Sony to start pressing records after almost 30-year break

Marcus Newton
July 1, 2017

Meanwhile, data from the U.S.'s Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) shows total LP and EP revenues in the USA have risen from $88.9 million in 2010 to $429.7 million in 2016.

The United Record Pressing plant, which has manufactured vinyl since 1949, is reportedly planning to expand its operations in Tennessee, doubling its current production capacity.

After a 28-year hiatus, Sony announced this week that it plans to open a new facility in Japan dedicated to pressing vinyl records. The company has already installed record-cutting equipment at a recording studio in Tokyo, which will cut the master copies before they're sent to the factory for mass production.

Japan's sole record maker, Toyokasei, is struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl demand, the influential Nikkei newspaper reported. Or are you enjoying spinning records for the first time after growing up in the digital realm?

Sony, whose artists include Beyonce, Daft Punk and Adele, ended vinyl production in 1889 after the market was cornered by CDs.

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Sony did not say what music it will release in record format.

Turntables as well as other accessories related to records are benefitting as well.

Sony will start making vinyl records again in March 2018. The company hasn't yet decided what music will get the vinyl treatment.

The biggest challenge for Sony is a lack of experienced engineers for making records. But vinyl sales began to pick up about ten years ago, and double-digit growth in demand since then has resulted in a global manufacturing capacity shortfall.

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