02.10.15

Stadia & Arena 2015: Highlights and trends

AUTHOR: Inavate

The Stadia and Arena exhibition was successfully held in Singapore at the Sports Hub from September 28 to September 30, 2015. The show brought together a wide range of manufacturers, architects, consultants and integrators working in the stadium sector.

Asia Pacific is set to see a flurry of activity in the stadium sector with new facilities expected to be established in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea for a host of regional and international sporting events. But the best performing country for stadiums in Asia Pacific was unanimously decided by attendees to be China.

A representative from D.A.S said: “There are a number of stadiums being constructed in China and we are very interested in them. That is one of the reasons we are here at this show, so that we can continue to build relationships with all the parties involved with the stadium sector.”

To further service the Chinese market, D.A.S. Audio in conjunction with Spanish rental company Fluge has set up a dedicated distributor, by the name of Gan Guan, in the country. Compared to last year’s event, this year’s iteration saw an increase in the number of AV manufacturers exhibiting, with Harman and d&b also joining the fray.

David Bradshaw, business development manager for Harman Professional, gave an update regarding the manufacturer: “We’ve moved in and settled into our Singapore office, which will be handling the Asia Pacific region minus China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.” He continued: “We previously had a distributor for Singapore, but after the establishment of our office here we will be taking on distribution duties ourselves. For this reason we decided to exhibit at Stadia & Arena.”

Vanguardia Consulting, reputed for its proficiency in the stadium sector, also exhibited. Kevin Luckhurst, principal consultant, said: “We are actively seeking to do more in Asia Pacific and have bid for a number of projects with architects such as Populous in the region. One of the reasons for attending this show was to drop down to Asia Pacific and further our growth.”