Robe officially launched its latest subsidiary operation, Robe Lighting France, in Paris last week. The new offices were unveiled with a party attended by around 150 people including major rental players and lighting designers from all sectors of the French production industry.
Robe Lighting France is headed by CEO Bruno Garros and CFO Elie Battah. The company is fully operational and has hit the ground running with seven staff in place including executive assistant Messaouda Belarbi, after sales and technical support manager Jerome Lambeau and communications specialist Jonathan Grimaux.
They are joined by two technical sales engineers, Kevin Migeon, covering northern France and Franck Huyhn who is taking care of the south of the country.
Robe Lighting France's new offices in Paris Nord 2 are well located in a leafy green area just 10 minutes from Charles de Gaulle International Airport at Roissy and 20 minutes from Paris Porte de la Chapelle. The building was acquired earlier in the year and has been renovated, re-designed and kitted out specifically for the new company’s needs.
The 480sqm property includes offices, a large showroom, after sales and technical departments, and a stock holding area for all the main products to ensure quick and efficient delivery nationwide.
Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting s.r.o., flew in from Singapore for the occasion and stated: “This is a great move forward for our brand in France. We have a fantastic ‘dream-team’ on-board, and are looking forward to a very positive future."
Battah also reflected this sentiment, stating that the opening was a big success due to: "The top level people who attended which also reflects the interest in the brand. We have a real A-Team and the special synergy between all of us will ensure success in France."
Following the launch event, some significant rental company sales are already confirmed including 46 x BMFL Spots to DuShow, 80 x Pointes to Magnum and 24 x BMFL Spots to Audio Technique.