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PLASA 2017 sees 25% rise in audio exhibitors

Last week’s PLASA show saw a 25% rise in the number of audio exhibitors, as the annual trade even celebrated its 40th anniversary.

This year’s outing was viewed by many exhibitors as something of a return to form, following a slump in audio exhibitors. However, last week’s sold out edition of the show delivered a significant uptick in the audio companies making their presence felt on a sold out exhibition floor.

Several audio exhibitors took the opportunity to launch new products at the London show. Harman’s Vi1000 digital mixing console was displayed on the stand of its UK distributor Sound Technology, while Adamson’s IS-Series installation loudspeakers and KV2 Audio’s VHD 2.18J subwoofer were also launched at the show.

On the SSE Audio Group stand there was a line-up of new products on display, including the recently launched Digico SD12 digital mixing console and Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series microphones, Speechline Digital Wireless conference system and XS Wireless 1 and 2 vocal microphone sets.

“We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA for around 10 years and have built our stand as an audio village,” said SSE Audio managing director John Penn. “We feature a selection of the manufacturers we work closely with and they all bring their latest technology to the show. By sharing a big space and resources, we can display a good cross section of products. We show both competing and complementary technologies, allowing our customers to see the differences between them and no one feels they’re getting the hard sell. It works very well.”

“This year’s Show was a fantastic celebration of 40 years of PLASA and a real validation of our decision to return to West London,” added PLASA’s Christopher Toulmin, director of events. “The show floor was extremely busy across all three days, there was a tangible atmosphere of urgency and engagement and we’re delighted with the feedback from both our exhibitors and visitors to the show. Work has already begun on PLASA Show 2018 and we look forward to it with great anticipation.”

You can read out interview with PLASA managing director Peter Heath here.