SINGULUS says that it has received new orders for Blu-ray Disc production machines from Euroepae clients during the first four months of 2012.
The demand for new disc manufacturing equipment is speciffically high in Germany from the so-called "independent" movie companies, which are using Blu-ray Discs for the marketing of their movies, accordign to SINGULUS. According to the German Association of
Audiovisual Media (BVV), this year's high demand for Blu-ray discs high is mainly also a
result of the strong increases of the Blu-ray format: in
2011, the sales volume of the "blue disc" increased by
41 % to 17.0 million discs. Sales rose by +39 % to €267 million and are already accountable for almost one fifths of the total sales volume. In Germany more than 5,000 movies were already available on Blu-ray Disc as of the end of 2011. In the 1st quarter 2012, more than 730 additional movies were published on Blu-ray - this corresponds to a rise of about 47 % compared with the same period in 2011.
An indicator for the continuing growth in Germany is
the sharply increasing level of volume sales of Blu-ray
players. According to the forecast of the industry
association Bitkom, which is based on figures of the
Gesellschaft fόr Konsumforschung (GfK), approximately
2.3 million Blu-ray players are expected to be sold in
Germany in 2012 moving the German Blu-ray market
moves to the European top.
According to forecasts by the market research institute
Futuresource Consulting, the global sales for the high
definition format Blu-ray is expanding at double-digit
rates of about 35 % in 2012 as well.
"Due to the
developments in the past year and positive forecasts we
expect the growth trend in the Blu-ray market to
continue in 2012 and to have a favorable impact on the
demand for our Blu-ray production machines. Currently,
SINGULUS is in talks with international disc
manufacturers for additional projects," commented Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer of the
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG.