Aaron Lee, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Friday 13 January 2012]
CMC Magnetics, the largest Taiwan-based maker of blank optical discs, is exhibiting three Blu-ray Disc (BD) disc technologies, Xtreme-life, Super Flexible and 3D/color printing maintenance of authenticity, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas during January 10-13.
Xtreme-life, Super Flexible and 3D/color printing BD discs have passed certification by Germany-based TUV Rheinland for secure storage life of more than 50 years, according to CMC chairman Robert Wong. The three types of BD discs are 6-7 times more profitable than ordinary BD discs due to involvement of advanced technology, and CMC has obtained orders with shipments to begin in the second half of 2012, Wong pointed out.
The global BD disc market has taken off, with global demand expected to increase from 180 million BD discs in 2011 to 360-400 million units in 2012, Wong indicated.
The global supply of DVD and CD discs has become stable through reshuffling of makers around the world in 2011, with prices for DVD discs and CD discs cumulatively rising by 40% and 50% respectively, Wong said.