Growing Gearhouse invests in new technologies and expands workforce
UAE: Gearhouse Staging Connections has doubled its annual investment in new technology as the company continues to eye expansion opportunities across the Middle East. The appetite to invest has reportedly been driven by client demand and the company’s rapidly expanding venue support model.
As part of this process, the company has increased its fleet of concert and conference audio systems to manage the increasing demand in these sectors. ‘Looking ahead to the next generation of digital audio, the decision to purchase the Midas Pro9 was an obvious one’ said Dave Williams, head of audio at Gearhouse. This outlay is complimented by a comprehensive stock of wireless Sennheiser G3 in-ear monitors and a number of L-Acoustics 115XT HiQ active stage monitors.
Further investment in specialist rigging services sees the addition of Kinesys Systems to the inventory. This system offers precision positioning and speed control to manage chain hoists. Bespoke systems have been deployed for U2’s 360 tour for the transforming video screen as well as theatre productions such as We Will Rock You. The system is designed to provide the capability of moving truss structures, scenic elements, screens and people in a variety of applications. The purchase includes the Vector Software System, Elevation 1+ and Liftkit Motors.
On the visual side, Gearhouse has invested in Coolux’s media server, Pandoras Box. ‘Renowned for its ability to manipulate images in both 2D and 3D it can create stunning visual effects and is a system that is rapidly becoming the industry standard for both corporate and entertainment events,’ said Peter Jones, Gearhouse’s head of video. The system supplements the existing investment in Watchout and Vista Spyder.
The purchase of control desks and programmable lighting fixtures includes MA Lighting’s grandMA2’s, High End Systems Road Hog Full Boars and one hundred Clay Paky Sharpy’s and Martin Mac 301’s.
The investment is not only limited to technology. Gearhouse is focused on expanding its workforce of trained support engineers and is adding over 20 new recruits to its team that now tops 100 people based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.