Orga gets smart with unwanted CDs

The Circle of Life concept applies as much to the world of high technology as it does to the jungle ecosystems portrayed in Disney's Lion King.

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By  Rob Corder Published  December 12, 2000

The Circle of Life concept applies as much to the world of high technology as it does to the jungle ecosystems portrayed in Disney's Lion King.

When Elton John crooned about the Circle of Life for Disney’s Lion King movie, it was not the high-tech world of smart cards guiding his quill across his lyric sheet.

But it could have been.

In a perfect example of a circle of life, Orga is recycling old unwanted CDs and returning them to the hi-tech industry from whence they came by converting them into even more useful smart cards.

“The CD has proven to be an ideal basic material for card production,” said Thies Janczek, Orga’s head of card technology research and development.

“For one thing, the material is available in sufficient quantities. Additionally, the RPC [from which CDs are made] has extremely high stability and excellent mechanical properties – and up to a temperature of 125°C at that.”

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