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Looks like all Verbatim discs will now be made out of the country...outsourced!
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Mitsubishi Chemical will stop production of Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, according to a report in Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

According to the paper, the move comes as the company sees declining profitability due to competition with low-priced BDs and DVDs manufactured outside Japan. Blu-ray sales are not compensating for the declining DVD market.

The maker of the Verbatim-branded media outsource disc production to Taiwanese and Indian makers, according to the report. This will lead to Taiyo Yuden as the sole Japanese manufacturer of DVDs.

According to the Japan Recording-Media Industries Association, says the report, global demand for DVDs, which peaked in fiscal 2007 at about 6 billion units, and has steadily declined since then. Sales of DVDs are forecast to drop to 3.7 billion units in fiscal 2013. In the meantime, the retail price for DVDs virtually halved between 2006 and 2011. Blu-ray sales have not made up for the decline, says Asahi Shimbun.

Mitsubishi Chemical has not yet commented on the report.

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What discs are made by Mitsubishi? The reference to Verbatim says they have been outsourced for quite some time, I don't quite get what they are getting at
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I’ve been buying Verbatim AZO dics for a few years now. First for my PC then for my PC and HDD/DVD stand alone. I’m pretty sure that every batch I ever bought is made either in India or Taiwan. I believe that some markets used to get discs made out of Singapore.

Mistubishi is the parent company of Verbatim.
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Ugh. As original poster I now call the news mostly hogwash. They are still in full support of optical disc.

Mitsubishi Remains Committed To Optical Disc Production

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Responding to earlier reports, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM) reaffirmed the company's commitment in the production of high-quality DVD and Blu-ray disc media.

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on Monday reported that Mitsubishi Chemical - a parent company of a MKM - would stop production of Blu-ray Discs and DVDs and would seek to increase its profitability by outsourcing production in Taiwan and Indian disc makers.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM) told CDRinfo that the paper interviewed a top management in Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) and not MKM, and that the executive talked about the direction of the optical disc business production in general and not MCC's global business prospect.

"It is a common tide in this optical disc industry that CD, DVD even BD single layer disc are not profitable for manufacturing in Japan. All players in Japan are purchasing those discs from outsource such as Taiwanese and Indians," said Mr. Chiba Zenjirou, tech manager for MKM. He described the paper's report as a "conjecture" and untrue.

"We still keep producing our own products (discs) in house. But target market of our own products move from consumer to Business to Business (B2B) market," he added.

MKM plans to unveil its plans that will drive the company through a new phase at the Cebit Show in Germany.

MKM is also planning to release its first BDRTL (BD-R triple layer) discs soon, after some delays from the company's original plan. Currently, only TDK is offering BDRXL discs.

New High-grade 50GB BD-Rs

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media also today released a new series of 50GB BD-R DL discs, specifically designed for long-term archival.

The BD-Rs have been optimized to operate with Pioneer's new BDR-PR1 Blu-ray disc drive, which supports up to 6x BD-R recording using the relaible CLV strategy. It is obvious that one of the most important factors that affect long-term storage is the quality of the recording and thus the characteristics of the recorded signal.

Using the Arrhenius model, MKM estimated that the longevity of the new BD-Rs is more than 50 years.




Some of the quality parameters mentioned by MKM related to the quality of the recordings on the new BD-Rs immediately after production and by using Pioneer's BDR-PR1 drive as a burner, include a Burst Error Cound (BEC) of 7 and Random Symbol Error Rate (RSER) of 6. These parameters are among the basic signals related to digital errors of a Blu-ray disc.

The Random Symbol Error Rate is defined as the Symbol Error Rate where all erroneous bytes contained in burst errors of which the length is ≥ 40 bytes are excluded from counting in the numerator as well in the denominator of the SER calculation. The RSER value is calculated over 10,000 LDC Blocks.

BEC is the number of burst error with a length ≥ 40 bytes and according to the BD specifications for read-only disc, it should remain lower than 8. For more information read this article.

The new BD-R DL discs are also using MKM's MABL metal nitride recording layer as well as a hybrid organic-inorganic coating for protection against scratches, dust and fingerprints.

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