WORLD: Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics have announced a new partnership agreement at this year’s NAMM. The details of the agreement have not been made public at this time, however a statement released by Apogee co-founder and CEO, Betty Bennett, hints that the two companies intend to draw on technologies from their respective product portfolios for the development of a new line of audio equipment.
WORLD: Industry veteran Scott Leslie has been enlisted by Ashly Audio to provide ‘vision, experience and leadership’ as the company begins a new growth strategy. Mr Leslie joins Ashly with a wealth of pro audio and IT industry experience from manufacturers including Tektronix, Sun Microsystems, SeeBeyond and JBL Professional. He will be responsible for overseeing the R&D, marketing, and the North American Sales Division.
ASIA: Creston Asia has announced a series of new appointments designed to position the company for its next stage of growth in the region. With immediate effect, Tony Yeung has moved to the position of chairman of Crestron Asia, Harry Lam has been promoted to chief operating officer and Stuart Craig – Crestron Electronics US chief executive officer for the Asia Pacific region – joins the Crestron Asia board of directors.
WORLD: On the eve of the NAMM show, Harman announced that it had acquired and incorporated Melbourne-based SM Pro Audio, having valued the company as an innovation hub for a wide range of pro audio and MI technologies across several product brands. According to Harman’s Professional Division president Blake Augsburger, the depth of innovation and quality of engineering talent at privately owned SM Pro Audio was expected to provide Harman Professional with a strong internal technology partner for a broad range of products.
WORLD: Connessioni will be presenting its AudioForum educational project at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam. The sessions aim to ‘promote the culture of the industry’ while facilitating the exchange of ideas and the market’s on-going development.
AUSTRALIA: A new Void Acoustics sound reinforcement system has been installed into Forester’s Beer and Music Hall in Melbourne, Australia. Void’s Australian distributor, Audio Logistics, was invited to specify the new system by venue owner Russell Griggs.
MALAYSIA: Systems Electronics & Engineering Sdn Bhd (SENE) has designed and installed audio solutions for several compounds at Garden International School (GIS) in Mount Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The school had recently embarked on an expansion and redevelopment project. SENE supplied a new outdoor sound system for its stadium, a portable sound system for the Music Department and acoustically treated the Music Recital Room.
SINGAPORE: Nearly 60 Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors were deployed by Hexagon Solution Pte Ltd to ring in the New Year at Singapore’s Marina Bay. With the occasion also marking the country’s 50th year of independence, a large eight-hour projection mapping show displayed a slew of images depicting the growth and development of the country over the years, projected onto the enormous façade of the Fullerton Hotel and the iconic Merlion Statue.
WORLD: Pro Audio Asia is to co-host a special reception for members of the Asian pro audio industry at the NAMM Show, which opens its doors in Anaheim, California on Thursday January 22nd. The special reception is intended to reflect the growing importance of the Asian industry to the NAMM organisation, and will take place on Saturday January 24th between 5.30pm and 7pm at the Member’s Centre of the Anaheim Convention Centre.
WORLD: Industry veteran Ilona Utriainen Adamson has been appointed as marketing manager for Vue Audiotechnik. She has previously served eight years at Adamson Systems as marketing manager – earning a 2012 PLASA Award for Innovation for Best Live Sound – before operating a graphic design and business development company in Toronto, Canada. In her new position, Ms Adamson is responsible for the management of Vue's marketing message across digital and traditional media. She will also manage the company's trade show presence.
INDIA: Rajnandgaon-based sound rental company, Sahu Sound, has recently invested in line array equipment from Taiwanese manufacturer, Dynatech. Sold through the manufacturer’s distributor in the region Sonotone, and supplied by its dealer, Mr Nadir of Chhatisgarh Radios, the company purchased eight DEL-123LA line array enclosures which will be supplied with power from Dynatech CS-8001 and MP-5000 amplifiers. Sonotone now also reports that the DEL-123LA has become the best-selling line array in its portfolio.
KOREA: Fans of Scottish band Chvrches were treated to a sound reinforcement system from dBTechnologies at their recent gig in Seoul. The manufacturer’s DVA line array was selected for the concert, which took place at the Samsung Bluesquare Hall, by local rental company Archer Sound.
AUSTRALIA: As a result of ‘unprecedented’ growth throughout 2014, Professional Audio & Television (PAT) has appointed Adam Langham to lead its technical engineering department in Sydney. The company was seeking a person with the technical expertise to manage large projects, while also overlooking the design and supply of new technical solutions. Mr Langham joins PAT having gained experience working at production facilities such as Silk Studios, as well as solution providers including Videocraft and Channel 7.
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