Latterly international product manager for JEM, with thin the Martin Professional organisation, he said, “I have now decided to hang up my passport and focus on the UK.

“With the Antari distribution switching to Coemar UK – and the announcement of a new professional range of club and touring products – this is an exciting challenge. The innovation they are demonstrating with this range is set to put them at the forefront of the industry.”

Jon will take up the role of Antari UK sales manager, and Ian Kirby is delighted to have such a leading professional on board, whom he first met when they worked together the Roger Squire Organisation, many years ago.

The move to Kirby’s newly created Coemar UK is consistent with Antari’s recent change of distribution arrangements, and brings the UK subsidiary in line with Coemar USA, who are handling the brand Stateside.

“This was a natural addition to our portfolio,” said Kirby. “We will be presenting the new X Series to the club and touring markets on Antari’s own stand at PLASA, where it will be seen for the first time in the UK.

“There is an obvious synergy between Coemar and Antari and we see an exciting opportunity for both brands to prosper in the future.”

And Jon Petts added, “Antari fully appreciate that with the demands of today’s touring, event, studio and theatre markets, atmospheric effect generators need exacting standards of construction and reliability.

“The X Series is the result of a lengthy R&D programme resulting in the development of the most technically advanced range of atmospheric effects generators. This is what the industry has been waiting for.”

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