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Oerlikon Announces First Blu-Ray Production Line On Its Way to Russia
October 01, 2007 — BALZERS, Liechtenstein — In April, Laser-Video Multimedia, leading Russian optical disc replicator, signed a contract for purchasing an INDIGO Blu-ray manufacturing line from Oerlikon (SWX:OERL) – a first not only for Russia but the whole of Eastern Europe! With this move, Laser-Video Multimedia is positioning itself as the leader for next generation media in Eastern Europe. The line will be installed first as a single layer manufacturing unit and soon upgraded to produce the new 50GB dual layer Blu-ray format.
“We’ve evaluated the available Blu-ray production equipment and were primarily impressed by Oerlikon,” says Vadim Yaroshenko, CEO at Laser-Video Multimedia. “The INDIGO line is approved by major replicators, features an excellent cover layer process and is mature for Blu-ray mass production. Oerlikon is launching soon the 50GB dual layer upgrade, using Sony’s wet embossing process. This is the professional package we need for our own market success.”
“The next generation Blu-ray market offers many new opportunities for media manufacturers,” says Hans Ebinger, Head of SBU Optical Disc within Oerlikon. “The entrepreneurs coming first will be able to shape this upcoming market their way. Laser-Video Multimedia will do just that in their territory. We are proud that we have been selected as the partner of choice. This is a great reward for our effort to develop the Blu-ray market.”
INDIGO is installed around the world in the Blu-ray manufacturing of the industry leaders. INDIGO produces both pre-recorded BD ROM as well as recordable BD R/RE media combining Oerlikon’s world class sputtering and replication technology. Oerlikon was the surprise factor in last year’s optical disc market with the new INDIGO Blu-ray line and its revolutionary cover layer process. Oerlikon is implementing the Sony DADC wet embossing technique for the new 50GB dual layer Blu-ray format.
This new production line will officially be presented to the industry on occasion of the BD 50GB summit on October 18th, 2007 in Balzers, Liechtenstein.
Oerlikon – a globally leading high-technology group
Oerlikon (SWX:OERL) is among the world’s most successful industrial high-tech companies focusing on machine and systems engineering. Oerlikon stands for leading industrial solutions and cutting-edge technology in textile production, thin film coating, propulsion, precision and vacuum technology. As a company with Swiss roots and a 100-year tradition with CHF 4.7 billion in sales, over 19,000 employees at 170 locations in 35 countries, Oerlikon has evolved into a global player today. The group is ranked first or second in each of its respective markets. Oerlikon’s share price trebled in 2006 and its market capitalization exceeded the CHF 8.5 billion mark, which led to the company’s inclusion in the European STOXX 600 Index. Oerlikon was the best performing stock of the year 2006.