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Singulus and Friends Talk Optical Discs

Singulus Technologies announced that it recently hosted an international customer event to promote its wares and discuss the optical disc market.

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Unedited press release follows:

Current Market Trends Optical Disc, Solar and Semiconductor: SINGULUS Event with International Participation

Kahl am Main, December 6, 2012 – On December 4, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES hosted an international customer event in Kahl am Main. The two-day event was themed “Review on the Optical Disc Market 2012 and Outlook 2013-2014 and the Media-Tech Year-End Event”. Including participants from Arvato, Cinram, Sony, Technicolor and many more, Sylvia Hitzel, Vice President Marketing & Sales SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES, welcomed many large companies from the media industry at the headquarters in Kahl am Main. The more than 100 participants represented 57 companies from 16 countries. The keynote presentation was given by Steve Brown, CEO of CINRAM, Toronto, Canada. In his speech Steve Brown presented the changes in consumer behavior as well as new ways for marketing the Blu-ray Disc. Current market trends and innovative production technology, from both the manufacturers’ viewpoint and renowned market research institutes such as EuPD, Futuresource and VLSI Research, were showcased.

The presentations provided an overview of the current situation, latest trends and an outlook for future technologies. Innovative applications such as Nintendo’s new gaming console Wii U with a Blu-ray Disc drive were also inspected on site by the participants. Developments and outlooks for SINGULUS’ business areas Solar and Semiconductor were also showcased and discussed. In his speech, Markus A. W. Hoehner, CEO of EuPD Research, presented possible developments for new energy storage technology as well as its influence on the application of photovoltaics.

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES, market leader for CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc production machines, used the opportunity to present its latest Blu-ray production technologies.

“Our customer event picks out the current and future market trends and technologies in the optical disc industry and also provides a look beyond the ordinary and into the segments Solar and Semiconductor,” comments Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, with respect to the successful customer event. “Thus, once again we were able to inform our customers and guests about the latest developments and trends in the markets where we are active. The favorable reception confirms the success of our event and underlines our leading position in these markets.”

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is the market leader in the business segment Optical Disc for CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc production equipment. In the Solar segment, SINGULUS’ goal is to attain a leading position in the silicon and thin-film solar technology as a machine supplier as well as a development partner and supplier of manufacturing equipment for new cell concepts. With respect to production technology for CIGS/CIS thin-film solar cells, SINGULUS is excellently positioned.

The activities in the division Semiconductor for vacuum deposition machines are extensively strengthened to applications such as MRAM, sensors and read/write elements. New application areas for vacuum deposition technology are the focus of the further development.