KITCHENER, CANADA – (JUNE 26, 2006) – Christie Digital Systems, Inc., a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, continues to significantly accelerate production of the company’s popular line of Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema® projectors, the industry’s most acclaimed 2K-resolution projector with 60% of all installations in theatres worldwide.
Since announcing its contract through Christie/AIX (a collaboration with Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIXD)) with U.S.-based Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) for the installation of up to 2,300 projectors, Christie has fortified its leadership in the world’s largest deployment of Digital Cinema systems. To keep pace with the demand, the Company’s Canadian facility has already increased manufacturing capacity to meet the demand, putting it on target to deliver up to 400 units per month by the end of 2006 – a 400% increase in production in one year. The company plans additional expansions in the coming year as 2K-resolution DLP Cinema, the heart of the Christie CP2000, becomes the industry standard.
As part of its aggressive expansion in manufacturing capacity, Christie is also hiring additional technical and administrative staff that includes electronics, mechanical and optical engineers, technicians and industry experts. Christie has also implemented rigorous in-house educational and training programs designed to further maximize efficiency levels, streamline production, and deliver quality control standards that are among the highest in the industry. This includes an extensive global quality initiative and continuous improvements through Kaizen practices to ensure consistent conformance to customer expectations, while maintaining the highest standards of quality.
“More than any other company, Christie has anticipated, championed, and prepared for the Digital Cinema revolution,” remarked Gerry Remers, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. “We have dramatically expanded our manufacturing facility and are increasing our production lines from two to six, and extensively restructuring our space and production methods to meet increased demand.”
Remers added, “We have long recognized Digital Cinema as offering excellent opportunities for exhibitors; yet, more than any other provider, we have also recognized the unique challenges of incorporating the technology into current systems – or transitioning completely from film. Exhibitors need a partner who fully understands their needs—this is where our 75 years of experience becomes invaluable.”
In addition to the nearly 4,000 projectors bound for North American theatres, Christie has been contracted to deliver 100’s of systems to the European and Asian markets.
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. Christie solutions are used in over 75,000 locations worldwide, including more than 10,000 projectors and displays networked with ChristieNET™ networking devices. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.
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