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Harkness Screens Receives French Industry Award

December 03
11:27 2019

On Tuesday evening, Harkness Screens [Demospec Manufacturing] received the Trophy of Enterprises in the International category in Orleans. Bringing together many of France’s biggest brands, Harkness Screens [Demospec Manufacturing] was recognised in the International category as a result of 65% of factory turnover coming from export.

Based in Amilly in the Loiret department of France, Harkness’ French factory was represented by Eric Martin, the General Manager of the facility; “I was extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of Harkness and I could not be prouder of the team here in France.”

“We operate with a relatively small team and I am lucky to know each one of them. Each person works extremely hard and as much as the award says ‘Demospec Harkness’ on the front, it may as well say each of the staff’s.”

Established in 1953, Demospec originally specialised in the renovation of cinemas. This was largely due to many cinemas being ill-maintained over the course of the German occupation in the Second World War.

Harkness completed the purchase of Demospec in early 2000, a major step forward in the company’s global thinking. Since then Harkness has opened state of the art facilities in China, USA and India, helping them claim a major stake in the cinema screen industry. More recently in 2011, Demospec moved from Saint-Loup-des-Vignes to the more functional facility in Amilly.

“The purchase of Demospec was the start of the Harkness we see today. By being geographically closer to several of the larger European markets, as well as the Turkish and North African markets,” Mark Ashcroft, Harkness CEO, said.

“I have been fortunate enough to visit this facility on several occasions now and it is not a surprise to see that we have been recognised for an industry award in France. Demospec Manufacturing has been a major part of our fabric for nearly 20 years now and we couldn’t imagine it any other way.”

In September 2019, Harkness began the celebration of their 90th year. Launching a new corporate website as well as an updated logo. Harkness has also recently set new environmental targets across the group with the Amilly site leading the way in moving away from solvent based paint to water based optical coatings.

David Harrison, Chief Technology Officer at Harkness commented: “We continue to see our competitors using solvents and most cinemas detect this because of the strong and unpleasant odour. Moving away from solvents has allowed Harkness to provide higher performing optical surfaces; Perlux Hi-White some 40% more light efficient than its solvent rivals.”

With the aim of reducing Harkness’ carbon footprint globally, the company has transitioned to a water-based coating for use on screens, as well as recycling any waste PVC in factories by sending it back to the manufacturer for reuse.

Furthermore, Harkness has also significantly reduced the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions by 94% over the last four years to ensure that the coating process does not damage the environment in a negative manner.

Two weeks ago, Harkness was also the recipient of a CTC (Cinema Technology Community) Award in London, being recognised as a technology pioneer in the cinema industry. In late September CEO, Mark Ashcroft, was recognised as CEO of the year by CEO Monthly.

“We are continuing to invest in cinema screen technology and we are excited by our French manufacturing facilities ability to adopt these changes in a highly efficient and consistent manner, it is a testament to Eric and his team,” concluded Mark Ashcroft.

Media Contact
Company Name: Harkness Screens
Contact Person: Joe Harvey
Email: Send Email
Phone: +44 (0)1438 725 200
Address:Unit A, Norton Road
City: Stevenage
State: Hertfordshire
Country: United Kingdom
Website: www.harkness.co

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