‘This Is Disastrous’: How the Vinyl Industry Is Responding to the Apollo Masters Fire
“We’ve been saying we need to fix this for years,” one vinyl-pressing executive says. “Now we actually need to fix this”
The day that everyone in the vinyl-manufacturing world has been worried about for years finally arrived. Earlier this month, Apollo Masters Corp., one of the two places in the world that produce the lacquer discs needed to assemble master plates for pressing records, burned down. The blaze reportedly took 82 firefighters and three hours to extinguish. No one was harmed, but the fire obliterated the Banning, California, facility responsible for, by most estimates, 70 to 85 percent of the lacquer plates used in vinyl production. There is now just one such factory in the world capable of producing that crucial item, MDC in Japan, leaving the global supply of vinyl in peril.
Speaking of pressing plants…. there could be a NEW pressing plant coming online soon!
Here is a little taste of what could be coming: www.waxxypoodle.com