Fire in California Factory

Lacquer Record Disc Shortage to be Expected

The Apollo Masters factory has suffered a devastating fire – there is now only one manufacturer in the world for the lacquer discs needed for producing vinyl masters.

Record press plants worldwide are alarmed: they fear production bottlenecks or even factory closures because they are running out of this important material. Some already speak of "Vinylgeddon". Especially new album productions for which no pressing dies exist yet are affected. Insiders estimate that Apollo Masters has covered about 80 percent of the worldwide demand for lacquer film. There is now only one manufacturer of these special lacquers: the company MDC in Japan. Whether Apollo Masters will ever produce coating films again is uncertain. In any case, the factory and warehouse in Banning, California, has been completely destroyed. Fortunately, no one was injured.


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