26 February 2014
PLASA FOCUS TRIUMPHS IN MUSIC CITY
Packed seminars, busy booths and new product launches confirmed PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 as an unmissable industry event. Almost 800 attendees headed to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium last week to see over 60 brands that had the latest technology on display.
The show saw a number of new products, including Martin Professional's MAC Quantum Wash; ETC's Source Four Mini spotlight and Selador Desire D22 LED luminaire; Chauvet Professional's Nexus 2x2 and Nexus 4x1; High End System's Hog 4 and HedgeHog 4; Lyntec's award-winning Remote Power Control Mobile; Ayrton's MagicPanel 602 LED beam projector fixtures; Altman Lighting's Phoenix LED Profile; LSC Lighting System's Clarity LX consoles; and the latest additions to Robe Lighting's ROBIN Series.
The Professional Development Program was a big hit, packing out rooms to see names such as renowned lighting designer Seth Jackson and Ben Jumper, owner of Soundcheck. Exhibitor sessions included a presentation on ETC's approach to LEDs given by Tom Littrell; an introduction to CAST Software's revolutionary BlackTrax; and a look at Hippotizer Media Servers by TMB, for Green Hippo. There was also a focus on safety, with sessions being presented by the Event Safety Alliance and Impact Access.
Christopher Toulmin, Director of PLASA Events, commented: "This event saw the second highest attendance figure since the PLASA Focus series started out in the US two years ago. In addition to quantity, exhibitors have been speaking enthusiastically about the high quality of visitors they saw and consequently many have already signed up for booth space at the forthcoming PLASA Focus shows in Baltimore and Austin later this year."
Exhibitors were also very pleased with the outcome of the show. "The show has provided us with an opportunity to get in front of the end users, the rental production companies, and the design community. It's been a great crowd and we've seen a lot of people from the local area" commented Leonard Miller, National Sales Manager at Philips Entertainment.
"We like exhibiting at PLASA Focus as it allows us to see people we may not normally see at the larger trade shows, meaning we get to find new customers and show them what we can do as a company. We've also been able to show our customers a lot of gear that we are not able to take to them" added Tobin Neis, Director of Marketing at Barbizon Lighting.
Mark Boyadjian, of Neutrik USA, stated: "What we have enjoyed the most is the quality of the attendees. We've had the opportunity to speak to a lot of people, answer their questions, and also meet with customers who use our products on a regular basis."
Organizers PLASA Events have confirmed that a substantial number of exhibitors have already signed up for the next two installments of the PLASA Focus series. The first is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 8 and 9, 2014, at Loyola University, and the second in Austin, Texas, on September 10 and 11, 2014, at the Palmer Events Centre.
PLASA Members, Focus Series exhibitors, and regional dealers all benefit from substantial discounts on exhibition space. All events and seminars are free for visitors to attend.
ree visitor registration for PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014 is open now at www.plasafocus.com/baltimore/
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.