Name: Kyle Nel

Company: AVS Hire – Nelspruit


  1. Which product/s caught your eye at Prolight+Sound 2018?

On the lighting side of the show, the DL Range from Robe and the Axcor range and Zac-Eye from Claypaky were very impressive. The Prolyte ground screw system was very impressive in terms of innovation in the staging structures market. On the audio side, I was impressed with the dB Technologies Vio system, which offers a scalable and flexible PA solution at a seriously competitive price point.

  1. Do you feel that these products are well suited to the local market?

Robe and Claypaky have both identified a gap in the market for specific lighting applications. I am however concerned about the cost of these fixtures for customers in South Africa.

The Prolyte ground screw is a groundbreaking step in the right direction in terms of reducing total mass of ballast needed for certain structures. With the ground screws, working with even the lowest rated specifications on the medium-length screws on offer will help reduce the quantity of external physical ballasts needed and therefore reduce costs.

The dB Technologies Vio system offers great value for money. The sound quality and coverage offered is brilliant and the units are compact and flexible – perfect for the South African market.

  1. What was the overall highlight of Prolight+Sound 2018

I spent my time at Prolight+Sound with an interesting group of South Africans. The conversations between the group and interactions with international manufacturers and suppliers were priceless.