EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia have agreed to sell their jointly-owned CD manufacturing business Digital Audio Technologies Australia (DATA) to Summit Technology Australia for an undis


SYDNEY -- EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia have agreed to sell their jointly-owned CD manufacturing business Digital Audio Technologies Australia (DATA) to Summit Technology Australia for an undisclosed sum.

Data's 100 staffers are expected to remain with the company, which will change hands from December 31. Established in 1992, the plant manufactures 30 million CDs a year.

Both majors have simultaneously entered into long-term agreements through which Summit, a subsidiary of Singapore-based SM Summit Holdings, will locally supply their CDs and DVDs.

In a joint statement, EMI Australia COO Paul Robinson and Warner Music Australia's director of finance and operations said, "We are immensely proud of DATA and believe that this sale gives employees the best opportunity to continue to expand the company while allowing EMI and Warner to meet their own strategic goals."

The sale in Australia reflects moves by EMI and Warner's parent companies in outsourcing their manufacturing. Earlier this year, EMI Music transferred its Netherlands manufacturing assets to MediaMotion and closed its Illinois plant. In 2003, AOL Time Warner sold its CD/DVD manufacturing business to Canada-based Cinram International.