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  • CMC Magnetics to Become World's Largest Maker of CD-Rs
  • June 10, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- TDK Corp. of Tokyo will reportedly shift its CD-R production to CMC Magnetics Corp., which is expected to make CMC the world's largest producer of CD-Rs.
    Eastman Kodak Co. closed its compact disk factory in Mexico, and TDK also decided to abandon its CD-recordable (CD-R) production line in Japan.

    CMC plans to set up 16 CD-R production lines this year, to push its total to 60, and increase its monthly output to an estimated 12 million units.

    The company is already Taiwan's largest maker of 3.5-in. magneto -optical (MO) disks, and it has a long-term OEM partnership with TDK covering this product.

    Also, CMC operates five CD-rewritable (CD-RW) production lines, and two lines for making DVDs. Its profit margins for CD-R, CD-RW and DVDs stand at 24 percent, 94 percent and 60 percent, respectively, the company said. In the first five months of this year, the company's revenues grew sharply.

    CMC and Ritek Inc., a major competitor, are both planning to expand production by about 50 percent this year.

    CMC is changing its name to Mr. Data, and it plans to launch its own brand-name products in the near future.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Jun 9 15:10:06 1998