TORONTO - A Cinram Ltd. subsidiary and Trace Corp. formed a joint venture called Trace Optical to supply turnkey optical disc manufacturing systems. Cinram of Toronto announced Oct. 18 the joint venture between its Nobler Technologies unit and Trace Corp. of San Jose, Calif. Trace Optical will supply equipment, from mastering and electroforming to molding and finishing.
Lewis Ritchie, Cinram's vice president of finance, said Trace Optical will work with injection press supplier Toolex Alpha of Sundbyberg, Sweden. Ritchie said Nobler and Trace Corp. both have worked with Toolex Alpha machinery.
Nobler brings its disc replication technology to the venture, while Trace Corp. has global sales and service experience, Cinram said.
Trace Corp.'s management will operate Trace Optical out of San Jose.
Trace Corp. claims to be a leader in media manufacturing hardware for magnetic and optical discs. It has sales and support offices in Belgium, Ireland, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Tokyo.
Cinram makes pre-recorded videocassettes, compact discs, audio cassettes and CD-ROMs.