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Chauvet debuts weather-resistant LED at LDI

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

USA - With an output greater than that of a 750-watt HPL ellipsoidal, the Ovation E-260WW IP is bright enough to work effectively at outdoor events, theatrical performances and concerts. The new LED fixture from Chauvet Professional will also keep working without issue if the weather at those outdoor projects turns bad, because it is fully IP65 rated, says the company.

In addition to its IP65 rating, the new indoor/outdoor fixture, which will be showcased at the Ovation LDI booth (1515), is endowed with all of the performance features of the popular Ovation E-260WW. This includes a 50,000-hour LED source life as well as an intense output (6,910 lux at 5m with a 26? lens). The latter feature makes it, along with its sister fixture, the brightest LED ellipsoidal on the market.

"The response to the Ovation E-260WW has been overwhelming since we introduced it earlier this year," said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. "We followed up on this fixture by introducing the Ovation E-260WW IP, because many of our customers asked us to develop a version that they could use outdoors. Both fixtures allow you to enjoy the benefits of LED technology without sacrificing brightness in your key lighting."

Unlike outdoor gobo projectors, the new Ovation fixture has the lens selection, shutters, framing, and all the other features of a standard ERS product. It also accepts standard

PLASA 2016 enjoys successful return to West London

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - The decision to relocate the PLASA Show back to Olympia proved to be a great move, securing the show's continued future as a key event on the industry's calendar. The quality of the audience was strong across all three days, with 60% being final decision makers and specifiers. Exhibitors also reported an increase in international visitors, further validating the decision to move the event back to West London.

Once again, PLASA's high quality free to attend seminar programme was a key element of the show and featured extremely well attended presentations by Durham Marenghi on lighting the Olympic ceremonies in Rio as well as a Production Masterclass from Ola Melzig and Fredrik J├Ânsson on Eurovision 2016.

This year's content-rich show also featured the seventh edition of the Rigging Conference, hands-on console training opportunities, the Innovation Gallery, and an experiential maze curated and produced by Darryn De La Soul of Soulsound, which featured a number of interesting and challenging experiments created by manufacturers and leading educational establishments, culminating in an interactive art installation by Iris Musel that explored the notion of visual and sound perception in relation to dementia. This compelling feature was visited by over 1400 attendees.

"There was an amazing atmosphere in Olympia during the three days of the show," says PLASA'

 
 
Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016

Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - Showlight 2017, which takes place in Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017, exhibited for the first time in four years at the newly relocated PLASA Show, with great success.

Showlight is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the theatre, television, film, performance, architectural and event worlds. A mix of conference, tradeshow and sociability, Showlight is an opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry in an informal and informative atmosphere.

"PLASA was the right forum to have a stand for Showlight," says lighting designer and Showlight technical support, Rudi Benz. "It is a show that puts a lot of effort into networking and education which is right in line with Showlight's own philosophy.

"We had a lot of interest from visitors as prospective exhibitors, speakers and delegates. Being situated amongst the industry organisations and drama schools, we also met many students who had not heard of Showlight before. They were very interested to hear that Showlight offers 40 places to students sponsored by the exhibitors, and uptake has increased since. We were also very happy to sign up more exhibitors for next May, to the extent that we have almost reached maximum capacity eight months before the event!"

Exhibitor places in Florence are almost sold out and delegate

 
GoboPlus.com enjoys busy PLASA 2016

GoboPlus.com enjoys busy PLASA 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - GoboPlus.com turned out in force on its fully recyclable cardboard stand at PLASA 2016. The whole stand, with graphics designed by GoboPlus.com's Vicky Fairall, was made entirely of cardboard, including the lectern, seats and tables. It succeeded in drawing large numbers of visitors with its unique and colourful appearance that guided customers through the process of custom gobo production.

GoboPlus.com is a one-stop online shop that specialises in the supply of custom and standard metal gobos, glass gobos and all projection images. Goboplus.com's online shop now features colour filter which is available from stock, by the sheet or roll, for shipping the same day.

Its sister company, CutColourPlus, provides bespoke cutting and complete scroll-making services, and supplies lighting filters in sheets and rolls from leading manufacturers that include Lee, Rosco and GAM.

GoboPlus.com chose PLASA 2016 to release more new gobo designs in its Plus range which, along with its existing collection of Rosco, DHA and GAM images, raises the total number of designs available to more than 3000.

GoboPlus.com is also a supplier of Suprabeam torches, a range of professional super-efficient LED torches which are available from the GoboPlus.com website. A daily competition with a Suprabeam torch as the prize was held during the show with six winners becoming lucky recip

 
 
Debut for youth awards at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

Debut for youth awards at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

Friday, 30 September 2016

Germany - One hundred and fifty years ago the opera Roméo et Juliette was first performed by Charles Gounod on 27 April 1867. It is with this event in mind that an assignment will be given to the contestants of the newly created Weltenbauer.Youngsters.Awards 2017, an international prize to be jointly presented by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).

Trainees, students (ranging from schools to vocational and higher education) from any country specialising in the theatre, films and event technology are invited to submit their designs and works on the subject of Romeo and Juliet. These may be individual or team works focusing on stage design, the theatre stage, costumes, decoration, set design, make-up, lighting concepts, videos or audio installations.

Papers describing the works or designs must be submitted via internet no later than 28 February 2017 to the website at www.weltenbauer.global, which also provides detailed technical information.

A panel will select the ten best works and decide on the winners of the first and second prize who will receive 1,000 euros in prize money. The third-placed award will be a 'people's choice'. The awards ceremony will be held in the Palais am Funkturm on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.

The 10 finalists will be able to exhibit their works on a special display area in Hall 23. On We

 
Hawthorn steps into virtual reality at Battersea

Hawthorn steps into virtual reality at Battersea

Thursday, 29 September 2016

UK - Hawthorn invited guests to step into virtual Battersea Evolution at the Smart Group's relaunch of London's most unique and versatile event space.

The successful showcase event relaunched Battersea Evolution to the event industry; demonstrating its flexibility and unveiling its new brand. As technical partner to the venue, Hawthorn delivered the full technical production for the event, which included creating and delivering a virtual reality experience for 280 guests.

Hawthorn teamed up with the Smart Group to create a high impact set-up within the venue - designed to demonstrate the size and flexibility of the space whilst retaining an intimate atmosphere.

The production included an elegant lighting design that packed a punch for the 40m kabuki reveal with pyrotechnics and supported the slick on-screen footage which was shown across 8 x 16ft HD projected screens. With over 160 tungsten and 50 intelligent lights layered over 5x 50m trusses, Hawthorn demonstrated the scope and flexibility of the venue and their own in house lighting design to support the amazing event.

Hawthorn further enhanced the 'Battersea Experience' by creating a virtual version of the venue. Using cutting edge virtual reality headsets (HTC VIVE) guests immersed themselves in 360° visuals of three example technical production setups at Battersea, created to give viewers an ins

 
 
Alcons delivers audio excellence at Verso

Alcons delivers audio excellence at Verso

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - From its origins as a single wine store, San Francisco's PlumpJack Group has grown into a multi-faceted hospitality and lifestyle business. In late 2015, it opened Verso, a premier event space and night club where exceptional sound quality had to be guaranteed for all events.

PlumpJack Group's business now includes award-winning wineries, luxury resorts, restaurants and clubs, as well as retail outlets. Established in a former printing works in San Francisco's Mission Street, Verso is a high quality space designed to switch quickly and seamlessly from hosting events to a nightclub.

Bradley S. Katz of the city's JK Sound had previously worked with PlumpJack on another venue, MatrixFillmore, and was asked to look at Verso as a result of that venue's success. "Verso was to be a more 'serious' venue and the AV design had to reflect their vision of a truly unique experience," he says. "We won the design and installation contract for the sound and lighting after a series of demos, and I personally saw the job through to completion."

Brad first heard Alcons pro-ribbon systems at a demo by David Rahn of Alcons US. "I was thoroughly impressed. The sound quality stuck in my head and made me really want to work with them," he says.

Brad and the JK Sound team set up two demos, one of which was at a PlumpJack company party in the unfinished Verso venue. "We set

 
Syncrolite shares stage at Made in America Festival

Syncrolite shares stage at Made in America Festival

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - The Budweiser Made in America Festival returned to Philadelphia for its fifth season this Labour Day weekend with a star-studded lineup including the Syncrolite XL and SyncroMITE Beam. Rihanna and Coldplay headlined the weekend.

Patrick Dierson, principle designer for The-Activity and LD for the festival, explains how the Syncrolite products were used. "The XL's were an absolute workhorse for the festival's main stage as they became the main source of wash light for the rig.

"Originally specified by Rihanna's LD, Jesse Blevins, for her performance we had decided that due to load-in constraints that it might be best if we simply bought these in at the start of the build and made them the overall festival wash light. I was slightly hesitant at first but the end result was fantastic. They not only looked great both live and on camera for the festival's broadcast but they were extremely reliable and gave us virtually no fuss whatsoever."

Dierson continues, "This was our first foray with the new SyncroMITE Beam and they absolutely lived up to our expectations. I was looking to accent the festival's main stage with a classic searchlight effect but was somewhat constrained on space and placement. It being the smallest of the Syncrolite family of products, the MITES fit the bill physically and we were blown away with their output. We expected them to be good bu

 
 
Elation Cuepix Panels go mad in Madrid

Elation Cuepix Panels go mad in Madrid

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Spain - Mad Cool Festival is a new rock and pop music festival in Spain that debuted 16-18 June at the Caja Magica tennis grounds in Madrid. With a line-up that included Neil Young, The Who and The Prodigy, and a three-day attendance that topped 100,000, Mad Cool is off to an impressive start.

Madrid-based PRG Spain was responsible for the audiovisual production for the festival's three main stages and incorporated Elation Professional's Cuepix Panel LED matrices into the design for Stage Three, a 10,000-capacity stage located inside the main tennis court arena.

"The Mad Cool Festival has been one of our biggest productions this summer with 98 staff from PRG Spain, one full day of set-up and another of lighting, video and sound rehearsals prior to the three days of concerts," said PRG's Francisco 'Pako' Palazon, head of production and lighting design for the three main stages. "We have a stock of 60 Cuepix Panel units and they get used constantly. At Mad Cool we made use of 11 Cuepix Panels as audience blinders at Stage Three."

Stage Three was host to an eclectic mix of international acts like Bastille, The Kills, Flume and Django Django among others, alongside popular Spanish bands like 091, L.A., Leon Benavente and Xoel Lopez. Head of lighting for Stage Three was Gonzalo Plecel, who created the lighting looks and worked as lighting control operator for some

 
Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island theme

Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island theme

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Germany - Powersoft's flagship amplifiers were out in force recently at the annual Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg - one of a number of successful deployments around the world during the busy festival system.

For the second consecutive year, Powersoft partner Barowski AG provided sound reinforcement for the main stage, situated on the Hauptmarkt in front of the city's main town hall, bidding successfully for the contract, issued by organisers, the City of Nuremberg.

Billed as "Germany's largest world music festival", and attracting more than 200,000 visitors over the three days, for its 41st edition, Bardentreffen focused on a variety of music from around the globe under the theme Sounds of the Islands.

Barowski AG had first fielded their X8 racks for the 2015 edition, but according to Michael Barowski, chairman of the board, they increased their inventory for this year. "We now have five X8 racks and an additional X4 touring set," he said. "Each amp in our rental stock occupies a single rack for maximum flexibility."

In addition to the X4/X8, the production company also deployed additional Powersoft amps for other applications, such as driving delays and near-fill speakers.

The main PA in this case consisted of EV X-Line, with further EV Xi-series enclosures deployed for out-fill and near-fill duties as well as drum-fill on stage. Other monitor s

 
 
Rogues rock Fenway Park for Jason Aldean

Rogues rock Fenway Park for Jason Aldean

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - Labour Day may mark the official end to summer in the US, but for the big crowd gathered at Boston's Fenway Park the following weekend, the season was still in full swing. The hometown Red Sox were battling for a pennant, but they were 431 miles away in Toronto playing the Blue Jays.

The sweet summertime mood that enveloped fans at the historic ballpark on 9 and 10 September came not from baseball, but from a memorable concert by country music superstar Jason Aldean and special guest Kid Rock.

Contributing to the freewheeling atmosphere was a fast-moving high intensity lightshow created by Keith Hoagland that featured a floor package of Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid moving hybrid fixtures supplied by Bandit Lites.

"We added the floor package, because we felt that the Rogue Hybrids would be an excellent complement to the other fixtures on our rig," said Hoagland. "This was a very bright show, but the Rogues we had were intense enough not to be overwhelmed."

Part of Aldean's Six String Circus tour, the Fenway concert kicked off on 9 September to coincide with the release of the multi American Country Music Award-winner's seventh studio album They Don't Know. The concert was performed on a wide centerfield stage with a solid overhanging roof and walls on three sides that was flanked by two vertical video walls.

Hoagland accented the

 
Pearce Hire looks to the future

Pearce Hire looks to the future

Thursday, 29 September 2016

UK - Pearce Hire acknowledges the importance of engaging with those who will shape the future of the industry in years to come, and has confirmed its participation at the first Production Futures taking place on Thursday 6 October at Production Park in Wakefield.

"We believe in investing time and energy to nurture the skills and enthusiasm for our industry from the next generation of technicians, designers and producers," observes MD Shaun Pearce, whose company Pearce Hire has an established intern programme with local college PRC (Peterborough Regional College).

"We have a long-held commitment at Pearce Hire to engage with those students studying at PRC, offering internships with us, which often leads to seasonal or even full time employment of those students who really shine and have a passion for the work we do. Getting involved with Production Futures, and supporting this new style event focussed entirely on our industry's next generation has a natural synergy with our 'modus operandi' here at Pearce Hire.

"It makes sense therefore for Pearce Hire to be at an event where students from across the UK will gather together for a one-day event focussed entirely on learning, industry networking and career development, and to engage with future employers like Pearce Hire in an environment created entirely for the needs of the production industry's future generat

 
 
Hawthorn technical production for KOI Awards

Hawthorn technical production for KOI Awards

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

UK - Celebrating the very best talent in the world of lighting and video design, the ninth Knight of Illumination Awards took place at the Eventim Apollo, London on 18 September 2016. As one of the ceremony's spotlight sponsors, Hawthorn provided technical production, including lighting, sound, video, rigging and set, to impress an audience of renowned lighting designers from around the globe.

The event, which was this year hosted by Australian actor and TV presenter Mark Little, has become a highlight in the lighting and video design world, providing a platform to recognise the hard work and boundless creativity demonstrated in the industry. With over 500 lighting and video professionals attending the award ceremony, the pressure was on for Hawthorn to deliver a spectacular production, with their lighting designer Chris Green taking up the gauntlet.

Producing a lighting design that fitted the look and feel of the venue perfectly, Chris used a mixtures of Clay Paky and Ayrton fixtures. "Two sweeping curved trusses protruded from the back of the stage into the auditorium, above the heads of the audience" said Chris. "I fitted these with sixteen of Hawthorn's new-to-stock Clay Paky Scenius Profiles to create a big beam look and then placed another six on the floor at the back of the stage to add depth and detail in the dead space around the stage.

"I also used

 
Gearhouse Broadcast relies on Clear-Com

Gearhouse Broadcast relies on Clear-Com

Monday, 26 September 2016

Australia - Gearhouse Broadcast's event communications division has covered comms requirements for some of Australia's biggest live events in 2016, relying on Clear-Com products to get the job done quickly and reliably.

Their FreeSpeak II wireless, HelixNet partyline and Eclipse digital matrix systems have formed the backbone of major events like Hillsong Conference and the Queensland and Victorian Schools Spectaculars, ensuring these massive gigs and their live broadcasts run without a hitch.

Taking over Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena and most of its neighbouring venues in Olympic Park, Hillsong Conference was a four-day gathering of more than 30,000 faithful, with all of the production requirements of a massive arena show. Gearhouse Broadcast supplied and operated the comms system, which used 50 FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz beltpacks, one HMS-4X HelixNet main station running 12 HBP-2X HelixNet beltpacks, and an Eclipse Digital Matrix integrated with a second comms system via MADI.

"We had rented Freespeak II to Hillsong in Sydney and Melbourne prior to Conference," says Jason Owen, manager of Gearhouse's event communications. "It was a good fit for them. The Conference is such a large-scale job, and their premiere event of the year. It was a big test for a big system, and it just works.

"With FreeSpeak II, you're clear of most other wireless. The audio quality and co

 
 
Robe stretches Spiiders web at PLASA 2016

Robe stretches Spiiders web at PLASA 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

UK - Robe's high impact London themed stand - complete with genuine vintage London bus - was right at the core of the 2016 PLASA exhibition in London where it caught the eyes of visitors and provided a lively and invigorating environment to showcase the latest technology from the Czech lighting manufacturer.

The just launched Spiider LED wash beam luminaire was the visual centrepiece of the stand, with 42 Spiiders arranged on a scenic 'super-web' web at the heart of a spectacular lightshow that ran every hour.

Just launched globally on the internet via the trending 'Spiiders all over the web' video three days before the show, it was the hot product of the expo!

The super-web was neatly concealed behind drapes that transformed the stand into a theatrical space to show off Robe's other highlighted products which included the new Halo pixel ring, the all-LED DL series and BMFL WashBeams from Robe's signature high-powered BMFL range.

The stand was constantly busy. Robe's CEO Josef Valchar commented, "I was initially a little sceptical about how PLASA would 'pan-out' this year, I even prepared our staff for the fact that this could be the last PLASA ... BUT ... any doubts were turned on their head by the end of the first day!

"We have seen a diverse mix of visitors from the UK and Europe, and most of our key European distributors also attended and were bus

 
Clay Paky enjoys successful return to Olympia

Clay Paky enjoys successful return to Olympia

Thursday, 22 September 2016

UK - "The Clay Paky lights at PLASA 2016 were captivating and successful," said Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CEO, when he got back from the London show, which has returned to Olympia. The industry met the stylish revival of the show very warmly with the participation of numerous visitors and skilled professionals from all over the world.

Clay Paky presented its products at their best, at a large booth in the Ambersphere village, through a demo-show programmed by lighting designer Alex Mildenhall, operator on TV show X-Factor.

The Clay Paky Scenius Profile won the PLASA Award for Innovation. The judges said "This product's innovation reaches from the lamp and reflector all the way through the optical path."

The Scenius Profile was not the only acclaimed product at the Clay Paky booth. Visitors and the award judges themselves showed great interest in the Shar-Bar, a moving LED bar with advanced features, which turns into a totally new multi-beam effect.

One of the main talking points among visitors to PLASA was definitely the return of ADB, recently taken over by Clay Paky. A specific booth was set up to exhibit some of the key products from ADB's wide range, including the top quality Freedom consoles, the powerful Eurodim Twin tech dimmer system, and the new ALS LED lights.

The new ADB staff was present in its entirety: the new CEO Simone Capeleto, ADB

 
 
All routes lead to Broaman at IBC

All routes lead to Broaman at IBC

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Netherlands - At this year's IBC 2016, BroaMan found the perfect platform from which to springboard its new Route66 family of routers into the broadcast markets and associated sectors.

The German company carried on where they left off at this year's NAB Show, where the new Route66 AutoRouter picked up a prestigious award. Supporting DiGiCo, as well as standalone Optocore systems it closes the ring automatically once a mobile stagebox is added or removed from the system

"Many clients and distributors were talking about this product," said managing director, Tine Helmle. "They love the device and the stand was buzzing."

Also shown for the very first time was the new Route66 40/40, and a highly successful press launch formed the hub of the five-day show. Presented by BroaMan technical director Marc Brunke, the international press audience was enrapt as he explained the evolution of the Route66 platform since it was invented as a custom solution for SVT, the Swedish National broadcaster, exactly five years ago to the month.

Available in three versions, the latest Route66 series will provide single channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports in three versions - all with directly accessible fibre SFP (Small Form Factor Pluggable) or SDI. Additionally, each new Route66 features fibre ports which can be used to access built-in CWDM or DWDM multiplexers.

On

 
Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 winners

Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 winners

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - Lighting and video content design ceremony Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) announced the winners of the 9th edition during a prestigious ceremony at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Sunday 18 September.

The well-attended ceremony saw almost 500 professionals come together to celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working on shows across the UK.

The event was hosted by Australian actor, television presenter and comedian Mark Little. The winners have been revealed as:

THEATRE

The ETC Award for Dance: Michael Hulls for Conceal | Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Sadler's Wells

The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Mark Henderson for Sunset Boulevard, English National Opera

The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Joachim Klein for Saul, Glyndebourne Festival

The Elation Professional Award for Plays: Jan Versweyveld for Songs from Far Away, Young Vic

The FIX8Group Award for Projection Design: Will Duke for The Encounter, Edinburgh International Festival/The Barbican

CONCERT TOURING AND EVENTS

The Ambersphere Solutions Award for Arena: Patrick Woodroffe for Adele

The HSL Award for Club: Francis Clegg for Public Service Broadcasting

The MA Lighting Award for Events: Adam Bassett for The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

The Ayrton Award for Stage: Tobi

 
 

Reproduced Sound 2016 scheduled for November

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - Reproduced Sound (RS) takes residence in November 2016 at Southampton, home to not one but two universities involved in acoustics teaching and research. Dates for the diary are Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 November, with two full days of papers and presentations on the Wednesday and Thursday and a workshop on virtual audio on the Tuesday evening. The conference venue and hotel will be the Holiday Inn, right on the Southampton waterfront.

Keith Holland, RS chairman, said, "We are again keeping with the ever popular residential format familiar with RS conferences, which encourages valuable and sociable networking between attendees. We have taken RS to Manchester in the past, which resulted in excellent contributions from Salford and Manchester Universities, among others, and this time we are hoping for something similar from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and from Southampton Solent. The Holiday Inn is also in a stunning location, overlooking the Solent, and Southampton is convenient to reach by road, rail or plane from London and elsewhere."

"The programme includes a wide variety of interesting papers, from practitioners, consultants and academics, along with a number of workshops and demos. We are particularly delighted to welcome back Mark Dodd, a one-time regular at the conference, returning this year to receive the Peter Barnett Award,

 
Winners of the PLASA Innovation Awards 2016 announced

Winners of the PLASA Innovation Awards 2016 announced

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - Sponsored by Velta, the 2016 PLASA Awards for Innovation took place in the Apex Room at the end of an extremely busy Monday at this year's PLASA Show. Hosted by PLASA's new managing director Peter Heath and presented by PLASA Chairman Ed Pagett, the awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding new product ideas.

The Awards garner a huge amount of respect because they are independently and impartially judged by an invited team of industry experts.

To win an Award for Innovation, a nominated product had to satisfy the chairman of judges that it met the criteria for Innovation by clearly showing that it demonstrates a new style of thinking; improves technical practice; introduces new technology, new materials or new techniques; includes patents or unique intellectual property; offers a new commercial advantage, or improves safety.

The judges awarded all eight trophies and the winners were:

D3 Technologies for its D3 r14 software

With the opportunity to capture multiple live data streams from automation, motion tracking and more for instant replay, this system provides the visualisation equivalent of a virtual sound-check.

Ten 47 for the Powerline QC

The Judges felt this innovative design provided a long overdue solution to an old problem with high current connectors.

LSC Lighting for its Mantra Lite & Wings

This lighting desk take

 
 

PLASA 2016: Coffee and Cake with Team Hawthorn

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - It's always nice to meet up with Martin Hawthorn, Managing Director of recently re-branded Hawthorn as it usually means an informal chat over a cup of coffee and some of his wife Lynn's excellent baking. This time was no different and gave us an opportunity to talk about recent developments within the business.

A recent re-brand was part of a consolidation of Hawthorn's business interests following the purchase of Anagram Production Services and Rex Howard Drapes, both now firmly under the new banner of Hawthorn and has allowed them to simplify the company structure ahead of their 30th anniversary in the events industry, in February of 2017.

"PLASA is a good show for us to reach a multitude of different sectors and we catch up with an amazing number of people over the 3 days of the show," says Martin. "Our approach to exhibiting is a little different. We don't have an actual product to sell so our focus is on building and maintaining relationships and PLASA is a good place to this."

"My benchmark is fairly simple," he continues, "If I put £100 in a jar for each customer I see - this is generally the cost of going meet someone at their work. Then if the value of the jar is more that the cost of my show stand, I've had a successful show"

Hawthorn have had a great year, winning some top contracts including the installation of the Stanford Hall The

 
PLASA 2016: Momentum Circuits brings new facet to PLASA Show

PLASA 2016: Momentum Circuits brings new facet to PLASA Show

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

UK - For the first time, Momentum Circuits have introduced audio & lighting application circuit board manufacturing to the PLASA Show to reflect their expertise and experience gained within these sectors.

Managing director, Keith Wrigley told LSi: "LED lighting PCB applications represents over 70% of our business turnover and the experience we have with thermal management of high power LED devices and specialist materials is directly applicable to the PLASA audience and co-exhibitors."

Audio application circuit board d K6s also require the very highest quality, connectivity and aesthetic appearance to match the aspirational nature of high-end equipment, and Momentum have a growing number of pro-audio and control system customers including other PLASA exhibitors who encouraged Momentum to attend the show.

"The results so far have been hugely encouraging and we have already committed to next year's event in the hope that 'manufacturing' and engineering based cost reduction becomes a regular feature of the PLASA event," says Keith.

Momentum Circuits Ltd. Stand K6

(LSi Online)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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