CMC Magnetics, Ritek and Prodisc Technology, the three largest
producers of optical discs in Taiwan, are expanding their
production capacities of blank DVD-R discs to 20 million to 60
million discs a month each in 2004, according to Digitimes.
Increasing global demand and more attractive gross margins are
prompting the capacity expansion, according to the companies. In
2004, demand is projected to be five times that of this year.
CMC Magnetics will raise its monthly production capacity of DVD-R
discs from 24 million units last month to 30 million by year-end
and 60 million next year.
Over the same period, Ritek’s monthly capacity is set to increase
from 15 million discs to 20 million discs and then to 30-35
Prodisc’s will expand monthly capacity from four million discs in
October to nearly 10 million in November, 15 million by year-end
and 20-30 million in 2004.
Apart from DVD-R discs, Prodisc is expanding its production
capacity of CD-R discs. The company will begin operations at a
factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province (China) on December 12. The
factory will initially have 30 production lines for a monthly
capacity of 30 million CD-R discs, with all output for sale in
the China market. The company will be the largest Taiwanese
supplier of CD-R discs in China.