AMSTERDAM, JUNE 28, 2011 — Harkness Screens (CineEurope Booth 212), the world's leading manufacturer of cinema screens, announces a €2.5 million investment to expand its operations in France. The investment follows an expansion of operations in China this past May. The French expansion is expected to commence screen production in July.
The new French plant, located in Amilly, is about 20 kms from the company's existing plant at St. Loup. With a size of 4000m2, the new Amilly facility is 50 percent larger than the St. Loup facility with the potential capacity to ultimately double the St. Loup facility. Harkness expects to add five employees in the new facility in Amilly.
“With the explosion of the 3D films arriving in cinemas worldwide, orders for our screens from customers in Europe have risen significantly,” says Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, Harkness Screens. “In order to meet that demand and speed customer deliveries, we made the strategic decision to open a new facility in France.”
The new French facility will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets and will also supply markets out of this area if required. The existing plant in St. Loup will continue to operate until full capacity is built up in Amilly.
The plant increases will allow Harkness Screens to serve better local demand worldwide by providing shorter lead times for customers in all geographies as well as lower the cost of shipping screens from factory to final location.
“The investment we are making to increase our plant capacities is a reinforcement of Harkness Screens' commitment to our customers and the cinema industry throughout the entire world,” adds Robinson.
About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens is the world's leading manufacturer of large projection screens. Thousands of screens are supplied every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications. Founded in 1929, Harkness has screens in place in over 60 countries. With its corporate office located in Ireland and other offices and factories located in the UK, France, Beijing, Canada and Fredericksburg, VA, Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.