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Dave Smith and Keith Owen Launch Specialz

Lighting designer Dave Smith and former LSD R&D chief Keith Owen have teamed up to form Specialz Limited, a company formed primarily to offer a one-off manufacturing service to set and lighting designers who cannot find the item they need 'off the shelf'.

Dave Smith comments: "For some time I've felt that lighting and set designers need a dedicated company that can turn their ideas and concepts into a practical reality. With more rental companies concentrating on their core business there is a need for a company that has the skills and expertise to design and build specialised items when designers call for innovation."

Launched in early March 2003, the company has already completed a refurbishment project for AFM lighting, six customised fittings for Placebo's latest tour, and a set wiring project for Total Fabrications.

The company also offers additional services including lamp refurbishment or retrofitting, a set wiring service. electrical maintenance, PAT and CE testing and electrical design and prototyping. "Making a specialised light fitting for a tour or a show to fulfil a particular function is a cost-effective reality, no matter what size of show," said Smith. "No matter how large or small the design dilemma, designers are no longer confined to designing around stock lists. We aim to provide solutions for every budget."

Keith Owen and Dave Smith