 15 months. The effects have been universal, and our heartfelt sympathy goes to all countries, businesses and individuals touched by it. No one has escaped. Yes, in more recent times the light at the end of the tunnel has begun to glimmer and then to shine. Which is why after conducting exhaustive research with our exhibitors, partners, and owners we decided that ISE Barcelona, Live and Online, should take place. And here we are.
"And there’s another reason w

 
brit-rowBritannia Row Training launches online learning
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has launched its Live Sound Fundamentals and Live Sound Intermediate courses online with 145 newly produced video lectures at www.britanniarowtraining.com.
Created after receiving an Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grant, the new online delivery platform offers video lectures, course notes, quizzes and optional exams together with learner support that the live sound specialist hopes will generate a more accessible gateway into the professional audio industry.
BRPT managing director, Mike Lowe, states: “We anticipated having to wait for some semblance of post-pandemic normality before continuing our programmes in live sound, however, being awarded a Culture Recovery Grant was an amazing development. It has provided work and much-needed income for the sound engineers, technicians, camera ops, video directors and editors who have produced our online courses.”
The coming months could see the return of largescale festivals and concerts in the UK, yet this will bring about challenges. The live industry as a whole faces concerns over retaining skilled workers to meet future demands.
Lowe continues: “In any normal year, a certain amount of production workers will retire or slow down. This ‘shrinkage’ has been exacerbated during the pandemic as many workers have now retrained and left the industry indefinitely. By the time the industry will be able to secure consistent work, the s

 
 
vue2visualizationnickpidgeonVisualization to distribute VUE2 in UK
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

UK - Technical solutions distributor Visualization will distribute the VUE2 product line in the UK.
VUE2 offers a range of 3LCD laser-based projectors across a range of brightness and resolutions.
With a complement of 21 products that cover installation, portable, and Ultra Short Throw (UST) series, the VUE2 range addresses the corporate, education, house of worship, and rental staging markets.
Visualization managing director, Nick Pidgeon, comments: “The VUE2 product line fills a gap vacated by a number of manufacturers. With a range of resolution and brightness at extremely competitive price points - and backed up with a reassuring seven-year warranty - we believe the VUE2 product range will be very well received in the UK.”
Mohammed Sajjad, product manager at VUE2, adds: “The UK market - via Visualization - offers us a tremendous opportunity to grow the VUE2 brand. We are very excited by what Visualization can offer in both distribution and the support of the product line.”

 
alberto-and-ennio-prasePowersoft appoints Prase as distributor for Italy
Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Italy - Powersoft has named Prase as its Italian distributor. Headquartered in Noventa di Piave, near Venice, Prase was founded in 1993 and for 28 years, the company has provided services to the Italian audio market.
Prase's 50 distribution brands, once paired with Powersoft, will provide integrated installation solutions for system integrators, AV designers and consultants.
Fabrizio Romano Bolzoni, Powersoft’s sales distribution manager, comments: “We’ve always had a long history of mutual interest with Prase. The time has finally arrived to materialise that into a solid partnership for the development and success within the Italian professional installation market. With Prase’s best-in-class reputation throughout the installation sector and in the live world, we are delighted to be entering a partnership with them.”
Ennio Prase, managing director at Prase, adds: “This is probably Prase's longest-cultivated partnership: it took around 20 years. Our confidence in Powersoft was solid from the start, but the conditions for a partnership just weren’t there. Today, we can finally start a strong collaboration to grow the Italian market together. Prase’s strong presence in system and entertainment channels will be enhanced by the products of one of the most recognized Italian manufacturers in the world.”
Alberto Prase, Prase’s sales director, says: “The Prase brothers have known the Lastrucci family from the very beginning. It’s a great pleasure for us that the time has arrived for a business collaboration.”
Over the

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Another Lost Summer - UK music festivals face "another lost summer" due to the government's refusal to back insurance for events at risk, a committee of MPs has found. A report into the sector's future said the government should provide a safety net for live events set to take place after 21 June.
Several major festivals have been axed for the second year running, but the government claims it is "continuing to work flat-out to support festivals and live events". Glastonbury and BST Hyde Park will not take place this year, but others, like Latitude and Download, are currently scheduled to go ahead. The latter was called off in March but has since been resurrected as a government test event, albeit with a significantly reduced capacity.
On 21 June, the government hopes to move to the final stage of its roadmap for lifting lockdown. Restrictions on large events such as music festivals will be lifted if lockdown relaxations go ahead as planned. But according to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, the government "has ruled out offering any support before all restrictions on the roadmap are lifted".
This, it said in a 42-page report published on Saturday, "would be simply be too late for festivals this summer" given the long lead-up times involved. Julian Knight MP, chair of the DCMS committee, claimed music festivals had been treated "as the poor relation" by the government. "Events need to know now whether the government will back them, or they simply won't take place this year," he continues.
Download Returns - This sum

 
alightwalk01-bwA Light Walk supports ALD and Backup charities
Tuesday, 1 June 2021

UK - The team behind A Light Walk, a charity walk set to take place across 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s Southbank, a total distance of over 101 miles (160 km), which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 24 miles. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 19 miles further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 23 miles to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 18 miles on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the southbank of the Thames a mere 17 miles on, where day five and the full 101-mile walk, ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes, the ALD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022 and industry charity Backup.
Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet!”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which for the past five years has seen continued succes

 
 
backstage-academyBrompton Technology supports Backstage students
Friday, 28 May 2021

UK - Backstage Academy has collaborated with Brompton Technology in delivery of an online masterclass to over 50 students to help them understand the importance of LED processing for video walls within live events and virtual production.
“Brompton LED processing solutions have been making regular appearances at Backstage Academy and Production Park for some time now,” says Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director at Backstage Academy. “For a company to remain at the cutting edge of such a fast-moving sector is super impressive, so to give our students the opportunity to be included on that journey was a no brainer.”
The training consisted of a short company overview delivered by Brompton director of business development, Rob Fowler, followed by a sampler from the company’s full one-day training course on the Tessera system using the streaming rack delivered by Steve Harris, technical support specialist. Finally, Adam Callaway, technical solutions manager at Brompton, took the students through some of the work the company has been doing in virtual production.
More than 50 second- and third-year students from Live Events Production degree, Live Visual Design & Production degree (LVD), and Live Event Design degree (LED-MA), as well as members of the XPLOR R&D team at Backstage joined the online session.
“Our objective for the masterclass was crystal clear - to act as a first step introduction to LED processing for those less familiar with the topic and the product range, and then to move on to the new Brompton Tessera sof

 
dbd&b acquires SFL Group
Friday, 28 May 2021

Germany/UK - d&b has announced the establishment of a new service-focused business entity, d&b solutions GmbH & Co. KG. The new entity will ‘further enable d&b to offer end-to-end expertise in the areas of project development, manufacturing, system planning, installation and maintenance’. The announcement is supported by the immediate acquisition of UK-based multidisciplinary AV provider, SFL Group.
The newly formed d&b solutions will act independently from d&b audiotechnik GmbH & Co. KG. d&b solutions and d&b audiotechnik will have separate, independent business structures reporting up to the d&b Group. The managing directors for d&b solutions are Amnon Harman (d&b Group CEO), Jens Nilsson (d&b Group CFO) and Michael Aldinger (d&b solutions director finance and operations).
“d&b solutions is born out of customers' increasing demand for the integration of full AVL solutions. We see a rise in requests for manufacturer support in design, planning and integration services as well as new buying behavours regarding system ownership and managed services. The creation of d&b solutions as a standalone business entity under the d&b brand will address these developments and accelerate our solution offerings across the entertainment technology market,” explained Amnon Harman, d&b Group CEO.
A major step in the formation of this new business entity is being taken with the acquisition of SFL (Sound Foundation Ltd) and its subsidiaries to form SFL Group - a d&b solutions company.<

 
 
projectregistration-imgPowersoft launches discount scheme for installs
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Italy - Powersoft has launched a project registration process on its website that will allow subscribers to receive a discount on Powersoft products to be purchased for any installation project, as well as direct support from Powersoft’s expert technical team.
Registrants can be any company or user in the project chain, such as distributors, end users, system integrators or resellers, and the discount and support will be accessible to customers once the submitted project, after meeting certain requirements, has been considered eligible.
To be eligible, registrants must provide at least three months prior to the estimated product delivery date, all project details (including programme and products of interest) to the official project registration form, accessible via MyPowersoft.
"We have launched this initiative to further support projects around the world in light of current market conditions," commented Powersoft's Fabrizio Romani Bolzoni, Powersoft sales distributor manager. “This launch will allow anyone in the chain to benefit from a discount, additional support and allow them to optimize their investment in audio system installation.”
After registration, registrants will receive a confirmation email and will be contacted by authorized personnel to receive information on the benefits they will be entitled to.
"This is our way of further assisting the AV industry, along with the extended warranties launched at the beginning of this year and last years’ service plan," commented Bolzoni. "This initiative will allow us to prov

 
prolightsCGS extends inventory with Prolights panels
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Germany - Dry hire company CGS GmbH, based in southern Germany, has chosen Prolights EclPanel TWC and EclPanelTWCJr, widely expanding its dry hire inventory in TV and film lighting.
Christian Geyer, managing director of CGS, comments, "With the Prolights EclPanel TWC and TWCJr we have a very mobile solution in our stock. The fixture impressed us with its high light output and its excellent source quality. In addition, the panels include several features that make our everyday work easier, such as an integrated power supply and W-DMX. This makes these fixtures a no-brainer for many projects where exactly these requirements for quality, mobility and performance prevail."
The EclPanel TWC and TWCJr were designed to ‘meet extremely high colour rendering values’. They also come with various pre-programmed and customisable effects.

 
 
saw-group-photo22-kyalamiStage Audio Works on the move in Jo’burg
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

South Africa - Event and entertainment technology solutions supplier Stage Audio Works has relocated to new premises in Kyalami Park, Midrand, Johannesburg.
The move follows a change in strategic direction of the company’s Mitech Direct division (MI retail sales) to a stronger presence online. The new business model has enabled SAW to reorganise operations in a way that reduces the requirement for physical space overall whilst deploying more resources in key areas for increased profitability.
“We are fortunate in that our business has remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” states SAW group CEO, Will Deysel. “However, to ensure that, we’ve had to remain agile and react quickly; one of our early decisions was to move Mitech Direct to a predominantly online sales model, which has prompted our relocation to new, appropriately sized premises in Kyalami Park.”
The business is split across two buildings; one that houses sales, distribution and service operations including a showroom that showcases SAW’s full portfolio; and the other that houses manufacturing for SAW’s own brands along with a dedicated showroom.
“The move will be beneficial for our business in a number of ways,” continues Deysel. “In addition to providing significant cost savings on the physical space, it’s also an excellent opportunity to streamline our warehousing and operations and we’ve invested in automated storage and racking to facilitate that. We’re also delighted to unveil a new showroom for our own product ranges in the manufacturing b

 
riggingRigging Team supports Rose Bruford event
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

UK - Independent providers of specialist rigging services, Rigging Team, have been working with students at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, helping deliver a live event staged at the college.
Created as an opportunity to study working as part of a live production crew, the show allowed students to gain valuable experience, experimenting with a range of professional, industry equipment.
Rigging Team managing director, Adam Searle comments, “Rigging Team are proud to have donated equipment in support of the project at Rose Bruford. Along with the regular training and tuition we provide, we’re always keen to help deliver experiences such as this to students looking to become part of our industry.”
The company provided a number of their EXE-Rise Hoists with Out Board Electronics controllers, plus cabling to the event. The hoists were of particular use, allowing the crew to easily configure and secure the trusses, without the need for working at height. The ability to manoeuvre the truss down to a safe level and angle, meant that access to the truss mounted fixtures was made both quick and simple.
Describing the event, student Daniel Holland, technical manager for the project, said, “We created a live show featuring a band and DJ, which was livestreamed, as social distancing restrictions prevented us from having an audience. The equipment, kindly provided by Rigging Team, was used to fly four angled trusses, containing a mixture of intelligent washes and beam fixtures, as well as VDO Sceptrons.”
In the absence of

 
 
ibcIBC Show 2021 rescheduled for December
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

The Netherlands - IBC Show 2021 has been rescheduled to take place on 3-6 December at RAI Amsterdam, moving from its usual slot in September.
Health and safety were key factors behind the decision, with the IBC operations team focused on creating a safe environment.
IBC chief executive Michael Crimp explains: “Following a period of industry consultation, the IBC Partnership Board has agreed that December is the best date in terms of safety and industry readiness to engage. Our conclusion is based on the results of the recent IBC exhibitor and visitor surveys and macro evidence of Europe opening up for business. We really value the feedback and candid input of our community - we have always been ‘by the industry, for the industry’, and this ethos continues to guide our daily decision-making process.”
IBC has surveyed visitors and exhibitors, and two thirds of respondents said assurance of robust onsite health and safety protocols would encourage them to attend, with vaccination passport entry by far the most popular measure.
Some 86% of the respondents said they were very likely, and 13% - likely, to have been vaccinated by December. Two thirds of respondents already feel they are ready to travel, and a vast majority expect any corporate travel restriction policies to be updated by the end of the summer.
Further, macro trends point to accelerated vaccine roll out and opening of borders across IBC’s core markets over the next six months, says IBC. EU commission data shows that Europe is now on track to achieve its 70% vaccinatio

 
seftonLiverpool pilot events have 'no impact' on COVID spread
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

UK - Liverpool Public Health officials and scientists have found the city’s pilot events did not cause any detectable spread of COVID-19 across the region.
The city hosted four successful events as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP), with a total of 13,258 people attending The Good Business Festival, two nightclub events hosted by Circus and the Sefton Park Pilot music festival.
All attendees were required to take a lateral flow test ahead of the event - a negative test would allow them access. Five people with the COVID-19 virus were identified through this process and were not allowed to attend.
Ticketholders were encouraged to take a PCR test on the day of the event, and a second one five days later.
This process identified four people as possibly having the virus at an event; and a further seven were identified with the virus four to seven days after they attended an event. Of those who tested positive, two attended the music festival, nine attended the nightclub and none attended the business festival. The study claims that many of the cases were friends who meet outside of events and may not have been infected at an event itself.
Everyone who tested positive was successfully followed up by the contact tracing team. Scientists found the testing, data and contact tracing systems worked well, with key information being available to public health teams before the events, which allowed contacts of potential cases to be traced quickly.
The research team also found that between 25 per cent and 43 per cent of peop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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