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A plea for a British manufacturer to produce a curved retractable system led Giles to look afresh at how retractables were traditionally built. Experience with traditional installed units showed a tendency for them to move and deflect under normal loads, with a 'temporary' and 'cheap' feel to most of them.
After pushing a pencil around for a day or two - the penny dropped - and by having nesting A frame trestles instead of the vertical 'legs' that other systems have (which they then have to brace - to stop them from falling over...) you could then have a system that started off being fundamentally stable.... and so APACK was born.

It was then a matter of introducing curved decks to sit on top of skewed APACK frames (curved decks and beams can be surprisingly problematic to get sufficiently strong) - but the end result was the UK's first curved retractable seating system, of which we are justifiably proud.

Like all good ideas, it is obvious once you see it!

APACK Retractable Seating System
Invented & Designed by Giles Favell


Awards for the APACK retractable system:
ABTT Product of the Year Engineering/Rigging 2008
LDI Best Debuting Product Staging and Rigging 2008


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