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A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow 2007 Visitor Attendance Up 30%

11th May 2007

The seventh annual A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow in Leeds last week (1st/2nd May) saw the biggest uplift in attendance levels since the event began - attracting over 30% more visitors than last year.

Owing to a construction delay with the new 40% bigger Royal Armouries Saviles Hall, the event took place in its original location - a move which proved conclusively that the show has now outgrown the venue and will need the extra capacity to cope with predicted attendance levels in 2008.

As well as providing a definitive entertainment technology showcase of over 70 leading brands for buyers in the Midlands, North of England and Scotland, the event also served as a platform for many exhibitors to unveil their new products to a UK audience for the first time this year.

Lighting and staging manufacturers unveiling new innovations included Anytronics, CCT Lighting, Chroma-Q, DTS, ETC, Jands, Hall Stage, Hippotizer, Litec, Luminex, LSC, Osram, Rosco, Spotlight, Strand and Zero 88. Audio and visual manufacturers unveiling new innovations included Harman Pro UK ( JBL), Kling & Freitag, KV2 Audio, Martin Audio, Sennheiser and Tannoy.

Other exhibitors at the show, many of which featured recent product launches, included ADB, Allen & Heath, Andolite, Audio-Technica, Avolites, Ceenorm, City Theatrical, CUK, Complete Light & Sound Services, Compulite, D&M Installation, Doughty Engineering, ELC Lighting, Fibre Optic Systems, Flightcase UK, Fuzion, GE Lighting, Green Hippo, Griven, Harman Pro UK, High End, J&C Joels, Kelsey, Kling & Freitag, KV2 Audio, LDDE, Lee Filters, Le Maitre, Le Mark, Look Solutions, Manfrotto, Martin Audio, Martin Professional, MTX Engineering, Neutrik, Outboard, Philips, Projected Image Digital, Pulsar, Radical Lighting, RCF, Robe, Robert Juliat, Sanyo, Selecon, Sennheiser, Shure Distribution, Shuttlesound, Slick, SpectraLite, Tannoy, Tourflex, Tourmate, Vari*Lite, Wireless Solutions, WYSIWYG, Yamaha Professional & Zero 88.

This year's seminar highlights included unique talks from leading Lighting Designers Bernie Davis and Andy Doig, PSA General Manager Andy Lenthall and Barco Creative Light Imaging Product Manager Mats Karlsson.

Initial feedback from customers has shown that visitors continue to welcome the show's combination of one-stop-shop technology showcase and relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Comments from two leading entertainment venues included: "It was a really good place for networking. Bernie Davis' seminar on stage and TV lighting was very interesting, and I got to look at several new products I'd never seen before." Another customer commented: "I really liked the more personal side - it was good to meet the various suppliers and A.C. staff on a more informal level."

Feedback from exhibitors has also been very positive. Robe's Ian Brown commented: "A very friendly show with a good quality of customers which has generated some interesting prospects for the year ahead." Martin Professional's Jessica Allan commented: "With so many people there, we received a phenomenal amount of interest in new products we were showing for only the 2nd time. It's nice to do an event aimed at local people you wouldn't normally get at some of the larger shows, plus you have more time with them."

Exhibitors represented a selection of entertainment technology brands from the product areas stocked by show organisers A.C. Lighting, who supply to over 80 countries worldwide from their offices in High Wycombe, Leeds and Toronto (North America).

A.C. Lighting's Northern Sales Director, Jonathan Walters, commented: "I'm extremely pleased with the feedback we've received from everyone who attended this year's show. The record turnout level exceeded our expectations and this year we had the strongest ever line-up of brands to represent A.C.'s Lighting, Audio, and new Rigging division. With the show moving to a 40% bigger hall next year, we're looking forward to the challenge of providing of a bigger and better line-up. A big thank you to our sponsors and everyone who attended the event."

Due to the overwhelming success of this year's event planning for next year's show at the Royal Armouries Saviles Hall, Leeds has already started, and dates will be announced shortly.