October 2019: Protec tallied a number of firsts on the lighting front recently. Protec was the first in the world to order Claypaky Xtylos, inking a deal to receive 350 of the market’s first-ever laser moving fixtures. Protec also became the first AV equipment supplier in the Middle East to take delivery of Xtylos in September.
Launched in 1999, Protec is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive event technical and staging companies delivering solutions for all event types across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Protec boasts an expanding, state-of-the-art inventory, including robotic and drone technologies, and an expert staff based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Birmingham, England.
“We are very excited that Protec was the first in our world sales network to place the order at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt where we launched Xtylos,” says Egor Popovski for Claypaky in the Middle East. “Protec is also the first in the Middle East to receive the shipment of these fixtures and has become the largest stockist of Xtylos in the Middle East region.”
Xtylos is a compact beam moving light with unique optical and chromatic characteristics featuring a tailor-made laser source, which is the powerful engine of an incredible array of colors. The most dynamic light on the market, Xtylos is the first moving head light with a laser light source opening up new, surprising prospects for the development of the entire entertainment lighting world.
“Protec are always investing in the latest technologies, and Xtylos is the next innovation in lighting technology,” says Aaron Russ, Head of the Lighting Department. “Xtylos is more efficient from an energy point of view, but its real selling point is how its laser-sourced engine reproduces color with such intensity and definition. We believe this offers something unique on the market and introduces a whole new world of creative lighting solutions for our clients.”
Russ believes Xtylos will be ideal for large outdoor events such as concerts, festivals, opening and closing ceremonies, and stadium shows.
“The Xtylos’s energy efficiency has a green appeal, which is something the events industry needs to continue to make improvements on, but the main attraction here is the fixture’s ability to maintain color intensity and vivid brightness over a long distance compared to its predecessors and other market options,” he points out. “Xtylos sends a focused solid beam of color through the sky with minimal diffusion.”
He also cites the fixture’s compact size while “packing an incredible punch. Xtylos is a game changer that will allow us to deliver more spectacular effects.”
In addition to growing its inventory with 350 Xtylos Protec also acquired 48 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to further expand its lighting capabilities.