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eps establishes Canadian division

Germany’s eps has expanded its international operations with the launch of a new division in Canada.

The Munich-based company, the global leader in temporary event floor and crowd-control products, has appointed Joe Novak as managing director of eps Canada, headquartered in Toronto.

Okan Tombulca, managing director of eps group, says: “We’ve been working in the Canadian market for many years. After numerous requests from our clients to work there directly, we wanted to fulfil their wish. Therefore, I am very pleased that we managed to make this possible and that we founded eps Canada.”

Novak joins from the Rogers Centre/Toronto Blue Jays, and is also founder of Act IV Productions.

“I am delighted to welcome Joe Novak to the eps family,” continues Tombulca. “He has always been passionate about the live entertainment industry and has great knowledge and experience. Joe is the perfect addition to our international eps team and I am looking forward to the start of eps Canada.”

“I am very excited about this groundbreaking opportunity to serve the Canadian market”

“I’ve been collaborating with eps for many years. I am very excited about this groundbreaking opportunity to serve the Canadian market and lead the launch of eps Canada here in Toronto,” adds Novak.

“Having a local presence will enable eps to expertly service all promoters, venues, festivals and special events across Canada.”

The new division will offer a full range of live event infrastructure solutions, including drivable plastic systems, pedestrian pathways, pitch coverings, heavy-duty roadways, security fencing, stage barricades, crowd control solutions and CAD services.

The launch of eps Canada brings eps’s network to ten subsidiaries globally, including its main business in Germany: Canada, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, the US and Brazil.

 


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Mike Jefferson joins eps America sales team

Global event infrastructure provider eps has announced a new appointment to its US division, as Mike Jefferson joins the eps America sales department.

Jefferson has over 20 years experience consulting for infrastructure, providing ground protection and installing services nationwide.

According to eps America chief executive, Lee Bauman, Jefferson brings “extraordinary” expertise in ground protection and onsite event services to the team.

“The eps America team is thrilled to have Mike on board. He will help eps America to continue to offer outstanding services for our clients with event infrastructure solutions across North America,” says Bauman.

“The eps America team is thrilled to have Mike on board. He will help eps America to continue to offer outstanding services for our clients”

Jefferson is “excited” about joining the team, commenting: “Eps’s reputation for excellence in event infrastructure is second to none globally and I look forward to contributing to growth and continued development of the North American business.”

eps is an equipment rental company providing event infrastructure such as grandstands, ground and turf protection systems, security gates and mobile sanitary installations.

The company developed its own “flat-foot” stage barrier for Harry Styles’s first solo tour last year.

 


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Infrastructure provider eps reinforces management team

German infrastructure Provider eps holding gmbh has announced the signing of its new COO, economist Ralf Müller. Müller previously worked for the publishing group Holtzbrinck, with his work taking him to Germany, America and Canada.

In recent years Müller set up the company smartsteuer, focusing on development, operations, and marketing. He also had two more positions as CEO of internet start-ups in Munich and Vancouver.

The company offers infrastructure for military, construction, and music events, and has recently provided the stage barriers for Adele’s tour.

“He is the best for this task and we are very happy that he is going to create the future together with us”

“Ralf Müller has all the necessary skills to adapt the structures of the eps group to the new and growing challenges.” Eps managing director Okan Tombulca says: “He is the best for this task and we are very happy that he is going to create the future together with us”.

On his new position, Müller comments: “I am looking forward to this exciting new task in the eps Group, In my function as COO, I will be able to contribute my numerous years of management experience from the media industry to eps. I will contribute all this with the entrepreneurial skills I have acquired over the last ten years in the start-up industry to the benefit of the eps group.”

 


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eps reinforces financial team

Event infrastructure supplier eps has bolstered its international financial control team with three new appointments.

Alice Kentenich has been appointed head of finance/controlling at the company’s German subsidiary, eps gmbh, where she will be responsible for “all financial and controlling aspects” of its business, including monthly and annual financial statements and budgeting.

Olga Sarman and Katharina Wilk, meanwhile, join parent company eps holding gmbh’s group finance team.

“With the strong growth of the eps group in the last few years, emphasis on accounting and controlling has increased”

Martin Dötterl, CFO and managing director at eps holding gmbh, comments: “With the strong growth of the eps group in the last few years, emphasis on accounting and controlling has increased. We welcome Alice Kentenich, Olga Sarman and Katharina Wilk to the team, who will join their efforts to complete these tasks.”

The company in April launched a UK business to supply its products, including roadway, fencing and barrier systems, to British promoters and customers.

 


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Arena Group to float on London Stock Exchange

Event infrastructure supplier Arena Group has announced plans for a stock market launch.

The multinational company, which supplies temporary structures, seating and project management services to large-scale live events, will list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and hopes to raise approximately £60 million to grow its business.

Arena Group’s live-entertainment clients include Lollapalooza in Chicago, the Jockey Club (whose Jockey Club Live divisions promotes shows at racecourses around the UK) and BFI, for which the company last year designed a pop-up cinema venue. It in April acquired Wernick Group’s seating division, rebranding it Arena Seating.

“I am delighted to announce that our plans to apply for admission to AIM [LSE’s Alternative Investment Market] are moving ahead, as it marks a key milestone in the development of the group. We believe the listing will not only raise our international profile but will also enable us to provide additional incentives, by way of a share option scheme, for our senior executive team around our global operations.

“We look forward with confidence to this next stage in Arena Group’s development”

“The new funding leaves us with a significantly stronger balance sheet and provides us with the necessary funding, as well as access to further capital, to will help us to continue to grow the business both organically and by way of potential acquisitions.

“We are very fortunate to have a loyal and dedicated workforce of 750 employees across our 14 international bases, and the successful floatation of the group is a testament to their hard work and support going back many years.

“We look forward with confidence to this next stage in Arena Group’s development.”

 


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Evago acquires Mojo Barriers

Evago AG, the parent company of German event infrastructure supplier Bümo, has acquired Mojo Barriers for an undisclosed sum.

Mojo Barriers, established in 1988 by Dutch promoter Mojo Concerts (now part of the Live Nation group), is one of the world’s leading suppliers of aluminium stage barriers, with offices in the Netherlands, Britain, the US and Australia. In 2016 its barriers were in use on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway world tour, Bruce Springsteen’s The River tour and Muse’s Drones world tour, among others.

The acquisition gives Evago, headquartered in Pyrbaum, Bavaria, 100% of Mojo Barriers’ shares. Other Evago subsidiaries include PR and marketing firm Evago Media & Marketing and property development operation Evago Real Estate.

Evago CEO Goran Marincic says: “Thanks to this strategic acquisition, we will continue to strengthen our position in the international market over the long term and advance our growing event infrastructure capabilities with the global stock and team of Mojo Barriers.

“I am convinced that all sides will greatly benefit from this acquisition”

“Renowned for quality, flexibility, knowledge, experience and reliability worldwide, we are delighted to welcome a strong brand that matches our group perfectly, which will accelerate the growth of both companies.”

“The Evago Group provides Mojo Barriers with a strong strategic partner and a new structure to develop the company,” adds outgoing co-owner and MD Cees Muurling. “I am convinced that all sides will greatly benefit from this acquisition.”

The first joint venture between Mojo Barriers and its new owner already looks to be taking shape: the Evago site lists the “Mojo eGate® – the new way of access” among Evago Media & Marketing’s suite of RFID and digital crowd control solutions, and the website mojoegate.com has been registered.

 


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eps supplies 600m of stage barriers for the Stones in Cuba

eps supplied six containers’ worth of concert infrastructure, including 1,200sqm of the Arena Panels ground-protection system, 600m of GIGS stage barriers and 600m of mobile fences, for The Rolling Stones’ landmark Concert for Amity in Havana in last month.

The multinational event infrastructure specialist, which has offices in Germany, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and North and South America, also sent eight supervisors to oversee the set-up and dismantling of all equipment and production vehicles and modular cable protectors to ensure everything ran smoothly behind the scenes.

The show “presented itself with certain challenges because there hasn’t been anything comparable to this open-air event before in Cuba”, says eps, but it was “pleased with the successful outcome” and “proud to be a part of this historic rock event”. It also thanked promoter Concerts West for “their trust and the great cooperation with everybody involved”.

The show, billed as the “first open-air concert in Cuba by a British rock band” was reportedly witnessed by a crowd of 1.2 million people: 700,000 in the Ciudad Deportiva stadium and another 500,000 listening outside.