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Issue 138: December 13, 2017
This is our last S.I. Asia E-newsletter for the year. IFMEA for a number of reasons from the offset did have a challenge and our Editor for India and ME, Ram Bhavanashi provides us with a glimpse of the mood in Dubai. The boycott of Qatar by some of the countries in the region and Mr Trump’s recent announcement means InfoCommAsia the organisers of IFMEA have got their work cut out for them. In other big news Mr Skaf’s comeback into the industry has been making waves and interestingly from this part of the region, Principle One has been acquired by distributor Tico Digital.
Thomas Richard
Thomas Richard, Editorial Director

IFMEA Holds On To Reality (S)takes

IFMEA Holds On To Reality (S)takes
The seventh edition of InfoComm Middle East & Africa (IFMEA 2017) – second independent outing – organized at the Dubai World Trade Centre from last week had, so to say, many reality stakes. Festival/Holiday season; year-end financial closures and project completions; independent standing; and political equations seemingly impacting the event in a very generic sense, the industry fraternity and the …

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Industry Veteran Rashid Skaf Assumes The Helm After Leading Highlander Partners’ Acquisition Of Biamp Systems

Industry Veteran Rashid Skaf Assumes The Helm After Leading Highlander Partners’ Acquisition Of Biamp Systems
As of 30 November 2017, longtime AV industry executive Rashid Skaf assumed the role of president, CEO, and co-chairman of Biamp Systems. Matt Czyzewski, previous president and CEO of Biamp, will remain as executive vice president of technology. This appointment is concurrent with the completion of the acquisition of Biamp Systems by Highlander Partners from previous owner Lomar Corporation. Lomar …

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Tico Digital Acquires Majority Stake In Integrated IT And AV specialist, Principle One

Tico Digital Acquires Majority Stake In Integrated IT And AV specialist, Principle One
Principle One, the integrated IT and AV specialist that operates at the convergence of computing, networks, telecommunications and audiovisual technologies announces it has sold a majority stake to Tico Digital. Global M&A advisor, SI Partners, that has acted as a long-term advisor to Principle One, advised on the deal from buyer engagement through to transaction negotiation. Principle One, founded …

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ihD Ltd Appoints Raja. S. Prabhu As Director Of Operations For India

ihD Ltd Appoints Raja. S. Prabhu As Director Of Operations For India
Raja. S. Prabhu has joined ihD Ltd team as their Director of Operations for India. Raja will play a key role in India for ihD Ltd, in Technology Consulting for existing and upcoming projects, and will be involved in business development and strategic planning. Working closely with the ihD management team in the Hong Kong Headquarters, his involvement in developing …

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IFMEA: Epson Introduces Laser Projection To MEA

IFMEA: Epson Introduces Laser Projection To MEA
Leading Japanese projection solutions developer Epson, returning to IFMEA platform this year, took the show floor with the introduction of laser projectors. The company launched three models of laser projection for the MEA markets. These new models included the EB700U, Epson's first ultra-short throw laser signage projector; the EH-LS10500, the laser projector with HDR, 4K enhancement, UHD BD support …

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IFMEA: Mitsubishi Launches Two New Control Room Solutions

IFMEA: Mitsubishi Launches Two New Control Room Solutions
Mitsubishi Electric launched two new control room solutions for the Middle East markets from the show floor of InfoComm MEA. The solutions included the much anticipated direct view narrow pixel pitch (NPP) LED screen VS-15NP160 (15-NP) and the other solution comprised the VS-70WE 120L- a 70-inch Full HD with 1920 x1080 resolution. Designed specifically for control rooms and other …

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IFMEA: Wyrestorm Showcases Latest Solutions

IFMEA: Wyrestorm Showcases Latest Solutions
Wyrestorm’s Regional Sales Manager-ME Talha Abdul Wadood, and India & SAARC Rohan Tadke ( second and third from left), flanked by Akhil Malviya, Director-Operations, LNA Solutions FZC (left), and Vengattaramanan, B2B Accounts Manager, Al Futtiam Panatech, and Mohammed Ilyaz, Managing Director of EVIG on right. Leading developer of high quality ProAV distribution and control solutions WyreStorm took to IFMEA …

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Analog Way Strengthens Its EMEA Sales Organization

Analog Way Strengthens Its EMEA Sales Organization
Further strengthening its sales organization in EMEA region, Analog Way announced the appointment of Demetrio Faroldi as Sales Director for Southern Europe and MEA and and Johannes van Woudenberg as Sales Director for Northern and Eastern Europe. To better support sales in EMEA and reinforce relationships with customers and partners in each area, the regional sales force has been split …

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Sonic Wave Partners With Sennheiser In The UAE

Sonic Wave Partners With Sennheiser In The UAE
Sonic Wave CEO Andrew Williams in a handshake with Ryan Burr, Head of Technical Sales & Application Engineering, Sennheiser ME; Sonic Wave ME staff Clarice Aboy, Sales Administration; Armand Bulder, Account Manager; and Rukshan Jumath (Rukie), Sales Manager look on. Coinciding with the opening of its fully functional showroom with studio facilities, Sonic Wave, the one-stop shop for audio-visual professionals, …

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Venuetech Conducts Technology Seminar For AV Pros

Venuetech Conducts Technology Seminar For AV Pros
Venuetech chief Nour Assafir welcoming guests In a major initiative, leading AV and lighting solutions distributor in the Middle East and GCC region Venuetech conducted last week a technology seminar titled ‘The Future of Technology in A/V Industry’. Organized at the Al Falak ballroom in Burj Al Arab on Wednesday 6 December, 2017, the event was aimed at presenting updated …

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Digital Projection Appoints New BDM For ME Region

Digital Projection Appoints New BDM For ME Region
Abdulrahman Aladawi being greeted by Matthew Horwood Digital Projection announced the appointment of Abdulrahman Aladawi to the position of Business Development Manager Middle East. Based at the leading professional projection specialist’s Dubai Experience Centre, Aladawi joined the company in November, bringing first-hand experience of every aspect of the channel to the company as it strives to further grow its burgeoning …

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The Last In The Series Of Sound Of Worship Talk Attracts Large Turnout

The Last In The Series Of Sound Of Worship Talk Attracts Large Turnout
Electro-Voice together with City Music engaged Robert Soo, a renowned Houses of Worship consultant for a three part series titled “Sound of Worship” to talk on fundamentals related to audio in churches. The last edition held on 18th November attracted close to 120 participants who packed the Rock of Ages auditorium. Kingdom of Music supported the event by providing …

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