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28/09/2016, Sonopress produces Ultra HD Discs for Hollywood studios and film distributors – It’s been just six months since the start of production in March, and Sonopress, a Bertelsmann Group subsidiary, has already manufactured and shipped a million Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs (4K). The innovative disks with a storage capacity of 66 or 100 gigabytes are increasingly in demand by customers including Hollywood studios like Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures as well as smaller independent studios and film distributors like Concorde Home Entertainment. Sonopress is one of the few companies worldwide that have been certified for the production of the new UHD-BD disc.
“At the beginning of the year, we would not even have dared to hope that we would be passing the one-million mark within just a few months,” says Sonopress Managing Director Sven Deutschmann. “Sonopress is doing very well as one of the pioneers in this new segment. We not only produce for the European markets, but have also delivered numerous titles to the North American media market,” he added.
The Gütersloh-based company with additional manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Hong Kong had first produced a UHD with a storage capacity of 66 gigabytes in March. Two months later, it launched the world’s first fully automated production of Ultra HD Blu-rays with up to 100 gigabytes of storage capacity, thus consolidating its leading market position in this segment. Deutschmann is optimistic about the further market development of UHDs: “Demand is at a constantly high level, the format is internationally on the up and up, and it is in the spotlight at key tradeshows like IFA in Berlin.” The manager expects additional impetus from the new game consoles with Ultra HD Blu-ray drives, such as the Microsoft Xbox One S, as Sonopress has for many years manufactured a variety of top titles for several of the world’s leading games publishers. Sonopress has produced a total of one million Ultra HD Blu-ray discs to date.
Sonopress is a leading international entertainment and media service provider and realizes an extensive range of services and solutions for its business partners in the games, video, audio, publisher and TV/broadcasting industries. The service portfolio includes all areas of media asset management: From digital copy, replication and fulfilment to digitisation, archiving, asset management and distribution/supply chain management as well as financial services right through to print services, print management and electronic content distribution. All of these processes are supported by innovative end-to-end IT systems. Based on decades of professional experience and intelligent solutions, we create benefit for our customers and ensure that they are well equipped for the challenges of today’s market. As part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group, Sonopress is a 100% subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.