California Lacquer Factory Fire Could Endanger Vinyl Records Industry

Banning, Calif. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A fire at a lacquer manufacturing plant will likely cause major setbacks to the vinyl records industry.

The fire occurred Thursday at Apollo Masters' manufacturing and storage facility in Banning, California.

Apollo Masters supplies the lacquer used to make master discs, which are used to make vinyl records. No one was injured in the blaze, but the facility was completely destroyed.

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This could spell disaster for vinyl pressing, as the company is one of only two in the world that make vinyl lacquers; the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demands before the Apollo Masters fire broke out.

Speaking to Pitchfork, David Read, a vinyl production and sales coordinator at Toronto-based vinyl/CD/DVD printing company Duplication, said that the fire "will directly affect all vinyl plants, bands/labels, mastering engineers, plating facilities etc., anyone who used lacquers as part of their vinyl production."

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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