The company stopped its in-house vinyl production in 1989.
Sony Music today (June 29), announced plans to open a pressing plant in Japan as soon as March 2018. Sony stopped its in-house vinyl production in 1989, relying on outsourcing to focus on CD production instead. But in 2016 while CDs took a backseat to streaming (on-demand audio streaming surpassed total digital sales for the first time ever), vinyl hit a 25-year high with 13 million sales according to Nielsen.
Sony's plant will join a growing list of initiatives that support vinyl growth. In 2017 alone, newly opened plants have sprouted in the U.S. from Jack White's Third Man Pressing in Detroit -- a 10,000-square-foot facility with eight presses -- to SunPress Vinyl in Miami -- a plant that uses machines and equipment that once pressed records for renowned reggae label Studio One.