Group One Ltd., the Farmingdale, NY-based distributor of lighting and audio products, has entered into a distribution contract with MA Lighting Technology, the German manufacturer of lighting controllers, dimmers, and DMX equipment. Group One began distributing all MA Lighting products in the US on July 1.

MA was previously represented in the states through its own office, MA Lighting USA, based in McQueeney, TX, and run by Bernd Knemoeller. Sales director Ralph-Jorg Wezorke says as its presence in the US grew, MA was looking to expand its market share. "We have laid the optimal foundation for a most successful cooperation with Group One," he says. "Our products have already achieved a first-class reputation on the American market, which is not least thanks to the extraordinary efforts and devotion of Bernd Knemoeller. We are looking forward to increasing our existing success in the US being represented by Group One."

Adds Paul Murphy, sales and marketing manager for Group One's Lighting Division, "We are extremely pleased to represent MA Lighting in the US. With the recent growth of Group One's lighting division, the addition of new reps, and the release of new products from all our product lines, we are looking forward to further expansion into all areas of entertainment lighting."

MA's line of products, which is geared primarily to the theatre and concert market, include the Scancommander, Lightcommander Series, and the Digital Dimmer. It is working on a new large show control board, which is scheduled to make its debut by the end of the year.

Group One also distributes lighting products for companies such as Clay Paky, Pulsar, and Elektralite. Clay Paky products including the Stage Scan, Golden Scan HPE, the full Display Line, and the Golden Fog smoke machine are now ETL-approved (UL compatible).