German maker of optical discs Singulus has started delivering its first Blu-ray production systems to major international customers.
Singulus is the first European line manufacturer to place Blu-ray replication lines in test production. An alliance was formed with Sony in Nov. 2004 for the development of these inline systems for the Blu-ray single layer format. The Singulus BLU-LINE was presented to the Hollywood majors by Singulus and Sony since April 2005, after successful testing in Kahl.
What's left to see is whether the disc replicators will invest on a new replication lines for Blu-ray media, since so many things are still uncertain and there is no real activity in the market for either future HD format. The HD DVD format can be replicated easier through modified DVD replication lines, making it a safer option for most replicators. In addition, there was not any evidence of Blu-Ray discs being made to specifications until now, except from Sony's announcements. However, the new Blu-Ray replicators by Singulus could give the Blu-Ray format a boost.