The Netherlands - AV technology tradeshow Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 completed a 15-year residency at the Amsterdam RAI expo centre with a special event held on the show’s last day, 14 February (Friday).
Politicians and executives saluted the venue and the city of Amsterdam while looking ahead to the future, with the tradeshow set to move to the Fira de Barcelona for its 2021 edition.
Despite health concerns brought about by the coronavirus outbreak and major travel disruption caused by Storm Ciara, ISE 2020 took place as planned, but with markedly lower attendance of 52,128 unique visitors compared to 81,268 in 2019.
Mike Blackman, MD of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “This year’s show demonstrated to us just how determined our attendees were to come to ISE. Many of our exhibitors exceeded their targets for customer engagement and lead generation. The show has delivered on all fronts: as the global industry’s biggest annual forum, as a launchpad for new solutions, as a place to do business, and as a source of professional development and education.”
On the Main Stage, jointly organised by ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA and AV Magazine, expert speakers offered thought leadership on a wide range of topics. The largest AV Career Day ever also took place at the show, with over 170 students and faculty from 12 different universities across five countries taking part in the event, organised by AVIXA and CEDIA. Presentations, discussions and show floor visits gave participants a real flavour of the wide variety of career paths that th
UK - Stage and theatre drapes manufacturer J&C Joel has appointed Lauren Kellett as its new chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Nick Warton, who will leave the business in December after almost four years of service.
Kellett will helm J&C Joel’s Finance and IT department, assuming full responsibility for the company’s finances including planning, reporting and auditing. Working closely alongside the rest of the senior management team, she will support business growth across the world.
James Wheelwright, CEO of J&C Joel added: “On behalf of the company, I would like to welcome Lauren to J&C Joel. Her experience in the finance industry, as well as her knowledge of fabrics is very valuable to our team here at J&C Joel and I have every confidence she will be a great addition to our senior management team. We have expanded significantly in recent years and are currently working on a brand-new catalogue to showcase our innovative products and services to our clients around the world.”
Kellett brings 13 years of experience to the organisation, having worked for some of the biggest names in finance, most recently as director of finance at West Yorkshire-based textiles firm, Camira Fabrics. She was also finance manager for Colliers International (UK) and spent two years within the London Audit team at BDO, a major accounting firm with a global presence.
She comments: “I am delighted to join the team at J&C Joel, the company has such a rich heritage and is well respected within the events industry. The team has
UK - Penn Elcom has announced that RGB Communications will be distributing its full range of 19-inch racking enclosures and associated accessories.
The move is in line with RGB’s goal of being a one-stop shop for AV racking solutions. In addition Penn Elcom’s various products for the AV market, along with its 19” ranges, complement, RGB’s existing product portfolios in the residential and commercial sectors.
Caroline Britt, RGB Communications MD, comments: “As a high-quality UK-based manufacturer with great support and a reputation for quick turnarounds on bespoke projects, as well as its practical off-the-shelf ranges, we are a good match.”
Penn’s sales director Rob Platt, adds: “We look forward to a busy and proactive working relationship with RGB. With 29 years’ experience in the pro AV industry built on understanding the products they distribute, we think RGB will be great Penn Elcom brand ambassadors and a solid partner for the continuous development of our various 19-inch ranges.”
Highlights from Penn Elcom’s range of 19” rack enclosures and accessories include free-standing and wall racks, rack panels with assorted CNC machined magnetic faceplates, and wall-mounted media device brackets, ideal for home audio and cinema installations.
In the last 12 months, new Penn 19” racking innovations have included the R6400-RHF Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack enclosure and several new 19” products, scheduled for launch in the coming months.
The Netherlands - Funktion-One has launched two compact loudspeaker models – the F5 speaker and the SB8 bass unit.
The Funktion-One F5 offers a balanced and natural sound quality that’s not often found in loudspeakers of its size, says the company. The F5’s ultra compact dimensions and high output mean it is suited to a wide range of applications, including distributed public address systems, bars and restaurants, as well as domestic applications, such as home cinemas, desktop monitoring and home music systems.
The F5 features a Funktion-One bespoke wide-range, high-sensitivity 5” driver, an integrated high pass filter for low frequency protection, angled cabinet design for desktop use and a 3/8” microphone stand mount.
The Funktion-One SB8 is a compact, yet powerful and convincing bass unit. It is suitable for applications where a conventionally sized subwoofer is too large or obtrusive, such as in bars, restaurants, retail and galleries, as well as domestic applications.
The dynamic and musical SB8 features a high-sensitivity 8” bass driver and requires no EQ or controller, only crossover filters. A self-powered version will be available soon.
Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews said: “We’re very happy to introduce the F5 and SB8 at ISE 2020. Though they are small in size, they are capable of the high-performance standards that we demand from all of our loudspeaker innovations.”
The Netherlands - Renkus-Heinz highlighted the premium quality audio offered by beam steering technology – effectively positioning more integrators and end users for performance in their businesses. Through key offerings in the Renkus-Heinz line, steerable solutions are now feasible integration options in more locations and more types of facilities.
“We’re showcasing the enabling technologies that allow integrators to introduce cutting-edge audio performance into additional locations,” said Matt Czyzewski, president of Renkus-Heinz. “We’ve engineered our offerings to provide effective and efficient installation, as well as intuitive setup and configuration. We aim to make digitally steerable audio accessible to all types of integrations – no matter the size, shape, or location construction.”
With the DC12/2 and ICLive X series – and the supporting technologies and services provided by Renkus-Heinz – office spaces, small-to-medium sized performance spaces, retail and hospitality, athletic facilities, education spaces, houses of worship, and more can now harness the power of beam steering in their facilities.
Key to improving the access to steerable solutions is the DC12/2 ultra-compact, steerable self-powered column array. The DC12/2 brings clarity, intelligibility, and control synonymous with Renkus-Heinz’ legendary digitally steered line arrays to smaller, but equally challenging, spaces.
An impressive supporting technology built for the DC12/2 is the capability to setup the speaker via smartphone or tablet. This allow
USA - Design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks has named lighting designer Roland Greil and Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar as the keynote speakers for the fifth Vectorworks Design Summit. This year’s Summit will have two firsts: an entertainment design keynote speaker and a West Coast location.
From 22-24 April 2020 in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will be able to participate in industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, inspiring keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.
Sarkar, with the support of Vectorworks staff will deliver the first keynote on 23 April. His talk Simplicity to Design the Complex will focus on Vectorworks’ strategies to see where the company and products are headed, including partnerships, acquisitions and emerging technologies.
“With design trends constantly evolving, we must remain at the forefront of new strategies and technology, giving our customers and users more reasons to feel empowered and confident in their designs,” said Dr. Sarkar. “The Vectorworks Design Summit continues to be the best opportunity to share how we’re supporting designers to create projects that push the limits of what’s been done before.”
On 24 April, Greil of Woodroffe Bassett Design will address all industry professionals in his talk Design Efficiency in Complex Conditions focusing on how to stay efficient when
UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced the introduction of two new awards to the Concerts & Events category for the 2020 ceremony. The new awards are being added to the line-up to accommodate the ever-evolving high standards of production in live events.
The new Award for Festival Headliner, sponsored by Ayrton, will be open to submissions for any festival headline set that has been designed with additional packages without relying solely on the use of the pre-installed festival rig. To accommodate the entire festival season, eligible performances will have been performed between 1 January and 31 December 2019, and the closing date for submissions is 30 June 2020.
Long-standing Concert & Events chair Jess Allan says, "We have seen such incredible growth in festival design over the last few years, with more and more designers implementing their own rigs and equipment to put on a spectacle. Following some of the ground-breaking festival shows that were staged last year, we feel that now is the time to introduce this award."
The existing Award for Events in the Concerts & Events category will, from 2020 onwards, be split into two separate awards - the Award for Event Lighting Design, sponsored by DTS, and The Award for Event Digital Content. Lastly for the Concerts & Events category, the existing Award for Video Content, sponsored by disguise, will be renamed the Digital & Video Content Award, and will be open to digital and video content designs from all concert sizes: Club, Stage and Arena.
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South Africa - DWR Distribution will present its first official MA3 basic training course from 25 to 26 February in Johannesburg.
Presented by DWR’s Jannie de Jager, the two-day workshop will focus on familiarising the operator with the basic functions of the grandMA3 software and lighting consoles, as well as the operating philosophy. The content will include patching, presets, phasers and timecode. The course will also touch on networking aspects of the MA3 family.
Delegates are requested to bring a MA3 console or MA3onPC Software on a laptop with an additional screen and a valid ID.
The course will be held at DWR Distribution, C1 Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The cost is R1,200 and includes a light lunch and refreshments. Bookings will be confirmed once payment has been received.
Bookings on-line: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/ma3-basic-training-february-2020/
UK - LVR Optical will host a laser safety training for operators, installers and manufacturers of laser products.
Taking place on 2 March at Hunton Park Hotel near Watford, the event will cover a range of topics relevant to the light show and entertainment industry, including hazards associated with the use of lasers; how to design safe shows and effects; and how to prepare risk assessments and working with the local authorities. The session will also include coverage of the British Standards Institute’s PD IEC/TR 60825-3 document relating to laser effect safety, and PLASA’s own laser display safety guidance.
The laser safety course will be hosted by James Stewart, an expert in the field with 25-year experience gained through working with entertainment venues and show providers. He will offer attendees valuable insights into necessary safety requirements and undertaking the precautions necessary to stage safe and enjoyable laser effect installations.
On the topic of audience scanning - where laser effects are intentionally directed at the audience - the training session will introduce factors that must be considered and the process necessary to determine how much laser light is safe to view for these types of effects. Course attendees wishing to further develop their knowledge of safe audience scanning may attend a separate workshop session, taking place on 27 April.
All attendees will receive a reference manual and certificate of attendance, whilst participants that take part in the optional end-of-day course exam will receive a further e
The Netherlands - Shure has announced a firmware update (version 4.1) that provides additional functionality for multiple products in its Networked Systems portfolio. This update includes compatibility with Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager (DDM), compatibility enhancements with leading third-party software and hardware videoconferencing codecs, and AES67 networking compatibility for products utilizing the UltimoX chipset.
The expanded support for additional third-party video codecs includes Cisco, Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams, providing programming-free USB mute sync compatibility with the IntelliMix P300 and ANIUSB-MATRIX.
“This firmware update adds new features and capabilities that the market demands,” says Chad Wiggins, senior director networked systems at Shure.
With Dante Domain Manager compatibility included in firmware release 4.1, Shure products including the Microflex Advance MXA910 and MXA310 Array Microphones, the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and the ANI Audio Network Interfaces are now able to take advantage of Audinate’s network management software made especially for Dante-enabled devices - making audio networking more secure and scalable across an entire campus or enterprise.
Europe - The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the upcoming AES Vienna 148th International Professional Audio Convention, taking place at the Austria Center on 25-28 May. Early registration discounts are available through 29 February for the dedicated European pro audio event that celebrates ‘A World of Audio’.
AES Vienna attendees will experience “stellar, leading-edge recordings - including VR productions from the Abbey Road Spatial Audio Forum and examples of immersive music and game audio - presented with production insights from the engineers who brought the projects to life”. Legacy productions will be examined, such as the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Core audio topics and the technology of today and tomorrow will be explored, including audio for new distribution platforms like Magic Leap.
The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Europe and global media brand TNW (The Next Web) have announced a multi-year strategic relationship aimed at bringing the best of tech and innovation to ISE 2021 and its new Barcelona home.
Formed in 2006 and now one of the world’s largest online media brands, TNW is primarily known for its news outlet thenextweb.com and award-winning tech event TNW Conference. The company also incorporates a co-working label, a global startup database and delivers custom innovation programmes to corporates and governments. The annual TNW conference in Amsterdam attracts senior executives from the world’s leading business and technology brands.
As part of ISE’s 2021 edition at Gran Via, Fira de Barcelona, on 2-5 February, TNW will programme three new content tracks focused on technology and its impact on society. This will run in parallel to the Professional Development Programme produced by ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA, media partners and associations.
Pieter Paul van Oerle, strategy director at TNW, commented: “We're excited to be joining forces with the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration in shaping their next generation of conferences in their new hometown. Injecting the special TNW tech festival vibe into this world-leading event is a huge win for both of our organisations and audiences.”
For ISE 2021 TNW will produce three distinct tracks exploring scalability, business development, government legislation, and innovation. The TNW programme will be curated by TNW’s content editors, working c
The Netherlands - The OCA Alliance has added Adamson Systems Engineering as its latest member company.
“Adamson has stepped up as a major advocate in the media networking development and standards arena,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell, “Their support of the AES70 standard in recent product developments is a significant milestone for the industry. Needless to say, we are extremely pleased to welcome them into the alliance.”
Commenting for Adamson Systems Engineering, head of product and technology, Brian Fraser states: “As an audio manufacturer, we recognise the immense benefit open source protocols offer to the industry as a whole. Open Control Architecture is a protocol we've been investing in for a while and we're happy our choice has been validated and standardised by the AES as AES70.”
ISE 2020 sees a significant number of new AES70 announcements and offerings, with the alliance showcasing several new AES70 enabled products on its booth (7-H250), alongside developer tools and resources supporting the development and integration of the AES70 into new and existing media networking products.
Included amongst these are the RA-ES70DSP04 from Profusion, a 4x6 DSP module with built in web-server, designed specifically for AES70 remote control, targeted at powered speakers, power amplifiers, networked microphones and audio effects gear. The design tools enable rapid configuration of DSP blocks, which include key audio algorithms such as Parametric EQ, Compressor-limiter and Time Alignment Delay, plus many others e
USA - Solotech was recently recognised with the Parnelli Award as Lighting Company of the Year for their work supporting P!nk’s The Beautiful Trauma world tour. This marks the fourth Parnelli Award won by Solotech in recent years.
The 19th edition of the Parnelli Awards were held on 17 January in Anaheim during The NAMM Show.
In attendance was Martin Tremblay, CEO of Solotech, who commented on the recognition of the company and its team. “I was very pleased to be able to attend the Parnelli Awards and support our team in Live Productions, as well as the many Solotech clients that were nominated. We take a tremendous amount of pride as a company in the Live Production team and the support they provide to clients around the globe.”
“We are very honoured to have so many nominations this year and are truly proud of this win for our lighting support on P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma tour. Our work is a team effort both within Solotech and with our clients. We would like to thank everyone who voted for Solotech,” adds Mickey Curbishley, president, Live Productions Division, US & UK at Solotech. “We would like to especially thank Baz Halpin and his team at Silent House, Roger Davies and Malcom Weldon for placing their trust in Solotech and our amazing lighting team.
“We would also like to recognise lighting director, Steve Schwind and the extremely talented lighting crew for their hard work and dedication. I also want to congratulate Paul Becher. His win as Video Director of the Year is very well-deserved. Paul’s work on
Europe - LG Electronics and German Light Products (GLP) are among the companies to announce their withdrawal from next week’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Seoul-based LG Electronics, one of the show’s top 250 exhibitors, was the first to announce that it will not be attending the exhibition.
“LG regrets having to make this difficult decision but the safety of its employees and customers continues to be its number one priority,” said a company statement. “With the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending that individuals ‘promote social distancing’, LG management believed that the most responsible decision is to avoid participating in large public events until the situation stabilizes.”
GLP’s CEO and founder Udo Künzler stated: “As I’m sure you know, business meetings and exhibitions are some of the highlights of our year at GLP, and we were looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Amsterdam at ISE!
“However, as we do not want to bear the current risk to the health of our customers and employees due to the Coronavirus, we have decided after careful consideration to cancel our participation in ISE altogether.
“This decision was not easy for us, but considering the known consequences of a possible Coronavirus infection, we came to the clear conclusion that we do not want to impose this on anyone in our personal or business environment. We know what really counts in life and today we decide in favour of the health of our visitors, em
USA - The 2020 New World Rigging Symposium will take place 31 March - 1 April in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo.
The event provides an opportunity to learn from those at the top of their field, to network with their peers, and discuss current issues and new technologies. A complete schedule, session descriptions and a link to register are available at www.esta.org/nwrs.
Jeanette Farmer kicks off the symposium with the keynote address. Her career spans more than three decades of professional theatre technical support, show production, concert/theatre lighting design, theatre design consulting and themed entertainment project management. She will be followed by a session on video wall rigging, featuring three speakers with extensive experience in this area: Joe Clayton of Stage Rigging, Tony Galuppi of PRG, and Stefan Pries of Creative Technology.
Three experts on performer flying will focus on emergency response and rescue plans: Fred Caron from Cirque du Soleil, Stu Cox of Sapsis Rigging, and Jim Shumway from TAIT.
Joe Champelli of Entertainment Projects, Pete Svitavksy of Wenger/JR Clancy and Nils Becker of ETC will discuss the differences between automation and motorisation.
There will be an opportunity to put questions to four of the industry’s most respected engineers: Tim Franklin of Theta Consulting, Bill Gorlin of McLaren Engineering, Miriam Paschetto of Geiger Engineers, and Jeff Reder of Clark Reder Engineering.
Sponsors for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium are: Stage Rigging
The Netherlands - ADJ will be using the up-coming ISE to host the European debut of a variety the company’s latest professional lighting and LED video products. These will include the next evolution of the popular Vizi Beam moving head series, a new range of LED-powered ellipsoidals, the latest addition to the Hydro Series of IP65-rated moving heads and a complete new range of LED video panels.
ADJ’s new ‘VS’ Vision Series of LED video panels offers a versatile modular solution that has been developed to make life easier for video professionals installing LED walls on either a temporary or permanent basis. Each model in the range features four individual modules, which are both front and rear serviceable, making it suitable for temporary hanging as well as permanent installation.
The Focus Series is ADJ’s range of feature-packed and compact LED-powered moving head fixtures. The new Focus Spot 5Z harnesses the power of a brilliant 200W cool white LED engine to generate potent mid-air beam effects and vibrant surface projections.
Joining the Focus Series as its new flagship, the Focus Spot 6Z boasts a powerful 300W cool white LED engine and pairs it with precision-engineered optics to create an impressively sharp and bright output. While still retaining a compact design, this is ADJ’s most feature rich Focus Series moving head to date.
Bringing a dedicated wash luminaire to the Focus Series for the first time, the new Focus Wash 400 features a 400W HEX LED engine (red, green, blue, amber, cyan and lime) that generates an output of
China/The Netherlands - In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak in China, ROE Visual has decided to take only its international teams to the ISE exhibition in Amsterdam and leave the team located at its headquarters in Shenzhen at home.
“There is no doubt that both the RAI and the ISE trade show organisation take all the necessary precautions to ensure that the trade show visit is safe for visitors, but part of that safety is in our own hands and we felt that we as a company should show our common responsibility and contribute in our own way,” states Jason Lu, general manager for ROE Visual.
“That is why we have decided to cancel the visit to ISE for all our Chinese-based staff. This was not an easy decision, but it’s made out of respect and care to all our visitors, clients and the overseas colleagues. We send our best wishes to everybody. Be safe and healthy.”
ROE Visual will be introducing a range of new products at ISE, all designed using the latest LED technologies.
The Netherlands - UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board will demo further workflow enhancements to the TiMax SoundHub software, along with the new TiMax TrackerD4 Precision Stagetracking system for realtime automated spatial mixing control and effects animation.
TiMax SoundHub will be demo’d with its powerful new HARDCore FPGA processing.
With AutoCalc, TiMax spatial objects can be instant auto-calculated in 3D from a map of the venue and readily adapted for all shapes and sizes of presentation and experiential spaces, stages, auditoria and sound system configurations. As well as AutoCalc, also unique to TiMax workflow is the ability to “get under the hood” allowing image definition spatialisation objects to be manually fine-tuned by the user, or even subjectively crafted for special applications.
The Netherlands - Elation Professional will present its expanded line of award-winning Artiste series of theatrical-grade moving heads, as well as its Fuze line, during ISE in Amsterdam (11-14 February). Lighting professionals can see both at stand 7-S209.
Meanwhile, Obsidian Control Systems invites designers, programmers and operators are invited to check out Dylos, a new pixel composer that offers all-new creative possibilities in pixel-mapping.
The Artiste Mondrian is the brightest full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date. It offers extreme output with high centre intensity and narrow-beam angles, a comprehensive FX package with endless framing, and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor colour mixing system. Providing over 50,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Mondrian features a large 226mm (8 7/8”) front lens and has the power to cut through at great distances.
The Artiste Rembrandt is a bright, full-featured LED wash fixture with endless framing that offers outstanding output, optimized wash field and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor engine. Providing up to 51,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Rembrandt is suitable for “any application requiring superior wash output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunning colours”.
Used in top venues such as The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Artiste Monet is a 45,000-lumen LED Profile luminaire with innovative CMYRGB SpectraColor system.
UK - Registration is now open for the 2020 PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, the popular trade event for live entertainment technology.
Returning to Leeds’ Royal Armouries on 12-13 May, the free-to-attend show not only offers a showcase of the very latest technology, it also serves as a vital meeting point for the industry, where lasting connections are made, says PLASA.
Spanning audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, 200+ brands will present their key products and solutions, including several debuts following major international launches.
Lighting manufacturers at the show will include Chauvet Professional, Elation Professional, GLP, Robe Lighting, and Vari-Lite & Strand, whilst featuring from the pro audio sector will be Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One, Martin Audio, RCF, Sennheiser and Shure. Plenty of rigging and staging brands will also be present - those include Area Four Industries, Doughty Engineering, Gerriets, J&C Joel, and UK Rigging.
PLASA Focus Leeds will welcome several new and returning faces for its 2020 edition, including Void Acoustics, who debuted at the PLASA Show 2019; audio manufacturers Apt-GB and Cloud Electronics, BeamZ Lighting, and network specialists Riedel Communications.
Running alongside the two show halls will be a diverse programme of talks, interactive panels and practical training sessions. Visitors can hear from influential creatives as they reveal their biggest
The Netherlands - At ISE 2020, Yamaha will be highlighting its support for both the entertainment and enterprise markets with its range of high end, integrated solutions.
Yamaha’s digital mixing systems will be on show, including Rivage PM and the latest V5.5 firmware for CL/QL series digital mixers, which supports ProVisionaire Control/Touch, the latest version 3.6.0 enabling complete control over the entire network chain, from mixers through to amplifiers (including Yamaha’s PC Series and the Nexo NXAMP4X4MK2), processors and speakers.
The new white models of the flagship DZR/CZR series loudspeakers and DXS XLF/CXS XLF subwoofers will also be shown in Europe for the first time, following their launch at the NAMM Show in January. The powered DZR range comprises eight full-range models and four DXS XLF subwoofers, including ‘D’ versions that feature onboard Dante IN/OUT capability. Sharing the same cabinet and speaker components as the DZR/DXS XLF models, the passive CZR/CXS XLF models are perfectly matched with Yamaha’s all new PC-D range of amplifiers to deliver very high power-handling and focused, professional sound.
All DZR/CZR and DXS XLF/CXS XLF models will be available in white as well as the existing black finish, providing more options for a greater variety of uses, such as hotel banquets, houses of worship and auditoriums, where a high quality audio system needs to blend into the design of the space.
Yamaha will also be highlighting its wide-ranging Audioversity education content at ISE, with a variety of training sessions
UK - Le Mark has launched MagTape Ultra-Matt, an environment-focused gaffer tape.
For many years, the company had sought to find ways of reducing its impact on the environment, working to provide its customers a choice when it comes to the use of tapes and consideration for the world.
“The ultimate aim was to produce a biodegradable or recyclable gaffer tape,” explains Le Mark’s managing director, Stuart Gibbons. “But like many industries trying to go green, we found the technology to make it affordable just wasn’t there for us yet. But, there must be something we could do.”
Determined not to give up, the team began to re-think how gaffer tape could be made. Going back to basics, they reviewed everything that went into the make-up of a traditional gaffer tape and the processes in its production.
After years of testing and collaboration between Le Mark and one of its primary manufacturing plants, they made “a huge leap forward”.
By stripping back chemicals and streamlining its manufacturing process, Le Mark has introduced MagTape Ultra Matt, a 100% toluene free, low VOC gaffer tape that’s been produced with reduced chemical release agents, using an energy efficient manufacturing process. It is completed with a natural rubber based, residue resistant adhesive and supplied with widely recyclable packaging.
South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting a workshop with Roland Greil, lighting designer, director and programmer for artists such as Rammstein, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Adele and Spandau Ballett.
The event takes place on 18 February at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, with Greil sharing the stage with local lighting designer Joshua Cutts.
The workshop will concentrate on lighting design for concert touring. “We will look at a few recent and past projects with a particular emphasis on the Rammstein production which I have worked on since 2019. I look forward to sharing an insightful view of the creation process as well as efficiently getting from the first sketches to the final show.”
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution comments: “This is a wonderful opportunity for South Africans to learn from one of the top lighting designers in the world. If you are in the entertainment industry, the workshop will be presented free of charge and we’d love to see you there. You will walk away feeling inspired and enlightened.”
While entry is free of charge, refreshments and eats will be available for purchase at Café Familia, the coffee shop based at The Mosaïek Teatro.
Booking is via dwrdistribution.co.za.