South Africa - With the new production of Phantom of the Opera, which started a world tour in January this year in Manila, Philippines, Gearhouse Splitbeam have added the Eilon Ron StageMaster 6000 G4 Wireless System to their rigging rental stock for the first time.
“The 10-load cell system, that we purchased from DWR Distribution, can be remotely monitored in conjunction with the wireless receiver and Apple compatible software via blue tooth technology,” comments Alistair Kilbee, managing director at Splitbeam. “The Eilon load cells are easy to install due to the perpendicular design and wireless capabilities.”
The Eilon Ron StageMaster 6000 System, that allows for “always on” wireless continuous monitoring, was the main reason Splitbeam selected the 6000 series. “This means that the load on the motors can be monitored as the motors are moving scenery in and out to ensure safe load dispersion between the motors,” Kilbee explains. “The load cells have a battery life of up to 5,000 hours so we can confidently install them on a touring production where they will be in the rig for a month at a time. Each monitoring system has the capability to monitor up to 200 load cells allowing us to easily purchase additional load cells to add to our current system.”
Kilbee concludes: “With over 100 of our Prolyft Aetos Motors on the tour, the Eilon StageMaster 6000 system provides peace of mind by preventing and warning of potential overloading and thus putting safety first.”
Europe - The last nine months has seen major changes at the new Prolight Concepts HQ with the openning of a larger warehousing and office complex allowing for an even greater stock holding and more efficient dispatching.
Now the company has introduced a new catalogue, listing This, in turn, has allowed expansion of the product range, hence the requirement for the new catalogue.
The marketing and purchasing departments have been working hard over the last three months to get the catalogue ready. The Big One just got even bigger, with over 2200 products featured and the introduction of multiple distributed brands including LDR, Lynx Pro Audio and The Confetti Maker.
The new 2019/20 catalogue has arrived and will be officially released at PLASA Focus Leeds.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments, “Our 2019/20 catalogue contains over 2,200 stock lines; this along with our new distribution facility and increased inventory of over £4.5m allows for immediate same-day dispatch of customer orders.”
All products are now also online to view as part of the company’s e-catalogue - visit the company’s website for more information.
EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s
UK - Penn Elcom has launched UltraFlite, a new 100% recyclable flightcase panel material.
Utilising this in a building project will dramatically reduce the weight of flightcases, adding to all the positive consequences this brings in a tough and highly durable solution, says the company.
The UltraFlite has been developed after two years of extensive R ‘n’ D coupled with Penn’s considerable experience in the field.
Around 80% lighter than traditional wood-ply flightcase panels - approximately 1.6kg per square metre - it will be of interest to anyone in the rental, staging, installation and venue sectors who has kit needing to be flightcased for touring or transportation as well as for installations where (light) weight is crucial.
The UltraFlite panel’s skin features a honeycomb structure that makes it tough, light, durable and resistant to liquids and weather.
It has been created to meet the needs and demands of contemporary and future flightcase builders, who can dramatically reduce case weight by an impressive 30 - 40 percent on average by utilizing UltraFlight in a case design.
Any contribution to reducing deforestation and climate change – however small it might appear – is worth instigating and switching to UltraFlite will mean less wood is needed globally across the flightcase industry.
UltraFlite maintains the ultimate utility and strength expected from premium flightcase products, it is stable, and the panels can be cut, drilled and punched just like traditional flightcase panels!
The hardened skin i
South Africa - Eilon Engineering Weighing Systems, the brand synonymous with Ron StageMaster and Ron load cells, crane scales and dynamometers, has appointed DWR Distribution as their South African distributor.
“We are happy to begin our cooperation with DWR for the distribution of our Ron StageMaster systems in South Africa,” said Noga Eilon-Bahar of Eilon Engineering. “This cooperation with DWR, who are the country’s leading supplier of all entertainment industry equipment, is an important addition to the Ron StageMaster distribution network worldwide. I am sure that together we will make live events in South Africa even safer, and I have no doubt that this collaboration will be successful.”
While Eilon Engineering was established some 40 years ago, it was in 2006 that the company decided to harness its extensive knowledge in advanced wireless communication, as well as its proven load cell technology for the development of an advanced multi-point load monitoring and overload prevention system. This was the inception of the Ron StageMaster system, which shortly after its launch gained international recognition, as well as innovation awards, at both LDI and PLASA.
With their slogan ‘Safety Above All’, the company is made up of individuals excited about their product and the significant impact it makes on the hoist market. As stage products have grown in size with tons of equipment often suspended above the audience, Ron StageMaster is continually coming up with products, such as the load monitoring system, to ensure safety first.
USA - Prolyte Group continues expansion in the North American market with the announcement of Keith Bohn as general sales manager North America.
Keith Bohn is a seasoned veteran in the entertainment industry with over 25 years in design, manufacturing, and use of structural rigging solutions ranging from simple span truss applications to complex permanently installed structures worldwide.
Keith has served as a principal voting member in the Rigging Working Group of the ESTA Technical Standards Programme since 1998 and has chaired the task groups creating and revising ANSI E1.2 (aluminium truss and towers) and ANSI E1.21 (temporary outdoor structures). Keith is also a founding contributor of the Event Safety Alliance and a co-chair of the rigging task group within the Event Safety Working Group. Keith’s experience includes instructing courses on the safe use of truss and outdoor structures worldwide and has authored multiple articles on safe rigging practices. He is also an ETCP Certified Rigger and ETCP Recognized Trainer.
“I am very excited about joining the Prolyte team,” states Keith, “The attention given to user training and safety is impressive, not to mention the breadth of the product line covering very light applications to clear truss spans over 180' in length. I am eager to introduce more of the US market to Prolyte's solutions, especially the innovative tool-free Verto line of truss.”
Australia - After eight years of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH), Opera Australia presented West Side Story, the first musical to be performed on the harbour-side stage.
Boasting a stage that is almost two and a half times larger than any indoor stage in Australia, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series is one of the biggest outdoor theatrical events in the country, and a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar.
The stage and venue are constructed from the ground up in just 25 days by a crew of approximately 150 people for an exclusive four-week performance season. The West Side Story set, designed by award-winning designer Brian Thomson, is an urban New York City-inspired stage design that features a highway overpass that weighs approximately ten tonnes and soars 15m above the stage, three custom-built subway cars and the West Side Story letters spelled across the back of the stage.
Cranes positioned the 80-tonne foundation of the stage onto nine pylons in the water to create a seemingly floating stage which can support up to 150-tonne in weight. Throughout the performance, the stage is accessed via a floating walkway that connects land and sea.
The custom-built venue includes the expansive stage which sits above the Harbour, an orchestra pit, which is hidden in the ‘underworld’ directly beneath the stage, plus on land there’s site and crew offices, dressing rooms, and grandstand seating for approximately 3,000 people. Along with the grandstand, there are multiple bars, food outlets, a restaurant and ver
Italy - Sixty82 has recently appointed Audiosales s.r.l. as the new representative in Italy for its full trussing and staging product line.
Effective immediately, Sixty82's Italian customers "can rely upon the qualities of a dedicated and enthusiastic team, to meet their requirements," says the manufacturer.
Date Jonkman, Sixty82’s executive account manager, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Audiosales. They have a well-established position in the market, and a strong team of experienced people. So we are very pleased they joined the Sixty82 family.”
Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales, adds: "Sixty82 is a team composed of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in the recent decades. Their payoff “The New Original” describes in the best way who the people behind Sixty82 are. They are furthermore providing versatility, knowledge, and innovation, like the new Sixty82 RFIDtag.”
Germany Pop rock group PUR is known throughout Germany for their string of #1 hits from the 1990s and 2000s. They’ve ridden this wave of success for decades and still maintain a strong following with a constant touring schedule throughout the country.
For their latest tour, the band wanted to get even closer to their fans, so they decided on a set design with a centre stage. The extreme amount of lighting and sound equipment required for their concert in Dortmund´s Westfalenhalle had to be hung in the centre of the elliptic building, which measures 118m long, 98m wide, 29m high. Unfortunately, the almost 60 year-old venue did not have enough loading capacity to support the equipment needed for the concert.
Production company Satis&Fy contacted the German rigging structure company Malecon, which was tasked with overcoming the limitations of the Westfalenhalle structure and delivering an acceptable solution for hanging the lights and sound. Malecon are known across the country for their ability to provide extreme support structures for the biggest and most demanding concerts in Germany, and gladly took on the challenge.
Malecon was the first customer to invest in the new steel truss line from Milos, so it was natural for them to turn to this truss to help solve this problem. The resulting solution used Milos 145REC S-RTW Steel Truss to create two 42m spans that were each rated for a total load of 9,000 kg.
In addition to providing the steel spans, it was also necessary to ask the Area Four Industries Direct office to provide a design so
USA - Lighting and video rental specialist 4Wall Entertainment has invested in new Kinesys automation equipment with the purchase of 36 x Elevation vari-speed chain hoists, 36 x LibraCELL load monitoring shackles, two K2 control consoles and numerous Kinesys Vector control systems.
This substantial purchase is for general stock and reflects the growing trend and demand for automation systems as part of shows, events, touring lighting and video systems as well as set element motion.
The decision to go with Kinesys was made by Brett Puwalski, vice president of operations, a key catalyst in this move to boost the automation resources available for 4Wall’s diverse roster of clients.
Kinesys was selected because the brand has a “great track record for reliability and service, and due to its longevity in this specialist area. Kinesys has proved time and again that it is rock solid,” states Brett.
“The current generation of visual and production designers use automation to move both lighting and video elements to WOW audiences and create amazing drama and stunning stage environments” he added, highlighting how video, in particular, has become a huge part of so many production designs in the last decade.
4Wall’s crew received training at Kinesys’ Atlanta facility at the end of last year and again in 2019, and their general feedback has been that the kit is safe, dependable, easy to install, programme and use - all aspects that are key to a smooth tour.
The first project for the new 4Wall Kinesys kit was an iHeartRadio ALTer E
UK - Stage Electrics has appointed a new technical sales consultant for rigging, trussing and staging solutions. Nick Key joins the sales team with over 30 years’ experience working hands-on as a rigger, and being NRC-qualified for nine of those years.
Keys new role will focus on promoting the Prolyte brand and rigging accessories. “Having someone to concentrate purely on rigging sales is a new role,” comments national sales manager, Paul Roughton. “Nick’s experience in the field will allow us to offer rigging solutions to customers and benefit them enormously as they will be able to tap into his knowledge.”
UK - Unusual Rigging has been brought on board to handle the rigging for All About Eve in London's West End. Currently enjoying a 14-week run at the Noel Coward Theatre, the production which has received positive reviews stars Gillian Anderson and Lily James.
Production manager Anthony Newton comments: "The original plan was for Unusual to join the project and do all the rigging. This consisted of a U shape of walls which were to be dead-hung above the stage surrounding the central performance space."
He continues: "Very late in the day, we changed this to a fully automated system that would allow for the walls to rise and fall several times during the performance. Luckily for us, Unusual's Simon Stone and his team aren't phased by such last minute changes. This was my first time working with them but their reputation is so great, I felt confident we were in safe hands . . . and they didn't prove me wrong."
Taking on board the revised brief, Unusual added the automation function with relative ease, designing a system that would run quickly, but relatively silently to accommodate the theatre environment. They also assisted with some additional rigging points (flown LX trusses and ladders on stage and an advance FOH PA truss).
Newton adds: "The great thing about Unusual is that they adapted to the new parameters very quickly. The system was installed and commissioned in an amazingly quick way which was great, given we only had four days to fit up this new show. They handed it over to the house crew to run and we’ve had no issues with t
UK - Colour Sound Experiment collaborated with lighting designer Miles Weaver as the lighting supplier for the intimate soul-y funk sounds of UK singer/ songwriter Nao, who has just completed the first UK and European leg of her Saturn tour following the release of her second album last autumn.
The tour was project-managed for Colour Sound by Alex Ryan, who comments: “It’s the first time we’ve worked with Miles as a supplier and it was an excellent experience. His design was original and interesting, and it is always exciting to be involved with an LD and artist with a great future ahead.”
Miles took a floor package on the tour, stepping up to a full rig for the London showcase at Brixton Academy.
The floor package had to offer max versatility yet pack down into a trailer, so Miles chose 12 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams for this. He wanted to achieve some specific effects like creating walls of colour but was keen to use a fixture other than an LED batten.
His specials design also had to be infinitely scalable depending on the available stage space, and the 12 Spiiders were a great solution on this front as well as working with whatever venue house or top rigs were available each night.
For Brixton, it was a complete ‘own show’ scenario, but they had to step up seamlessly to over 4 times the size of rig with no rehearsal or tech time!
The Spiider count expanded to 36 for Brixton, with 18 of the additional 24 units rigged on two overhead V-shaped trusses - one slightly higher than the other – mirrored – footp
UK - Event design and technical production specialist Maestra Group, run by Justin Hammond (London) and Tom Clements (Dubai), has doubled the size of its UK and European operation ready for a busy 2019.
The east London HQ was bursting at the seams of its Victorian industrial building in Woolwich, where the Maestra mission started in January 2016. When the opportunity to take over the warehouse next door arose, it provided a convenient solution.
Parts of the walls have been knocked through and the interiors completely re-designed so the two spaces operate as an efficient and continuous workspace.
There are now new prepping and dispatch areas for projects leaving the warehouse, greater space for truck loading as well as enlarged storage and maintenance sections for all the different equipment sections. The extra space made available downstairs has been taken up already with new kit investments.
On the first floor, the original Maestra open-plan office space has also been dramatically expanded and made into one large integrated space that traverses the two units.
“With considerably more space, we have an excellent set up to continue growing our European business,” commented Justin. “We all really loved the building, so when the chance came up to move sideways – literally – it was a fantastic lateral manoeuvre.”
Celebrating its third full year of operation, the company finished 2018 with substantial equipment investment – including sound, lighting, video and rigging.
This includes a number of white products includin
Europe - At Frankfurt, during ProLight+Sound, Eilon Engineering and AED group announced their new partnership. AED group has been appointed as the new distributor of Eilon products in the Benelux countries. The total product range of Eilon Ron StageMaster systems will be available for sale at AED Distribution.
“After testing and looking into all the most common systems on the market, the Ron StageMaster was the best choice for AED. We’re impressed by the easy and quick set up of the system that provides you all the data and reports you need,” said Bart De Smet, rigging advisor at AED group.
Noga Eilon Bahar, VP business development at Eilon Engineering, commented: “We are happy to begin our cooperation with AED for renting, leasing, distribution and service of our Ron StageMaster systems in Benelux and beyond. This cooperation with AED, a well-known, established, total solution provider in the AV industry, is an important addition to the Ron StageMaster distribution network worldwide and a natural addition to AED's line of products. I am sure that this cooperation will be successful and together we will make live events even safer.”
Company Stars - A revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company was among the big winners at Sunday night's Olivier Awards. It won four prizes at the ceremony. The West End revival of the 1970 musical saw the lead character, Robert, re-imagined as a woman.
Accepting the award for best musical revival, the show's director Marianne Elliott explained her company's "main goal was to put female stories front and centre on our stages".
Two other shows took home four prizes from the ceremony - The Inheritance and Come From Away. Other winners included: Best set design - Bunny Christie (Company), Best lighting - Jon Clark (The Inheritance), Best sound design - Gareth Owen (Come From Away)
Mamma Mia! - Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus made a surprise appearance as hit musical Mamma Mia! celebrated its 20th anniversary in London's West End. Huge applause welcomed the pair onto the stage as the show ended at the Novello Theatre. Ulvaeus told the crowd it felt "both strange and wonderful" to be there. They have appeared at previous anniversary performances and this time were joined at the Novello Theatre by producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson, who Ulvaeus described as "three angels".
Smart Glasses - Smart caption glasses developed and trialled at the National Theatre for hearing-impaired audiences are being rolled out across the UK, with Leeds Playhouse the first regional theatre to use the technology. The glasses are aimed at D/deaf au
Australia - The beginning of 2019 saw the opening event of the UCI WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under. Held in South Australia, it is the southern hemisphere’s biggest cycling event attracting 750,000 visitors and is globally recognised. In pitching for the contract, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology proposed some fairly innovative audio-visual ideas and deploying Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 LED processors helped them deliver.
“We wanted to improve the spectator experience on every level,” says Ashley Gabriel, director of sales and marketing at Novatech. “We deployed our ROE CB3 and CB5 LED screens at the start and finish lines, with signal transported over fibre via Riedel’s MediorNet.”
At the Tour Down Under Village in Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Nexstage built a custom 18m wide by 8m high Layher scaffold structure for team presentations and daily events, vinyl wrapped with signage and paired with a 30 square metre ROE Visual CB5 LED screen.
“We used our Brompton SX40 4K and S4 processors. They are quite amazing and we had a lot of comments as to the quality of the screens and the race images,” continues Ashley. “We used our CB5 with airframe and CB3 panels on the event and all performed superbly on the Brompton processors.”
The Tour Down Under is not just a bike race, it is also the southern hemisphere’s biggest festival of cycling and after 1980s corporate pastiche pop stars Client Liaison had rocked the opening night, the live site stayed active for the 10 days of The Tour running intervi
Europe - Prolyte Group has appointed Production Services Ireland (PSI) to its growing global distribution network. The move adds significant expertise and reliability to the family of companies that represent the Dutch truss, staging and hoist manufacturer around the world.
PSI has headquarters in both Belfast and Dublin. Since its formation in 1996, it has grown its position across the Irish market.
PSI will support Prolyte’s existing Irish customers and develop new relationships in the region by holding the latest stock and delivering high-quality technical support and training.
PSI director, Sean Pagel, comments: “This is an exciting new partnership, combining the Prolyte brand and quality with PSI’s ethos of excellence, rigging expertise and passion for training. We’re looking forward to combining the strengths of both businesses and delivering quality solutions across a range of applications in Ireland.”
Prolyte’s distributor manager Paul Hadfield says: “PSI perfectly complements Prolyte Group’s philosophy with a focus on technical support, product availability and a dedication to provide the knowledge to further educate the industry to the latest safety regulations. With the addition of PSI as our Irish distribution partner, we have created better access to our product range, allowing Irish customers to be better served with Prolyte products and our Prolyte Campus events.”
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with PSI to strengthen our global network, while increasing the availability of Prolyte’s wide ranges of
Europe - Prolyte Group has announced a partnership with F-Musiikki / F-Pro as its distributing partner for Finland. F-Pro has offices and outlets in Helsinki, Espoo, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Seinäjoki. The central warehouse is located in Vantaa/Helsinki.
Peter-Tjalling Siertsema, distributor manager, Prolyte, comments, “I am excited to improve and expand our services in Finland by working closely together with F-Pro and our customers. The Finnish region represents an important market for Prolyte. By installing F-Pro as our new distributor, we assure that our existing and new Prolyte users have quick access to material, service, knowledge and support.”
Jussi Aalto, sales manager, F-Pro adds, “It will be a great pleasure to work together with a company like Prolyte, the world leader in hardware products. Together with Prolyte we can expand our footstep in the local entertainment business and serve our customers even better. I’m excited to take one remarkable step forward and start productive longterm co-operation with Prolyte.”
F-Pro is an event technology division of F-Musiikki, the well-known musical instrument distributor and dealer in Finland. F-Pro is distributing a number of visual and audio brands including Robe, ChamSys, Allen & Heath, Bose Professional and dB-Technologies.
William Voskuil, Prolyte sales director EMEA and LATAM concludes, “We constantly strive to enable even better access to our product ranges, support and product knowledge. The new partnership between Prolyte and F-Pro enables us t
UK - The fire at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015 sent shockwaves through the local community and the performing arts sector. However, fast forward four years and Battersea Arts Centre has been rebuilt and reopened with the fire contributing a notable and visible chapter to the venue’s colourful history and the overall look of the venue’s re-design.
Acousticians Gillerion Scott required variable acoustics to serve the wide programme of events planned for the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre. Theatre consultants Theatreplan had the task of engineering a solution and explored possible product options with Triple E whose roller banner solution emerged as the most practicable solution. The design and manufacturing challenge was not insignificant but was one readily taken on by Triple E.
“One of our areas of expertise is the provision of variable acoustic solutions,” explains David Edelstein. “And so when Theatreplan approached us we were excited to be part of this important rebuild project in South West London.”
Roger Fox, director of theatre consultants Theatreplan comments, “Theatreplan became involved with Battersea Arts Centre just as the rebuild got underway following the devastating fire of 2015. A major part of this rebuild was developing the roof structure and fitting all the technical elements, including a requirement for variable acoustics, into a tight roof environment. Triple E's VariRollers seemed the answer and we were delighted to work alongside Triple E as we are well aware of their ingenuity and their willingness, and cap
Germany - PSRIG is set to launch its new FlexScope – Telescopic Motion Stabiliser at this year's Prolight + Sound. Visitors to Stand C80, Hall 12.0 will see the new stage mechanical system in action.
Aart Gigengack, sales manager and co-owner of PSRIG says: "We are very excited to be launching this new piece of kit at Prolight + Sound and we think our customers will be very excited by it. The FlexSccope is a system which has been designed to move objects vertically in a stable and smooth fashion while preventing motion like tilting, panning or any other unwanted movement. It is suitable for a variety of creative applications – in fact anywhere you want to enhance the visual aspects of a show."
The telescopic profile consists of four sections. In the standard configuration the profile is 220cm in its home position while in the fully extended position, it measures 750cm. The total travel of the profile is 530cm. However the FlexScope is configurable with custom section length when ordering directly from PSRIG. It consists of a flexible truss bracket on top of the profile and a fixed bottom bracket where you can mount the light, video or other decorative items. An external cable guiding system to transfer power and data is available for purchase.
Aart continues: "The system came about as a result of a customer request for Martin Garrix's ADE show in the RAI Amsterdam. Show director Gabriel Fraboni reached out to Unlimited Productions in the Netherlands for a solution to make moving heads go up and down individually over the crowd. Unlimited Product
UK - On Friday, 29 March 2019, HRH, The Princess Royal, was the honoured VIP visitor to Le Mark Group, there to open its new high-tech international warehouse facility.
HRH, accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, was greeted by senior Le Mark staff members and noted dignitaries from the Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the High Sheriff’s Association.
After touring the sales office, HRH was provided with a manufacturing demonstration of the multi-award winning BlackTak light masking foil. HRH heard of the work undertaken by the company and which countries it sells to.
Linda Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “We have an amazing performance flooring department and one particular project I was proud to present to HRH was our printing and fitting of the world’s largest printed floor for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.”
HRH officially opened the new international warehouse by unveiling a memorial plaque.
Stuart Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH to Le Mark and we were delighted that she supports this expansion. International warehouse 3 marks an important investment for Le Mark. No matter the political climate, Europe and the rest of the world remain vital markets for our products and we will continue to drive export growth.
“The new warehouse almost doubles our storage capacity with an additional 360 Euro pallet bays. With this, Le Mark is reinforcing its commitment to, and confide
USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Stage Expo last week in Louisville, KY.
A myriad of activities including sales of raffle tickets, a live and silent auction, challenge grants, swag sales, and sales of Neal Preston’s books, posters and prints raised over $18,000 for the charity. The LRLR 2019 ride, dubbed the Altimeter Tour, starts on 7 July in Denver Colorado. The riders cover all their own expenses so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at www.behindthescenescharity.org/lrlr.
The booth featured a display of some of The Lightpower Collection’s photographs by Neal Preston including those of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Robert Plant, Bob Marley, Ray Charles and others.
Raffle festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and Eddie Raymond (yes, they were the T-Rex’s), and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices), ACT Lighting (The dot2 Series of Lighting Control Solutions from MA Lighting) and InCord (Theatrical Safety Netting Systems) presented checks from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included a hand-tooled seam ripper and serving tray created by Shan and Trish Ayers, a special pack of Amberient’s industry trading cards which included a signed Richard Pilbrow Rookie card, and a hand crafted pen and pencil set donated by Indianapolis Stage in associ
Latvia/Ukraine - In response to significant business growth across Europe, Sixty82, a manufacturer of trussing and staging systems, has announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with JSA Stage Company as its exclusive distributor for Latvia and Ukraine.
From this point forward, JSA will serve its customers by providing a complete range of Sixty82 solutions.
“JSA’s distribution with Sixty82 is a crucial step to better serving our customers in Latvia and Ukraine,” says CEO Fokko Smeding. “With their history of representing leading manufacturers of trussing and staging equipment, they have built an excellent reputation in the industry and form an opportune extension to our already existing distribution network. In the many years that we have worked together we have established mutual trust, which is crucial in this ever-changing industry.”
Alexander Strizhak, CEO of JSA, comments: “JSA has been working in this business for more than twenty years and has always used constructions from the best manufacturers in the field. Sixty82 is a new progressive brand on the market, with a lot of experience in the manufacturing of innovative technologies.”
He continues: “In addition, Fokko Smeding, the founder of Sixty82 is an extraordinary person, who put together an amazing team of professionals. Therefore we are extremely excited to present SIXTY82’s products to our potential customers and to start this journey with the Sixty82 team. I am sure that the Sixty82 products will be a great success in the market.”