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Digital signage innovations

Every major display vendor now has the digital signage market in its sights. To com- plete our ISE round-up we look at the new releases.

Page 15 Education Collaboration

We look at the solutions avail- able to schools moving away from traditional front-of-class teaching methods to collabo- rative techniques.

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Midwich results show profit growth ahead of revenues

Preliminary results for the 21 December 2016 show gross profits up 20.2% on the pre- vious year on revenues of £370 million up 17.8% on 2015. With all the company’s key indicators showing posi- tive results Managing Director Stephan Fenby attributes the improvement in gross profits to positive changes s in the dis- tributor’s product mix and ac- quisitions. “2016 was a transformation- al year for Midwich with our successful IPO on AIM in May positioning the Group well for its next stage of development. Post-IPO, we also acquired a majority stake in Holdan Limited and the trade and as- sets of Wired Limited, further strengthening Midwich’s mar- ket position in the UK and Aus- tralasia respectively.”

“The Group delivered strong revenue and profit growth in 2016 and I am pleased to re- port that trading in the first few months of 2017 has built on the good growth we saw last year giving the Board confi- dence in delivering a result in 2017 in line with its expecta- tions.”

Specifically, Fenby drew at- tention to “Improved revenue and net profits across all ter- ritories driven by impressive growth in the audio-visual busi- ness and the continued roll out of technical brands overseas”. He also referenced launches with “significant new vendors including SMART Technologies in the UK and Ireland, and Bi- amp in Australia”.

Maverick ramps up LFD portfolio

Maverick has committed to a substantial increase in the range of Large Format Displays available to UK integrators and resellers by adding ViewSonic, Sharp, Acer, LG Compro and Iiyama to its brand portfolio of brands. These are


to the long-term relationships with Sony and LG.

The new brands will be sup- ported by an additional £1.5 million stock investment, the appointment of a new, dedi- cated LFD team, and the de- velopment of a selection of pan-European services to help UK integrators working on in- ternational roll outs.

Stephen Fenby, Managing Direc- tor of the Midwich Group: “2016 was a transformational year for Midwich with our successful IPO on AIM in May positioning the Group well for its next stage of development.”

Finlux enters LED market

Vestel has created a new line of Finlux-branded LED walls for indoor and outdoor appli- cations. The Fine Pixel Pitch (FPP) indoor models offer a bezel-free and seamless visual solution with operational life- times of up to 100,000 hours. They are said to be built for ease of serviceability, offering front as well as rear access to the displays.

Custom-built for specific in-

door applications, the LED walls are described as perfect for corporate and retail use, having the 800 Nit brightness levels required to suit stage lighting conditions. The indoor displays are said to optimize visibility in adverse lighting conditions. With refresh rates of up to 3840Hz, the displays are said to keep pace with the on-screen action. Vestel’s outdoor LED walls are

designed to cope with all en- vironmental and lighting con- ditions. With IP65 and IP54 ratings, they not only ensure protection against everything from dirt, dust, oil, and obvi- ously, water. Offering bright- ness levels of up to 7500 Nits, the outdoor displays can also withstand intense, sun-lit con- ditions.

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The LFD team includes: Grant Keenan as Business Manager; Blaine Johnstone as Product Manager; Mohammad Oftadeh as Business Development Man- ager’ with Matt Keen as Gen- eral Manager, leading a field sales drive to aid clients with specifying displays, accesso- ries and technical support. Tony Scully, Managing Direc- tor of Maverick UK, explained: “The success we have seen in

the market with Sony, LG, Mic- rosoft Surface Hub and Promet- hean has been testament to a

great knowledgeable team and working with our partners on some prestigious roll outs with these brands. We have made a huge investment in stock to ensure

availability across all

the ranges and as the largest LFD distributor in Europe, we will be able to offer pricing and partner discounts around larger projects.”

ViewSonic joins 2018 AV News Awards Sponsors

ViewSonic has joined the pan- el of sponsors of the AV News Awards for the 2018 pro- gramme. Nominations for the Awards open on the 1st August 2017, with winners presented with their trophies at a ceremo- ny on the first morning of ISE 2018.

Celebrating its 30th anniver-

sary, ViewSonic has announced a range of commercial partner- ships that will help build on its previous success and show- case its innovative products to new markets and customers in 2017. The partnerships in- clude agreements with


Tamaplace and Enplug, as well as leading AV distributor Mav- erick.

Following on from debuting

its latest product lines at ISE 2017—which included the LS820 home-cinema laser pro- jector and the company’s new CDM-series of Large Format Displays—ViewSonic is deter- mined to make 2017 it’s most successful year to date. Posen Wang, Managing Di- rector at ViewSonic Europe, comments: “The last 30 years have seen the ViewSonic brand grow phenomenally around the world, including here in the UK. We will continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the AV market and ensure that our customers can rely on us to provide them with state-of-the- art AV products to match their needs.”

Tony Scully, Managing Director of Maverick UK: “as the largest LFD distributor in Europe, we will be able to offer pricing and partner discounts around larger projects.”

ViewSonic: “We are looking forward to expanding our reach in the gaming and education sectors with the launch of our new products, and continuing to provide the corporate and retail sectors with high performance, low maintenance and cost-effective solutions.”

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