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Music Group Moving Tannoy Loudspeaker Production from Scotland to China

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Music Group has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company says it is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees, but in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations completely. In this event, the Tannoy loudspeaker production would be transferred to Music Group’s new manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China, with its research and development and marketing activities being relocated to Music Group’s Innovation centre in Manchester, UK.


HK Audio Creates New Business Solutions Division to Target Installation Market

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
François Lay, Head of HK Audio's Business Solutions

François Lay, Head of HK Audio’s Business Solutions

HK Audio has formed a new Business Solutions division, which is offering packages worldwide for installation projects that require special custom solutions.

With a focus on the hospitality sector, HK Audio Business Solutions will service customers who are not only looking for exemplary sound reinforcement, but who also want to be able to aesthetically integrate loudspeakers into sophisticated design environments, according to the company. To this end, Business Solutions customers will be able to customize their HK Audio system of choice to suit their needs.


Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.


PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.


Prism Sound Announces Maselec Master Series Rebranding

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Prism Sound has announced that from today (March 31st, 2016) it will no longer market its Maselec Master Series products, namely MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR.

The MEA-2, MLA-2, and MMA-4XR products, designed and manufactured by Mases Electronics Limited, will in future be available under the Maselec brand from Mases Electronics Limited.

A limited quantity of remaining Prism Sound branded stock, new and used, is available. Contact sales@prismsound.com for details.


Federal Budget Commits $1.9 Billion To Arts & Culture

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Finance-MinisterFinance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the new Liberal Government’s first budget yesterday, March 22nd, and in it the federal government made good on a number of campaign promises related to arts funding. In total, the Liberal Government committed $1.9 billion in new funding over five years to arts and culture programs and institutions.

In the 269-page budget, the government committed to investing an additional $675 million in the CBC/Radio-Canada over the next five years “to modernize and revitalize CBC/Radio Canada in the digital era.” This is divided into $75 million this coming fiscal year and $150 million in each of the next four years.


Gefen Canada Changes Name to GCI Distribution

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gefen Canada and officially changed its name to GCI Distribution Inc.  The new branding will be in use as of March 1, 2016.

Today, the company’s director of sales, marketing, and operation, Patrice Larose,  released the following statement to customers and business partners:


InfoComm Releases New Standard to Harmonize Cable Labeling Practices

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Component-cablesInfoComm International has announced the publication of a new audiovisual standard, Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems (CLAS). The new standard defines requirements for labeling cables used in installed AV systems and provides guidance for the easy identification of all power and signal paths in a completed system. Proper cable labeling aids in the operation, support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of AV systems.


Rode Microphones’ Peter Freedman Receives Order of Australia

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Peter Freedman

Peter Freedman

Founder and managing director of Australian audio company RØDE Microphones, Peter Freedman, has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in recognition for significant service to business, manufacturing and export, and his philanthropic support of cultural events.


EAW Co-Founder Kenton Forsythe Announces Retirement

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Forsythe_kenton_bEastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, executive vice president of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.



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