At the Prolight + Sound 2016 exhibition in Frankfurt (5-8 April), ETC is marking the 40th anniversary of the company’s founding with a new stand concept across four different stands. In Hall 3.0, the company is presenting its current products, including the Source Four LED system, the Eos and Cobalt console families, the ColorSource range, and ETC’s latest line of stage machinery, ETC Rigging. Another stand is reserved entirely for presentations and workshops. The first day of the event (5 April), will be the inaugural Future Talents Day, a new Messe Frankfurt initiative for which ETC has prepared its own Student Session, an exciting information session specially designed for trainees, pupils and students.
40 years, 4 days, 4 stands
To mark the 40th year of the company’s existence, ETC will be represented at the Prolight + Sound show at the beginning of April, on all four days of the trade fair, on four stands in close proximity. On the central, main stand (E51), visitors to the exhibition will find control consoles from the Eos and Cobalt families, including their respective Programming Wings. It will also have the Source Four LED system that features three different arrays—Lustr for colours, Daylight HD for cool daylight and Tungsten HD for warm incandescent light. The range is completed by a wide variety of attachments, including fixed focus and zoom lens tubes and both Fresnel and CYC adapters. And making its debut at this year’s Prolight + Sound will be ETC’s new LED zoom profile spotlight: Irideon FPZ from the Source Four Mini family.
The adjacent stand, E61, is reserved for the popular ColorSource family. In addition to the ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures, the ColorSource Relay, and the ThruPower power control system, ETC is presenting a number of new products in the budget friendly range. Stand F51 will see another Frankfurt premiere: the latest products from ETC Rigging, the over-stage machinery line introduced last year in Europe. On this stand, visitors will be able to get acquainted with the Vortek NXT theatre hoist system, and find out more about the safety and ease-of-use afforded by the QuickTouch and Foundation controllers.
A novel feature of the ETC stand concept is the separate, darkened area of Stand E47. This area is reserved exclusively for presentations and workshops. The programme – which comprises more than 10 events per day — ranges from seminars on the basics, such as Concepts of Lighting Control Technology, to such complex themes as network technology, Advanced Colour Control with Eos v2.3, and a lecture with the intriguing title 50 Shades of R80. The ETC team will be happy to answer technical questions at any time. And those visitors who find all theoretical content a bit grey will have the opportunity to try out the latest products themselves in extensive hands-on sessions.
“Having once again expanded our exhibition area, we have the opportunity this year of providing visitors with even more comprehensive and practice-oriented information,” comments Rosi Marx, who is responsible for ETC’s European marketing. “Our hospitality, naturally, is the same as ever. We look forward to serving tea, coffee, soft drinks or beer to our many guests.”
ETC Student Session
For Prolight + Sound’s inaugural Future Talents Day, ETC managers, product specialists and product developers will be in Forum C from 5pm to 6pm to provide the technicians and engineers of tomorrow with insights into the corporate and product philosophies of the company, and to answer all questions related to modern lighting technology. The vouchers required for entry can be obtained at ETC stand E51. On the ETC stand itself, as part of ‘High School Teasers’, students will also be able to learn more about the workshops that ETC has developed exclusively for educational institutions.
“These student sessions have a long tradition with ETC in America,” explains Sarah Clausen, the senior product manager also responsible for youth development. “Experience shows that trainees enjoy direct exchanges and behind the scenes glimpses of the company. At this year’s Prolight + Sound, for the first time in Germany, we aim to offer young people entering the industry just such an opportunity.”