TOMCAT was proud to participate in the 2011 LDI trade show in Orlando, Florida where it officially started its 25th Anniversary celebration with customers, partners and friends. In this occasion, TOMCAT shared projects, products and installations created and displayed throughout its history (1987-2012). TOMCAT sister staging companies Litec and Brilliant Stages joined TOMCAT and shared its most recent manufactured and installed custom projects. Continuing its commitment to training and education in the entertainment industry, TOMCAT successfully delivered the training session “Strength Under Pressure—What Makes a Truss System Safe Indoors & Out? as part of LDI's Rigging and Electrical Bootcamp.
TOMCAT displayed in its 30” x 40” booth a variety of custom projects and products manufactured for different customers and markets throughout its history. These projects and products can be appreciated through spectacular pictures displayed in several panels which represent a specific moment in history, and highlight relevant facts. TOMCAT's history can be followed in 4 different moments: Inception, Expansion, Innovation and Escalation.
Inception (1987-1995) highlighted the spirit of innovation and service which TOMCAT was founded that led to early success with projects for Pink Floyd, Genesis and The Rolling Stones. “Strength Under Pressure” became the cornerstone for innovative concert solutions. Expansion (1996-2001) stressed the unique new structures and markets outside the concert touring manufactured by TOMCAT, as well as the acquisition of the innovative Brilliant Stages in the UK, and the increased manufacturing capacity in TOMCAT de Mexico.
The panel Innovation (2002-2006) provided information about the internal growth and product novelty of the company with products such as Swing Wing, standard dance towers, arena lighting system-Baxx Truss and improved fabrication techniques and qualifications, as well as the increased commitment to industry safety as a recognized ETCP training program. Finally, the Escalation panel (2007-2012) highlighted TOMCAT joining The Vitec Group, plc. in 2007, the innovations such as the updated Swing Wing with EDGE, the QU (Quick Utility) truss line and the TOMCAT CORE product line, as well as the undertaking of challenging custom project solutions.
Brilliant Stages panels provided spectacular images of recent custom projects including the Take That's Progress Live 2011 Tour where Brilliant Stages built the main Stage, the track and the moving 20m Man â€˜OM'. In Litec's panel an impressive image of the Highest Stage in the World was appreciated. The stage made for Vasco Live Kom 011 Tour is huge and delivers bigness, height and dizziness. It was designed by Studio GiÃ² Forma and supplied by Italstage Company, and scenography is given “simply” by iron and aluminium trusses. The structure consists of several types of Litec trusses.
TOMCAT once again successfully conducted a training session at LDInstitute 2011. “Strength Under Pressure—What Makes a Truss System Safe Indoors & Out?” assisted attendees in the understanding about safe parameters in using truss overhead both indoors and out by sorting through some of the myths and providing specific guidance on how structural truss components can be safely used for solutions to common conundrums. In addition, attendees earned 8 ETCP Renewal Credits.
For 25 years TOMCAT has specialized in the fabrication of aluminum truss, structural components and custom stages for the entertainment, audiovisual, exhibition and worship industries. TOMCAT has been part of the United Kingdom based Vitec Group plc since 2007 and works closely with its sister staging companies Litec and Brilliant Stages to provide total show solutions to customers all over the world.