It’s sad that whole recordable optical media industry in Europe is almost dead now [/QUOTE]
Not so said.
We still have MBIL (bought up Philips production) blu ray plant.
Sony who makes mostly non recordables in austria. Because of profit margins but on occasions recordables.
FTI and MAM-A are operating because of european (Swiss) investments.
Quite some technology supplying compannies.
And lets face it most european manufacturers didn’t produce good media.[/QUOTE]
Yeah but OM&T BV/MBI is only a R&D company, not the real manufacturer. Sony makes a recordable media in a very small amounts, and MAM-A does not exist anymore.
The only important european companies in recordable media manufacturing industry are quality control equipment manufacturers (AudioDev, DaTarius, etc), Ciba (dye manufacturer) and manufacturers or CD-R/DVDR lines and other manufacturing equipment (Singulus, Tapematic, Netstal, etc.).
The only manufacturer of recordable media in Europe now is UEP/Mirex, which is still making CD-Rs in Russia.
Other companies (SkyMedia Manufacturing, OMP S.A., Condor SL, CSI, MAM-E, Digital Disc Dessau, Euro Digital Disc, CDA, 3A Media, CD VIDEO S.A., Trendes, Eximpo, Boca, Digital Valley, MediaSys, etc) either do not exist or do not produce recordable media anymore.
And I know that the quality of most media made in Europe was very bad, but still…