Everyone is aware of the resurgence in vinyl record sales. Audiophiles can't get enough of the warm sound of a format that once seemed to be nearly extinct.
So one headline today caught my eye because it's running counter to the trend. The Canadian Press wrote about a record pressing factory in Calgary that's apparently closing.
Canada Boy Vinyl opened in 2015, but shut down in late 2016 and did not reopen, according to the report.
We mentioned the company in October, in a feature about a Toronto company that was making automated record machines. The story noted that Canada Boy Vinyl was one of the first customers for the machinery maker, Viryl Technologies Corp.
According to the Canadian Press story, Canada Boy Vinyl got its start using old vinyl pressing equipment. That's typical in this market, only a few companies have started to order new machines.
If you want more information on the market for new vinyl record pressing machines, make sure to check out Bill Bregar's story about Newbilt, and his blog post and video report on that German company. It's an excellent overview of the market, and there's some interesting information about how vinyl records are made.