Fabtronic is a sound, lighting and audio/visual supplier based in Northampton. This location boasts a large, well-appointed showroom/retail space on the first of its two floors. A suite of offices resides on the second for the hire and installation services. Mark Wallen, Chris Hobbins and Ian Watson—three of the 12-person outfit—gave us a coffee and a chat while we were there—fresh on the heels of a successful open night in May.
“CHAUVET® is definitely customer focused,” said Wallen, a 15-year employee of Fabtronic. “We wouldn’t have had the success we did during our open night without the CHAUVET® team. They have great service, speed of delivery and [collateral] with the website and product videos. The U.K. office resolves any problems, which are not often because of the reliability of the product, and always travel to see us. It’s exciting to have them come and show us what’s possible as far as new lighting fixtures—not just a hard sell.”
Wallen cited the Hemisphere 5 as his favorite fixture because the effect light is “versatile, a good value, and can do an awful lot.”
Hobbins runs the installation side of Fabtronic, which sees its fair share of entertainment venues, bars, clubs, theme parks and more. And while he focuses more on the video side of the work, he noted in the last few years that CHAUVET has raised its profile in the U.K. “The quality of the fixtures is on par with Robe and Martin.”