A new nano-scale chemical coating for vinyl from a Japanese company called Ulvac may put an end to scratched records.
Last week the company unveiled samples of vinyl coated in a chemical called molybdenum at the Hi-End Audio Show in Taiwan.
Ulvac claims the nano-coating protects records from scratches, mold and static charges caused by handling. Molybdenum also has the potential to aid the poor heat conductivity of vinyl, which may mean the end of warping too.
The Japanese company invested more than £3.2m in research and development for the product, which has now received patents in the US, Japan, China and Taiwan.
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