China Film Group selects GDC Technology and Barco integrated digital cinema systems for 500 unitdeployment

CinemaCon, Las Vegas(April 24, 2012)GDC Technology (GDCTech), a world-leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce the signing of a new digital cinema server deployment contract with Barco, the global digital cinema technology leader. A total of 500 GDC SX2000Digital Cinema Servers with Integrated Media Block (IMB), along with 350 DP2K20Cand 150 DP2K32Bof Barcossystemswill be supplied to the China Film Group(CFG).

 

CFG Barco (Beijing) Electronics Co.Ltd, the joint venture formed between Barco and China Film Equipment Co.last October, has procured 500 DLP Cinema® projectors as a strategic element of china’s 12th FiveYearPlan focused on fostering a period of rapid development over the next five years to contribute five percent to China’s GDP. The procurement of this latest round of projectors reflects the CFG’s objective to fuel China’s digital cinema market with localized development. The deployment of these 500 integrated systems in which Barco projectors are integrated with GDCTech’s IMB began in the 1stquarter this year and is expected to be completed at the end of 2012.

 

We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Barco and GDCTech, two companies extremely focused on superior product quality and local, dedicated support,commented Cheng Yang, General Manager of the CFG’s Digital Cinema Development Initiative. We have been a Barco customer since 2002, while GDC Tech bears the distinction of being one of the first digital cinema suppliers to China. As a result, we have great confidence in their respective abilities to assist us in achieving our economic goals through successful digital cinema growth.

 

This year, Barco expanded its customer support services from its original 24/7 Hotlineto offers its 24/7 Help Desk support services to all China exhibitors in no less than 27 provinces. Barco’s Help Desk service is unique in that customers are assured of a 30minuteor-less response to their technical support requests. This move will further enhance customer satisfaction, which is extremely important to maintaining loyalty in the cinema industry.

 

We are honored to partner with GDC Techin in support of the China Film Group’s objective and eager to provide all of the products and services to enable rapid expansion of their digital cinema footprint,commented Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President Entertainment for Barco.“We look forward to a long, successful relationship as they enjoy the benefits of our industryleading technologies and topnotch service.

 

GDCTech and Barco have been good partners for many years and for Barco to take the lead in providing integrated systems to the exhibitors is a good value proposition to our customers. This latest acquisition of integrated systems by CFG is part of a larger initiative that includes Barco’sprocurement of an additional 500 GDC Tech IMBs for resale to other cinema owners located throughout mainland China.

 

GDC Tech is proud to supply its IMB to China market leader in digital cinema,said Dr. ManNang Chong, Founder, and CEO of GDC Tech, We have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Barco for many years. Working together as a team, Barco and GDC Tech have forged a compelling solution for cinema owners, offering the best in the way of each company’s technologies in projector and integrated media blocks.

 

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdctech.com)

As one of the world’s leading global solution providers for digital cinema, media delivery, and display markets, GDC Technology (GDC Tech) has successfully delivered and installed digital cinema servers, projection, and 3D systems worldwide. GDC Tech is currently the largest supplier of digital cinema servers throughout Asia and the second largest provider of digital cinema servers worldwide, serving its customers through offices in the US, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and China. GDC Tech is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.

 

About Barco(www.barco.com/en/digitalcinema)

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D, and Manufacturing in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with more than 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.041 billion euro in 2011.

 

About China Film Equipment Co. Ltd. (www.cfec.com.cn)

Established in 1951, China Film Equipment Co. Ltd. is a nationwide film equipment trading company affiliated directly with the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television. The company has a high reputation, and after more than 60 years of hard work, it has developed into a comprehensive enterprise with extensive experience in the production and sale of film equipment.

GDC Technology Media Contact:

Connie Wong

Email: connie.wong@gdctech.com

Barco Media Contact:

Annette Davis

Email: annette.davis@barco.com

or

Inge Govaerts

Email: inge.govaerts@barco.com

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