The optical storage manufacturing industry has gravitated toward Taiwan and mainland China in recent years. Almost 50 percent of optical drives and 80 percent of discs will originate from a Taiwanese or Chinese manufacturer in 2005.
Taiwan-based manufacturers are expected to ship 100.27 million drives and 11 billion discs in 2005, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center. These figures are equivalent to 42 percent and 70 percent, respectively, of total global shipments. Imation, TDK, Maxell, Philips, Mitsubishi, Sony, Pioneer, Wal-Mart, Auchan and Best Buy are some of the major brands and resellers that source optical storage products from Taiwan.
Capable of offering lower price quotes than Taiwanese suppliers, mainland Chinese makers present an alternative sourcing option for buyers. Already, some of mainland China's makers perform OEM services for Teac, LG and Sony.