Rigging and Staging News

defenderDefender debuts presents XPRESS cable protector
Thursday, 26 January 2023

Germany - Defender has introduced its new XPRESS Series. These drop-over cable protectors, which feature a cable duct, are available in two versions (XPRESS 40 and XPRESS 100) with 40 mm and 100 mm wide cable ducts and can be quickly and easily placed over cables and hoses that have already been laid.
This makes the cable protectors suitable for a variety of outdoor and indoor uses at events, festivals, Christmas markets, trade fairs, shopping centres, studios, or offices. In addition, the XPRESS models have the Defender 3D LaserGrip surface for particularly high slip and tread resistance, even when driven over with trolleys, wheelbarrows or bicycles.
The XPRESS 40 (1005 x 125 x 20 mm; L x W x H) and XPRESS 100 (1005 x 250 x 40 mm; L x W x H) cable protectors offer the fastest handling of all Defender models. The lack of a base is a major factor in this, making the cable protector particularly easy to install in existing cable routes.
While a simple cable protection mat is often used in similar cases, the XPRESS cable protectors provide a much more robust and safe solution for people and materials. Despite their low weight, the XPRESS cable protectors have a high load-bearing capacity of 0.5 tonnes per 20 x 20 cm area laid, which means that even cars can drive over them without any problems.
As with the tried-and-tested Micro and MIDI 5 2D Series, the innovative 3D LaserGrip surface also provides XPRESS cable protectors with special slip and step resistance. With its special shape and surface structure, it also minimises the risk of accidenta

datastrategyEvent Power installs QC-Check workstation
Tuesday, 24 January 2023

UK - Event Power Ltd, one of Ireland’s leading electrical hire companies supplying temporary power to major sports, festivals and state-run events, has invested in Data Strategy’s QC-Check workstation so that in the company’s busy warehouse, safety is an integrated part of the daily process.
With its power and cable inventory in constant demand, the company required a system to facilitate control of the stringent record-keeping associated with certified testing of distro and cable, as well as one that offered on-demand reporting.
Taking the advice of global temporary power specialists, Aggreko, who currently rely on more than ten QC-Check workstations to inspect the integrity of their power distribution units and cables in use at high-profile international events such as the recent Commonwealth Games, Event Power invested in a QC-Check workstation which included a CAB-4 cable test unit to test the integrity of single and three-phase cables, as well as a Power-Check add-on system to inspect power distribution boxes.
Custom-built by SES Entertainment Services Ltd, Event Power’s new QC-Check 2-bay workstation, bestows simplicity and speed of testing to the company’s warehouse processes. Anne Foley confirms: “Now we have the peace of mind that when we go to use our stock, all industry regulations have been adhered to, as we have the records to show it’s all certified and ready for use.
”Importantly for the busy warehouse, the new QC-Check was swiftly transitioned into the rental workflow. Anne agrees: “Once we received the initia

mighty-toughISE 2023: Mighty Tough debuts affordable cases
Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Spain - Mighty Tough Cases is staging its range of robust, affordable flight cases, for the first time since the business’s inception, at ISE 2023 at Fira Barcelona. The company can be found in the Discovery Zone on stand CS524.
Mighty Tough Cases Ltd launched as ZCASE Professional Flight Cases’ exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland in October 2022. Since then, the company has successfully provided a steady stream of off the shelf and precision, made-to-measure, heavy duty, bespoke-branded flight cases to a range of entertainment technology product manufacturers and rental operations.
In just three months of trading, Mighty Tough Cases has nurtured a reputation for its attention to detail and fast delivery of affordable, tough, quality-built cases. Michael Cobb, from Firefly Audio Visual Solutions in Leeds, says: “We ordered eight cases for our new Aryton Karif lights. The cases were delivered on time, as promised, and the quality of the build was excellent. In an industry that is struggling with supply chain issues ZCASE and Mighty Tough Cases met and exceeded our expectations. Great service from first contact to delivery.”
Mighty Tough Cases knows that its clients invest in expensive equipment that require flight cases to protect their investment, often in challenging and rough environments, time after time. Jack Linaker, managing director of JL Lighting Ltd says: “Having ordered dozens of new lights and other equipment we simply need cases to house them all. Aryton Eurus, LEDJ Spectra Flood Q15s, Lynx BS-8 speakers, and many more.

tpm29s-l100SIXTY82 launches TPM29S box truss
Wednesday, 18 January 2023

UK - SIXTY82 has introduced the all-new TPM29S, a 29cm box truss that is up to 25% stronger, yet fully compatible with, the M29 series box truss.
TPM29S is up to 25% stronger than similar box trusses, says the company, enabling it to withstand the most demanding conditions. An improved design of the diagonal braces helps to increase the strength and stability of the truss system, while the new optimised shape and dimensions provide better support to withstand higher forces.
Extruded end frames enable TPM truss to withstand more load without deforming. The extrusion process ensures ‘a precise and uniform shape that is 100% square with a perfect fit, reducing the risk of failure due to poor connections’. The extruded end frame also makes TPM29S bounce- and smash-proof.
The removal of the end diagonal support in the new design makes for easy storage and allows easy placement of uplighters within the truss without interfering with the light output. A new truss spigot made of stronger alloy adds a further key improvement to the strength of the TPM Series.
A major feature of the TPM29S is that it is fully compatible/interchangeable with the current M29 Series and can be seamlessly integrated into any M29 Series setup. In cases where both truss types are used, customers can simply use the loading tables of the M29 truss for safe and reliable operation.
“We have taken the holistic approach to improving our whole production process, not only implementing advanced robotics technology, but also adapting the design of the truss to fit the robo

broadweighBroadweigh supports Toronto’s Merry Merry Music
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Canada - Broadweigh was the load monitoring brand of choice for the CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Merry Merry Music event this festive season. The centre, which attracts over 50m visitors annually, staged a programme of celebrity performers at Christmas, in place of its festive tree tradition, which has had to take a break due to a major roof replacement project.
Rigging company Paradigm Rigging was brought on board to support some of the technical aspects involved in bringing a holiday atmosphere to the mall space as well as supporting and enhancing the musical performances.
Michael Sorowka, MD, Paradigm Rigging commented: “We were brought on board to work with the rigging and load monitoring of the grid structure being used to suspend multiple snowflake scenic elements, as well as a large 5000lb circular video wall. Given the space the project was being assembled in and the intricacies of getting the grid flown into place, Ryan Brenton from Palmer Audio knew he would need some expert hands on-site to ensure the project was delivered both on schedule and more importantly, safely.”
Palmer Audio, an Ontario based, full-service event production company, has worked with Paradigm Rigging in various capacities for almost ten years, with Paradigm typically being brought in for more intricate rigging projects where extra specialised experience is an asset. Michael continued; “Rigging a 5000lb circular video wall in the middle of the Eaton Centre doesn’t come without its challenges. A larger grid structure had to be built at ground level, raked while

harvey-gHarvey Goldsmith joins Entourage Pro board
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

UK - As Entourage Pro, the freelance crew network and technology insights company, celebrates having successfully placed hundreds of crew on tours and gigs across the globe this summer, co-directors Joel Perry and James Stanbridge have announced the appointment of Harvey Goldsmith CBE to the Entourage Pro board to further expand their standing in the industry and help communicate the site’s suite of services to the global sector.
Goldsmith is one of the best-known names in the industry. He has acted as promoter for Live Aid and Live 8, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Jam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Madonna, Queen, Hans Zimmer and countless other international artists, and has recently launching the Nvisible Agency. He will assume the role of non-exec director at Entourage Pro with immediate effect.
“I’m excited to join this young, pioneering company,” he says. “EP has succeeded in bringing six major components of the live entertainment sector together in one accessible eco-system. Having recognised that the industry has long needed digitising, they have managed not only to create something entirely new, but something that is simple to use and benefits all stakeholders in the process.”
Perry adds, ‘We’re thrilled to have Harvey join us. He’s a true industry visionary whose wealth of knowledge has already proved indefatigable. Harvey knows that in order to implement change, you have to convince people that change is necessary. He knows better than anyone how to communicate that message and we’re already seeing the results.”

walkingUnusual advises on I’m a Celebrity aerial stunts
Friday, 2 December 2022

Australia - ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here returned to the Australian jungle earlier this month, for the first time since the Covid pandemic saw it relocated to North Wales. Unusual Rigging was once again involved, providing consultancy and creating the brief for two aerial stunts.
Unusual’s Robin Elias has worked with ITV on the hit show for years and, while the show was filmed in Wales, a team of Unusual riggers headed by senior production rigger, Sam Carter, were on set, rigging and operating the challenges. With the show’s return to Oz, Australian-based Tri-Point Rigging were once again contracted to manage and execute the project locally, with Unusual Rigging consulting with Tri Points’ Graham Dew & Damian Green, on two of the key challenges.
Robin commented, “It’s a great pleasure to once again work with the I’m a Celebrity team, devising more hair-raising stunts that seem to get a little bit crazier with each passing year. This year, we were pleased to get to consult on the entry challenge - The Ledge – a revamped version of the infamous Walk the Plank challenge that had featured in previous years.”
Taking place 33 storeys above the ground below, on the roof of The Focus Building in Queensland’s Surfers Paradise, three campmates were asked to step out onto a plank. What they didn’t know was that, once they were out on the very end of the plank, the rest of the plank would disappear from behind them, leaving them only with the plinth they were standing on, plus a sloped edge. Once all three

fantek-f-ringnew-finalFantek F-Ring makes debut at LDI
Tuesday, 22 November 2022

USA/Spain - A simple solution that protects trusses from damage and scratches was unveiled by Fantek at the 2022 LDI show in Las Vegas.
The Fantek Ring (F-Ring) is a cost effective and patented innovation that can be installed on trusses in a matter of minutes. Once in place, the F-Ring ensures that no damage can occur when the truss is being stacked on trolleys, moved from venue to venue or placed on the ground. Although removal is easy, there is no need to remove the F-Ring before using the truss, which means that the same F-Ring can remain in situ for the duration of the truss's life. And because it is very secure there is no opportunity for the F-Ring to be lost during transit.
Available in sets and already in stock, Fantek's F-Rings are suitable for rental companies that want to protect their valuable truss stock. They are compatible with all truss models from any manufacturer using 50mm main tubes, the type most common with the 29cm wide trusses used for trade shows and live events.

stagecoMeyer steps down at Stageco, Willems succeeds
Friday, 11 November 2022

Europe - Nearly 45 years after founding Belgian event staging pioneer Stageco, Hedwig De Meyer is stepping down from his leadership role, and has named Hans Willems as Stageco Belgium’s new executive CEO, effective 1 January 2023.
The move, says De Meyer, 68, was intended to take place two years ago but was delayed due to the pandemic lockdown. “Now that our business has begun to stabilise after a very busy summer, the time feels right to pass the baton to Hans, who gave us every confidence that he was the most logical choice of successor,” he explains.
Formerly head of R&D at Stageco, Willems, 51, established his own business, Wicreations nearly 18 years ago. As CEO, he has driven his company to become one of the global live industry’s leading creative players in motion technology. Together, Stageco and Wicreations have collaborated on many of the world’s leading concert tours by the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Rammstein among many other premier acts.
“Hans knows the industry inside out, and possesses exemplary leadership skills,” comments De Meyer. “The manner in which he has grown Wicreations is extraordinary and while our two companies will remain independent of each other, there is now greater potential for partnership and creative collaboration.”
Until the end of 2022, Willems will divide his time between the two companies, working with his teams to align their cultures and shape a new ecosystem that further exploits their already existing organic synergies.
Says Willems: “I have always h

torsten-mundChristie Lites opens Berlin shop, expands rep team
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Germany – Stage lighting and rigging specialist Christie Lites has opened a Berlin base to strengthen its Central Europe operations.
Located in the north of the city, Christie Lites’s Berlin shop, which is already fully operational, offers local industry expertise and a diverse and well-serviced inventory to the company’s existing network across the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Christie Lites CEO, Huntly Christie, comments: “We are pleased to be launching our European operations in Berlin, alongside the Clair team at the Black Box production facility. We have plenty more work to do to bring our operations to scale but are well on our way after only six months in the market.”
The new location has also seen Christie Lites expand its global account rep team, appointing respected industry professional Torsten Mund as their first account/rental representative based in Central Europe.
Torsten's focus will be on developing new business, strengthening client relationships in the region and offering project and kit support. He is well-known in the events industry, having worked for three decades in a wide range of positions, including as a technician, project manager and fixture rental professional.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Christie Lites – a company that I believe offers a very smart business philosophy,” says Mund. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand our services and support in Germany and across Europe, welcome new customers and enhance Christie Lites’s reputation as a client-focused, added value organisation.

liftingLEEA puts spotlight on lifting-related topics
Friday, 28 October 2022

UK - As a contribution to Global Lifting Awareness Day, the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) put lifting-related topics for end users in the Entertainment sector under the spotlight.
Without lifting the entertainment industry will grind to a halt: theatre, television and film sets would not be moved, lighting rigs for live concerts will remain on the stage instead of above it. However, in the spring of 2020, the sector really did come to a sudden stop. Entertainment was hugely impacted by Covid, being one of the first sectors to be put into lockdown and often one of the last to be freed from restrictions, as Paul Fulcher, founder and managing director of Rigging Services, explained in his presentation on Post Covid rigging training requirements for new recruits working in the Entertainments Sector. Many freelance contractors found themselves out of work, and often ineligible for furlough or other assistance. There was a mass exodus from the industry and many experienced hands have not returned.
New recruits need training, but so do those hired from other sectors because the lifting environment in entertainment is in many ways unique. It is, for example, the only industry that deliberately lifts loads above people – whether they are performers or an audience, sometimes with artistes ‘flying’ on the load. Often, multiple lifts are involved, including many electric hoists lifting and lowering in a synchronised manner. A lot of this is ‘live’ so there may be only hours to install rigging along with lights, sound, video a

nm-pm-20222-loadwatch-foto-1N&M launches web-based measuring system
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Europe - Neumann&Müller has developed an IoT-based system for checking and monitoring safety-related suspension points used to bear loads in the event sector.
Loadwatch has been designed to monitor many such suspension points in parallel. This new product underwent its first major acid test at Fira de Barcelona. It provides trade fair companies and venue operators with greater safety in load distribution to load-bearing structures.
Loadwatch can be seamlessly integrated into trade fair and event processes, says N&M. The information needed for assigning parameters to the individual load cells is transmitted digitally and wirelessly. Feedback on the approved load case is given visually by LEDs on the device itself – whereby a traffic light system signals the degree of utilisation. Further information is transferred via an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) interface to a centralised web server, where the acquired data is analysed and visualised in a transparent manner.
This information is available any time, any place via various communication interfaces, for example via a cloud-based web application. The loads can be monitored by N&M in its role of technical services provider for trade fairs and venues as well as by booth builders and exhibitors to check whether the load distribution agreed in the planning phase has indeed been complied with.
“It adds a substantial extra layer of safety,” explains Matthias Rupieper, the head of N&M’s trade fair division. “Planning can be validated with actual measured values, especially

moverohPowersoft aims Mover at attractions sector
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

USA - Powersoft has confirmed its first-time attendance at IAAPA Expo, the largest trade show for the attractions industry, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, from 14-18 November 2022.
At booth #465, the Powersoft team will be showcasing Mover, the company’s low-frequency direct-drive/tactile transducer, which is designed to reproduce sound through haptic perception, or the body’s capability to feel low-end frequencies through bone conduction. More accurate, powerful and efficient than other existing products, Mover can be used in moving floors, seats and rides to transfer both audible and inaudible frequencies to the human body – its earth-shaking vibrations adding another dimension to theme and amusement park rides, museum exhibitions, science centres, clubs, and other attractions where an immersive user experience is desired.
Powersoft Mover enables AV professionals who provide solutions for immersive experiences to add ultra-low frequency haptic feedback to their final products.
Its compact nature and power-to-size prowess allow it to be integrated into small spaces, without orientation limits, and to provide a very high ratio between moving mass and total mass, which increases the overall final product efficiency.
Marc Kocks, key account and business development consultant for Powersoft, comments, “Mover allows for an unprecedented and immersive user experience. It can give the audience the sensation of falling, elevation, or being shaken as part of an attraction.”
This technology is already being used to maximum eff

cpl-tropicGlammies back with a bang in Birmingham
Friday, 21 October 2022

UK - Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena hosted the first Tropic skincare in-person ‘Glammies’ event to be staged since the pandemic. Attended by 4,200 Tropic ‘Glambassadors’, product launches were combined with aspirational and motivational speeches, recognition segments and an evening gala Awards, plus full entertainment including live music from the 20-piece Symphonic Ibiza orchestra.
Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied a full production package – lighting, audio, video, screens, rigging and staging – working for producers, Pandora Events. Two days of build and two days of rehearsals preceded the one-day event, with CPLs team of around 40 led by Lee Gruszeckyj.
CPL created the production design from initial sketches to full supply and delivery. Being the first Glammies post-Covid, it was all about creating a big spectacle with lots of vibrance and energy in the room, complete with pyro and SFX. Additionally, the event had an oceanic / nautical theme related to the importance of keeping toxic waste products out of the seas.
The LED screen design set an epic tone, with two large portrait orientated slabs of Roe 5mm CB5 each measuring 7.2 by 9.6m upstage, and six different sized flown video cubes measuring 3.6, 2.4 and 1.8m respectively strategically positioned and flown. In total there were over 120 points of rigging on the project.
All screens were driven by Brompton SX 40 processors over fibre with full redundancy.
The stage featured a 12m long 5ft high runway emanating at the front, ramped on the audience end ena

etc-dkk-2ETC Rigging system installed in Slovenian venue
Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Slovenia - The venue known today as Dom kulture Kamnik (DKK), located to the north of Ljubljana in Slovenia, was built in 1953 as part of the Kamnik Chemical Industry. Constructed by the workers themselves, DKK was designed to be a cultural entertainment centre to serve the local community. Although the main stage incorporated hoists, the venue was primarily used as a movie theatre until it temporarily closed its doors in 1991.
With the idea of revitalizing live performances came the decision to renovate the building. Over the past two decades, a variety of improvements have been made, including the recent installation of a stage machinery system from ETC Rigging, comprising Prodigy P2 hoists, Helix cable management, a ColorSource Raceway prewired power and data distribution system, and a QuickTouch Preset controller.
“Back in 2017, we were at DKK installing an ETC ColorSource ThruPower system for dimming, and an Element console,” says Ivan Franinović, from ETC dealer Elsis d.o.o. “We were asked by Primož Jeras – the man who holds together this venue in every technical respect – to come up with some ideas for replacing the hoists.
“As demand to see theatre shows was growing, the risks associated with using 70-year-old counterweight hoists were also increasing. No disrespect to the original stage builders, but the hoist structure was made of wood and pipes hanging on hemp ropes. They did a perfect job for that period, but it was time for an overhaul.”
Elsis d.o.o. consulted the stage machinery team at ETC, and together they wor

andy-bell-1Andy Bell moves to Truckingby
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - Andy Bell, former operations director at KB Event, has joined Truckingby as events operations director.
Andy has over 23 years' experience in live event trucking, working with bands and artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, the Stereophonics and many more.
“I’m looking forward to bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge into Truckingbyand being a valuable part of their team in expanding their live events division,” says Andy.
Kevin Hopper, Truckingby managing director said Andy’s appointment to the company adds additional strength and knowledge to our live events logistics operation, we are all looking forward to working with him, and wish him all the best for the future with Truckingby.”

michael-nishballMichael Nishball named full member of ASTC
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

USA - This month, the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) welcomed Michael Nishball as its newest full member. Membership into the ASTC, follows a highly selective process that considers a candidate’s range of capability and experience, their past industry achievements, and the quality of service they provide to clients.
“I can think of no person more deserving of full membership,” offered Scott Crossfield, Theatre Projects principal and fellow with the ASTC. “Michael’s experience in equipment and systems design is unparalleled, and he is the type of person we want in the ASTC: committed to the industry, dogged about the appropriate use of technology in the design of performance spaces, and invested in safety for audience and performer as his number one priority.”
Michael is Theatre Projects’ principal theatre equipment designer and one of the industry’s leading voices on structural systems, rigging equipment, and specialty stage machinery. He makes the eighth Theatre Projects employee currently on the ASTC membership roster and brings over 40 years of experience to the elite organisation.
Theatre Projects has been Michael’s professional home since 1995. Prior to Theatre Projects, he worked with Pook Diemont & Ohl, Inc. as a rigging contractor, and earlier on, he was a stagehand, production designer, and rigger with a variety of theatre companies. He supervised lighting and rigging for the Wooster Group all over the world and worked with the Boston Shakespeare Company, the American Repertory Theater, and several mode

birmingham-ceremonies-early-build-phaseUnusual reflects on 2022 Commonwealth Games
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - The 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, took place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in August, Celebrating the rich history, culture and identity of the city and the West Midlands, Unusual played a key role as the contracted rigging supplier.
Working for Gary Beestone, Unusual’s job was to provide all the rigging and install all the lighting for the spectacles. Sam Carter, Unusual’s lead rigger on the project explained: “It’s been a couple of months now since the opening ceremony and the feedback we’ve had ever since has been unreal! We had our work cut out – it was a mammoth event with a modest budget, but the result was two fantastic ceremonies.”
Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium is a relatively new venue, with the west stand just recently built and the north and south stands set up as temporary structures. Big towers were erected by ESG, with the Unusual team installing video screens, supports for lighting, and hanging all speakers on wires.
“We were essentially responsible for all the duties that you’d imagine production riggers could handle – all the lighting, PA and video – basically, we suspended everything that needed hanging and took on the role of problem solvers in that area too,” added Sam.
As can be expected with an event of this scale, the challenges were many – from tight schedules (“we had six weeks to get everything done,” said Sam), to making the venue suitable for the ceremonies.
“We took an initial couple of weeks to carry out some capital works to the venue.

prodigyETC extends Prodigy P2 line of hoists
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Europe - ETC has announced that the two new models of the innovative Prodigy P2 package hoist are now shipping, adding more load capacity to this line of utility hoists. Like the existing 300kg model, the compact profiles of the new P2-600 kg and P2-900 kg powerhead means they can fit into spaces that other hoists cannot and can be used with the unique structural compression tube which allows drop pulleys to be positioned anywhere along the length as well as absorbing lateral forces on structures that were not originally designed to support motorised rigging systems.
These technologies allow many more venues to access the safety and speed advantages that automated hoists provide for setup of stage electrics, drops, and scenic elements.
The full line of Prodigy P2-300, P2-600, and P2-900 hoists alongside ETC’s control systems with SIL-2 safety functions, are manufactured to meet and exceed the rigorous requirements of the EN 17206 harmonized machinery directive for Use Cases 1 and 2 (UC 1 / UC 2) and are fully certified by TÜV Süd according to DGUV 17/18 (formerly BGV-C1). With everything tested and pre-commissioned at the factory, there is minimal on-site wiring required which simplifies the on-site commissioning, system certification, final and recurring inspections, and project signoff process, saving time and money on site.
Product manager for rigging and power systems, Ned Keitt comments: “We are thrilled to be announcing the new additions to our Prodigy P2 range and begin shipping larger capacity hoists. With the arrival of the P2-600 kg

steve-richardson--mat-spencer-1Full Production and Avion TSL forge partnership
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK – Berkshire-based Full Production has announced a new strategic partnership with Coventry-based Avion TSL. The partnership will see both companies benefit from the sharing of premises, resources and expertise, enabling the delivery of a stronger and faster service to a broader range of clients in the UK and beyond.
Founded in 2010, Full Production has worked on a variety of top-flight events in recent years, from touring exhibitions and awards shows, to television, festivals and other special events. Drawing on a network of skilled designers, project managers and crew, the company prides itself on its central ethos of ensuring the customer’s vision is realised as fully as possible.
Avion TSL, a family-run business formed in 2001, specialises in providing full-service production for, concerts, fundraising events, fairs, Christmas walks and other visitor experiences. Under the new partnership it will operate under the Full Production banner where appropriate, while continuing its own activities as Avion TSL.
“Avion TSL focuses on a largely different niche, but is very much a like-minded company,” says Full Production’s managing director, Steve Richardson. “We worked alongside them last year, and we saw that they shared our customer-driven approach to the events market, always taking great pride in bringing an event to life, always enthusiastic and professional. I believe we will complement each other very well.”
“We’re both companies that like to say ‘yes’ when clients ask if we can do something, or if we have previou

prolyteProlyte appoints Prostage distributor for Norway
Friday, 7 October 2022

Europe - Prolyte has announced its expansion in Norway with the appointment of Prostage as its new distributor in the country.
Prostage AS was established in 2008 in Oslo by CEO Gunnar Waldemar Naas. Since then, the company’s main goal has been to offer high-quality professional lighting, sound, and stage products at an affordable price.
“I am thrilled to work closely with Prolyte and their technical team in a distributor capacity, having worked with their products in a wide variety of projects for more than 20 years. The quality of their products, combined with their well-known level of know-how and service makes Prolyte a solid partner, and the collaboration will further strengthen our position in the Norwegian market”, said Kai Vidar Bech, technical manager, of rigging & stage machinery.
Prostage is the exclusive distribution partner in Norway for several market-leading brands and has a wide product portfolio catering to a large array of business areas in our industry. Its main offices are equipped with a full showroom, sales offices, warehouse, and product repair workshop.
Awarded with the Gaselle prize six times in the last eight years, a prize given to companies based on criteria such as increased turnover and profitability, Prostage has established itself as one of the leading players in the industry.
William Voskuil, sales director of Prolyte, added: “We are proud to introduce Prostage as an official Prolyte distributor in Norway. It is a great step in providing the Norwegian market a professional point of contact.

schalke-arenaHOF celebrates 25th anniversary as expansion continues
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Germany - This year, HOF celebrates its 25th anniversary. What began in 1997 with five employees has grown over the past 25 years into a team of over 50 people.
The areas of special construction made of aluminium and steel as well as trusses for event technology still represent HOF's core business. In parallel, HOF has established itself over the past two and a half decades as a reliable partner for industry clients from the food, automotive and agricultural sectors when it comes to special constructions and contract welding work.
From day one, the motto of company founder Hans-Wilhelm Flegel has been: "The crazier the idea, the better. There is no idea that cannot be implemented." HOF has remained true to this motto over all these years and still lives by it: "We don't do things by halves. What we do, we do it right!"
One of HOF's first major projects was the tour of German musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen in 1999, which relied on a sophisticated stage design – by the standards of that time. HOF gradually developed into a full-service provider and, in addition to sales, covers the areas of construction, structural engineering and production with a complete in-house team, which guarantees customers fast development and execution of projects and great flexibility.
At the customer's request, HOF also carries out the assembly work on a turnkey basis. In the field of special constructions, HOF developed, designed, manufactured and installed, for example, the substructures for a new video wall in the stadium of Bayern Munich and for Europe's

euro-2020Solar-powered Stage Box announces relaunch
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - The Stage Bus, a Birmingham-based events production company that provides solar-powered staging solutions, has released the latest version of its newest stage, The Stage Box.
A concept that’s been designed and constructed at the company’s Halesowen HQ, The Stage Box is built into a converted 20ft shipping container. It provides a stage platform which can operate from the back of a truck, or as a detachable unit which can self-dismount using hydraulic legs. The entire stage is solar-powered, and can run for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The latest version of The Stage Box expands its power capacity with a modular solar battery system, allowing its running length to be extended past the eight hour mark. Combined with its nature as a self-contained unit which can be locked up and safely left at any event site overnight, this makes it the ideal choice for small to medium sized events, corporate activations, sports events, weddings and more.
The Stage Box is equipped with a powerful PA system and LED lighting, which help bring any performance or broadcast to life. Its hydraulic legs allow it to self-level on uneven terrain, simplifying the stage’s transportation and deployment. The stage can also be deployed on ground level, allowing people to get up close and personal with it when used in interactive events such as marketing activations. It can also be raised up to six feet off the ground, providing maximum visibility.
The Stage Box was first launched in 2019, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In the two and a half year

job3280w0905tnPLASA Show opens this weekend
Friday, 2 September 2022

UK - PLASA Show, London’s international event for entertainment technology, will once again open its doors at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Thousands of professionals from across the live sector are expected to attend the show, coming together to celebrate the industry’s strength and innovation following the pandemic. Tickets are still available for £15, which will increase to £20 on the door.
200+ global brands will sit side by side in Olympia’s Grand Hall, representing the very best of pro audio, lighting, audio-visual, rigging and staging technologies. These include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, as well as fellow lighting brands Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Ayrton, Avolites, ETC, Elation, GLP, Vari-Lite, Martin, TMB, plus many more. The pro audio sector is well covered, with brands such as d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Yamaha, DiGiCo, Shure, RCF and L-Acoustics. Leading names from AV will be in attendance, such as Epson, ROE Visual and PSCo. And plenty of rigging companies will be there too, including Area Four, Broadweigh, Doughty and Triple E.
The show will also feature a market-leading seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, with back-to-back sessions in three seminar theatres. Attendees can learn from business leaders, get inspired by accomplished creative freelancers, and get involved in conversational industry panels. Programme highlights include design insights from the creatives behind Ed Sheeran’s world tour; lighting BMW’s HQ; powering the Commonwealth Games; and live events in the metaverse.
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