that have struggled to stay afloat.In the 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd, the biggest and oldest re
cord company in the country, sold about 10 million records, such as pop, folk, and classical music by Chinese
singers and orchestras, says Hou Jun, the company’s vice-president. In the early 2000s the number dropped to no more
than 10,000 copies, and the huge change in the way music was consumed led to many Chinese record companies folding.
In the late 1990s China Record Group Co Ltd closed down its last vinyl prod
uction line because of the decline of the market for physical records.However, last year, as the
company celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding, it launched a project to revive vinyl production. The com
pany has imported a production line from Germany that marks the start of the company’s
vinyl production, and it has set up a vinyl records factory in Shanghai that has a complete production line.