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Panasonic Gives Thumbs Up to Singulus BLULINE II

Singulus Technologies announced that its BLULINE II prerecorded Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM) replication system has passed its final acceptance test at Panasonic Corporation.

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Singulus Technologies received Final Acceptance for BLULINE II from Panasonic, Japan

• Panasonic starts BD-ROM Production with BLULINE II
• Approval for Single- and Dual-Layer BD-ROM Disc Production

Kahl am Main, March 12, 2012. The BLULINE II replication system from Singulus Technologies Aktiengesellschaft (SINGULUS) has passed its Final Acceptance Test for the production of Single- and Dual-Layer BD-ROM Discs at Panasonic Corporation (“Panasonic”).

The BLULINE II from SINGULUS is designed for the economical production of Blu-ray Discs (BD-ROM Single-Layer and Dual-Layer – BD-ROM SL/DL), based on the specifications issued by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). All production steps including molding, cooling, metallizing, wet-embossing, lacquering, UV curing and quality inspection are incorporated in the BLULINE II. Its functionality, speed and design have set a new benchmark for the industry. The delivery of a BLULINE II system to Panasonic is an important step for SINGULUS in providing the media industry reliable Blu-ray production systems.

“The final acceptance test run was based on production of both BD-ROM SL and BD-ROM DL discs during which an overall yield of well above 90% for BD-ROM SL and above 85% for BD-ROM DL was shown. The BLULINE II offers the conforming level of quality and reliability Panasonic needs for its business”, said Mr. Toshinori Kishi, Director of Media Business Unit, Panasonic Corporation.

SINGULUS has become the global market leader with numerous Dual-Layer Blu-ray production systems at customer sites worldwide.

About Panasonic:
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (US$105 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at

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