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When lit appropriately, the material
disappears-you can see through it and
see what's behind it, but at the same
time if there is a projection on it,
it seems to float in space. "
TRYING TO KEEP STAFF
As for most industries, post-COVID
staffing is an issue to varying degrees
for these companies.
" When COVID came, everyone
thought it would be a few weeks, then
a few months and it became longer
and longer, says Thomas Van Lokeren,
CEO/managing director for ShowTex
North America, a Belgium-based
company that specializes in flame
retardant textiles for the entertainment
industry and which has expanded in
recent years into North America.
" At a certain moment, people
ShowLED curtains from ShowTex
Textiles Inc. provide a classic starry
night or starry sky backdrop, colorful
venue masking and decoration, star
tunnels and walls, and animated
video effects. Photo credit: Showtex
that we're looking for something that
needs this specification. "
Innovation is difficult, too, because
most fabric suppliers are purchasing
their raw materials from the same
places, according to Pagliante. " What
really stands out is the staff and the
people you have, the ability to think
outside the box, and to have the
solutions the customers are looking for. "
At the same time, Pagliante
says, that doesn't mean technical
innovations are not happening.
" We do have some newer fabrics
that stand out, " he says. " A new 3D
holographic scrim called Holovision is
a very fine gauze that is silver coated.
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realized they could go to industries
with better work-life balance.
Maybe the salary was better; maybe
the benefits were better. A lot of
corporate events were canceled. We
did everything we could to keep our
staff. You have staff that works for 15
or 20 years-they've built so much
experience and so much knowledge,
you cannot afford to lose them. "
Van Lokeren says ShowTex was able
to keep most of its staff, but challenges
remain. " People say, 'Don't go to the
entertainment industry; there's no
certainty there. It's weekend and night
work.' So finding new staff is difficult. "
" The workforce was kind of left
to wait it out or move on to another
industry and start another career path, "
adds Grider. " That left a large void
in the live events world. New people
are coming into the industry but
without traditional theatrical or events
backgrounds. It's a learning curve we
have to work with. "
The well-known supply chain issues
affect this industry as well. " A lot of

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