Firm keeps its edge, and head office, operating from within a world-renowned high-tech cluster in Waterloo Region
Keeping up with neighbours that include global icons for innovation such as smart phone manufacturer Research in Motion, factory automation powerhouse ATS Automation and Enterprise Content Management software leader Open Text has helped drive Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. to ever greater achievements in display projection systems.
Christie’s head office is in Kitchener, part of Waterloo Region that is known internationally as Canada’s Technology Triangle. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of display and projection systems, with more than 75,000 projection solutions installed worldwide.
These solutions are made up of proprietary technologies that include DLP Cinema® projectors, LCD and DLP® projectors, networking solutions, rear screen projection modules, DLP projection cubes and wall display controllers. The company is also at the forefront of providing cutting-edge projection technologies for 3D, virtual reality and simulation applications. Most recently, the Company introduced the new digital canvas, Christie® MicroTiles™, a modular display device that uses DLP with LED illumination for displays of any shape, scale and size.
Christie’s corporate home in Waterloo Region offers a highly skilled workforce and is home to acclaimed post-secondary educational institutions that together host 50,000 students, including 10,000 post-graduate and 15,000 co-operative students. They include the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and nearby University of Guelph. Also in the region are 150 research centers, making it what the Globe & Mail termed a leading “knowledge capital”.
While globally recognized as an advanced technology cluster, Waterloo Region also boasts the highest concentration of manufacturing activity among Canada’s metropolitan areas. Located just an hour west of Toronto, aside from proximity to a consumer market of 2.7 million people, Waterloo Region provides ready access to Canada’s most important road transportation corridor (Highway 401) and three major Canada-U.S. border crossings (Niagara, Windsor/Detroit and Sarnia/Port Huron). Access to national railroads and Pearson International Airport with direct flights worldwide is also nearby.
As an Ontario-based company, Christie operates in a transparent, low-risk trading and regulatory environment with a global outlook. In addition, federal and Ontario provincial R&D tax credits combine to offer the most favourable tax treatment among G7 countries. This gives innovation companies such as Christie the ability to cut R&D expenditures by up to 70%, with a 12.9% advantage over the U.S.
Canada is a top destination for investors in advanced manufacturing industries. High productivity, low taxes, technological savvy and world-class quality assurance give Canada a manufacturing edge.
As further enticement, Canada has a 50% straight-line accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) on eligible machinery and equipment. It will also eliminate most tariffs on manufacturing inputs between 2010 and 2014, making the entire country a free-trade zone for manufacturers — the first country in the G20 to do so.
And at a time when many countries are raising corporate income taxes, Canada’s corporate taxes are heading down. Canada’s federal corporate income tax rate will fall from 18% in 2010 to 15% in 2012 — less than half of the top U.S. federal marginal corporate income tax rate and the lowest in the G7.
Future growth plans
Christie is a founding partner in the Kitchener-based Communitech Hub, a digital media innovation centre. The Hub will foster collaboration and creativity among established companies and start-ups to enhance Canada’s position in the digital age. Christie is providing advanced visualization tools and integration expertise to help companies explore new concepts and advance their initiatives.
“The Communitech Hub is where ideas will incubate. Canada’s future is with start-up companies that drive innovation forward…and we want these start-ups to embrace our technologies,” said Gerry Remers, President and COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. “There is no doubt collaboration and mentoring will germinate new initiatives in digital media, ensuring the long term success of the Waterloo Region.”
Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.
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Canada’s Technology Triangle
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