Sony Music To Open Vinyl Pressing Plant in Japan

Sony Music To Open Vinyl Pressing Plant in Japan

The Associated Press reported in April that several hundred indie music retailers have opened in the U.S.in the past five years.

Global vinyl revenue, meanwhile, is forecast to hit upwards of $1b on its own, and Australia has now seen a steady increase in vinyl sales for six years running.

Sony's new factory will become just the second active vinyl pressing house in the region, alongside Toyokasei, which Sony hopes will place it in a good position to respond to customer demand.

Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony will start making records again on the back of surging demand for the retro music format.




SMEJ plans to start manufacturing vinyl at its in-house production facility by March next year.

Agence France-Presse reported that Sony produced almost 200 million records per year in the 1970s, and Nikkei said Japan's sole record maker, Toyokasei, often can not keep up with current demand. Turntables and other vinyl-related accessories are also benefiting as a result.

The company is searching for retired record engineers to advise its new record-making venture, according to Nikkei. Former engineers are returning to the company in advisory roles to pass on their expertise to younger employees, the spokeswoman added. This has lead to huge numbers of record shops around the world selling vintage vinyl records for fans of the format to enjoy and record players are still easy to buy.

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