SIEL 2002
Tuesday, 5 March 2002
The SIEL show certainly had a buzz to it this year: most exhibitors were pretty upbeat about business in general and attendance seemed good, but the organisers’ claim of just under 25,000 visitors (unaudited) over the four days is still a little hard to swallow when compared with the audited, de-duped attendance figures of other shows. Percentages are more reliable in the circumstances, and in terms of international attendance, the published figure of just under 5% indicates that this is still a predominantly French show, but a highly successful one at that.

LIGHTING

Impact Diffusion distributes lighting brands such as Clay Paky, MA Lighting, Pulsar, ELC, Color Kinetics and Rainbow. News from the stand at SIEL included the very latest addition to Clay Paky’s Stage Line of moving head fixtures - the Stage Profile Plus SV. This HMI 1200 fixture features an impressive new patent pending four-plane framing system which can create large and small dynamic quadrilateral and triangular profiles, framed moving images and 90° rotation of the entire system, together with all the other features you would expect from a fixture of this level. Pulsar’s Snowy Johnson reports an excellent response to the company’s ChromaRange of LED fixtures, the latest addition to which is the ChromaPanel, an LED-loaded colour-changing panel.

US manufacturer Color Kinetics, the fiercely protective pioneer of LED colour-changing technology, is a stablemate at Impact. Its line of highly-engineered fixtures is aimed predominantly at architectural installations.

MA Lighting showed its grandMA lighting control system, including the 3D visualiser which we saw at LDI in Orlando late last year (see L&SI December 2001). Since then, software developments have included the addition of colour mixing to the views and an enhanced fixture library. MA’s Marcus Krömer reports that the response to this package has been very positive.

Another brand represented on the Impact stand was Oxo, and its Con’dome and Flightdome weather-proof covers for projectors. Adda Super Cases is the UK distributor for these popular products, and Adda’s Derrick Saunders was present, looking very much at home in the company of his former colleagues at Pulsar and Clay Paky.

Anytronics was showing its very reliable dimming and switching wares on the stand of distributor Areco, highlighting the latest addition to its 193 range of dimmers, the SmartDIM. This is a front-panel menu-driven, 10 or 12 amps per channel dimmer pack which has received a good response since its launch at PLASA 2001.

Flying Pig Systems was on the stand of distributor ESL, showing one of the hottest new product introductions of 2001, the Wholehog 3, also covered in our review of LDI. Hugh Davies Webb was in almost continuous demo mode, highlighting the huge amount of interest this latest development has generated.

Hermann Sorger of Lighting Innovation was showing the company’s latest product, the Motoryoke 2, a heavier-duty version of the Motoryoke. The original Motoryoke has been selling well: 60 units have gone to Northern Light for installation at Singapore’s Theatre on the Bay. Sorger also reports that the company has now brought all its manufacturing in-house, allowing for greater quality control.

Robert Juliat showed several new products, chief among them the Topaze 1200W MSR followspot which joins the Marius as part of the Provence family of products. Main features include cold strike, MSR or MSD 1200W lamp, 7-14° beam angle and the same high quality optics as the company’s SX range.

SIEL provided the European launchpad for ETC’s sophisticated Emphasis control system, which integrates a control console (Expression and Express models) with the Emmy Award-winning WYSIWYG design and visualization toolbox and the power of the ETCNet2 networking system. The latest WYSIWYG software also received its European debut. The main advance, according to developers CAST Lighting, is its re-


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