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D-BOX and ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH move Turkey …

D-BOX and ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH move Turkey as Mars Cinema Group integrates the innovative high-fidelity motion system

June 29th, 2016 – ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH, a leading supplier and integrator of innovative cinema solutions, has reached an agreement with Mars Cinema Group (a Turkish cinema circuit) to install and service D-BOX Technologies Inc cinematic motion systems in two multiplex theatres in Istanbul.

Under the agreement, ECCO will deliver a total of 80 D-BOX motion seats to Cinemaximum Akbati, located in the up-and-coming North-East neighbourhood of Instanbul, and Cinemaximum Akasya, situated in the university district on the Asian side.

The order consists of two technologically innovative D-BOX solutions: The first is the D-BOX MFX 132-EU motion seat which was specially created to suit the needs of European consumers with the help of Euro Seating, an internationally renowned company. Equipped with a modern shell, the seat offers both an intrinsic value and the durability required for sustained usage in a commercial environment. And the second part of the order is the D-BOX VIP Recliner motion base which adapts to the recliner seat for extra comfort, generating a more intense experience in a personalized, reclined position. In fact, the leg and back positions are electronically adjustable for the ultimate in relaxation. What’s more, D-BOX utilizes elaborate electronics and wider surface movements to create even finer and more impulsive creative effects.

The installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of July in time for the national movie premiere of Bourne. Additional locations are scheduled to follow at the end of 2016. “We are proud to start our first project with Mars in D-BOX and help build on their reputation for being at the forefront of the latest innovative developments in immersive entertainment technologies,” said Markus Overath, International Sales Director at ECCO.

Claude McMaster, President and CEO of D-BOX Technologies added: “Istanbul embraces two continents which makes it the perfect location to introduce D-BOX to Turkey. In our eyes, this truly immersive city and its people will be very appreciative of the latest trends in cinema viewing experiences.”

“We are excited to implement D-BOX into our theatre concept for Cinemaximum. Over the past few years, we have continuously invested in technology trends to create new cinema experiences and we believe that D-BOX will be giving our patrons added value they will not want to miss,” concludes Kurt Rieder, CEO of Mars Cinema Group.

D-BOX is the pioneer and world leader in immersive cinematic motion created specifically for the movie theatre industry.

About D-BOX Technologie inc.
D-BOX Technologies Inc. (TSX:DBO) designs, manufactures and commercializes cutting-edge motion systems intended for the entertainment and simulation and training markets. This unique and patented technology uses motion effects specifically programmed for visual content that are sent to a motion system integrated into a platform, seat or any other product. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronized with the on-screen action, creating an unparalleled realistic immersive experience.

About ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH
ECCO is a leading cinema supplier and integrator in Germany and one of D-BOX’s esteemed distribution partners for targeted countries in Europe. The company has already completed almost 60 D-BOX installations in this region.

About Mars Cinema Group
Headquartered in Istanbul, Mars Cinema Group is the leading cinema circuit in Turkey with 85 locations, and 751 screens operating under the Cinemaximum brand in 32 cities.  The cinemas are well known for their state-of-the-art technology and have adopted a large number of leading-edge solutions for immersive cinema entertainment including the powerful sound technologies of Dolby Atmos. The company also owns the cinema advertising company Mars Media and the film distribution company Mars Dağıtım.

GetD and ECCO announce excellent results

Future 3D Group (GetD) and ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH announce excellent results of their strategic distribution partnership before first presence at KINO 2016.

In September 2015, GetD and ECCO signed exclusive sales agreement for German Speaking Territories. This unique deal include all GetD 3D systems and glasses. Ever since ECCO has been offering sales, instalation and after sales services for GetD 3D extended range of 3D solutions from standard active system to passive Ultra High Brightness solution. (…)

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Germany gets world’s largest Christie® Vive Audio™ install in time for Star Wars

Germany gets world’s largest Christie® Vive Audio™ install in time for Star Wars

Mönchengladbach, Germany – (15 Dezember 2015) – Big, bigger, Cinecittà – Germany’s largest multiplex cinema in Nuremberg is getting the most powerful Christie Vive audio installation in the world, in time for the global opening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ on December 17th. And it’s a fittingly futuristic setting and installation for one of the most awaited films of the year.

CINEMAGNUM, the former IMAX theatre, which houses Germany’s largest screen at 600m², plus a giant 30 tonne sliding dome screen, now has Christie® Vive-Audio ™ with Dolby Atmos. The domed auditorium is one of 22 auditoria screens, most of which are dug deep beneath the streets of old town. Planning, supply and installation was carried out by Christie partner ECCO Cine Supply and Services GmbH from Hilden near Dusseldorf (D).

The impressive Vive audio installation utilizes the complete Christie LA5 speaker series for stage,  surround and overhead speakers (LA5, LA5S, LA5C). Chris Connett, Market Development Manager for Christie Vive Audio in EMEA, explains: “Our 6″ ribbon driver technology, used in all of our LA5 series speakers, guarantees optimal coverage throughout the auditoria with perfect sound reproduction in each of the 524 seats.”

“Due to the size and volume of this auditorium, we had to overcome a number of design challenges,” Chris continues. “One was that the domed ceiling had to maintain its ability to move position while also ensuring the sound from our line arrays still gave excellent coverage to every seat. To get this right was a challenging experience, even after 16 years in cinema audio. Cinecittà had been looking for a solution for this unique theatre for quite some time. I am confident Vive Audio delivers in what has to be the most impressive Cinema in Europe.”

The Cinecittà complex, is not just known for its impressive underground architecture but for introducing new technologies. For example it was the first cinema in Germany which was completely THX-certified. And, regarding D-cinema, Nuremberg was also at the forefront: exactly ten years ago, the first digital cinema screenings were shown at Cinecittà for another Star Wars premiere, “Revenge of the Sith”.

With the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Wolfram Weber, owner and manager of the Cinecittà (who incidentally built himself an apartment on the top of the complex) has again employed the latest technology in order to offer an unrivalled cinematic experience: “We always try to offer our visitors something special. This means for us to show premium content on the highest technical level. Cinema has to reinvent itself again and again to stay in the race today in completion to the numerous entertainment offers out there. With Vive Audio in combination with Dolby Atmos the audience experiences the film in a way, you can’t experience at home – that’s only possible in cinema” concludes Weber.

Thomas Rüttgers, managing director of ECCO Cine Supply and Services GmbH, adds: “We are very pleased to be a partner within this reference project. Christie’s Vive system emphasizes the atmosphere of this unique theatre hall and revaluates the cinematic experience for each individual visitor again and again. ”

“Christie Vive Audio was designed to bring cinema audio quality in line with the advances we have seen in visual technology,” says Christie’s Chris Connett. “We’ve seen many cinemas across EMEA and globally gear up for Star Wars and look forward to our 350th Vive Audio system by the opening of Star Wars® Episode VII: The Force Awakens™ on December 17, 2015.

Marburg Cineplex impresses with next-generation sound

Mönchengladbach, Germany – (8th December 2015) Marburg Cineplex is Germany’s first cinema to opt for the innovative Vive Au​​dio technology. “The younger public now want increasingly sophisticated technology and are extremely discerning, including in terms of sound. That is why Vive Audio was the obvious choice for us. In Screen 4 of our Cineplex, we always try to incorporate the latest technical developments and trends. That is why we have combined the new sound installation with a 4K dual projector,” explains Gerhard Closmann. In partnership with his daughter Marion, he is taking the cinema to the next generation.

The Cineplex in Marburg, Germany, has a history spanning more than 100 years. Formerly known as “Lichtspiele Marburg”, the Closmann family now operates under the names Capitol, Cineplex and Kammerlichtspiele, with 14 cinemas in three locations. In these cinemas, years of tradition meet state-of-the-art technology. With its 465 seats making it the largest in the multiplex, Screen 4 of the Cineplex now hosts a new Christie® Vive Audio™ sound system, installed to coincide with the James Bond premiere of “Spectre”.

Christie partner Ecco Cine Supply and Service GmbH from Hilden, Germany, was responsible for planning, delivering and installing the 7.1 surround sound system. The installation includes a CDA 5 amplifier and a LA4 line array speaker each for the left, centre and right. A CDA 7.5 amplifier and S215 subwoofer were used for the LFE channel. For side and back surround sound, they also installed CDA 5 amplifiers and LA4 speakers on the left and right.

The unique properties of the driver technology provide accurate sound replication, allowing the audience to hear all the sound effects wherever they are sitting, throughout the heart of the action. Thanks to their specialised construction, the speakers are particularly quick to react to signals. Noise interference is cancelled out.

The Cineplex cinema currently has seven screens and around 1,700 seats, and it forms the heart of the business. In 2015, it celebrated its 15-year anniversary. Since then, it has welcomed eight million visitors – a huge number for a town with just 80,000 inhabitants. In the mid-90s, the family-run business became the founding member of the Cineplex Group, a network of medium-sized cinema operators.

“We lay on a full programme, showing everything from the latest blockbusters to arthouse films and alternative content such as operas and ballets. We partner these with different events and special performances, which means we need technology that can work with a wide range of applications while providing great sound every time,” says Closmann.

The initial public reaction to the new sound system is promising. “We have only had the system for a short time, but we are more than happy with the results, and our most regular cinemagoers have commented on the great sound quality,” Mr Closmann is pleased to report.

He can easily imagine having another Christie Vive Audio system, but the next item on the agenda is to equip Screen 4 with Dolby Atmos. The existing system is already set up for this.


Quelle: Christie / ECCO

Strategic partnership with Future 3D Tech Group (GetD)

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, October 10, 2015: GetD and ECCO have signed exclusive sales agreement for German Speaking Territories. This deal will include all GetD 3D systems and glasses. ECCO will offer sales, installation and after sales services for GetD 3D extended range of 3D solutions from standard active system to passive Ultra High Brightness recently launched GK910 light tripler. GK910 system offers significant gain in brightness, reliability and outstanding 3D image quality thanks to improved alignment.

Strategic partnership capitalizes on ECCO business development, sales and services strengths and GetD high production capacity and cost effective solutions to conquer new markets share.

In a partnership of powerful challengers, GetD and ECCO today announced an alliance to offer a reliable and cost effective line of 3D systems and various categories of glasses to GST dealers – integrators – exhibitors and all related markets.

Today’s joint alliance GetD and ECCO ensures more cinema businesses in German Speaking Territories with Düsseldorf based sales and support team.

“Thanks to this strategic partnership, exhibitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will enjoy a winning combination of leading technology and an excellent partnership network,” noted Bernard Collard, Senior VP Marketing, International Sales and Business Development at Future 3D TECH Group, GetD Cinema Division. “Strong commercial opportunities exist for GetD high quality products in these circumstances when exhibitors will be looking for more 3D capacity in the perspective of Star Wars in December” added Thomas Rüttgers, Managing Director of ECCO Cine Supply and Service.


ECCO launches new company strategy

For almost three years long-time cinema expert Thomas Rüttger’s mission was to promote the dialogue between manufacturers and exhibitors as an independent consultant. Now he has launched ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH and is repositioning the company with his know-how about cinema technology when it comes to products, services and technical support.

As independent experts he and his team of six aim at being a single point of contact for exhibitors while becoming more involved in the integration of technology innovations and products. A detailed analysis of individual customer requirements forms the basis for future planning, purchases and installations. The aim is to offer all services from a single source, from consulting to support and maintenance services.

ECCO is focusing on the distribution of selected high-quality products. Among the current portfolio are renowned brands such as D-Box, Euroseating, DepthQ, SimplyX and Share Dimension. Projector manufacturer Christie will join as a new partner and ECCO will become exclusive distributor of the Christie Vive Audio product line of loudspeakers and sound systems in the DACH region. Another addition to the range of products are KCS loudspeakers of the Spanish company Kelonik. The portfolio is completed by products from the manufacturers Dolby, Harkness and Osram. A strong service partner is Veritek with a national network of engineers offering support on 7 days a week from 9 to 24 h. „We would like to play an active part as industry experts and use our competitive edge which we have acquired due to our longstanding experience 1:1 for the sake of our future customers. Flexible, group-independent and quickly reacting to customer requirements, that is what drives us,“ Thomas Rüttgers explains.

At the ECCO Open House Day on the company’s premises in Hilden, Germany on August 11th, the industry veteran invites loyal and potentially new customers, suppliers and friends to get a personal idea of the „new“ ECCO.

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