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Rental company merger creates Dushow SAS

Arpège, Caméléon and Dispatch have consolidated their equipment, offices and labour in the move, writes Guillaume J Schouker

Three French rental companies, Arpège, Caméléon and Dispatch, subsidiaries of Dushow SA, have merged to form Dushow SAS in a move that consolidates their offices in Paris, Nice and Marseille. Eric Alvergnat, CEO and managing director of Dushow SAS, explains: “Two of the three companies were single activity, lighting rental for Caméléon and audio rental for Dispatch. The third, Arpège, was multi-site (based in Nice, Marseille and Paris) and multidisciplinary. The merger into a sole company, Dushow SAS, creates an entity based in three sites, instead of five, that offers a global package. This merger is complete; it mixes our database, equipment, processes and of course the teams. It is labour-generating.” Originally called Dispatch SARL, Groupe Dushow SA was created in 1982. Today it is called Groupe Dushow SA and has 26 shareholders, almost all of whom are either employees or founders of the companies that make up the group. Holding company Groupe Dushow SA owns four subsidiaries in France: Dushow SAS in Paris, Nice and Marseille; Alabama Media in Lyon and Paris; Les Ateliers Lumières in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris; and Spectaculaires in Rennes. Dushow SAS itself has four subsidiaries: Accord in Monaco; Mash in Nice; Eclipse in Barcelona, Spain; and Spectacle Ltda in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And finally, four commercial companies are also parts of the group: Best Audio, Le Voyageur and Y&Co within Dushow SAS and Spotco integrated within Les Ateliers Lumières. When it comes to group performance, Alvergnat reveals: “The group consolidated turnover was €53 million in 2010. The turnover forecast for 2011 is around €57 million, excluding changes in the consolidation perimeter.” “We do not currently have plans for further development in France or abroad right now,” concludes Alvergnat. “We want to strengthen our organisation reforms and perfect our processes in order to maintain our service quality in spite of the increase in group activity.”