Leyard and Planar Expand Presence in the United States

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leyard
and Planar,
global leaders in visualization products, announced they have expanded
their presence in the United States by adding the assembly,
configuration and testing of LED video wall products to their
manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

Through Leyard’s acquisition of Planar in late 2015, the combined
company is unique in its ability to leverage core LED technology and
supply chain as the worldwide leader in fine pitch LED while designing,
engineering, manufacturing, servicing and marketing LED products in
North America to meet the needs of western markets. Leyard and Planar
are also bringing products to partners and customers across the United
States with five new
showrooms
and their second annual product roadshow, Video
Wallapalooza 2017
.

To support the assembly, configuration and testing of LED video walls at
the Hillsboro facility, the company has added new employees to their
manufacturing organization, representing a 50 percent growth over the
past 18 months. Leyard and Planar are also able to better serve
customers by adding 35 percent more headcount to their U.S. customer
service organization in the last year. Additionally, Leyard and Planar
will be expanding their manufacturing facilities in Hillsboro in 2018.

The hiring expansion comes on the heels of the Global LED Display Market
Report by Futuresource Consulting that for
the second consecutive year ranked Leyard as the global market leader in
narrow pixel pitch LED displays. The expanded teams demonstrate the
company’s commitment to maintaining their global market leader position
by providing the most innovative LED display technology.

“As the global market share leader in LED video displays, we are
continuing to expand to ensure our solutions meet the strictest
requirements for our U.S. customers,” said Adam Schmidt, executive vice
president of sales and marketing for North America at Leyard and Planar.
“By shipping Leyard LED video walls from within the U.S., we’re
shortening delivery times, lowering freight expenses and meeting the
demands of American customers—reflecting our commitment to American job
creation and products that are locally sourced.”

Product Showrooms Across the U.S.

As Leyard and Planar expand their U.S. operations, they are bringing
products to reseller partners and customers across America with the
opening of five new showrooms
in major U.S. cities. In Spring 2017, showrooms opened in New York City
and Washington, D.C. and this fall, three more showrooms opened in
Miami, Chicago and Portland, Ore.

The showrooms include demonstration areas that enable visitors to see
Leyard and Planar’s groundbreaking LED video walls, award-winning LCD
display solutions and other advanced display technology. Participants
can also attend scheduled training events, including a wide range of
Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) courses and continuing education
classes certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Second Annual Roadshow Slated for 10 American Cities

In addition to their permanent showrooms, Leyard and Planar are bringing
products and training events to 10 American cities through Video
Wallapalooza 2017
, a two-month roadshow. The second annual Video
Wallapalooza kicked off in Cincinnati on Aug. 30 and will end in Atlanta
on Nov. 9 with two-day events also scheduled in Toronto, Boston,
Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston and St. Louis.

Leyard and Planar sales, marketing and product teams will be on site at
Video Wallapalooza 2017 to offer product demonstrations. Participants
also have the opportunity to take product installation courses, as well
as attend one-hour technology and product courses. For a complete list
of Video Wallapalooza 2017 events and training courses, visit www.leyard.com/Wallapalooza2017
or www.planar.com/Wallapalooza2017.

To learn more about Leyard and Planar product development in the U.S.,
please watch our USA
Proud video
or visit www.leyard.com/usaproud
or www.planar.com/usaproud.

About Leyard and Planar, A Leyard Company

Leyard is a global leader in the design, production, distribution and
service of digital displays, video walls and visualization products
worldwide. The Leyard Group of companies and brands, which includes Planar
Systems
acquired in 2015, is comprised of displays, entertainment
and lighting system solutions. Leyard is the number one market share
leader in the LED display market and fine pitch LED and offers indoor,
outdoor, fixed and creative displays (Futuresource
2017). Used in applications such as broadcast, sports arenas, stadiums,
advertisement networks, retail digital signage, control rooms,
exhibitions, large scale events and digital cultural experiences, Leyard
enjoys marquee installations globally and has over 300 patents in
display technology. Founded in 1995, the group is headquartered in
Beijing, China, and is traded on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock
code: 300296). Forbes magazine (2013) named Leyard among “China’s
Top 100 Most Potential Listed Companies.” For more information, visit www.leyard.com.

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