Over 150 guests attended the launch of Adlib’s new warehouse and office facility in Glasgow, which was part of a £1 million investment in the Scottish operations since 2015.
Located on an industrial estate a stone’s throw from Glasgow International Airport, the event offered individuals, companies and organisations from all industry sectors the chance to meet some of the brands, manufacturers and people with which Adlib regularly collaborates.
On the audio side these included L-Acoustics, CODA, DiGiCo, Soundcraft, Midas, Sennheiser, Shure and DPA. Resembling an informal trade show, each brand was allocated a compact space in one of two areas dedicated to audio and visuals where they set up their key products.
A range of guests attended from sound, lighting and AV rental companies and venues – from live and classical music to houses of worship, installation specialists, engineers and assorted designers and creatives.
The company highlighted some of its plans for the future which include hosting extensive training and product awareness initiatives via the Glasgow hub, as well as developing sales and cross rental opportunities and the supply of audio, video and lighting as complete technical solutions packages.
Ablib's association with Scotland goes back over 25 years and MD Andy Dockerty says: “Having worked closely with many Glasgow artistes such as Texas, Del Amitri and GUN since the early 90s I have personally had a great bond with the Scottish music scene and see Glasgow as being almost identical to Liverpool. I have so many friends in Glasgow that I feel absolutely at home here and in many respects question why it took us so long to open a facility up here.
“To witness the turn out from across Scotland for our opening day has actually been quite humbling. We are proud of our initial team of people here and the warehouse, offices and training facilities mean we can emulate everything that we do and provide down south. We genuinely hope we can enhance our older relationships and develop some new ones.”
The training infrastructure that has worked successfully in Liverpool has been physically replicated in Glasgow, with a classroom space and a series of flexible demo areas that can be divided up and sized according to the exact requirements of the session in progress.
Training has already begun with a DiGiCo event highlighting their SD series of consoles and the S21 and S31. There is a three day L-Acoustics product training experience scheduled for the end of October, covering system fundamentals on the first day, KARA and K2, with Soundcraft Vi console training days confirmed for November.
Pictures: Top: The open day. Second: (L–R): The Adlib team: Barclay Dakers , John Hughes , Andy Dockerty, Dave Kay, Graham Cochrane, Ian Tomlinson and Steph Fleming.