Second-tier manufacturers of blank optical discs in Taiwan, seeing top makers successfully
raising OEM prices by 10%-15% for this quarter, would also like to do the same, but so far
have only been able to raise prices 3%-5% due to immediate financial needs and therefore have
had to accept low-price orders to bring in revenues quickly, according to industry sources and
Second-tier makers of optical discs have suffered from cash shortages since February this year
because of continued drops in OEM prices and increases in polycarbonate (PC) costs, the
industry sources indicated.
For CD-R discs, second-tier makers? quotations stand at US$0.09-0.1 currently, lower than the
lowest level of US$0.12 quoted by top makers, the industry sources noted. For DVD+R/-R
discs, second-tier makers quote US$0.15 for 4x discs and US$0.18-0.2 for 8x discs.