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1969 July 21

The quest for home video
Page 2: Manufacturing

EVR player assembly in Kyoto, Japan.

EVR player packaging in Chicago, USA.
Source: EVR Partnership, August 1972, Terra Media Archives

Rank Bush Murphy started to make EVR players under licence on a £1m production line at Plymouth in the UK (originally intended to begin in 1970), but closed the factory in August 1972 after only a year. Production had apparently never risen above 20 units a week, well short of the target of 500. Motorola installed a production line in Chicago for players that were also sold in a joint marketing exercise with Bosch. Hitachi made players in Japan and Mitsubishi had a plant at Kyoto.

Source: EVR Partnership, August 1972; Terra Media Archives

Images were transferred to film by a process called electron beam recording (EBR) that Kodak had developed in September 1961. Three EBR production lines were installed at the EVR plant in Basildon, Essex, England—one of which is seen above. This meant that worldwide production of software had to pass through this one factory. A second factory was opened by Teijin in August 1973 in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, which in turn became the only processing plant in the world when the Basildon facility was closed later in autumn 1973. This bottleneck did not help EVR's prospects. The Japanese plant had an initial capacity of 5,000 cassettes a month, intended to rise to 20,000 a month by March 1974.

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