The DigiTimes.com website reports that Ritek is currently mainly produces 2.4x and 4x DVD+R discs and the remainder are 8x DVD+R DL and 2.4x and 4x DVD-R DL. Ritek ships two million DVD DL discs a month at present. CMC?s production capacity of DVD DL discs is mostly for 2.4x DVD+R, with the remaining for 8x DVD+R.
Prodisc Technology and Optodisc Technology are currently the only other makers of DVD DL discs in Taiwan, with both producing in small volumes. Many second-tier and small Taiwanese makers of optical discs have focused on production of 8x and 16x single-sided single-layer DVD+D/-R discs and are unable to compete in the DL segment do to a lack of technology and capital, both Ritek and CMC pointed out. Consequently, their DVD DL discs are for a segmented market with higher prices.
The global demand for DVD DL discs is forecast to skyrocket from 50 million discs this year to 200 million next year, Ritek indicated.