Catas­tro­phe as key sup­plier for vinyl goes up in smoke

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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. –

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