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currentrmsplasaglasgowCurrent RMS updates roadmap revealed at PLASA Focus Glasgow
Friday, 5 January 2018

UK - Current RMS representatives are looking to meet new faces and catch up with existing customers at PLASA Focus Glasgow on 17-18 January at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC). The company will be sharing its latest feature releases for its rental management system and provide more information on the upcoming ones.
Current added over 14 updates to its cloud rental management system, including the well-received Serialised Containers feature that allows users to create permanent kits of serialised assets sent out together, and add them to a job with one scan.
In September, the company also launched Global Check-in, giving users the ability to scan in various assets across multiple jobs from one screen.
Current RMS already has a number of additional features in the development pipeline for 2018. With users of the system invited to submit and vote for their favourite ideas on Current’s online customer wish list.
The Current RMS team will occupy stand D18 at PLASA Focus Glasgow.
(Jim Evans)

RMG’s Korbyt platform breaks new ground
Wednesday, 3 January 2018


The Netherlands - RMG Networks will launch its content management system (CMS) Korbyt at ISE 2018.
The platform enables organisations to communicate to multiple users on different formats from a single platform, whether via AV LED displays, regular screens, desktop computers or mobile devices.
Supported by the most popular web technologies and able to run on any JavaScript-based technology, Korbyt can be integrated into any IT infrastructure, with a mobile application available on iOS and Android.
The platform is flexible enough though to be tailored to individual users, making it ideal for delivering personal messages, whether that’s a bolt-on promotion to a retail customer for a recent purchase, a tailored message about performance to an employee, or news about what is available to a hotel visitor.
The scalability and flexibility of Korbyt means that it can be used effectively by all sizes of organisations needing to communicate and engage with an audience. Customers can use the platform on premise or from the Cloud, suiting the needs of SMEs up to multi-destination international businesses.
Speaking about the launch, Robert Michelson, president and chief executive officer of RMG says: “We are very proud of the work we have done to bring Korbyt to our customers. This launch marks a genuine step forward when it comes to managing a digital signage network and we believe Korbyt is the leading visual CMS platform on the market today. The digital signage industry is evolving rapidly, and leading technology packages such as Korby

 
 
chuck-berryThe Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Film on Hold - A controversial French film about the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, in which 89 people died, has been put on hold. Broadcaster France 2 said the love story Ce soir-la (That Night), would be postponed until victims' associations had been "widely consulted". Claire Peltier, whose partner David was among those killed, has called for the "scandalous" film to be shelved. She has started a petition to block the film, attracting 39,000 signatures. She said it was too soon for "such a painful" story.
France 2 said the film was still being edited, adding: "No transmission date had been fixed for the film..., which has not yet been seen by the station's management." Arthur Denouveaux, from the victims' group Life For Paris, told the Agence France Presse news agency: "Even if we have never asked for censorship, we are glad that modesty and restraint have prevailed."
Northern Lights - An 80m (260ft) long water fountain on the River Tyne will form the centrepiece of the launch of the Great Exhibition of the North, it has been announced. The attraction will be situated between the Tyne and Millennium bridges, which span Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides, with the first display on 22 June. It will be sound-tracked by three specially-commissioned pieces of music. Organisers hope three million people will visit the £5m exhibition. It aims to highlight art, design and innovation from the north of England and will run for 80 days.
On The Strip - Lady Gaga has announced a two-year residency in Las Vegas

 
esta-logoESTA announces new executive director
Tuesday, 2 January 2018

USA - ESTA has named Erin Grabe to succeed executive director Lori Rubinstein in what is expected to be a year-long transition. Erin is currently ESTA’s assistant technical standards manager and part of the transition involves replacing her in that role.
Erin has been working in technical production in live events since the age of 15, including nine years working for Grand Stage Company as a sales associate, purchasing agent, and project manager. Following that, Erin worked as a freelance lighting technician and board operator for corporate and private events while pursuing a Bachelor of Technology degree in Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology.
Erin began as an intern with ESTA's Technical Standards Program in October of 2012, working as a scribe for some of the task groups writing American National Standards. In early 2013, Erin joined the staff as assistant technical standards manager, working very closely with manager Karl Ruling. Shortly thereafter, she incorporated administration of ESTA’s association management database into her daily responsibilities. Through these duties she has interfaced with ESTA’s staff on all of the association's key programmes and initiatives.
ESTA president, Jules Lauve, states, “Erin has the full support of ESTA’s Board of Directors. We have total faith and confidence in Erin and her capacity to shoulder these new responsibilities.”
Lori Rubinstein reflects, “Thirty years after helping to found the organisation and 28 years after becoming the first employee, it’s tim

 
 
xmasblahSeason's greetings from LSi
Friday, 22 December 2017

UK - Our daily online news service is taking a short break over the holiday season and will resume on 2 January 2018 (Tuesday).
Thank you for reading and supporting LSi both online and in print throughout 2017. From the entire LSi team, we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all good things for 2018!
(LSi Online)

 
abttfellow-2017photo-credit-etnowcomDavid Wilmore receives ABTT fellowship
Wednesday, 20 December 2017

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) awarded Dr David Wilmore an ABTT fellowship at an event backed by ETC and Really Useful Theatres Group and held at the New London Theatre on 8 December.
ABTT fellow Iain Mackintosh paid tribute to Wilmore, who is a leading consultant for historic theatres and the only person in the UK to hold a PhD in 18th & 19th century Stage Machinery.
On receiving his fellowship, Wilmore said: “This is fantastic. It’s been an extraordinary journey from geology to being here today, being involved and meeting so many fantastic people in theatre. Words fail me and I’m really moved to have this honour - and thank you, ABTT.”
The other ABTT fellows are David Adams, Ian Albery, Peter Angier, Jason Barnes, David Blyth, Tony Bond, William Dudley, John Faulkner, Tim Foster, Roger Fox, Chris Higgs, Geoffrey Joyce, Iain Mackintosh, Richard Pilbrow, Peter Roberts, Paul Sadler, John Simpson, David Spink and Mark White.
Originally educated as a geologist at Newcastle University, Wilmore was involved in the restoration of the 19th century stage machinery at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, which fuelled his fascination for old theatres. The three-year project also provided research material used towards his PhD at Hull University.
Completion of his thesis was marred by the news on Christmas Day 1985 that a fire at the venue had resulted in severe damage to the fly tower and the historic stage machinery. Wilmore later formed consultancy practice Theatresearch and its first project was to once

 
 
ed-sheeranThe Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Live in London - The first live acts for The BRITs 2018 have been confirmed: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa will perform at the BRITs show on 21 February.
BRITs chairman Jason Iley said: “I’m very excited to confirm such a strong British line-up as our first four live acts for the main show in 2018: Ed Sheeran has had an exceptional year, across the world and we are thrilled to have him back on the show. Then we have previous Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith returning to our stage following the incredible success of yet another No.1 album this year. Stormzy has had a phenomenal 2017, putting grime firmly on the map with his No. 1 album Gang Signs & Prayer and Dua Lipa has been the biggest British female breakthrough story of the year.”
West End Return - Chicago is to return to the West End next year following a five-year absence. The Kander and Ebb musical will run at the Phoenix Theatre from 26 March, and is booking until 30 June.
Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, closing in 2012. It has been presented in London, New York and on international and UK tours, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler. They said: “This year we celebrated the production’s 21st anniversary and had our most successful year to date. Chicago is as relevant and timely as the day we opened. After spending the last several years touring throughout the UK it feels like we never really left, but we are thrilled to bring the razzle dazzle back to the West End.”
Northern Lights - The Scottish Gov

 
hughston-presentation-to-btsHughston Engineering backs Behind the Scenes
Friday, 15 December 2017

USA - Hughston Engineering, a provider of full-service solutions for events, trade shows, conventions and out-door events, presented its second cheque to Behind the Scenes at LDI, reflecting sales over the past year of their Male and Female SOCAPEX Cable Testers.
The Female Tester features an Edison input, rotary dial for each circuit, 20A circuit breaker, and 6 indicator lights. The Male Tester includes a continuity tester and 6 indicator lights. These products are made in-house by IATSE Local 16 employees and are rigorously tested to ensure the utmost quality.
Eddie Raymond of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors, stated upon accepting the cheque, “Hughston Engineering is one of the more generous companies in the business. Whether it’s supporting family, employees or the union, Lance can always be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Hughston Engineering’s support of Behind the Scenes is further evidence of this generosity.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
godivafestival-electricmainstage-3july2009The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

City of Culture - Coventry has been named UK City of Culture 2021. The city was announced as the next holder of the title on 7 December, and will become the third host city, after Derry/Londonderry in 2013 and Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year. It beat bids from Sunderland, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea to take the title, and has already set out plans that focus on youth and diversity in its proposals.
Each city was assessed over a number of months by an independent panel – chaired by television producer Phil Redmond – and set out the details of their plans to the judges when they visited each location. Coventry now has three years to prepare its year-long programme of activity, and will receive a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to kick this off.
Arts minister John Glen congratulated Coventry on winning UK City of Culture 2021. He said: “The title is an incredible opportunity for Coventry to boost investment in the local economy, grow tourism and put arts and culture centre stage…In 2017 I have seen the transformative effect this prestigious title has had on Hull. The city has embraced City of Culture and in doing so has demonstrated how culture, the arts and heritage can bring communities together.” Hull’s local economy has received a £60m boost in 2017, with nine of out 10 residents attending or taking part in a City of Culture activity.
Artist of the Year - Stormzy has been named artist of the year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards, capping a hugely successful year. The south London MC, whose debut album <

 
lex-presentation-to-btsLex Products supports Behind the Scenes
Monday, 11 December 2017

USA - Sales of Lex Products’s CineBox line resulted in a cheque presentation to Behind the Scene at the recent LDI Show as part of the BTS Pledge-a-Product Programme. These stackable and compact portable power distribution boxes featuring non-conductive, heavy-duty rubber enclosures are designed to withstand rugged conditions. They include a collapsible colour-coded handle for easy identification of input amperage ratings, flush mounted hydraulic magnetic breakers, LED indicators, and shock/impact resistant Lexan bumpers.
Upon presenting the cheque, Bob Luther, CEO Lex Products stated, “This programme is an opportunity to support people in our industry who are in need, through the products that they use. It is our pleasure to support the Behind the Scenes charity in this way.”
Todd Spencer, of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors, acknowledged the contribution saying, “We are honoured to have Lex Products as part of the Pledge-A-Product family. The CineBox is a unique product which helps to elevate safety through its high-visibility receptacle design and thoughtful engineering and we couldn’t be more pleased to share a vision of safety and partnership with them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
etc-presentation-to-btsETC tops $300K in Pledge-a-Product donations
Friday, 8 December 2017

USA - On the LDI show floor this year, ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a cheque for $24,873.84, representing this year’s proceeds from the company’s iRFR and aRFR focus remote applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC’s mobile app sales have generated an impressive $322,825 in donations, helping the charity bring assistance to many ill or injured entertainment technology colleagues and their families.
The iRFR and aRFR mobile apps enable convenient, touchscreen-based remote control for Eos family consoles and controllers. ETC rolled out updated versions this year which enable mobile access to an even wider suite of control functions. You can learn more about the apps from the ETC website and download them from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
“I am proud that this programme has been such a success,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster. “It is important to note that the source of the funds that ETC contributes actually come from the people who have purchased the apps, and I thank each one of them for their help in supporting the invaluable work of Behind the Scenes.”
On accepting the cheque, BTS Foundation Board of Directors chair Rick Rudolph also spoke warmly of the programme’s continuing achievements. “Behind the Scenes has now broken through the $800,000 level of grants provided to our colleagues in need. Hats off to everyone at ETC for their continuing, major support of the charity that has made such a huge impact on our ability to continue providing this assistance.”
Members of the Foundation Board of Directo

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Charity Single - Rak-Su have been named the winners of the X Factor 2017. The Watford-based group beat Grace Davies in the final of the ITV singing competition - the first boy band to win since the show started in 2004. Rak-Su thanked viewers for voting for them, while their mentor Simon Cowell hailed them as "stars". Proceeds from Rak-Su's winners' single Dimelo will go to children's hospice charities Together For Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase.
Pearl Jam - Nearly a decade after last touring the capital, Pearl Jam have announced two London gigs. The band will play London's O2 Arena on the 18 and 19 June next year. Tickets for the shows will go on general sale at 11am on 8 December.
Lucky Dip - Plans have been announced for a new daily lottery for £10 Hamilton tickets. Members of the public can apply for a maximum of two £10 tickets per person via the Hamilton app or online. Representatives for Hamilton have been unable to confirm how many tickets will be available each day. Hamilton, which has book music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is currently booking to June 30, 2018 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.
Flying Back - Bat Out of Hell - The Musical will return to London for a run at the Dominion Theatre. Jim Steinman’s musical opened at London’s Colosseum in July this year, where it ran until August 22. It will now return to the West End at the Dominion from 2 April, 2018.
The rock musical features a book by Steinman and Stuart Beattie, with music and lyrics by Steinma

 
 
hsl-appointes-twoHSL appoints theatre specialists
Tuesday, 5 December 2017

UK - HSL continues to strengthen its dedicated Theatre and Performing Arts division with the appointment of Ben Payne as key account manager (theatre) and Jo Sunners as business development manager (Theatre).
Both join HSL after working together for 18 months at a previous rental and production company. They will be based in London and the scope of their work at HSL will focus on supporting and developing this specialist sector.
HSL MD Simon Stuart comments, “We’re delighted to welcome Ben and Jo who are fantastic people, well respected, highly knowledgeable and have a vast amount of shows under their belt. In addition to sharing HSL’s core values of passion and commitment to outstanding service, their great synergy and colleagueship is ideal for our ever-growing family.”
Ben comes to HSL with 15 years theatre touring experience which has included lighting and tech’ing shows worldwide, from small experimental works to substantial local and regional productions, site specific spectaculars and West End blockbusters.
Jo graduated from the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance with a degree in Lighting Design. Since then she has cut her industry teeth working for several companies in a number of different roles.
(Jim Evans)

 
richie-collage-copy-2In Memoriam: Richard Blamire
Friday, 1 December 2017

South Africa - The industry has been paying its respects to Richard Blamire, the owner of Cape Staging who died tragically in a motorbike accident on 8 November.
Richard, who lived in Bergvliet, Cape Town, was well-known in the South African events industry having previously worked at Gearhouse, Sound Harmonics and was a close collaborator with Dream Sets. For Sean Hoey of Dream Sets, Richard was one of his best friends. They shared a keen interest in all things mechanical and a love for their craft and family (and Border Collies). With an eye for detail and a creative flair, Richard was able to produce beautiful pieces for events, sometimes even furniture that you would only dream of having in your home.
He was greatly loved by his two sons and his wife, Lynne Poulsen Blamire, a pianist, singer, music composer, songwriter, programmer and arranger.
DWR Distributions’ SOS Charity fund will be providing support to Lynne over the next three months.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 28 November 2017


City Limits - Five British cities competing to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 have been left reeling after it emerged the European Commission is to exclude them from the competition. The news comes less than a month after final submissions were made by Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and a joint bid by Belfast, Derry and Strabane.
A letter sent by the commission to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU meant “the participation of the UK in the European Capital of Culture will not be possible”. Expectations had been high that a British city would be selected for the first time since Liverpool in 2008. A judging panel had been due to convene next week to assess the British bids.
Responding to the decision, a DCMS spokesman said it: “disagrees with the European Commission’s stance and is deeply disappointed that it waited until after UK cities had submitted their final bids before communicating this new position”.
Certified Resellers - Google has announced that event ticket resellers will need to be certified before they can advertise through its advertising service AdWords. The new policy will take effect next year from January 2018 and will apply globally.
In a recent YouGov poll, 48% of respondents said they wanted ticket reselling sites to be banned, due to inflated prices and a lack of legally required information, such as seat numbers. Google, through this change in strategy, aims to assist consumers in purchasing “face value” ti

 
maestra-london-four-new-team-members-nov-2017Maestra London adds four team members
Monday, 27 November 2017

UK - London and Dubai based event technical design and production specialist Maestra has welcomed four new team members in London, in time for the busy autumn and winter season.
Justin Hammond, managing director of Maestra London, commented: “We are delighted to welcome everyone on board, and have been really impressed with the calibre of people interested in making a commitment to working with Maestra at this very exciting time in our development.”
Lizzie Bishop joins as senior project manager, Alice Dapling comes on board as a senior production designer; Sirajuddin Mohammed is focussed on the financials and accounts, while Jenny Bumanglag strengthens the operations division.
Lizzie Bishop graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography, then started off her career in events as an Events Co-ordinator for Wise Productions, specialising in delivering technical production in unique London venues such as palaces, art galleries, museums and skyscrapers.
Alice Dapling studied Interior Architecture at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and worked in an architectural practice before moving to London in 2012, where she worked at Event Concept for over five years before joining Maestra.
A recent graduate, Jenny Bumanglag’s university projects included producing live talk shows, creating set models and hosting fundraisers for awareness campaigns.
Sirajuddin Mohammed came to the UK in 2012 to study for his Masters in International Finance at the University of Westminster and graduated in 2013. Before then,

 
 
7thsense-wins-export-and-digital-engineering-technology-award-mitse-20177thSense Design scoops double awards win
Monday, 27 November 2017

UK - 7thSense Design has claimed two awards at the 2017 Made in the South East Awards.
The creative software and technology company which manufactures the Delta Media Server was presented with the Export Award and Digital Engineering Technology Award at a finalist event on 23 November (Thursday).
7thSense will now stand as finalists in the in Export and Digital Engineering and Technology categories of the 2018 Made in the UK Awards to be held in Liverpool on 20 June.
Matt Barton, managing director of 7thSense, commented: “The competition this year was especially tough, there’s so many ambitious organisations and a great deal of innovation in the region. We are so honoured to have be recognised with both awards and this was yet another occasion where we can proud of our incredible team.”
Now in their fifth year, the annual Made in the South East Awards recognise and reward south-east based companies that have demonstrated success in innovation, product development and growth in either domestic or overseas markets.
(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Swift Sales - After just four days, Taylor Swift sold more albums in the US than any other artist this year. The star's sixth album, Reputation, sold 1.04m copies in the US over its first four days on release, says Billboard magazine.
That puts her ahead of 2017's previous biggest-seller, Ed Sheeran's ÷, which has shifted 919,000 copies to date. Reputation also becomes Swift's fourth album to sell a million copies in the space of a week, following 1989, Red and Speak Now. In fact, only she and Adele have sold a million copies of any album in a seven-day frame since 2012.
Extended Role - Edinburgh International Festival has extended director Fergus Linehan's contract for an extra three years, meaning that he will run the festival until at least August 2022. Linehan joined EIF in 2013, directing his first festival in 2015. The EIF said that so far during his tenure it has had record sales and extended to new audiences.
One of Linehan's first moves was to bring the dates of the EIF forward a week to run at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe. Other innovations include a free public event to open the festival season in Edinburgh and developing its theatre programme, notably in its revival of existing Scottish work. In a statement, Linehan said: "The commitment and creativity of the festival team has made the past three years the most professionally exhilarating period of my career."
Royal Visit - The Tony award-winning Broadway production of The King and I will transfer to th

 
 
radccmaRadio Active Designs on track in Canada
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Canada - Radio Active Designs (RAD) Canadian manufacturer rep Zimbel Audio Productions has had a busy couple of months placing RAD UV-1G wireless intercom systems with the Canada 150 Celebration, Canadian Country Music Awards, Toronto Pride and Caribana parades and at historic Massey Hall in Toronto for the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies.
The four-day Canada 150 Celebrations at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square benefited from a six- drop UV-1G system that covered site-wide communication needs for the stage managers with just two antennas. The event featured more than 40 music acts including Drake, Belly, and Barenaked Ladies.
Another six-drop system was used at the Canadian Country Music awards broadcast in Saskatoon. Technical producer Neil Staite says, “The RAD comm system supplied flawless communications between our floor and stage managers over two stages, which made for a very smooth broadcast. I definitely plan on using more of it on next year’s show and on my upcoming shows.”
Because of the recent FCC auction, the amount of available UHF bandwidth will narrow considerably across North America by year end. Fortunately, the UV-1G base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows each of the two transmit channels to occupy a mere 25 kHz of UHF bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system.
In addition, RAD bodypacks operate in the VHF range, clearing up valuable UHF spectrum for wireless microphone and IEM systems that need

 
mojo-budapest-stanley-jilesen-and-daniel-benisMojo Barriers appoints Budapest distributor
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hungary - A range of Mojo Barriers aluminium crowd safety barriers are now based in Budapest with the announcement of a new Mojo distributor giving convenient, cost effective barrier rental for festival organisers and tours coming to Eastern Europe.
A stock of Mojo Barriers will be permanently located in Budapest for rental and it has already been hired out to create the front of stage barrier for the Gorillaz concert, in Budapest, Papp Laszlo Arena.
Mojo’s project and touring manager Stanley Jilesen states: “With the expanding live events market in Hungary and Eastern Europe, Mojo Barriers is proud to support organisers with local resource to help keep their events safe. Having worked with Sziget Festival for several years we are delighted to work with the innovators in this region pushing for higher standards.”
The new Hungarian distributorship is the company’s twelfth, along with the international offices in Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia.
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director, comments: “We wanted to deliver our events to the highest of international production standards, particularly when it came to the safety of our audience, artists and crew. Our experience with Mojo Barriers has been very positive so we are delighted to be able to offer their products to other events in the region.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bucharestMega Milos roof covers Timeshift Bucharest
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Romania - The Timeshift festival in Bucharest was the debut for the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The massive MR5 Heavy-Duty roof measured 31 x 18m and covered the main stage of the first edition of Timeshift Bucharest Music Festival - an event where technology and music come together.
The festival was a four-day event held from 20-23 July and featured a total of four stages, with the Milos MR5 roof covering the main stage. Featuring international artists such as David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party, Milos helped Timeshift ensure its mission of providing the means for its audience to “step into another dimension”.
The client for this project was A.S.C. Systems Sound & Light, based in Bucharest. A.S.C. Systems has been in operation for 17 years and is one of the leading rental companies in Romania for stage, light & sound equipment. Their primary goal is to provide customers with solutions that meet their budget, without sacrificing quality, and delivering technical solutions that meet the highest standards.
When asked about his choice of the Milos M5 roof, A.S.C. co-owner Alex Oprita answered, ““We’ve been working with Milos for the past 10 years and that’s why we chose them. They have good products.” When speaking about value for money, Alex said, “It’s what we were hoping for.”
The highly customized MR5 roof was an intensive project that made full use of Area Four Industries’ technical sales service. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director, carried out the engineering de

 
national-business-award-exporter-of-the-year-winner-jc-joelJ&C Joel wins Exporter of the Year award
Thursday, 16 November 2017

UK - J&C Joel has won the Exporter of the Year category at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards held at Grosvenor House in London on 14 November (Tuesday).
The Sowerby Bridge-based firm, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, was praised by the judges for the pace of their international growth, the range of countries they cover and their strategy of offering of a range of value-added services suited for both their UK and overseas clients.
J&C Joel’s CEO, James Wheelwright, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have won this award, we weren’t expecting it as we were up against some really strong businesses. In recent years we have invested heavily in our export infrastructure; opening new offices overseas and expanding our operations to ensure we are offering the best service for our customers worldwide. To be recognised nationally for our success makes all the hard work the team has put in worthwhile.”
James added: “It has been a fantastic year for us as we have been recognised across the region for our exporting success. To win all these awards is a terrific achievement and an absolute credit to everyone here at J&C Joel.”
The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards recognise excellence, innovation and ethical business. This was the 16th edition of the event.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
garethGareth Clark joins 11th Hour
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

UK - Cardiff-based event service provider 11th Hour has appointed Gareth Clark, an electrician with 20 years’ experience.
Gareth has worked across the commercial electrical sector on landmark projects such as the O2 Arena, the Reuters Building and a number of other London locations, perhaps most notably as a supervisor for Honeywell during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, where he had responsibility for turnstiles and escalators as well as installing PAVA and fire alarm provision.
Closer to 11th Hour's Cardiff base, Gareth is very familiar with regular 11th Hour territories, including The Principality Stadium and Celtic Manor. Although very comfortable handling large scale projects, Gareth has a broad-based background and recently completed a foundation degree in Live Event Technology at the University of South Wales.
(Jim Evans)

 
scheirmanpresidentDavid Scheirman takes office as AES president
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that David Scheirman has taken office as their new president.
Scheirman has over 40 years of experience and expertise in professional audio and has been a long-time active member of the AES, having served three terms on the Board of Governors and taken up numerous roles and chair positions at AES conventions and within the AES committee system.
“David has played a leading role in the past year as chair of the president’s strategic planning team,” said Alex Case, as he ends his own one-year presidential term. “David was instrumental in our development of new events and collaborations. With his broad and deep industry experience, he is uniquely prepared to lead these AES initiatives in the coming year.” Case will continue to serve on the AES Executive Committee as Past President, while also chairing the Membership and Nominations Committees.
Scheirman, an AES member since 1975, has been directly involved with PA rental companies, an installed system integrator, an electro-acoustical measurement laboratory, a computer-control system developer, a networking technology R&D firm and leading loudspeaker system manufacturers, with previous recent experience notably including his work with HarmanProfessional and JBL. Currently, he holds the position of director, global concert & rental business at Bose Professional.
“I’m honoured to have been elected President of the AES by our membership,” said Scheirman, “and the timing takes place as our Society moves forward with so

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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