Sony to press vinyl for the first time since 1989

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Sony to press vinyl for the first time since 1989

Sony Music Entertainment Japan will open a pressing plant outside of Tokyo next year.

Sony will manufacture new vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years.

Production will begin by March of next year at a plant outside of Tokyo, run by a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The output will mostly comprise represses of vintage pop music and Japanese music to which Sony holds the rights, as well as current chart-toppers, the Nikkei newspaper reports. They will also accept orders from outside record labels, however.

The plant is a response to increased interest in records among Japanese consumers, a demand that Japan's only vinyl press, Toyokasei, has struggled to keep up with. For now, Sony's plan is to focus primarily on the Asian market.

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