- Christie (company)
Christie Digital Systems, Inc. Type Group of private companies Industry Display technology Founded 1929 Products Projectors Employees 1,200+ (2011) Parent Ushio Inc. Website www.christiedigital.com
The Christie group of companies (including Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. and Christie Medical Holdings, Inc.) are part of the Ushio group of companies, the ultimate parent of which is Ushio Inc., a publicly traded Japanese company, Japan (JP:6925). The Christie group manufactures and sells DLP and DLP Cinema projectors and various digital display devices and offers a selection of LCD projectors, which are used in various settings.
Christie Corporate Headquarters are located in Cypress (Orange County), California, USA, while its R&D and engineering teams are located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In addition to the Kitchener manufacturing facility, Christie has a second manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China. Christie has over 1,200 employees worldwide.
Christie was a manufacturer of 35mm film projectors, lamphouses, lamp consoles and film platter systems as well as an importer of Japanese-made Xenon bulbs before acquiring the Kitchener, Ontario-based digital projection business of Electrohome Limited in 1999. As the first licensee of Texas Instruments’ DLP Cinema technology, Christie quickly became a leader in the conversion of 35mm to digital cinema, and today more than 16,000 cinema screens worldwide use Christie technology.
In 2009, Christie launched the MicroTiles digital display system based on DLP technology with PhlatLight LED illumination. MicroTiles are modular 12h x 16w x 10d-inch rear projection units which can be stacked to form any shape or size.
Christie has earned 50 industry awards and numerous corporate awards of distinction including two technical achievement Academy Awards for its Ultramittent technology (1983) and Endless Loop Film Transport and Service System in 1998. In 2009, Christie won Manufacturer of the Year as voted by the International Cinema Technology Association.
InfoComm International presented Christie with the first Green AV Award in 2010. Mediacorp Canada Inc. recognized Christie with several employer awards in 2010 including, Canada’s Greenest Employers and Best Employers for New Canadians.
Christie entered the medical imaging market in December 2009 and now operates a medical imaging devices business under Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. Their product uses near infrared light to detect a patient’s veins through the skin and image processing technology to project a map of the vasculature on top of the skin.
- ^  "Luminus Devices’ PhlatLight LEDs Illuminate Christie MicroTile’s New Digital Canvas Display"
- ^  Christie Receives Teddy Award for Superior Dealer Service from International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA)
- ^  InfoComm Names First Green AV Award Winners
- ^  Canada's Greenest Employers
- ^  Best Employers for New Canadians
- Display technology companies
- Film and video technology
- Companies based in Kitchener, Ontario
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