SPRINGFIELD, ORE. - Sony Disc Manufacturing recently an-nounced expansion plans at its Springfield facility to increase capacity to 6.5 million compact discs per month from 4 million monthly. The firm will invest $10 million to $12 million in the addition, according to Monica Shovlin, company spokeswoman. She declined to say how many injection molding presses will be added to the plant.
Although the plant has been in operation for less than a year, company officials are gearing up for increased demand in the CD-ROM market and the emergence of new digital technologies, including the Sony PlayStation games platform and the development of Digital Versatile Disc.
``We're very excited about what's going on in the optical disc marketplace,'' said James Frische, president of Sony Disc Manufac-turing. ``With the expanded capacity of the Springfield facility, Sony will be well-suited to meet the needs of new and existing customers in the education, entertainment and information industries.''
Plans call for the plant to ramp up to and be producing at the new production output by August. The facility has 350 employees.
The Springfield plant is Sony's newest optical disc and pre-recorded digital media manufacturing facility in the United States. Together with facilities in Terre Haute, Ind.; Pitman, N.J.; and Carrollton, Ga., Sony manufactures a full line of optical disc products for many customers and applications.