Mar 1, 2002 12:00 PM
PLUS Corp. and Lightware Join Together as PLUS Vision of America
Moving to strengthen its identity as a leading manufacturer and marketer of presentation and communications products, Tokyo-based PLUS Corporation announced that its two North American subsidiary companies, PLUS Corporation of America and Lightware Inc., have merged to become PLUS Vision Corporation of America.
PLUS president and CEO, Tom Oishi, stated that the new company, headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey, will continue to market both brands of ultra-portable digital projectors and presentation products. “The integration… will allow us to market our presentation products more efficiently…resulting in greater performance value and support for our growing North- and South-American customer base.”
S. Mark Hand, former president of Lightware, is now PLUS Vision of America's vice president of sales and marketing, Business Products Group, based in Beaverton, Oregon, where Lightware was founded in 1995. Besides delivering portable projection technology for businesses, mobile professionals, education and government, the Oregon office will serve as headquarters for PLUS' Business Products Group and Consumer Products Group.
This merger follows the May 2001 formation of PLUS Vision Corp. of Japan, the presentation and communications products branch of PLUS Corp. PLUS manufactures more projectors and engines based on DLP than any other Japanese company.
New Yamaha Commercial Audio Division
The formation of Yamaha Corporation of America's Commercial Audio Systems Division will be effective April 1, 2002. Headed by general manager Larry Italia, the division will report to Yamaha Corporation of America president Mick Umemura. Commercial Audio Systems will be dedicated to the high-end commercial recording, production, sound reinforcement/installed sound, broadcast and tour sound markets.
NHT, ClarityEQ Strategic Alliance
A new alliance between speaker manufacturer NHT and DSP technology developer ClarityEQ Pty. Limited finds the Australia-based ClarityEQ developing exclusive processing circuitry and software specifically designed for an as-yet unnamed NHT speaker system. The system, to be introduced in the third quarter of 2002, will be based around a two-way active speaker system plus a three-way center channel and subwoofer system to make up a surround package.
New on the Scene
Accurate Imaging Technologies arises from the vision of former heads of Vidikron of America and Ultimate Entertainment, James Wellnitz and Bob Rosser. The new company will specialize in the sales and support of high-performance video systems for the home theater market as well as consumer interface solutions, and also plans to make high-performance video projectors, digital video image processors and DVD players.
Clarity Goes International
Clarity Visual Systems' first international operation begins with the opening of an office in Breda, Netherlands. Pim Koemans is the new regional sales manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and will manage the new office.
Stento Now Zenitel
As a result of last May's merger between Stento ASA and SAIT Radio Holland, security and critical systems manufacturer Stento USA now operates under the corporate name Zenitel USA. Zenitel's U.S. corporate office is in Kansas City, with four regional offices around the United States. Zen-itel employs 1200 people in more than 50 countries and specializes in systems that are integrated in critical and harsh environments.
Pesa's Olympic Event
For the Winter Olympics, Pesa Switching Systems installed routing switcher systems with at least six major mobile production companies, as well as a large routing system for the European Broadcast Union. Senior sales and marketing VP Bob McAlpine said, “The production of major sporting events… through the use of these mobile teleproduction units represents a significant change from one fixed facility of years ago. Each production truck can concentrate on one Olympic activity, providing intense, effective coverage.”
Biamp Ships Digital Audio Platform
The new year marked the start of Biamp Systems' Audia digital audio platform shipments to U.S. and international dealers. Audia is designed to handle large networked applications like convention centers and educational and corporate campuses.
Elan VIP Program on the Rise
Elan Home Systems' VIA! Integration Partner program has doubled in size since its beginnings at CEDIA in September 2001. The program is a collaborative effort between Elan and custom electronics manufacturers to share training and products with each other's engineers and technical support staff.
AKG Is ISO/TS 16 949 Certified
AKG joined the ranks of high-tech manufacturers that meet the strict standards of the International Automotive Task Force and Technical Committee 176 of the International Standards Organization. These standards are guidelines for automotive manufacturers that encourage the implementation of total quality-management systems. AKG's managing director, Hugo Lenhard-Backhaus, explained, “We now have a basis for better understanding the requirements of our automotive and industrial customers.”
Sennheiser Extends Warranty
Formerly limited to one year, Sennheiser's warranty on its Evolution series of wired microphones sold as of January 1, 2002 was extended to 10 years.
Authorized Independent Programmers
Crestron's new True Blue Support campaign is designed to provide dealers with a direct link to company-qualified programmers. Crestron will also promote certified members with a full directory and contact page at crestron.com that provides e-mail links and other contact information for those programmers.
Date Change for Syn-Aud-Con
Syn-Aud-Con has re-scheduled the “Grounding and Multimedia Systems” and “Loudspeaker Arrays” workshops from October to August. The grounding workshop is now “Test and Measurement,” August 28-29, 2002. “Loudspeaker Arrays” will run August 30-31. Both will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sorry, Wrong Number
Please note that the area code for Sabine Inc. has changed. The new area code is 386. Contact Sabine by phone at 386/418-2000, fax at 386/418-2001.
Christie Integrates Qualcomm Decoder
The inclusion of Qualcomm Inc.'s QDEC 1000 decoder in Christie Digital's SLH-D DLP cinema projector makes Christie one of the first to integrate a decoding device within a digital cinema projector.
U.S. Trademark for Audio Toys
Audio Toys Inc. has gained registered trademark rights for the phrase “Distributed Intelligence,” used to describe its console scene control and automation systems.
$65 million in school grants from NEC
NEC Corp., in conjunction with the SMARTer Kids Foundation, will offer schools $65 million in grant money toward the purchase of NEC visual presentation products during the 2001-02 school year. The grants come in the form of rebates of up to 39% off products' suggested list prices. More information is available online.