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Alltrade Tradeshow 2013 Success Highlights Healthy CI Business (29/10/2013)
The Alltrade Tradeshow 2013 has been hailed another successful event by exhibitors and trade visitors alike. This is the third successive year that the UK’s leading distributor of satellite, aerial and CI products has held the event at Gatwick’s Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel and it has established itself as a regular fixture in the trade diary. This year the free-to-enter event attracted 35 exhibitors, many showing multiple product brands, representing a 15% increase on last year’s exhibitor numbers.
Encouraging trade visitors with a 5% show discount across the extensive Alltrade catalogue, free bar, lunch, competitions and many manufacturers other offers, the event is aimed at trade visitors looking to capitalise on added value installation services across TV aerials, satellite, multi-room audio and custom installation. Despite industrial action at schools in the area keeping some potential visitors grounded, the show registered almost 200 visitors including retailers, aerial installation companies and custom installers.
“The 2013 Tradeshow was another very successful event,” said Steve Simper, MD at Alltrade. “New high profile exhibitors like Linsar joined regular exhibitors such as Humax, Triax and Sonos, and the feedback has been very positive indeed. The visitor numbers were slightly lower than in 2012, but written business at the event was once again up year on year. While the school strikes were unfortunate, some of our regular customers told us they could not attend as they were simply too busy! This is a very healthy sign that business is picking up across aerial and CI trade generally.”
TRIAX was once again the main sponsor of the Alltrade tradeshow and were promoting their HDBaseT products along with the new range of SAT>IP which converts SAT-IF signals to IPTV. Other exhibitors included Antiference, B-Tech, Blake UK, BluCube, Cablecon, CYP, Delta, EchoStar, Fracarro, Global Cache, Global Invacom, Goodmans, Hoody, Humax, Johansson, Linsar, Sanus, Sonos, Swires, Televes, TV Shield, Vision, Videotree and Webro. Some of the new exhibitors were Eutelsat, Eyestones, Xantech and IC Realtime demonstrating its portfolio of commercial grade CCTV and IPCCTV systems and Fracarro were offering their wide range of ‘Intelligent technology, for intelligent buildings’ newly available from Alltrade who have recently signed a distribution agreement with the premium Italian manufacturer .
“The number of CI products on display was up markedly at this year’s Tradeshow,” added Steve Simper. “The reduction in price point of high quality custom installation components has seen a lot of aerial installers and retailers move into this area and we are ideally placed to services these customers. With the introduction of the Linsar TV range, which is only sold through independent channels, Alltrade can now offer a complete portfolio of products and solutions for those companies wishing to enter or expand their custom installation services.”
UK based Linsar made its Alltrade show debut to exhibit its latest range of flat screen smart TVs. The LCD panels in 22-50inch screen sizes are LED-illuminated and feature Freeview HD alongside connected-TV apps such as BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Skype compatibility. The brand’s 2014 line-up includes smart TVs with ultra-thin bezels and extremely low power consumption.
AV distribution pioneer CYP took a large stand at the Tradeshow and demonstrated its PU-44XL-KIT as part of its ever-expanding lineup. This is a new HDMI HDBaseT LITE 4x4 Matrix kit, which can be partnered with PU-514L-RX receivers. The kit enables up to four independent HDMI sources to be distributed to four zones via standard IP network cable (Cat5e/6/7) at resolutions of up to 1080p.
Another new exhibitor Global Caché showed of its iTach Flex. This small multifunctional end-point device with infrared emitter allows simple connection of a range of devices, from mechanical switches to IR controls, to a wireless or wired network. The linked devices can then be monitored or controlled remotely using a web-based interface, including smartphones and tablets. Visitors were able to see the Hoody speaker-hood range first hand. These innovative and easy-to-install products offer a simple way to protect ceiling or wall cavities when recessed speakers have been fitted. This ensures that a building’s fire-safety integrity remains intact after in-ceiling speaker installation and prevents a significant amount of backwards sound leakage into rooms above the speakers. Sonos was taking orders on the newly revealed PLAY 1 and introducing the new style adverts which will be shown on TV with a 3m budget in the run up to Christmas. The PLAY1,3 and 5 until 31st December are also now offered with a free bridge to get a network started.
Johansson one of the many specialist IRS companies in attendance continued to promote the revolutionary ‘SCR’ (single cable router) multiswitch which allows old style single cabled building’s the benefits of being able to ‘stack’ IF signals so PVR’s could be used by residents without the need for getting 2 cables to their flat which can prove impossible in some cases!
Regular exhibitor Sanus launched its Skeleton Rack at the Alltrade Show. Its open structure enables simple access for installing and servicing AV kit. It has removable shelves, blanking panels and accessories to stop small equipment sliding, as well as hinges to rotate the entire rack to reach rear cable connections with ease.
Other products of note at the show included BluCube’s new rectangular flat speaker for in wall or in ceiling applications with a two piece baffle design to reduce harmonic distortion and TV Shield, a tough IP-protected solution for installing TVs up to 60in outdoors!
The Alltrade Tradeshow will be back in 2014 at dates and venue to be confirmed.
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