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SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG Reports a New Major Order for Blu-ray Machines and Blu-ray Mastering Systems
Kahl am Main, May 26, 2011 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS) announces the sale of a major number of BLULINE II and CRYSTALLINE Systems. The long-standing customer Cinram International Inc., Canada, continues to invest significantly in the Blu-ray discs production.
“In line with growing market demand, we are expanding our Blu-Ray production capacity in North America and Europe. We expect a large increase in our Blu-ray disc business”, states Steven G. Brown, CEO of Cinram International Inc., Toronto/Canada. „We are completely satisfied with the machines from SINGULUS and we believe that the new investment will assure a cost effective production of Blu-Ray Disc.”
SINGULUS has become the global market leader with the BLULINE II replication systems. Worldwide almost all replicators produce Blu-ray discs with 50 GB storage capacity with SINGULUS machines. The BLULINE II is a strong manufacturing machine with a high production rate and the worldwide benchmark in the Blu-ray disc production. The SINGULUS Blu-ray Mastering System CRYSTALLINE is well accepted for Single and Dual-Layer Blu-ray masters and stampers and follows the BD specification.
Blu-ray globally on the Rise
In its “Blu-ray Disc Replication Report” in November 2010 the market research institute Futuresource Consulting announced that the global Blu-ray production increased sharply in the year 2010. By the end of the year 2010 a total production of 400 million pre-recorded video Blu-ray discs was expected. This corresponds to an increase of 60 % compared to the year 2009. For the next couple of years the analysts at Futuresource Consulting forecast a further rise in the Blu-ray production. The required production capacity for the manufacturing of Blu-ray Discs is set to nearly triple and to amount to more than 3 billion discs.
Cinram International Inc, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fund, is one of the world’s largest providers of pre-recorded multimedia products and related logistics services. With facilities in North America and Europe, Cinram International Inc. manufactures and distributes pre-recorded Blu-ray discs, DVDs, audio CDs, and CD-ROMs for motion picture studios, music labels, publishers and computer software companies around the world. Cinram also now provides distribution and logistics services to the telecommunications industry in North America through its wireless subsidiaries. The Fund’s units are listed at the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CRW.UN. The Cinram group of companies now also incorporates 1K Studios, a digital media firm based in Los Angeles specializing in building enhanced consumer experiences for movies, TV shows, music, books and games. For more information, visit www.cinram.com.
Company Profile SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG is the only company worldwide providing the complete value chain for all optical disc formats: Mastering, Molding, Replication.Up to now, SINGULUS has delivered more than 100 Blu-ray production machines to customers around the world.
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