JVC / Taiyo Yuden announced back in June of this year that they would halt all CD and DVD disc manufacturing by the end of 2015. This was a shock to many users, but not a huge surprise to industry insiders.
Fast forward 3 months and what do we know? Not much other than JVC is set to deliver massive amounts of discs to North American warehouses with the intent of support existing customers well into 2016.
But what is going on behind the scenes?? We can only speculate on industry rumors. Here are some guesses:
- Is a competitor negotiating for the rights, patents, IP, formulas for the recoding layers and print surfaces? Could make sense for a manufacturer like CMC, Ritek, Verbatim or MBI.
- Does Microboards, largest stocking distributor in the world for JVC discs, have something up their sleeve that will keep the product line going past 2016?
- Will a large investor take over operations at the plant in Japan? How about the plant moved to more labor friendly country like China or Taiwan?
- Will enough of the last production run make it to the US to satisfy customers?
Your guess is as good as ours. Stay tuned as there will be some clarity soon.
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