Abaco Cines, one of
the most prominent Spanish cinema dedicated chains, has concluded an agreement
for the deployment and installation of NEC digital cinema projectors to all
Abaco operates 284
screens located in 28 different cinemas covering most of Spain, and the
deployment is being done in partnership with Proyecson and Ymagis, the European
deployment entity leader in France, Spain, Germany and the Benelux.
reinforces Grupo Abaco’s commitment to digital cinema, and takes the Spanish
cinema exhibition market another step towards full digitisation, under the distributors’
Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements managed by Ymagis.
Proyecson, the Valencia-based
installation company with delegations in several Spanish cities, will be
responsible for the installation of the NEC projectors throughout Grupo Abaco’s
cinemas. Furthermore, the company has played a key role in securing the participation
of NEC in this deployment.
Grupo Abaco's choice
of partners in their cinemas’ digitisation process is the result of a long and
careful process where not only the technical advantages of the selected systems
were taken into account, but also the quality of the support systems they made
available. In Ymagis, Grupo Abaco found the necessary flexibility and high
level of technical expertise to ensure an optimization of the cinemas’
operation once fully digital.
Grupo Abaco’s MD said: “In Ymagis we found the answers to our needs and a flexible
approach that will allow us continue to control our cinemas’ programming and
provide us with the tools that will ensure a smooth transition to digital.
Partnering with Proyecson and manufacturer NEC ensures us the benefit from the
latest technology and an extensive network of support.”
Mark Kendall, Business Development EMEA, Digital Cinema at NEC Display
Solutions Europe said: "NEC recognises Abaco as one of the major cinema exhibitors
in Spain, and together with the flexible VPF agreements offered by Ymagis and
the expertise of integration provided by Proyecson, we are pleased to be part
of this digitisation program. The Spanish cinema market has been slower to
digitise than other European countries, and we hope to continue these
partnerships for future successful development.”
Francisco Lafuente, Managing Director at Proyecson
50 years of industry experience, and a highly involved team, as well as being
the only company in Spain with its own R & D department, allows us to
address major projects such as the digitization of Grupo ABACO, always
following implementation parameters that satisfies the needs of the most
demanding customers, both in terms of high quality installation, as well as
after sales services and support.
Since the first
digital installations made in ABACO, in
the early 2010, with NEC projectors NEC made available all the means that would
allow this project to develop full scan. The collaboration with Ymagis, given
the magnitude of the project, obtains more than satisfactory results that we
are confident will be repeated with other customers.
Given the high
degree of professionalism shown by all participants in finding creative
solutions that enable viable business model, we believe it will set an example
and model to consider for future operations.”
Manel Carreras, General
Manager, Spain & Vice President Sales and Business Development at Ymagis,
said: “Grupo Abaco’s and Proyecson’s determination to find solutions to
digitize the Abaco cinemas combined with the support provided by NEC has
allowed Ymagis to put together a VPF solution tailored to this important
exhibitor’s needs. We are proud to have been selected by Grupo Abaco to
digitize their cinemas with Ymagis."