Hi... this may be a moot point now, since Maxell has shifted to Taiwan for their DVDR medias, but there are still enough of those "Made in Japan" Maxell DVDRs out there that this is a valid topic.
I'm wondering if someone can tell me who actually MADE those Maxell 8x DVDRs (both the + and -). Actually, what about the 4x DVD+RWs as well? I have a few of those marked Made in Japan.
[EDIT: Sorry, the +RWs were made in Taiwan.]
I've seen a post where someone said he thought the "-" was Mitsubishi Chemical, and the + was Matsushita -- but nothing to back up where he got this information from.
Another poster somewhere said he was sure Maxell made their own product, somewhere north of Tokyo. But I can find no information on this -- that while they do have a research facility there, that they actually manufactured their own product. They don't have the look of TY. They could be Ricoh (I can't tell by looking), so I guess it comes down to a few, right? Maybe Ricoh, Matsushita, Mitsubishi? I'm wondering if someone can help me out, I AM really, really curious who made these discs. THey're GREAT quality, never had a problem with them!!! I just bought 100 more +s at Office Depot (the last of the MIJs in my local store).
Also, I'm curious, I didn't even know that Matsushita and Mitsubishi were making DVD media. (a) Is this true? and (b) are they still making it, or have they stopped? I know in the past many companies that used to manufacture media have stopped due to the low profit margins (back in teh VHS days, Scotch/3M left the video tape manufacturing market because their profit wasn't deemed large enough). What about Ricoh? I'm wondering what other MIJ companies actually MANUFACTURE in Japan still (other than TY). Does Ricoh?
But in the end, I guess I just want to know -- who made these Maxell MIJ discs? (the - and the + and the +RW). Does anyone really know? I imagine it wouldn't have been too hard to find out, if someone worked at Maxell, or knew someone who did. Anybody?
(Interestingly, my one experience with Mitsubishi Chemicals was in the LaserDisc days -- Mitsubishi made the cleanest laserdiscs I'd ever seen -- eve more than Pioneer LDCA -- except they were also the most prone to rot. When a Japanese-language LD Box set I bought rotted, and everyone else in Japan wrote that theirs had rotted too, I contacted Mitsubishi Plastics directly, sent them my discs, they looked them over, and declared every single one was rotted, and they did a re-pressing. I still have the letter from them somewhere). So I'm hoping if it IS the case that Mitsubishi made the "-" discs, that they will hold up.
I must have hundreds of each one -- mostly the DVD-Rs, though over the last few months I switched to the "+" (liked the silver color better, and while my drive saw the - as 16x and + as 8x, I never burn above 8x because I'd rather have it error free than fast).