Barco holds third annual European Rental Partner Meeting in France.

KORTRIJK, February 17, 2004. BARCO last week hosted what has become the annual networking event to the Events and Rental & Staging industries - its annual European Rental Partner Meeting – at the Euro Disney Resort in France.
Held at the Euro Disney Resort from 11 to 13 February, Barco’s annual three-day European Rental Partner Meeting, which has as main aim to bring together its Golden Rental Partners for Barco’s annual strategy presentation and new product introductions, was attended by 120 key commercial and technical representatives from 60 rental & staging companies throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

This year’s agenda included strategy and product line presentations, as well as hands-on workshops on some of the latest Barco products, including the revolutionary MiPIX LED block, the ViewScape, Barco’s Events Controller and Solaris LC40.

With Barco’s recent acquisition of Sacramento-based Folsom Research (www.folsom.com), this year’s agenda also presented Barco’s Rental Partners with the opportunity to view Folsom’s product range. With hands-on demonstrations of the Folsom ImagePRO and ScreenShaper, both used in conjunction with Barco products, Rental Partners were treated to a first-hand show of the synergies between the Barco and Folsom product lines.

“Over the past three years, Barco’s annual rental partner meetings have been attended by many of the industry’s leading Rental & Staging companies”, states Steve Scorse, General Manager of Barco Events, adding: “Having so many of the industry’s key players attend our annual meeting presents us with the perfect opportunity to build an interactive forum at which information sharing and networking between Barco and its key partners takes center stage. It is not only a question of launching our new product lines, but also about the market feedback and insight we gain by listening to our partners. The first-hand information shared with us by our partners guides us in the definition and development of our product lines for the coming year. In this way, we can continue to develop products and systems which answer the real needs of the Rental & Staging markets world wide.”

Barco holds three regional Rental Partner Meetings each year. All three meetings are held in the first half of the year, with the next regional meeting to take place at Lake Tahoe from 10 to 12 March for Barco’s North American rental partners. Barco’s final Rental Partner Meeting for 2004 will take place in Asia in April this year.

Barco Events will also showcase its products at the following exhibitions during 2004:
Pro Light & Sound, March 31st to April 3rd, Frankfurt (Germany)
NAB, April 17th to 22nd, Las Vegas (USA)
Infocomm USA, June 9th to 11th, Atlanta (USA)
LDI, October 22nd to 24th, Las Vegas (USA)


For more information about Barco Events or its products, please contact sabine.clappaert@barco.com or visit www.events.barco.com

About Barco
Barco, an international company headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, is active in three key areas of imaging technology. Barco designs and develops solutions for large screen visualization, display solutions for life-critical applications, and systems for visual inspection. Barco has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in almost 100 countries. Barco is quoted on Brussels/Euronext and is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company.

For more information, please contact

Inge Govaerts picture 1 Inge Govaerts
Public Relations Manager
Barco - Media & Entertainment

Telephone +32 56 36 8052
inge.govaerts@barco.com

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