The Company

  • Production Resource Group AG, Switzerland
  • Mission Statement
  • Management Switzerland
  • History of the Swiss Group
  • Is PRG the right partner for me?
  • History of the PRG Group

Production Resource Group AG, Switzerland

Production Resource Group AG (PRG), is a leading full-service provider for the event industry. Our affiliate in Switzerland is mainly active in the rental of entertainment technology products and is located in Wil ZH, about 15 min distance from the Zurich airport.

We exclusively supply customers in the event industry. To technically equip our customers for all type of events, we offer audio, video, LED, lighting, rigging, automation and even stage equipment. The PRG equipment pool is the biggest worldwide. 

Our highest level of service and support allows you a creative and professional execution of your event. If you need technical support for special equipment, we can provide with trained technicians.

In Switzerland, PRG has more than 20 qualified members of staff with expertise in each and every market segment we serve. Moreover, PRG has a large pool of freelancers. Internationally the Production Resource Group operates from 72 offices worldwide.

The Production Resource Group AH Switzerland is a 100% affiliate of the american Production Resource Group, L.L.C. based in New York. The total turnover of the Group lies in the high nine-digit range.

Mission Statement

PRG Switzerland is an equipment rental company for events, movie and television productions. We offer a real full service, from consulting and planning to implementation. We see ourselves as partners of companies that are mainly active in event technology sector.

This philosophy has made of PRG the leading full service supplier in the world. While we don’t consider size as an end in itself, it does help us to offer our customers better service, better products and better prices, for the following reasons:

  • Quality makes the difference

With its 5000 square meters of stock in the event technology, PRG Switzerland leaves nothing to be desired. In order to always be able to provide the best quality, we have an experienced team of dispatchers who process your orders "just in time".

For special tasks, we can rely on the expertise of our employees throughout the PRG group.

  • One-stop solution 

There are LED suppliers, sound engineers and effects specialists on the market. Companies for set design, conference technology and radio equipment rentals...

Sounds complicated? It is! To make things easier for you, PRG provides the necessary expertise in each of these areas, enabling you to source the entire implementation from a single source. This spares from having to coordinate with different service providers, avoids the risk of misunderstandings ‐ and last but not least saves on cost, as we can leverage synergies.

  • You can rely on us

Safety is the top priority in our industry – starting with the safety of employees, stakeholders and visitors. We ensure that all legal requirements related to our material are complied with.

But our customers also expect security: they need certainty that everything will run smoothly. Therefore, we do everything in our power to identify any possible breakdowns and eliminate any weak factors in the process.

  • Simpler is better

As a PRG customer you always have a single point of contact: your personal account manager. They will support your projects from the initial quote to the final invoice.

And if you ever need to simultaneously stage two or three events, there is enough equipment available to make this challenge possible for you.

As you can see, we do everything to make working with us as easy as possible. After all, the task of coordinating an event is already complex enough.

  • From S to XXL

The fact that we handle very large projects can possibly create the impression that we are mainly interested in major events. In fact, events of this magnitude account for only about 10% of our turnover. Well over half of the projects we carry out lie in the budgets zone of 3.000 to CHF 5.000.

No matter how big a project is, the challenge lies in the details. It really helps to have a to have a strong supplier at your side asking the right questions, providing the right answers and who can supply the right equipment for any event. Why settle for less?

  • Control your costs

At PRG there are no nasty surprises at the end, because we usually quote a fixed price for projects – and invoice at this fixed price.

And while we’re talking about pricing: PRG offers excellent value for money. Because of the large number of projects we work on, our resources operate at full capacity. Our efficient organization results in savings in many areas ‐ this efficiency is to our customer’s range of benefits.

High utilization does not only lead to better prices, but also ensures the economical use of natural resources. Wherever possible, we will of course use energy-saving products.

Management Switzerland

Martin Fischer
Managing Director of the Production Resource Group AG Switzerland

Martin Fischer has worked in the industry for more than 25 years now. He successfully managed his own company during a number of years, then worked for several years as a Project Manager in the event sector and founded the PROCON Event Engineering AG in February 2007, a subsidiary of the PROCON Event Engineering GmbH. In 2009 the company was taken over by the Production Resource Group AG.

History of the Swiss Group

Production Resource Group AG Switzerland, was formed from PROCON Event Engineering AG.

Procon Event Engineering GmbH logo

Procon Event Engineering AG Zurich was founded in 2007 as a 100% affiliate of the Hamburg-based PROCON Event Engineering GmbH. In the year 2007 the Procon Event Engineering AG started off as a production office without any own equipment based near Zurich. In mid-2007 negociations with the company Habegger took place, to provide the hardware for their events, resulting in the Procon Event Engineering AG Switzerland withdrawing from the production business and only offering material for dry-hire as from October 1st 2007.

Until 2009, Procon operated from branches in Sweden, Belgium, France, England, China and Switzerland, servicing corporate events, trade fairs, tours, TV programs and major international projects.

In 2009, Procon was acquired by PRG and integrated the Production Resource Group. 

Is PRG the right partner for me?

For some customers, creativity is the main focus; for others, the fulfillment of a precise specification is top priority; yet others are primarily concerned about the price. We make our living by skillfully handling these different requirements.

Our segment strategy allows us to focus on a wide range of different event genres. Our account managers usually only work in one or two of our lines of business, and are therefore very well versed in all types of events. And yet, because of the close proximity of all the offices, they do not lose sight of new ideas and technologies.

Furthermore, we have a very flexible and powerful organisation, and operate a large central warehouse in Switzerland, from where we serve nationwide and international projects.

PRG Switzerland’s average contract size lies in the budget range from 3.000 - 5.000 CHF– but we also handle projects with budgets up to five- or six figures.

Please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be happy to cost your next project for you.

History of the PRG Group

PRG’s growth as a company has paralleled the development of modern technology in the live entertainment industry. Founded in 1982 by Jere Harris as Jeremiah J. Harris Associates, and later renamed Harris Production Services, the company was joined two years later by Scenic Technologies, founded to develop new scenic fabrication and automation techniques for the live entertainment market. Landmarks of those early years include the long-running musical production The Phantom of the Opera (1988), which featured the debut of the patented Stage Command® motion control system, and EFX (1995) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which was produced by Harris, and with a budget of $45 million, remains one of the largest theatrical shows ever.

Responding to growing customer requests for a one-stop production solution, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) was established in 1995. PRG increased its capabilities over the next several years through a number of strategic acquisitions, including lighting and audio companies such as Vanco and Cinema Services (1996); Bash (1997); and Promix (1998). The acquisitions of Light & Sound Design (1998) and VLPS® Lighting Services (2004) brought the teams responsible for many of the pioneering innovations in our industry, setting the stage for a series of industry-leading proprietary products that continue to set PRG apart today.

With the acquisition of the Chicago based company High Performance Images (HPI) in 2007 as well as the Hi-Tech Rentals and Essential Lighting Great Britain (both 2008) it was possible for PRG to increase its share in the corproate event industry considerably.

In 2009, PRG took a giant step forward into the global marketplace with the acquisition of PROCON MultiMedia AG. This move has solidified PRG’s position as the premier resource in the entertainment and event technology industry, with a unique global brand and a strong presence and customer base in major markets and geographic locations worldwide. With the integration of Showtec in 2010 this position in central Europe was increased even further.

Jere Harris PRG Staff New York Jeremiah “Jere” Harris
Chairman of Production Resource Group, L.L.C.

Jere Harris, Chairman and CEO of the New York based PRG Group, has been active in Broadway theatre production since 1970, with family ties to the theater industry dating back four generations. His great-grandfather was a theater manager in London, and his father, Joseph P. Harris, is a four-time Tony award-winning producer of more than 200 Broadway shows, including Chicago, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Sweet Charity. Jere’s mother Geraldine was a stage actress who performed in such renowned musicals as Guys and Dolls and Silk Stockings.

Jere began his theater career at age 16, working at a Broadway set-building shop. Less than a decade later, he was named production manager for Theater Now, the largest theatrical management company during the 1970s and 1980s.

Stephan Paridaen - President & Chief Operating Officer, PRG Group Stephan Paridaen
President & COO of PRG Group

Stephan Paridaen heads and supervises the operations of the entire group of companies. In addition, he is responsible for developing the range of services in the fields of corporate events and major events.

Prior to joining PRG, Mr. Paridaen worked at Barco, a leading provider of professional video systems. As President of its Media & Entertainment division, he was responsible for the digitization of cinema theaters and founded the LED Display department, which significantly influenced the convergence of video and lighting technology.

Mr. Paridaen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a Master's in Economics. He also successfully completed an Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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