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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:19 am

Vinyl production worldwide just took a pretty big hit. On Thursday, February 6, one of the two main lacquer plants in the world was destroyed in a devastating fire. Lacquer is a substance used for making master vinyl disks. About 8 a.m. on Thursday a massive fire was reported at the Apollo Masters warehouse in Banning, California.

“There were multiple reports of explosions when the fire started,” Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said at the scene to the Desert Sun. "There wasn't any one spot you could say wasn't on fire."

The Apollo Masters website confirms the news and just how devastating this is.

“It is with great sadness we report the Apollo Masters manufacturing and storage facility had a devastating fire and was completely destroyed,” says the note on the site. “The best news is all of our employees are safe. We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time.”

People in the business are already quite concerned about what might happen after this.



“From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Ben Blackwell, co-founder of Third Man Records told Pitchfork in an email. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.”

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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:51 am

Apparently, the "formula" for making lacquers is a lot like Col. Sanders' 11 herb and spices recipe - a secret and the formula make up was destroyed in the fire. That only leaves one plant left worldwide in Japan.
Another interesting read here:

https://www.analogplanet.com/content/abbey-road-mastering-engineer-miles-showell-comments-apollotransco-disaster

Interesting points from the article:
By far the biggest of the world’s two lacquer master disc manufacturers, most of the world’s vinyl mastering facilities (especially smaller ones) relied upon Apollo/Transco blanks, as well as their cutting styli for Westrex cutting heads. Ruled a total loss, 82 firefighters battled the blaze’s toxic fumes.
Japan’s MDC, now the world’s only remaining lacquer disc factory, told anxious potential customers that due to its low capacity it can’t and won’t accept new customers.
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Post by Constantine on Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:24 am

I read about this a few days ago.  
I guess it is too early for the record companies to announce any sort of potential price increases.
I don't buy vinyl anymore but this is certainly a bad turn of events for the industry and for fans of the format.
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Post by TZ75 on Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:41 pm

Hard to believe the “recipe” was just in the building... 

Someone had to have thought about this scenario and stored it encrypted online. And why is there only two factories in the world? It’s surprising no one else has taken advantage of a market with so much demand.

How did the fire even start? Was it arson? The digital people trying to kill off more physical product...
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