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Kortrijk, Belgium—Oct 14, 2010

Barco and AHL Group Technology Commence Digital Cinema Roll-Out in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and United Arab Emirates

Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) for the exclusive supply of its new DP2K projectors in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Under the terms of the agreement, Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) will install 150 digital cinema projectors in 2010, with a planned expansion to a total of 1,100 screens world-wide over the next three to four years. 

“The digital cinema market in Australia is growing rapidly and Barco is pleased to be part of it,” comments Peter Della Tolla, managing director of Barco Systems in Australia. “AHL is just one of the many ongoing installations in this region, and we are confident many more will follow.” 

“Barco has always been at the forefront of digital cinema with numerous unique innovations and industry-firsts, such as a sealed optical engine, true modular design and commonality of spares. This global deal with AHL, the fifth largest exhibitor worldwide, is further proof that the market has absolute confidence in our technology concepts driving profitability within the cinema,” says Wim Buyens, vice president of Barco's digital cinema business. 

“AHL's investment in digital projection for our cinemas is part of the many improvements we will be making with our improved product offering. Our agreement with Barco shows how truly confident we are in Barco as both a solution provider and business partner in our rapid growth,” says AHL CEO David Seargeant. 

Supporting 2D and 3D projection, Barco's six new DP2K projectors represent, by far, the most complete projector family available today. In addition to advances in software, diagnostics and patented cooling technology, all DP2K projectors include enhanced security features as mandated by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). All of Barco's digital cinema projectors are based on the pioneering DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments, guaranteeing perfect reproduction of film, time and time again, and ensuring that movie-goers enjoy the highest quality film experience with consistent picture brightness, contrast and vibrant colors. 

About AHL 
Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL), a major listed Australian company, is one of Australia's premier entertainment, hospitality and leisure organisations. AHL is the fifth largest cinema exhibitor in the world with close to 65 million admissions per year. AHL owns and operates a number of branded businesses either directly or through joint venture cinema exhibition operations in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. These are The Greater Union Organisation, Village Cinemas Joint Ventures, Skycity, Edge Digital Technology, Cinestar Germany and Cinestar UAE. 
Barco Contacts:
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Alison Maxson
Press and PR contact Americas
Barco NV
Telephone +1 916 471 6914

Stephanie Vlegels
Press and PR contact EMEA
Barco NV
Telephone +32 56 36 81 66

Anna Miao
Press and PR contact APAC Growth
Barco NV
Telephone: +886 2 7715 0229

Samira Tang
Press and PR contact Greater China
Barco NV
Telephone +86 10 5650 2098
Logo: Barco Digital Cinema About Barco Digital Cinema: Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015. 

Barco is one of three licencees of Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology. TI developed DLP Cinema™ technology working in close cooperation with Barco and others in the movie industry, to develop Cinema Projector and support systems based on DMD™ technology, to meet the requirement of studios, film distributors and exhibitors alike.
Barco Digital Cinema Directory page Barco Digital Cinema Web Site About Amalgamated Holdings Limited: Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) is one of Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality, and leisure companies. AHL has proud and historic origins dating back to 1910 and currently operates within the following business segments:
  • Entertainment: Event Cinema (Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji), Greater Union, Birch Carroll & Coyle Moonlight Cinemas, State Theatre Sydney, and Cinestar (Germany)
  • Hospitality and leisure: QT Hotels & Resorts, Rydges Hotels, Atura Hotels, Art Series Hotels, and Thredbo Alpine Village
  •  Entertainment technology: Edge Digital & Technology
  • Property and other investments

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