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 PBDS now shipping over one million DVD burners per month
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Message Text: According to DigiTimes, Monthly DVD-burner shipments from Philips BenQ Digital Storage (PBDS) have exceeded one million this quarter

DVD-burner shipments for PBDS are currently keeping pace with Lite-On IT, Taiwan?s largest producer of optical-disc drives (ODDs), and the venture may rank fourth or even third worldwide, Wang indicated.

PBDS expects to deliver six million DVD burners this year. However, with orders growing so quickly, the company is now facing a tight supply of pick-up heads (PUHs) from Philips, Wang pointed out. Based on received orders, supply is running 35%-40% short of demand, and the tight supply will last for another one or two quarters, Wang added.

Wang is confident the joint-venture will attain its 2004 shipment goal of 25 million ODDs of all types. Next year, PBDS aims to become one of the top three ODD makers worldwide, with a market share of 15%-20%, Wang stated.

Currently focusing on Dual (+R/-R) DVD models, PBDS plans to launch Super Multi DVD burners in the first quarter of 2005 at the earliest. In addition to Philips, Hitachi may be a possible PUH supplier for Super Multi DVD burners, Wang indicated. Also in 2005, PBDS hopes to obtain ODM orders for blue-laser DVD burners from Japan.
 
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