[QUOTE=derfsurf;2036425]I’ve read about Anwell. They manufacture CD-R/DVD-R disc making machines as well, right?
[B]Yes, they are now the second largest equipment manufacturers (Singulus is still the biggest, but it’s loosing it’s market share). Now they are also producing optical media by yourself as they bought a few manufacturing companies. BTW Anwell and its subsidiaries are one of the very few manufacturers in optical media industry which are not suffering a financial losses[/B]
Yeah, I never heard of these companies, except for Princo (double :Z) and MAM-A. It’s sad to see MAM-A on the faking list, knowing they had roots back to the golden Mitsui days. What brand(s) did MAM-A/E fake?
[B]MAM-E and MAM-A But they admit that they are using “borrowed” MID codes.
Umedisc/Anwell should just abandon the fake stuff and move forward with their own brands, if they’re getting really good at pressing discs. I can understand why these companies put out the fakes, because the profits in fooling people are there (shame on them). It’d be harder to build a product under a new brand when the quality isn’t so great. And of course people do take notice of it.
Back in the day, companies like Ritek and CMC had their times of woe and sub-par product, but look at where they are now. Granted, they’re still not exactly in the same league as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim, but their CD/DVD-R’s are much more stable than they had been in the past. Now, if Umedisc/Anwell could ditch the fake branding and offer legal branding to companies like Memorex and Imation, maybe their quality will get noticed.[/QUOTE]
The main reason why are all those manufacturers making media with “fake” MID codes is a poor firmware support for MID codes of small companies and new MID codes. Howevever, Anwell owned manufacturers (Umedisc, Henan Kerry, Jilin Qingda, WFI, TMI) are now using only their own MIDs so they aren’t making media with fake MIDs anymore. Some companies are making media with both fake and their own MIDs, for example Must Tech. Almost no burner supports burning of their newest 16x medium at 16x speed so they were “forced” to use MCC’s MIDs… Getting the firmware support for new MID code is extremely difficult and long process, so it’s much easier and cheaper to use some well supported MID. Problems with getting decent fw support were one of the reasons why the whole european optical media industry is dead now.