BARCO signs first contracts with a total value of euro 7.3 million for ILite

ict (Germany) and ETF (Belgium) confirm confidence in BARCO

Kuurne, April 24, 2001. Barco Projection Systems announces that its business unit Daylight Display Systems, has signed the first orders for ILite, the new indoor LED video wall. The contracts have a total value of USD 7.3 million. Rental companies ict from Germany and ETF from Belgium have placed their first orders shortly after the introduction of this new product. ict (Innovative Communication Technologies AG) was the first customer to place an order, while ETF Event Engineering has placed the biggest order ever for BARCO’s Daylight Display Systems. Both rental companies were also the first to invest in BARCO’s DLite LED wall two years ago.

Whereas the DLite LED wall is the perfect solution for very bright large screen visualization outdoor, the ILite is designed especially for indoor use. It guarantees very bright images and extremely wide viewing angles. The high resolution allows for a smooth picture quality, even for audience standing as close as 3 meters to the display. The ILite is particularly suitable for shopping malls, entertainment centers, transport terminals, tradeshow events, and large venues. In short: The ILite Series delivers the extreme image quality of the video cube and plasma displays without their shortcomings.
ict developes custom-designed audio-visual solutions for permanent installations. With headquarters in Kohlberg, additional offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt and more than 100 qualified staff members, ict is known throughout the world. Satisfied clients worldwide include AT&T, Bayer, BMW, Compaq, Deutsche Bahn, General Motors, Grundig, IBM, Michelin, Microsoft, Nissan Motor, Philip Morris, RTL, Saab, Shell Oil, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Toyota, Volkswagen, WDR, ZDF, etc.

“When BARCO developed its first LED-based daylight display system back in 1999, we made the decision to purchase the DLite 7 for both rental events and fixed installations,” said Georg Roessler of ict. “This solution provided our clients with the best and brightest picture. When we decided to expand our product fleet with LED video walls for indoor applications, we could not find another LED product on the market that compares to the BARCO ILite, as for performance, flexibility and user-friendliness. Our decision was easy.”

Ecran-Total-Fréquence (ETF) specializes in event engineering for fairs, conventions, shows and glittering events. This company, with headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), has set up a European network in recent years with local partners in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. In addition, ETF has set up partnerships with companies in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East and the USA.

In this way, ETF can guarantee its customers tailor-made solutions. Car manufacturers (BMW, Renault,…) and other companies (Belgacom, Coca-Cola, DHL, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems,…) rely on ETF again and again for the organisation of their events. Furthermore, ETF is very well-known in the fashion world (Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier,…) and the music industry (Jean-Michel Jarre, Patricia Kaas, Charles Aznavour,…).

“The world of events is changing as rapidly as the market of audio-visual, lighting and sound technology. As a supplier of rental equipment, our solutions can make or break an event. Therefore, we have to provide our clients with the highest performance, state-of-the-art equipment,” said Alain Mertens at ETF Event Engineering. “When looking for a solution to display images in indoor applications, we could not get round the BARCO ILite. This solution catches the visitor’s eye with razor sharp images and exceptional brightness. We were really impressed by the overall performance of the ILite.”

Stephan Paridaen, Business Unit Manager for BARCO’s Daylight Display Systems, stated: “We are extremely happy with these first important orders for the ILite indoor LED video wall. Both ict and ETF Event Engineering are advanced audio-visual companies and carry a strong reputation of superior quality and reliable service. Moreover, they were the first customers for our DLite 7. Now they confirm their trust in BARCO and its products.

About BARCO

Barco Daylight Display Systems is a business unit of Barco Projection Systems, one of BARCO’s four key activities alongside BarcoView, BarcoVision and Barco Graphics. In 2000, the entire BARCO group, without BarcoNet, which was split off from BARCO in the second half of 2000, delivered a turnover of euro 751 million. Approximately 50 % of this turnover is realized outside Western Europe. BARCO has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in 97 countries throughout the world. BARCO has been quoted on the Brussels Bourse since 1986, and is now quoted on Brussels/Euronext. BARCO is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company.

You can find more information about BARCO on the web: http://www.barco.com


For more information, please contact

JP Tanghe JP Tanghe
Senior Advisor to the CEO - Compliance Officer
Barco NV

Telephone +32 56/26 23 22
jp.tanghe@barco.com

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