Clay Paky recently organised a convention for their international distributors from 53 countries around the world, that took place in Bergamo, Italy in February 2015, for an update on the future strategies of the leading company in the field of stage lighting, which has recently become part of the OSRAM group.

The convention’s motto was “Today Tomorrow’, which clearly expresses Clay Paky’s strategic aim of always looking to the future and ready to accept new exciting challenges. Clay Paky CEO Pio Nahum pointed out that future development is founded on past success and their corporate mission remains permanent innovation and product quality.

Clay Paky has managed to win more than 20 international awards, and relations with lighting designers globally have strengthened, as can be seen from the great success of the Knight of Illumination Awards, the annual prize organised by Clay Paky. Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO and executive VP of OSRAM specialty lighting division, stressed in his speech that OSRAM has great respect for Clay Paky’s work and its team’s activity and intends to ensure its operational freedom, while providing all the technical, financial and logistic support OSRAM is capable of with its 350-million euro turnover.

The convention provided a chance to present the team behind the company’s success. The sales team, led by Alberico D’Amato, who co-ordinates the sales in different regions of the world and the competent well-staffed research and development department. Giovanni Zucchinali, a great expert in show lighting and Clay Paky product portfolio manager, gave a brief presentation of the new products that the company intends to launch in 2015.

This was also a great opportunity to give prizes to distributors for their contribution to sales in 2014. The “Ambassador of Light’ awards were assigned to six companies. Elektrik Solutions was named “Distributor of the Year’ for its outstanding achievements in a relatively small country, Norway. The Swedish company Interlite was the “Most Progressive Distributor’ for recording the largest sales increase compared to the previous year. Doka Center, Clay Paky’s Russian distributor for over twenty years, received the “Most Loyal Distributor Award’. The US-based, ACT Lighting won the “Best Performance Award’ for recording the highest turnover in absolute terms. The Turkish company Asimetrik was given the award for organising the best “Open Day’ in 2014.

They put on a spectacular Clay Paky product demo, which was attended by more than 600 customers. Finally the Philippines-based company RMB Lights and Sounds Trading received the “Amazing Determination Award’ for managing to sell over 500 Sharpys in a country in which Chinese companies that offer low-priced copies of Clay Paky’s invention are highly active.

The second day of the convention was devoted to technical workshops, concerning future technology and products, held by prestigious technical researchers from OSRAM and Philips, who despite being competitors on the market also share a huge interest in working with Clay Paky owing to their great capacity for innovation.