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Las Vegas, USA, CinemaCon 2011—Mar 29, 2011

Barco Confirms its Global Leadership Position in Digital Cinema with Impressive Results in China

Digital Cinema Pioneer Barco once again turned in impressive results in the Greater China market, finishing 2010 with an install base of more than 3200 Digital Cinema projectors.

In the first quarter of 2011, Barco received new orders for more than 1500 units in Greater China, with its marketshare remaining over 65%. To continue to meet this strong market demand, the production capacity of Barco’s Beijing plant was increased from 200 to 500 Digital Cinema Projectors per month. Barco also established a new Digital Cinema R&D centre in Beijing, further underlining Barco’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market.New orders received in Q1, 2011 from many well-known theatres and theatre investment companies included new and existing customers such as China Film Group Corporation, Pearl River Jinyi, Lumière Pictures, Stellar Film Investment, Beijing Red Star Cinema Investment and Guangdong South China Film. Barco retains a Digital Cinema projector market share of over 65% in Greater China and over 80% in Hong Kong and Taiwan. These figures clearly demonstrate Barco's leadership in providing innovative Digital Cinema products, technologies and services to the Chinese market. Barco's unrivalled reliability, best-in-class light efficiency, lowest lamp cost and easy serviceability continue to drive repeat orders.

These impressive results are testament to Barco's long-term commitment to innovation and service in China's digital film industry. The continued investments in Barco's Chinese facilities have turned it into one of Barco's most important global locations. In December 2010, Barco established a new Digital Cinema R&D Center in Beijing, becoming the first manufacturer of Digital Cinema projectors to integrate R&D, Production, Sales and Service for the Chinese market.

“Barco performed extremely well in digital cinema in 2010, particularly in China.” comments Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President Entertainment at Barco. “Overall, China has played a vital role in our global performance. Recent acquisitions will also support Barco's broader strategy to move up in the value chain from Digital Cinema projector supplier to provider of Digital Cinema visualization solutions. In the following years, Barco will not only continue to be the technology leader in Digital Cinema projection, but will also expand its product portfolio to include Digital Signage, Theater Management Systems and more.”

We invite you to visit Barco's Booth at Cinemacon (Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, March 28-31, 2011): 1006A & 911A / Augustus Ballroom.

New orders received for Barco's Digital Cinema projectors in the first quarter of 2011 include:

China Film Group Corporation – 450 units
China Film Group Corporation is approved by the state council and is composed of the former China Film Corporation, Beijing Film Studio, China Children Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Equipment Corporation, Film Satellite Channel Program Centre, Beijing Film and Video Laboratory and Huayun Film & TV Compact Discs Company. It is a first-class large-scale film group based on the film industry with a variety of industrial comprehensive development in China. In recent years, it has formed seven cinema lines through the way of equity participation. More than 400 theatres signed up to join and the box office accounted for about half the market share. Presently, China Film Group is now forming a holding cinema, targeting to hundreds of theatre, standardized management and operation, high quality service, control and influence improvement.

Zhujiang Jinyi Film Group – 300 units
Zhujiang Jinyi Film Group was integrated former Guangdong Pearl River Cinema. It was renamed Jinyi Pearl River Cinema and put into operation on April 1 in 2008. Currently, Jinyi Pearl River came out top among cinemas in China with cumulative box offices market share of 7%. In the following 3 years, there would be 100 cinemas being autonomous invested by Jinyi in the whole country, which will make Jinyi become a commercial mainstream cinema in China.

Lumière Pictures – 100 units
Lumière Pictures is a cinema investment company specializing in the construction and operation of high-end cinemas in China. Since its establishment, the company has positioned itself as the trendsetter in the industry by way of its global vision, innovative ideas, and adoption of advanced technology. Its introduction of the best practices in design, construction, technology, content, and service in compliance with international standards has garnered acknowledgement from consumer and given success to the company in establishing itself as an international corporate brand of the highest standards amongst its partners. In the field of movie theatre development, operation and distribution, Lumière possesses its own unique methodology that has been proven and accepted by the industry.

Stellar International Cineplex – 300 units
Stellar International Cineplex which was established in March 2003 affiliates with Stellar Media Group. It was invested by Stellar Media Group and Stellar International, a Hong Kong listed company. This company is at the core of cinema investment and operation management, committing to provide upper-class entertainment film culture services. Currently, it has set up 19 modern cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xuzhou, Tianjin, Lanzhou, Shenyang, Changshu and so on. Now there are 191 screens and 29 cinemas are under construction. 2 brand output management cinemas are in Shanxi and Yunnan with 8 screens and 2 theatres output management in Beijing.

Beijing Red Star Cinema Investment – 100 units
Beijing Red Star Cinema Investment Limited Company was established at the end of 2009 with registration capital of 20 Million RMB. It has formed strategic partnership with investment companies both at home and abroad and will invest 4 billion RMB in about 10 years. 'Red Carpet' is used as its main brand to construct high level cinema chain network in film industry. Now there are three new cinemas being opened in Zhengzhou, Yinchuan and Nanchang.

Barco Contacts:

Stephanie Vlegels

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

Tyler West Tyler West
Corporate Marketing Director, North America
Barco nv
Telephone +1 678-512-6107

Vickie Yueh Vickie Yueh
Press and PR contact APAC and GRC
Barco nv
Telephone +886 2 8771 0228

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.
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