Catastrophe as key supplier for vinyl goes up in smoke
The darling of hipsters, collectors, and fans of a warm analog sound, vinyl has seen resurging popularity in recent years – but the industry is fearful after a recent California fire destroyed a key supplier.
Late last week, Apollo Masters, the top global producer of lacquer used to produce vinyl records, suffered “catastrophic damage” after a
“devastating fire” – causes yet unknown – raged through its manufacturing and storage facility.
The loss of the plant leaves the Japanese firm MDC as the world’s sole lacquer supplier, which previously had provided only approximately 20% of the total global stock, according to Gil Tamazyan, chief executive of the LA record pressing plant Capsule Labs. –