We have been involved in most events in the industry for the last 20 years, however where some of our bespoke products end up.......well that is somewhat of an unknown!
We have always been involved with sporting activities and have supplied equipment for a huge range of events. The equipment may be used for opening and closing ceremonies, for TV coverage, timing or official uses, and hospitality, the range is almost as infinite as the events are varied. Events so far include the London and Athens Olympics, the Commonwealth games in Manchester and in Delhi, Formula One racing and Touring Cars, Royal Ascot Racing, the Grand National, international Rugby, IPL Cricket (Indian Premier League), Premier League and Champions League Football, the Asian Games, the Ryder Cup and Tennis at Wimbledon to name but a few.
Our units are used during every stage of the filming process to power both the lights and effects on set or at location. We also provide equipment to the worldwide film industry having suppliers in Dubai, Russia and the US. Unlike some of the other industries, the film industry can be quite secretive making it increasingly difficult for us to find out the films in which our equipment is used in the prodution of. However we have been involved with most of the major movies produced in the UK and Ireland over the last ten years, including all the Harry Potter movies, the last 5 Bond films, the newest Batman films and the Bourne trilogy.
We are normally unaware which tour our equipment is used on as the rental companies will send out a various different types of equipment for each tour. However, there are occasions that we have specifically designed products for certain tours. Recent tours that we know our equipment has been powering include Muse (the Resistance Tour 2011 and the 2nd Law Tour 2013), U2 (360 degree tour 2009-2011), Beyoncé (The Mrs Carter World Tour 2013), Rihanna (Diamonds World Tour 2013), Roger Waters (The Wall Tour 2012-2013), and Rod Stewart (Time Tour 2013). As well as individual tours we have also provided equipment for festivals every year including the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury, V Festival, Download, Reading and Leeds, and Creamfields.
The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival
For TV the equipment used is similar to that used in the film industry, particularly with major drama productions. We have designed and manufactured equipment for all of the leading lighting and sound rental corporations, who in turn then supply the equipment to the production companies. We are sometimes unsure of where the equipment is used, but there is certainly some of our products currently being used to power the production of Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Casualty, Waterloo Road, A Touch of Frost, and Downton Abbey to name a few. Over the years we have also been involved with the refurbishment and construction of new studios for a number of leading companies.
The Chase studio, at ITV Teddington
Within installed products we design and manufacture equipment for various industries, including conference centres, theatres, universities, and opera houses. Our customers in this catagory are within the UK, as well as in Europe and worldwide. Unlike some of the other sectors (eg Music, film or sports) we generally are aware of where are products get installed. This is because most of the equipment is individually designed to the specification of the customers needs at those venues. Within the UK our products are currently installed at: Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the National Skills Acadamy (NSA) in Norfolk, Westminster Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Westfield Shopping Centre (Stratford), and The Royal Festival Hall in London. Outside of the UK our products have been installed in: the National Malta Opera House, The Ballina Arts Centre (Sourthern Ireland), and The Bodo Kulturhus Arts Centre in Norway.
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington
The Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London