I was at my local Target today when I noticed that the new batch of Imation discs (5 and 10 packs in jewel cases) were all made in India. Imation has traditionally only used CMC in recent times, so I wondered if these discs were from the new CMC plant I’ve heard of in India. I grabbed a pack of DVD-R with “ForceField Scratch-Resistant Coating” to give them a shot.
These discs turned out to be FUJIFILM03 discs, manufactured by Moser Baer India. Target had DVD-R and DVD+R both with and without ForceField, and I’m betting all of the new Imation Made in India discs are manufactured by MBI.
The discs burned quite nicely in my aging NEC ND-2500A, albeit only at 6x – a more up to date firmware might have an 8x write descriptor for FUJIFILM03.
Like pretty much every other disc type I’ve burned in my drive (RITEKG04, CMC MAG AE1, TYG02), the best PI/PIF results appear at a 4x burn speed, but overall the scan still looks pretty nice with low PI and PIF throughout:
As far as the scratch-proof coating, this seems to be mostly just the top layer, which does feel nice and smooth and repels fingerprints. The dye side doesn’t appear to be different from usual, so I’m betting that “ForceField” is just some marketing mumbo-jumbo to compete with TDK’s new Armor Plated discs. Nevertheless, these discs do not seem cheaply made, and I’d say that they would be worth considering if they go on sale.
[Edit: I forgot to add that the serial number on the hub of the disc I tested was 5105 530 -R C A 1379, for anyone who was interested.]