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17 January 2014

ASPEC merges with PLASA

From January 2014 ASPEC members will be operating under the umbrella of PLASA, an international trade association serving the entertainment technology industries, as full members of that organisation and acting as a special interest group that continues to focus on the needs of the film, television and broadcast community.

Members of ASPEC will benefit greatly from PLASA's knowledge, experience and resources. ASPEC will be working closely with PLASA's Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG), its counterpart group based in North America, discussing and sharing common rental issues which affect all those involved in the sector. It will be the beginning of a new and exciting chapter.

ASPEC has operated in its present format since 1994, comprising many of the UK's facilities companies in the film, television and broadcast industries. It will continue to be a leader in the key areas of training, qualifications, health & safety, security and legislation. At present ASPEC and PERG are heavily involved in striving to reduce the global levels of fraud and equipment theft.

In upholding the very necessary standards and qualifications in the workplace ASPEC is involved in training at all levels and works closely with Skillset and Assessment Centres on standards, qualifications and apprenticeships. Health & Safety is vital to the industry and through frequent meetings ASPEC passes on valuable information through its members and co-chairs the Film Broadcast Health & Safety Group (FBHS).

ASPEC members meet frequently to keep fully abreast of the ideas, events and projects essential to their crafts. Regular guest speakers advise members on safety, legal, transport, technical, financial, insurance and production matters.

ASPEC's Chair, John Rendall, and Secretary, Kate Furssedonn, will remain in their current positions. John commented, "We look forward with enthusiasm to a very positive and constructive future within PLASA."

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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