Sony Music Plans to Start Pressing Its Own Vinyl for the First Time in 30 Years

The company is opening a factory in Tokyo
Sony Music Plans to Start Pressing Its Own Vinyl for the First Time in 30 Years
Japanese tech giant Sony stopped pressing vinyl records in 1989 due to the advent of the compact disc and other music technology. With the vinyl revival in full swing, however, the company has now reportedly set its sights on getting back into the pressing game.

As the Nikkei Asian Review reports, the company will begin manufacturing vinyl records in a new facility southwest of Tokyo in March of 2018. While the company has not revealed which titles in their catalogue will be getting the vinyl treatment, the publication reports that the lineup will include popular music in addition to current albums that are topping the charts.

The company installed record-cutting equipment at a Tokyo recording studio in February, allowing them to produced masters from which vinyl records are created. Prior to the announcement, Japan had only one active record manufacturer in Toyokasei. 

Renewed interest in vinyl as a medium has only continued to grow, with many expecting 2017's global revenue for the format to break the $1 billion dollar mark for the first time since the 1980's.