I recently came across an interesting article. As we all know, Cinram was responsible for pressing some wonderful Tears For Fears CDs.
By Roger Renstrom
PLASTICS NEWS CORRESPONDENT
International Inc. is expanding its molding capacity for digital versatile
discs in Anaheim. Calif., and establishing a new DVD operation
in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
"We have a capacity of over a million DVDs a month" in Anaheim, said Dave Rubenstein, president and chief executive officer of the Cinram US Holdings Inc. unit.
The Anaheim plant employs 180, occupies 220,000 square feet and also can make four million compact discs monthly, Rubenstein said in a telephone interview.
expects the DVD operations there eventually to double those making CDs. Cinram
also makes CDs in Richmond. Ind.; Huntsville, Ala.; Scarborough, Ontario; and Mexico
Scarborough-based Cinram International manufactures pre-recorded videocassettes, audiocassettes and CD-ROMs, in addition to DVDs and CDs, for movie studios, music labels, publishers and computer software firms.
In Anaheim, Cinram acquired second-generation equipment to replicate the challenging DVD-9 format and added capacity for the DVD-5 and DVD-10 formats. The Anaheim plant began replicating single-layer, single-side DVD-5s in November 1997 and dual-layer, single-side DVD-9s in September.
In June, Cinram installed a second Marubeni Corp.-integrated dual DVD production
system that operates partially in-line and partially on a batch basis for bonding.
Marubeni's disc systems unit integrated the elements including 60-ton Meiki Co.
Ltd. molding machines, Sailor Pen Co. robots and Origin Electric Co. Ltd. bonders.
In July, Cinram added another Toolex International NV dual inline DVD production line. A third integrated Toolex dual line will arrive in late August, Rubenstein said by telephone.
Building on Anaheim experiences, the European thrust is moving toward starting DVD production in a 54,000-square-foot facility by October.
Netherlands plant's initial capacity will be at least 3 million units per year,
or 250,000 units per month, in various DVD formats. Cinram plans to add to its
DVD capacity there in 2000 "as the format continues to increase its
penetration of the European marketplace," the company said in a news
"Cinram will carry out DVD authoring at a number of key locations across Europe [and] offer DVD clients an integrated printing, packaging, warehousing and distribution service," the company said.
In another optical product initiative, Rubenstein said Cinram plans by September to begin production in Anaheim of hot promotional items.
The optical media are shaped like a business card and function in a CD-ROM drive to convey corporate messages and access to specific Internet sites. "They are being marketed all over the place," he said.
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Polygram or Phonogram have still the rights to the video material. With the
capability to produce DVDs Polygram could re-release
what we only know from VHS, Video CD or Laserdisc.
I don. t know how many of your TFF Fans have a DVD player or even know about DVD but I think it would be great to have the all videos on