May 21st, 2020
French Cinema Congratulates Harkness Screens
General Manager of Harkness Screens’ French manufacturing facility, Eric Martin has been overwhelmed by the support the company has received in the past weeks.
Talking to sports and entertainment journalist, Joe Harvey, Eric Martin talked about the structured reopening of Demospec Manufacturing in Amilly.
“The lockdown in France combined with the requirements for safe working meant we had to temporarily close, the safety of our staff, of course, being essential. However, we let the market know we were planning a phased re-opening and the overwhelming messages of support have flooded in.”
Working closely with the French government and their guidelines, Martin is confident that the Demospec Manufacturing site now complies with legislation. This therefore will allow screens to be manufactured and for Martin to confidently say; “Our doors are open”.
Despite the initial shutdown of operations due to local guidelines, Harkness’ customers have still able to access cinema screens, events screens and Protective Barriers via Harkness Screens manufacturing site’s in the UK and USA.
In every country rolling out the reopening of facilities and public areas, there is an increased focus on safety. As a result, at the Demospec Manufacturing facility, new workflows and practices will be implemented and will inherently limit capacity in order to comply with social distancing rules.
In November, Demospec Manufacturing (Harkness Screens France) received the Trophy of Enterprises in the International category as a result of 65% of the factory’s turnover coming from export.
Head of European sales, Tony Dilley, when asked about Demospec’s reopening commented;
“We are asking customers to work with us on scheduling orders and collections. It is exciting to say that we are reopening the Amilly facility and it has been good to hear so many kind words from customers about our return to work.”
Harkness’ purchase of Demospec Manufacturing at the Millennium was the second purchase by the company outside of the United Kingdom. Since the purchase, Harkness Screens has established facilities in India and China, helping to establish the company as a global brand.
Eric concluded by saying that a number of barrier screens have already been prototyped and the very first orders were being shipped to customers who have purchased the product.
“Now the factory is open, we can take full advantage of the extensive R&D efforts that our colleagues have made globally to manufacture screens to help with the treatment of Covid-19, as well as aiding the implementation of social distancing measures post-lockdown.”
Harkness Screens™ is the world’s leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies for cinema and live events. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year helping provide outstanding presentation experiences to audiences around the world.
With global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux HiWhite, Clarus XC and Spectral) along with an innovative range of presentation monitoring tools, digital surveying services and suite of cinema design and specification apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.
Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China and combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.
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