Apollo Masters, one of the two only factories in the world that produce lacquer discs or “lacquer masters”, was destroyed last weekend by an impressive fire, leaving the vinyl pressing sector in a difficult situation that could lead to stopping manufacturing new records. In a statement, the company located in California celebrates that its employees are safe, but reports that the fire has been “devastating” and has left the facilities “completely destroyed.” He also recognizes that the company’s future “is uncertain.”
The majority of companies of manufacture of vinyl records closed their doors after the abandonment of the format with the change of century, and now, with the rebirth of this old habit of listening, the sector does not supply to satisfy the demand. Therefore, this fire is a serious shock to the industry. Vinyl factories such as Duplication describe the destruction of Apollo Masters as “a disaster for the vinyl printing industry”, and spokesman for the record label Third Man Records says that “it will directly affect all vinyl factories, labels and artists globally ».