Reminder Call to Register your interest in the Australian Industry Supplier Peak Body

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

As previously reported, a number of likeminded companies joined together recently with the intention of forming a Peak Body for the manufacturing and distribution suppliers to the Professional Audio, Lighting, Vision and Staging industry in Australia.

Vast progress has now been made, with a draft constitution written, and feedback requested from the suppliers who have already expressed their interest. Meetings are now being planned in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for early December to ratify the constitution and take further steps to form the Peak Body.

This is a reminder call out for all relevant companies to register their interest for inclusion in upcoming discussions and meetings. The aim of this Peak Body is to represent as many suppliers as possible in Australia in a number of matters, including: standards, approvals, legislation, counterfeiting, grey marketing, market development and associated activities.

We urge any supplier or associate who may be interested in hearing more as this develops, or joining such a Peak Body, that they register their interest with Jodie Archer at jarcher@jands.com.au

Previous Press Release

A large number of suppliers to the Australian Professional Audio, Lighting, Vision & Staging industries found themselves attending most or all of the 4 independent trade shows held in the months of July and August. It was felt attendance at these shows was down on previous years and there was certainly time for informal discussions in the corridors.

As a result of these conversations, 10 of the larger suppliers wrote an open letter to the industry canvassing interest and opinion regarding meeting to discuss our industry. As a result meetings were held in Melbourne and Sydney, attended by approximately 30 supplier companies with apologies being received from another 10 or so.

At these meetings it was decided to endeavour to form a Peak Body to represent the interests of Australian suppliers to the Professional Audio, Lighting, Vision & Staging market.

This is possibly well over due when you look at other industries around Australia; all of whom seem to have associations to represent their interests. A great example and close to home is the Australian Music Association (AMA) http://www.australianmusic.asn.au/ This association has been going for well over 20 years and through a full time secretariat and unpaid committee has provided invaluable assistance, lobbing and promotion for its members and the industry. The AMA runs the AMAC trade show each year. If you look further afield to Europe, where our industry has the Professional Light and Sound Association (PLASA) http://www.plasa.org/, they have just announced their merging with the Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA) http://www.esta.org/ in the USA, forming one very large association representing the interests of its members in Europe and North America.

Both the Melbourne and Sydney meetings felt the formation of a Peak Body to represent our industry was long overdue. Areas where a Peak Body could assist the industry are: standards, approvals, legislation, counterfeiting, gray marketing, market development and associated activities.

During these meetings a large percentage of suppliers indicated they had determined they would not be participating in non-industry trade shows in 2010. They also noted with the merging of technology in our industry and the widening interests of our customers, all would benefit from a larger and more diverse show. It seems some trade show organisers also identified this need and responded with the co-location of SMPTE and Entech in 2011.
Frank Hinton and David Bell have kindly offered to prepare a draft constitution for the proposed Peak Body.

We would ask any supplier or associate who may be interested in hearing more as this develops, or joining such a Peak Body, that they register their interest with Jodie Archer at Jands email: jarcher@jands.com.au

Please understand this is early days and being coordinated by people with full time jobs, working on a voluntary basis, in a tough economic climate.