Sony DADC Produces 10 Millionth 50 Gigabyte Blu-ray Disc

Production milestone reflects the increasing popularity of 50 Gigabyte

Blu-ray Disc in the Home Entertainment market

Oct 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sony DADC

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony DADC today announced the
 production of its 10 millionth 50 Gigabyte Blu-ray Disc (BD50). Sony DADC
 manufactures BD50s in its three plants, located in Terre Haute, Indiana;
 Salzburg, Austria; and Shizuoka, Japan. The ten millionth BD50 was
 manufactured at Sony DADC's Terre Haute facility, and was "Spider-Man(TM)
 3" from Columbia Pictures.
     Since the launch of this High Definition format, Sony DADC has produced
 more than 50 million Blu-ray Discs in its three plants, In addition, these
 three plants have a combined Blu-ray manufacturing capacity of 21 million
 discs per month.
     "A year and a half ago, when the dual-layer 50 Gigabyte Blu-ray Disc
 was introduced it caused a stir amongst the content creation industry,"
 said Bob Hurley, EVP, Sales and Marketing. "The exceptionally high storage
 capacity enables movie studios to present their titles in the very best
 High Definition visual and audio quality. Furthermore, these huge capacity
 discs provide opportunities to load added value content, such as bonus
 material, interviews with the actors and production team, plus rich
 BD-Java-based interactivity designed to provide a complete entertainment
     Since Blu-ray Disc manufacturing began in Terre Haute in May '06,
 capacity and yield rates have consistently climbed.
     "BD25 yield rates and machine output performance have exceeded our
     Single layer yields are consistently around 85% and daily machine
 output levels are approaching parity with our DVD assets," said Mike
 Mitchell, EVP Sony DADC. "With regard to BD50, yields have increased
 steadily, and are consistently between 75% and 79%. Cycle times for BD50
 have likewise been improved dramatically. As demand for both BD25 and BD50
 increases and the production lines are run more consistently, we fully
 anticipate further yield improvements."
     To promote market development of Blu-ray Disc manufacturing, Sony DADC
 has worked with leading system integrators of disc replication equipment
 such as Singulus and Oerlikon in the areas of dual layer Blu-ray production
 technologies. As a result, both Singulus and Oerlikon have recently
 announced the shipping of their first BD50 production liners to their
 customers within the next few weeks.
     About Sony DADC
     Sony DADC, a leading producer of optical disc media, has cutting-edge
 optical media manufacturing facility locations in Terre Haute, IN and
 Pitman, NJ. Although widely known for its quality disc production and
 distribution services, Sony DADC also develops and delivers dynamic
 technologies that not only protect disc content, but also transform discs
 into powerful marketing tools by adding secure links to bonus web-site
 content or prize incentives. Sony DADC operates within the Sony Corporation
 of America corporate group. Visit us at or call
 1.800.358.7316 for more information.