German CD and DVD manufacturer Optical Disk Service (ODS) has this week launched a new light weight and flexible disk that it claims will cut the environmental and waste impact of optical disks and revolutionise the market for CDs and DVDs.
The company said the new flexible EcoDisk [pictured] design boasts the same capacity as a normal DVD but requires only half the amount of polycarbonate needed for the production of conventional disks, uses less rare metals, consumes 40 percent less energy during the manufacturing process, and avoids the use of non-biodegradable bonder resin that is traditionally used to bind the two halves of the conventional disk.
The flexible disk – which has four patents pending – is just 0.6 millimetre wide and weighs just eight grams. It is also compatible with all customary CD, DVD and PC drives, barring computer slot in drives.
Michae Defland, sales and marketing manager for the company, said that the disk was also remarkably sturdy and could be bent until the two opposing sides of the disk touched without damaging the disk.
He added that the disk's light weight, coupled with its sturdiness, environmental benefits and a lower price point than conventional disks will make it particularly attractive to publishers who distribute free DVDs and CDs in their magazines and newspapers.
According to ODS 1.16 billion disks were distributed as free inserts in Europe in 2005, and the EcoDisk will provide a compelling alternative for this rapidly expanding market, reducing weight-based distribution costs and fitting neatly into the magazine and newspaper printing process.
"CDs and DVDs are to some extent difficult integrate into the production process of magazines," explained the company. "[But the EcoDisk] can easily run over production machines of print offices and finishers without being damaged or coming off the paper… [It is also] suitable for machine packaging such as boxes or wallets or sleeves and can be screen printed to the inside rim."
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