With vinyl sales and the demand for production continuing to surge, it was only a matter of time until the technology to press records was improved. According to Nielsen’s year end report for the 12-month period of December 30, 2013 through December 30, 2014, Vinyl LPs showed “record-setting strength” with 9.2 million sales. In addition, it has been the ninth consecutive year that vinyl has shown growth, and it now comprises 6% of all physical album sales.
Canadian company, Viryl Technologies, has announced its aim to develop a high-speed, fully automated machine that is set to revolutionize the vinyl process. Chad Brown, Viryl’s chief executive officer, told the Globe and Mail.
“The idea is to help the industry get rid of its own bottlenecks. We’re going to collect all this dark information that’s never been known in record pressing before,” he says of the data-driven manufacturing process. Nozzle pressure, temperature, all this data that’s necessary to actually make a perfect record. In the fifties and sixties, they didn’t have this technology.”
Viryl has said to have close to a hundred sales leads, and will be hoping to revolutionise the industry by closing these deals, with each press costing a reported $160,000 USD and set to start shipping this year.