Top-Quality Event Technology
N&M is a high-end partner in the field of audio-visual and lighting integration and offers its clients complete turnkey solutions including creative design, concept consulting, expert technical planning, project management, build services and system programming, operation and maintenance. Our renowned design & build approach ensures seamless high-quality realization throughout every stage of the project.
With expertise gathered over the years, we have the most comprehensive know-how in all aspects of event technology, specializing in the areas of audio, video, lighting, rigging, event-IT and content production.
We have a wealth of experience when it comes to temporary and permanent installations, offering purchase and rental options.
Facts and figures
Since 1981, we have been developing innovative solutions to clients all opting for first-class event technology. In 2007, we have established ourselves in the Middle East with an office and a warehouse stocked with cutting-edge equipment.
To date, N&M has 18 offices throughout Germany, a branch in Dubai and a division in Eastern Europe. There are dedicated EXPO project offices in Germany and Dubai staffed with teams of EXPO specialists.
Our multi-cultural team of event technology professionals is capable of executing projects on a high international level under all circumstances, ensuring superior and timely implementation through well-established quality assurance procedures.
Areas of Expertise:
Audio rental and installation
- Comprehensive state-of-the-art loudspeaker equipment from 2-way compact PA systems through to line arrays in various sizes
- Powerful microphones, condenser or dynamic
- Professional digital mixing and monitoring desks for every type of use
- Wireless transmission systems and digital intercom systems
- Specific acoustics systems such as Vivace
Lighting rental and installation
- Latest generation of moving lights
- Spot and flood lights for all applications – from TV shows to product presentations. Tungsten or daylight, neon light or LED, follow spots, Fresnels, Profilers or PAR spotlights
- Special architectural lighting systems for presenting buildings in an advantageous light, naturally including detailed consultation, investigation of the physical possibilities and compliance with legal requirements
- Professional lighting desks and dimmer systems for trouble-free control of your lighting design
- Truss systems (inspected by the German Technical Inspectorate TÜV) for safe suspension of lighting
- All the accessories, from chain hoists and cable protectors to stands and clamps
- We have created networks of all sizes with the aim of extending existing systems to fit in precisely the clients’ needs or in order to set up complete, high-performance temporary structures.
- At fairs, congresses and events, we ensure fast availability of data via our wide-area W-LANs or our voucher-access hotspots. We use copper or fiber optic cables to create high-capacity networks that enable real-time video and audio transmission – including reliable server solutions. We use ultra-modern IT hardware – be it workstations or touchscreens and tablets for interactive applications – to equip exhibition spaces, conferences and press centers as well as to control sophisticated media technology systems.
- We have two in-house studios where we develop software applications and innovative IT solutions – come2interact for active integration of the audience, and come2present for managing presentations during congresses – personalized for each guest.
Video rental and installation
- Big screen projectors up to 4k for perfect images in a wide range of formats as well as for multiscreen and mapping shows
- LED wall systems and displays
- Professional control devices and playing equipment as well as media servers
- Modern camera technology and completely equipped vision mixers for the reliable transmission of images and data – also for documenting presentations and reusing them in other media.
Rigging planning, rental and installation
- Our rigging specialists can provide advice right from the planning phase.
- They provide reliable structural calculations and take charge of installation on site.
- Our use of innovative software enables the safe construction of the most complex of systems.
- In the installation process, we use motor controllers with extensive monitoring functions as well as load cells to ensure the safe lifting of loads.
- Our trusses are protected during transport by packing systems they developed themselves – which not only guarantees that the material looks perfect but also provides additional safety.
- Creation of charts, graphics
- Conceptual design of multimedia events, presentations
- Pre-visualization of events, trade fairs
- Light pre-visualization and pre-programming
- Video production ENG, studio, events
- Video post-production
- 2D animations
- 3D animations
- Watchout shows
- Creation of stereoscopic 3D content
- Sound production of recording, mix up to 5.1 sound mixing
- Interactive content, for example touchscreens
N&M: The EXPO Specialist
We were responsible for the technical implementation of five major pavilions at the EXPO 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan.
- Astana Sphere
- Energy Best Practice Pavilion
- Shell Pavilion
- Austrian Pavilion
- German Pavilion
Broad spectrum of services to support and deliver a complete turnkey solution for EXPO Projects:
- Creative Design and Concept Consulting – concept design and development, cost analyses, direction during the conceptual phase
- Technical Planning and Implementation – build services and system programming, project supervision and execution, interface planning, installation
- Project Management Including Operation and Maintenance – commissioning, training and team management, maintenance and repair
- Post-Project Management and Support – disassembling, assistance on re-use of equipment
Dubai ⋅ October 2018
EXPO 2020 International Participants Meeting
Over 600 delegates from all over the world gathered at EXPO 2020’s third International Participants Meeting (IPM) to receive progress updates regarding the construction of the EXPO site itself and of their national pavilions as well as to hear about planned measures. The theme of the forthcoming world exhibition, which takes place in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021, is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
The IPM is an opportunity for representatives of EXPO 2020 Dubai, of the government of the United Arab Emirates and of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to discuss with countries and organisations participating in EXPO 2020 – the largest event that has ever been held in the Arab world.
The “Global Best Practice Programme” for sustainable development was presented at the meeting. A dedicated Best Practice pavilion on the EXPO 2020 site will highlight international projects and tried and tested initiatives that can be replicated, adapted and scaled worldwide. The idea of these measures is to make a great impact with simple means and thus contribute to the realisation of the United Nations’ plan of action entitled “Agenda 2030 for sustainable development”.
In his opening address Vicente G. Loscertales, the Secretary General of the BIE, emphasised that it was important for all EXPO participants to become involved and explained: “Our hosts have successfully laid the foundations of this adventure and it is now time for participants to play a dynamic and constructive role in developing the EXPO.”
We provided the entire lighting, audio and video equipment, including rigging, for all areas of the meeting. This included an especially developed rigging unit, which had to be installed as high as possible in a relatively low room to ensure an unobstructed view of the screen from everywhere in the room for the large number of participants.
A logistical challenge that had to be mastered was the overnight removal of the entire equipment from the main auditorium to three group session rooms.
Dubai, UAE ⋅ February 2019
The Edge of Government
“The Edge of Government” was a temporary exhibition held during the annual World Government Summit in Dubai, which was attended by about 4,000 participants. The summit attracted leaders and experts from over 150 countries around the world. Once again discussions focused on innovative services for citizens and corresponding future technologies.
Upon entering the exhibition, visitors were challenged to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how the most pressing global challenges of our time can be solved. Innovations from over 500 submissions were presented that both informed and offered interactive experiences to stimulate different ways of thinking. One main aim of the event was to give visitors the opportunity to come into contact with inventive minds.
The exhibition’s setting looked like an outer space scenery, with creative sound and lighting elements helping to create a special atmosphere. Abstract lighting elements in various colours were projected onto the floor and ceiling. These particles were connected to motion detectors and programmed in such a way as to move away as soon as someone stepped on them. Furthermore, interactive, virtual rooms where created in the exhibition where visitors could try out various innovations.
DesignLab Experience tasked us with the technical planning and implementation of this state-of-the-art project, and we were also responsible for the audio, video, lighting and rigging systems. For the sound, we opted for a Dante audio network and installed the loudspeakers at precisely selected points to enable us to realise a volume suitable to the surroundings while achieving acoustically balanced coverage in all parts of the venue. We equipped all areas of the exhibition with video displays and projectors controlled by a Watchout media server system.
Abu Dhabi, UAE ⋅ November 2017
The Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening
The opening of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi was celebrated for a whole week with a series of top-class events attended by guests invited by the heads of state of France and the Emirates. Jack Morton Worldwide commissioned us to implement the sophisticated lighting concept for the celebrations. The “Rain of Light” effect was created by Jean Nouvel, who was also the architect behind the impressive museum on “Saadiyat Island”. Nouvel also placed particular importance on light for the 55 cubist building elements.
Our lighting designer Kris Collier was able to present the effect in advance down to the smallest detail using the “Wysiwyg” planning and visualisation tool, thus giving our client a perfect impression of what to expect at the show to mark the opening. Well over 500 lights were used – 300 alone for the “Rain of Light” effect.
We opted for various moving lights (Profile), which we balanced out to perfection and installed between the cladding and the construction of the unique dome roof. They made the light from the spotlights look like sunbeams penetrating the roof. In line with the museum’s clear-cut design and lighting concept, we only used pure white light to ensure a homogeneous atmosphere in terms of the colours used.
We protected the lights with special covers to ensure that the equipment worked without a hitch throughout the whole period despite being so close to the sea. These covers inflate themselves to provide protection against the saline sea spray and other influences, while also providing additional cooling with their fans.
In addition to the sophisticated lighting, we were also responsible for the rigging inside the dome, thus providing the infrastructure for other technical systems used in the show. The size of the project and the number of companies involved necessitated an IT network that was powerful enough to ensure trouble-free communication – this was planned and realised by our office in Dubai in collaboration with the branches in Munich and Dresden.
Photos: © Ralph Larmann
Astana, Kazakhstan ⋅ October 2017
“The Sphere” – EXPO 2017, Astana/Kazakhstan
“Future Energy: Action for Global Sustainability” was the slogan of the world’s fair held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the middle of 2017. The focus was on a sufficient and reliable supply of energy in developing countries as well as on the transition from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy.
We were responsible for implementing a major part of the “Astana Sphere”. Officially named “Nur Alem”, the host’s pavilion is the largest self-supporting sphere in the world.
Working in cooperation with the exhibition construction company and exhibit designers, N&M provided the technical infrastructure and installed the audio, video and lighting equipment on four levels of the sphere. An 80-strong international team with local knowledge, supported by a number of N&M branch offices, implemented the technical side of the presentation. In his role as “Local Coordinator”, Evgeniy Davydov – our project manager responsible for our Eastern European business – was in charge of organising and supervising the local network of suppliers, technicians and subcontractors.
Each of the eight levels of the “Sphere” focused on a different form of regenerative energy. The “Wall of Future” was the architectural element connecting the different levels and also separated the exhibition area from the light-flooded inner courtyards. Over 800 seamless displays (55″) provided information on the individual thematic areas. In the interior of a walk-through solar sphere measuring 13 metres in diameter, visitors encountered a 360° projection, which we realised with ten 30K and four 13K laser projectors. This impressive world of images explained how the Sun influences life on Earth. We used LED floodlights, projections and printed elements to simulate activities on the surface of the Sun. Performers manipulated the “Wheel of Life” during the “Kinetic Energy Show” on Level 3. This effect was realised by 38 moving lights that had been programmed in a time-code-controlled show sequence.
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