US firm Tait has acquired Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering, calling the deal a merger of the world's market leaders in automation, engineering and staging in the live entertainment industry.
Tait says the “enhanced capacity of the groups provides the ability to offer unrivalled technology and expertise across the globe from locations on the East and West coasts of America, Belgium, Macau, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, China and Australia.”
The increased breadth and depth of the company will give clients a variety of design technologies, which will include eChameleon, Navigator, F:Light, Sculptor toolkit for 3ds Max, plus a comprehensive range of winches and staging solutions for concert touring, theatre, corporate events, film and television and permanent installations.
Stage Technologies was founded in 1994 in the UK and was one of the world’s first dedicated theater automation specialists. It recently joined forces with staging engineering specialist Delstar Engineering, and the Stage Technologies Group has offices in the United Kingdom, Las Vegas, Macau, Hong King and Australia.
In the coming months, the companies will be working to provide their combined client base with integrated services. Adam Davis, Partner, Tait Group commented: “Over the last few years we have seen the advantages of transferring knowledge and working practices from concert touring to other markets, such as corporate and theatre to provide our clients with more efficient and cost effective staging and automation solutions.
He added “As the creativity of our clients continues to push the boundaries of technology, the amalgamation of Stage Technologies and Tait will allow our teams to respond to these needs with greater resources and provide better value engineered solutions.”
Mark Ager, CEO Stage Technologies Group, said, “We are very excited to be joining forces with Tait. Not only will our clients benefit from our increased capacity, but by unifying our engineering, design and R&D teams, we will be able to offer a greater diversity of both hardware and software across the globe.”
Tait has been building touring systems since 1978 for top acts such as U2, The Rolling Stones and Metallica; it also has offices around the world.