PL+S: ACME and Highlite join list of exhibitors to withdraw
Friday, 13 March 2020
Europe - ACME Lighting and Highlite International are the latest companies to announce that they will no longer be exhibiting at the postponed Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this May, due to the health risks posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“At this moment, the entire entertainment industry is experiencing huge challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to the virus,” says Marco Galli, EMEA sales director at ACME Lighting. “We take the health of our staff and customers very seriously. Well-being and containment of COVID-19 is our duty and priority, and therefore, regretfully, we are forced to cancel plans to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Highlite reads: “We have decided not to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020. The new dates after the postponement of the fair do not fit within our plans and vision of the industry. It is not an easy decision because every year we are eager to talk to our customers and contacts and to show our new products. Of course, the health of visitors and our employees comes first, which is why we respect the choice of Prolight+Sound.”
Both companies remain focussed on developing new products. “We would like to reassure our friends and partners that ACME is continuing to innovate and manufacture within the current restrictions and taking into account the safety of all of our team,” Galli continues. “We will keep all of our stakeholders informed and up-to-date in the coming weeks as we respond to COVID-19.”
Highlite says: “Don't worry, with the campaign 'Highlite, the heartbeat of your show' we will be bringing new products from our brands Showtec, DAP, DMT, Infinity and Artecta to your attention in the near future!”
As exhibitors continue to assess their plans for PL+S, companies who have so far formally withdrawn include: ACME Lighting, Adam Hall, Allen & Heath, Artistic Licence, Ayrton, Chauvet Professional, CLF Lighting, Coda Audio, d&b audiotechnik, DTS, ETC, High End Systems, Highlite International, JB Lighting, L-Acoustics, Martin Audio, Nexo, Robe Lighting, Robert Juliat, Roe Visual, Vari-Lite and Strand, and Yamaha Music Europe.
(LSi Online)

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