AMERIC DISC ACQUIRES ASTRAL'S CD PLANT

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MONTREAL — Americ Disc Inc. will relocate compact disc production equipment from Boca Raton, Fla., after it buys Astral Communications Inc.'s CD plant there.

Pierre Francou, Americ Disc vice president of technology, said his firm will move the equipment to its plants in Miami, Modesto, Calif., and Drummondville, Quebec. It will begin the transfer the week of Feb. 3, about a week after the scheduled closing of its deal with Astral. Both firms are based in Montreal.

Astral announced Jan. 23 that it agreed to sell the Boca Raton assets to Americ Disc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Late last year Astral announced its plan to exit the CD market, which an official said was too crowded.

Boca Raton's equipment includes Toolex Alpha injection presses and a full mastering operation. Francou said Americ Disc will use the purchased equipment to make CD-ROMs and audio CDs. It will not take over Astral's lease of the production building.

Americ Disc opened its Modesto facility, its third CD plant, last fall. It is a joint venture of G.T.C. Transcontinental Group Ltd. of Montreal and Moulage Plastique de l'Ouest SA of France.