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Jul 1, 2003 12:00 PM

Stardraw Speaks Spanish

Stardraw.com's range of shrink-wrapped products — comprising Stardraw Audio, AV, Lighting 2D, and the recently launched Stardraw Radio — is available in Spanish. That brings the number of language versions up to six, with English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese already available. All language versions may be downloaded from the Stardraw.com Web site using Stardraw LiveUpdate.

Digigram Management Buyout Canceled

The Digigram Group's planned management buyout has been canceled after venture capital company Perfectis Private Equity withdrew. As a result, the holding company Audiendis will not be created as planned. “This decision does not affect things at the operational level for Digigram nor our subsidiaries. Especially the relationship with out customers will remain as it is,” says Digigram managing director Philippe Delacroix. Digigram cofounders Philippe Girard-Buttoz and Marian Marinescu, who were planning to sell some of their shares as part of the MBO, will now retain those shares.

Barco, American Express Begin Financial Offerings

Barco has a new financing program for its dealer, system integrator, and rental partner network through an agreement with the American Express Company. The agreement allows Barco dealers, system integrators, and rental partners to develop customized lease programs for customers purchasing Barco projection and display equipment, including LED displays, DLP cinema, and LCD and DLP projection. In addition, the new Barco Leasing Program allows customers to preserve cash and credit lines. Benefits to the dealers include: the approval of credit terms up to $100,000 without the need to review the customer's financial records, 100 percent faxable documents, advance payments through faxable check or American Express Corporate Card, online credit application and process monitoring, credit decisions within hours of submittals on most transactions, and ability to offer leasing solutions on state and federal government projects.

JBL Speakers Survive Flood

Krizik's Fountain at the exhibition grounds in Prague, Czech Republic, did not escape the ravages of the flooding that rampaged through much of Europe last year. A new JBL Control Contractor system was installed to replace the existing aged sound-reinforcement system at the exhibition grounds during summer 2002. The loudspeakers needed to be positioned in discrete locations in the stonework around the fountain, and the system was designed in a 5.1 configuration. Control 28s and Control 29AVs provided the full-range reinforcement, and Control SB210 were used as subs. Control 29AVs were also used as surround reinforcement, located under the roof of the gallery, also enhanced with SB210s. Days following the completion of the installation and the grand opening shows, the floods hit Prague. The Control 28s and SB210s spent 14 days under 11½ feet of water. The mud was washed off, and the damp acoustic batting was replaced. All the flooded systems were tested and passed with flying colors. It was only necessary to replaced two LF drivers in the whole installation. The systems were recently reinstalled and are fully functional.

Middle Atlantic Products Awarded ISO Registration

Middle Atlantic Products has been approved for registration of its Quality Assurance System in accordance with the International Organization for Standards (ISO) 9001:2000. Operating at such standards allows the company to respond more quickly to marketplace and customer demand while maintaining consistently high levels of quality in all facets of its operations. Managed by TÜV Essen, the third-party evaluation of Middle Atlantic Products' New Jersey, California, and Illinois facilities verifies that the quality systems used to engineer, manufacture, and distribute its products meet international standards for quality practices.

Gold Line/TEF Races for Disease Foundation

The TEF division of Gold Line has signed on as a prime sponsor of Team CanAme, a combined Canadian and American effort to win the 2003 Targa Newfoundland Rally. The team will run in the G Modified Classic Targa Division, for V8-powered vintage race cars. The drivers for the team are Alex Winchie from Toronto and Gregory Miller, vice president of Gold Line. The race car was built by Winchie for Vintage Rally Competition, and the team will be supporting research for a cure to Myasthenia Gravis, a crippling muscle disease.

NEC Idol Named

NEC Solutions (America) named Lainie McGann, a second-grade teacher at California's Newport Coast Elementary, the winner of the NEC Idol $50,000 promotion. McGann submitted the video on behalf of the school, which will use the winnings to purchase classroom technology. The competition, which began in January 2003 with the introduction of NEC's VT Series projectors, challenged end-users who purchased a projector to submit a two-minute video that demonstrated the projector's ease of use in the most creative way. The top five finalists were flown to Orlando, Florida, for the InfoComm trade show in June.

Growth Seen for Large-Format Flat Panels

The worldwide market for 30-plus-inch flat-panel display sets is expected to grow from 605,000 units in 2002 to 4,675,000 units in 2007, a compound annual growth rate of 50 percent, according to Pacific Media Associates, a Menlo Park, California, market research firm that tracks the worldwide large-screen display market. The steady growth in demand and the surge in the third and fourth quarters of 2002, as prices fell and consumers became more aware of the possibilities, boosted shipments to a level that strained manufacturing capacity.

Russound Attacks Unauthorized Sales

Russound announced an aggressive program to counter the unauthorized sales of Russound-brand products. The program is in response to an industry-wide increase in the sale, as well as misrepresentation, of products by a variety of unapproved sources. The primary areas of focus for Russound in this initiative are illicit sales through the Internet as well as any mail order and transshipping violations. The first pillar in Russound's program is prevention through awareness and education to both the trade and consumer.

TLS Communication Comes to America

TLS Communication has more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing transmission technology and multimedia products for clients worldwide. With a sales network encompassing nearly every international country, TLS now introduces its distributor in the United States. TLS presents products such as distribution amplifiers, switchers, matrix switchers, computer training systems, portable sound systems, and special cables. The company headquarters is located in Hilden, Germany, with several production plants in Prague.

Sears Connected Home Hires Certified Integrators

Sears Connected Home, specializing in wiring new homes to support home theater and computer systems, is requiring all of its installation integrators to earn a Home Technology Integrator (HTI+) certification. The Computing Technology Industry Association and Internet Home Alliance jointly developed the HTI+ certification program. HTI+ certification demonstrates the working knowledge and skill sets necessary to support the installation and support tasks for the connected home, including electromechanical systems.

Elan Launches Online Dealer Training Program

Elan Home Systems dealers can now train more employees for less money in their offices or homes through its online training program, Elan University. As a part of Elan's continued focus on its specialty dealer base, Elan U provides dealers online access to Elan product and installation training. Elan U classes are designed to provide comprehensive training while saving dealers all costs associated with traveling to Elan's Corporate Training Center. Beginning with an installer-focused curriculum, Elan U takes students step-by-step through a series of classes, from basic system design and prewire up to programming, trim-out and complete systems integration of third-party products.

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