Leading manufacturers of optical discs in Taiwan, in light of growing global demand for DVD+R/-R discs, plan to forego or delay annual maintenance of production equipment originally scheduled for the first quarter of 2006, according to industry sources.
Since the first quarter is traditionally an off-season period, makers usually stop production lines to service equipment, the sources indicated. An unexpected boom in orders for DVD+R/-R discs almost booked up production capacities for the first quarter of 2006 and makers will continue production to meet the demand, the sources said.
Makers are unwilling or unable to expand production capacity of DVD+R/-R discs due to previous problems with oversupply from general expansion as well as tight availability of funds and may give up or reschedule regular maintenance as an alternative, the sources pointed out.
Hmm.. Taiwanese manufacturers won't invest any more money to expand production lines and now they won't do maintenance on their existing lines. Are they planning to just run them into the ground in the hope that recordable BD/HD discs will take off?