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Appeared on: Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Japanese vendor to order DVD-R from Prodisc

According to DigiTimes, Prodisc Technology recently landed an order for 2.4 and 4x DVD-R discs from a Japanese vendor, which has also placed the same kind of orders to other Taiwanese disc makers, according to sources.

Prodisc declined to comment, citing client confidentiality, but the company said it is not unusual for a vendor to split orders among several manufacturers due to limited production capacity from a single maker.

Prodisc said it will add new equipment by the end of the month and expects monthly production capacity to increase by about one million units from five million currently. The company, planning to purchase several more pieces of equipment through the year, targets a 10-million-unit monthly capacity by year-end.

In addition, Taiwan’s Nan Ya Plastics has made plans to boost its DVD-R disc production in the near future, according to company sources.

Nan Ya plans to spend over NT$2 billion to build more than 30 DVD-R disc production lines. The paper also reported that the company expected to become the largest DVD-R disc supplier in Taiwan by mid-2003.

Nan Ya officials declined to comment on the report, but conceded that the company is making efforts to expand its DVD-R disc production as it is eyeing the top position among local suppliers.

Thanks to strong demand, major Taiwanese DVD-R disc makers have enjoyed full capacity utilization in recent months, as they seek to gradually increase output, the companies said.


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