Memnon Archiving Services – a Sony Company – opened its new headquarters in Evere, Brussels, with a new production structure to better serve the future needs for audiovisual archive digitalisation.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in demand for original and historical audiovisual content in the media and in the broadcasting industry, together with the growth of mobile applications, social media and e-learning. Many new ways of leveraging historical content and of engaging audiences with it have recently emerged as it was the case around the Centenary of the First World War.
While these major events are changing the way information and resources are produced, seen and managed, audiovisual heritage is under more threat today than ever. Audiovisual archives and tapes and films deteriorate unavoidably with time, while playback equipment tends to disappear; some historic manufacturers no longer produce it and skills in this area become scarce. Therefore, UNESCO had good reason to declare 27 October the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, to serve as a global reminder of the need to safeguard this aspect of our collective memory.
To respond to these challenges, Memnon Archiving Services (a member of the Sony group) opened on June 15th 2016 its new headquarters with a new production site in Evere, Brussels.
Were speaking at the press conference during the Inauguration Ceremony :
- Mr Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region,
- Mr Didier Gosuin, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economy and Employment,
- Mr Toshihiko Ohnishi, Deputy President of Professional Solutions and Services Group, Imaging Products and Solutions Sector, Sony Corporation,
- Mr Brad C. Wheeler, Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Indiana University (USA), and
- Mr Michel Merten and Mr Baku Morikuni, co-CEOs Memnon Archiving Services.
Acquired by Sony on 1 July 2015, the Brussels-based company Memnon Archiving Services has become a world leader in the sector, offering digitalisation services both via its facilities in Brussels and the United States (at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) and as managed services on various client sites, bringing its operations to the customers and passing on its knowledge and expertise to them. Memnon currently exports its services to the United States and the Middle East, but is also exploring new markets such as Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Having been the first tenant of the renovated Flagey building, Memnon has decided to leave Flagey in Ixelles and transfer to a new and completely renovated space in Avenue du Four à Briques in Evere, Bruxelles. The new location is perfect for Memnon to further industrialise the processes for large scale digitalisation of audiovisual archives, in order to meet the needs and quality expectations of organisations that hold precious archives and to meet the company’s growth targets for the coming years.
The acquisition by Sony means that Memnon is already benefitting from Sony’s industrial process and technological expertise. Memnon will move all its operations to its new 1800-m2 headquarters, taking the operations for audiovisual archive processing to a new level. The capacity for audio and video archive digitalisation will increase considerably, with new digitalisation processes of films implemented, and the company’s Research and Development hub to expand the offering to new services. The new headquarters in Evere become a new showcase for its expertise in large-scale digitalisation.
Over time, this substantial investment will enable Memnon to strengthen its position as a world leader in large-scale audiovisual archive digitalisation, proving the Sony Group’s commitment to our customers in preserving the content often created on Sony equipment and the company’s development in the Brussels region.
Memnon in brief
Founded in Belgium in 1989 as a company offering musical recording and mastering services, it has specialised in archive digitalisation since 2005. Memnon Archiving Services SA (Memnon) is now a world leading service provider for digitalisation, documentation, management, and enhancement of audiovisual heritage.
With more than two million hours of content digitized for hundreds of different projects around the world, Memnon operates its digitization facilities in Brussels, Belgium and Bloomington, United States as well as on-site services at client sites around the world. Jointly with Sony’s Professional Solutions Group, Memnon is represented in Europe, Americas, Middle East (Dubai) and Asia Pacific (Singapore).
Key facts about Memnon
- More than 2,000,000 hours of digital audiovisual archives
- More than 100 customers around the world
- Prestigious clients such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Olympic Committee, INA, BBC, SONUMA, VRT, VIAA, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Télé Suisse Romande, United Nations, Indiana University, European Parliament and many more
- 90% foreign customers
- Acquired by SONY in 2015