Whereas the cassette resurgence has not matched the vinyl increase, tape gross sales are on the rise, rising 23% in 2018. This has led to a interval of immense productiveness for Nationwide Audio Firm, the most important audio cassette tape producer in the US. Manufacturing is being threatened, nonetheless, by a worldwide scarcity of gamma ferric oxide, the most typical materials used for magnetic recording.
In line with a letter from NAC to its clients, verified by Pitchfork, the one manufacturing facility that refines gamma ferric oxide has been “beneath renovation” for a lot of the yr, leading to smaller quantities of the fabric being shipped to NAC and subsequently a backlog in cassette manufacturing. The manufacturing facility hopes to renew regular manufacturing by the tip of the yr.