Right to left: Shlomi Avitan, Osher Peretz and Yossi ZakZak Bendavid of Koltech, Erez Hadar of Danor Theatre and Studio Systems and Koltech's Mathias Danielle
Israel - Koltech is a forward thinking lighting and audio rental company based in Beersheva, Israel's seventh largest city and the biggest in the arid Negev desert region to the south of the country.

The company is owned by Yossi Bendavid - popularly known as Zak Zak which means talkative - and Shlomi Auitani. The pair worked together at a previous company for several years and then set up Koltech seven years ago.

Koltech initially specialised in supplying technical solutions to theatre and opera productions. Their reputation soon spread along with their operational scope, and they quickly found themselves supplying concerts, outdoor festivals and a whole range of corporate and business events as well as arts projects.

They decided to invest in Robe for the first time in 2011, purchasing MMX Spots.

They already knew of the brand and its reputation from a couple of sources including Robe's distributor Danor Theatre and Studio Systems and also Argaman Systems, one of Israel's largest rental companies.

"The MMXs were a greater investment, however they were brighter and offered more functionality," says Zak Zak enthusiastically, "And once we had them ... we simply fell in love with Robe."

The next purchase was of eight Pointes, and they were in fact the first company in Israel to take delivery of Pointes.

In 2014 the commitment to Robe continued with LEDWash 800s and also LEDBeam 100s

Koltech currently has 13 full time staff and will usually service around 15 - 20 events a month of varying sizes and complexities which will be all over Israel, but primarily in the south.

Zak Zak is also the company's main LD, so he designs and programmes many of their projects as well as working internationally for some clients. Recently this work took him to London, lighting a dance troupe from Ben Gurion University whose show Karina played at the British Library and the London Artsdepot.

(Jim Evans)

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