Cinram

Cinram

Profile:
A Canadian-based manufacturer of vinyl records and pre-recorded DVDs, VHS videocassettes, CD-Audio, CD-ROMs, and audio cassettes.

For assistance with identifying Cinram plants and dates please see "Plant Identifers" section below.

Originally founded July 28, 1969 by Isidore Philsophe and Samuel Sokoloff as a manufacturer of eight-track cartridges in Montréal under the name Cinram Ltd./Cinram Ltée. In the early 1970s it expanded into cassettes and by the mid-1970s the Montréal plant was Canada's largest manufacturer of tapes. The Montréal plant also added 6 vinyl presses by the 1980s.

Cinram opened a vinyl pressing and tape duplication plant in Scarborough, Ontario in 1979 and moved its head office to the location. The plant was outfitted with a new computerised Neuman lathe for lacquer cutting that was originally meant to upgrade equipment at RCA Studios, Toronto but RCA sold off the studio instead and the lathe went to CInram. In November 1985 Cinram purchased the entire record pressing operation of Quality Records Limited and moved all of the equipment to the Scarborough plant. Vinyl pressing ceased circa 1991.

Cinram's first CD pressing plant commenced operations March 27, 1987 in Markham, Ontario. At the time they were the only Canadian CD plant to manufacture their own jewel cases as well as pre-master and glass master in-house. In 1988 Cinram bought out its competitor Praxis Technologies Inc., the first CD Canadian manufacturer.

In 1989 Cinram established Nobler Technologies, Inc. in Boston, Mass, to design and build CD manufacturing equipment that was used by CInram and other manufacturers. The company holds multiple patents for CD manufacturing processes. Nobler started shipping CD manufacturing equipment to China in 1993.

Cinram expanded into the US in 1990 with the purchase of PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN (which became Cinram, Richmond, IN). CD production at this plant began approximately mid/late 1992, and LaserDisc production in 1993.

In 1994, Cinram entered a joint venture with Auriga-Aurex S.A. de C.V. of Mexico to build a CD plant in Mexico City, Cinram Latinoamericana S.A.de C.V., better known as (Cinram, Mexico).

On December 8, 1996, Quixote Corporation entered into the negotiation process of selling Disc Manufacturing, Inc., Huntsville (including manufacturing plants in Anaheim, CA and Huntsville, AL) to Cinram Ltd. The purchase by Cinram was completed March 27th 1997. The Anaheim plant was later closed in 2001. The Huntsville plant remained open until at least 2012, at which time it was involved solely in DVD manufacturing.

In 1997, the name was changed to Cinram International Inc. In July of that year, they reached an agreement to acquire PolyGram's cassette and VHS manufacturing facility in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. This followed the acquisition earlier that year of Mayking Multi-Media's video duplication facility Videoprint in Ipswich, UK.

A French CD manufacturing plant in Louviers was purchased from Universal M & L, France in 2000 and became Cinram Optical Discs.

In 2003, Cinram purchased the European manufacturer and distributor Warner Music Manufacturing Europe, located in Alsdorf (Germany), which was then renamed Cinram GmbH. The same year, it also acquired WEA Manufacturing Inc., the American disc-manufacturing facilities formerly owned by Time Warner.

In 2014 Cinram moved its Canadian production operations out of Toronto and shifted them to facilities in Olyphant, PA and Huntsville, AL. Finance, marketing, and distribution operations however remained in Toronto. In the same year, Cinram purchased a CD/DVD manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, AL, and a fulfillment centre in Kennesaw, GA from JVC Kenwood Corporation. It was announced in January 2015 that CInram was to close the Tuscaloosa plant.

Cinram's disc manufacturing assets were finally sold to Technicolor in 2015.

Plant Identifiers
Cassettes manufactured by CInram can be identified by a CI or CR on the shell, usually below the catalogue number..

Records pressed at the Scarborough plant from 1979 onwards can be identified by a CR etched in runouts, a CR stamped in a circle in the runouts, or a CR or CI printed on the labels.

The date of the CD glass master can be determined from the Cinram matrix number.

Normally, it is given in the form of #YYMMDD (Year, Month, Day):
Chalk Circle - Mending Wall
#870610B DSRD-31035 MFG BY CINRAM
Glass master date: June 10, 1987

Some time during 1989-1990, a P was temporarily used to replace the leading digit - #PYMMDD:
Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw & The Cooked
#P90626JJ IRSXD-6273 MFG BY CINRAM
Glass master date: June 26, 1989
U2 - Boy
#P00111A CIDM-110 MFG BY CINRAM
Glass master date: January 11, 1990

Between 2000-2009, this was changed to #YMMDD:
Dido - No Angel
[Cinram logo] L387 07822190252 #00826Y28 38 25
Glass master date: August 26, 2000

From 2010 onwards, it was reverted back to #YYMMDD:
Spoons - Talkback
[Cinram logo] LT40 621848003925 #100104V03 11
Glass master date: January 04, 2010

These dates may be used to determine if the release is an original release or a repress, but does not inform the release date itself as glass masters are frequently used some time after it was originally manufactured.
Please note that these numbers should not be added to the LCCN field, they are just dates and not sequential numbers.
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Contact Info:
Ontario plant, head office of Cinram Ltd. after 1979 and Cinram International, Inc.(as of May 5, 2006)
2255 Markham Road
Scarborough, ON
M1B 2W3
(416) 298-8190
(Contact info now obsolete)

Cinram Ltd. original head office (until 1979) / Montréal Plant
8145 Devonshire Rd.
Montréal, QC
(Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Heaven On Earth  album cover Belinda Carlisle Heaven On Earth(CD, Album, Club) MCA Records US 1987 Sell This Version
#1 How Many Pieces Of The Puzzle Can The Mind Go Without?  album cover Egypt Is The Magick # How Many Pieces Of The Puzzle Can The Mind Go Without?(CD, Album) Sound@One, Psych-O-Path Records #1 US 2000 Sell This Version
001 Bobs Your Uncle  album cover Kiss The Irish Bobs Your Uncle(CD, Album) Not On Label 001 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
001 No Skull Left Unturned  album cover Various No Skull Left Unturned(3xCD + Box, Comp, Ltd) Hear More!, 200mg 001 US 2007 Sell This Version
001 Luke Warm'z Reception  album cover Luke Warm'z Reception Luke Warm'z Reception(CD, Album) Urine Spaceman Records 001 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
001 Motion Sickness  album cover Joe's Funeral Motion Sickness(CD, Album) RunRecordsRun 001 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
001 Jitter Bop Baby!  album cover Howlin' Hound Dogs* Jitter Bop Baby!(CD, Album) Howlin' Records (2) 001 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
01 C90924-12 Omega Estereo - Las 15 Mas Pegadas De Omega Estereo De 1999 En Costa Rica   album cover Various Omega Estereo - Las 15 Mas Pegadas De Omega Estereo De 1999 En Costa Rica (CD, Comp) Omega Estereo 01 C90924-12 Costa Rica 2000 Sell This Version
1CD 7755 Photographs & Memories (His Greatest Hits)  album cover Jim Croce Photographs & Memories (His Greatest Hits)(CD, Comp, Club, RE) Saja Music Co. 1CD 7755 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
1CD 7898 Gold & Platinum Volume Five  album cover Various Gold & Platinum Volume Five(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 7898 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
1CD 8192 Simply The Best  album cover Tina Turner Simply The Best(CD, Comp, Club) Capitol Records 1CD 8192 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
1CD 8196 Hot No.1 Country Hits  album cover Various Hot No.1 Country Hits(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8196 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 8292 No. 1 Country Hit Mix  album cover Various No. 1 Country Hit Mix(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8292 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
1CD 8293 No.1 Hit Mix  album cover Various No.1 Hit Mix(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8293 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
1CD 8370 The House Of Groove (Arista's Most Fierce Tracks)  album cover Various The House Of Groove (Arista's Most Fierce Tracks)(CD, Comp, Club) Arista 1CD 8370 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
1CD 8586 Hits From The Heart  album cover Various Hits From The Heart(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8586 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
1CD 99962 Divas  album cover Various Divas(CD, Comp, Club) WEA 1CD 99962 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
1MF36-2 The Essence  album cover Torchure The Essence(CD, Album) 1MF Recordz, Cargo Records 1MF36-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
1PC CD1 100% Cotton (2) One Size Fits All(CD, Album) Not On Label (100% Cotton Self-released) 1PC CD1 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
001-SMP Lady Pearl Sings Winnie Mandella & Move Away  album cover Lady Pearl Lady Pearl Sings Winnie Mandella & Move Away(12") Secko Music Productions, Secko Music Productions 001-SMP Canada 1988 Sell This Version
002 Tonics And Twisted Chasers  album cover Guided By Voices Tonics And Twisted Chasers(CD, Album, RE) Rockathon 002 US 1999 Sell This Version
#002 Apocalyptic Crust  album cover Misery (4) / Extinction Of Mankind Misery (4) / Extinction Of Mankind - Apocalyptic Crust(CD, RP) Crimes Against Humanity Records, Crimes Against Humanity Records, Crimes Against Humanity Records #002 US 2001 Sell This Version
002 Flashlight Brown / Mad Caddies  album cover Mad Caddies / Flashlight Brown Mad Caddies / Flashlight Brown - Flashlight Brown / Mad Caddies(CD, Comp) Double A, Double A 002 US Unknown Sell This Version
002 Rocket Gold Star  album cover Peelander-Z Rocket Gold Star(CD, Album, Enh) Eat Rice Records 002 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
002 Figli Di Baia  album cover The Code (5) Figli Di Baia(CD, Album) Innercode Productions 002 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
002 Everybody Works For Milo  album cover ja ne fon dorb* Everybody Works For Milo(CD, MiniAlbum) Circle Square Oval Rectangle 002 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
002 Your Words, Bought And Sold  album cover The Sick Passengers Your Words, Bought And Sold(CD, Album) Stubblebunny 002 US 2004 Sell This Version
2B 3409 Terra Brasilis  album cover Antonio Carlos Jobim Terra Brasilis(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2B 3409 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2GHS 2017 Cats  album cover Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats (Album) 2GHS 2017 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live (Album) 2GHS 4012 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2LAT 1171 Hero, Hero  album cover Judas Priest Hero, Hero(2xLP, Comp, RE) Attic 2LAT 1171 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2RSX-2245 The Essential Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Reprise Records 2RSX-2245 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2RX 2237 Gord's Gold  album cover Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Reprise Records 2RX 2237 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SA-501 Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits  album cover Wilson Pickett Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Atlantic 2SA-501 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2SDS 401 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway  album cover Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) 2SDS 401 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SR 3590 The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads  album cover Talking Heads The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (Album) 2SR 3590 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2SS 200 Physical Graffiti  album cover Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti(2xLP, Album, RE) Swan Song, Swan Song 2SS 200 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SS 201 The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same  album cover Led Zeppelin The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same(2xLP, Album, RE) Swan Song, Swan Song 2SS 201 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
02W-CD-002 Video Computer System  album cover DJ Scissorkicks* Video Computer System(CD, Album) 2 Wars & A Revolution 02W-CD-002 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
02W-CD-007 2 Wars + A Revolution Records - A Year In Review  album cover Various 2 Wars + A Revolution Records - A Year In Review(2xCD, Mixed) 2 Wars & A Revolution 02W-CD-007 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
2XBB-702 Live Killers  album cover Queen Live Killers(2xLP, Album, RP, Gat) Elektra 2XBB-702 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2XBB-704 Shadows And Light  album cover Joni Mitchell Shadows And Light(2xLP, Album, RE) Asylum Records 2XBB-704 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
003 Orange Twin Field Works - Volume I  album cover Jeff Mangum Orange Twin Field Works - Volume I(CD, Album) Orange Twin Records 003 US Unknown Sell This Version
003 Mécréant  album cover Daniel Hélin & The Velvet Sisters Daniel Hélin & The Velvet Sisters - Mécréant(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Danses du possible 003 Belgium 2005 Sell This Version
3 CD-SET-0322 Colección 3 Cd's  album cover Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan - Colección 3 Cd's(3xCD, Comp + Box, Sli) IM Discos & Cassettes 3 CD-SET-0322 Mexico 2004 Sell This Version
3CS 6003 Classic Old & Gold Volume 2  album cover Various Classic Old & Gold Volume 2(LP, Comp, Club) 3C Records, Laurie Records 3CS 6003 US 1988 Sell This Version
3DEJCD Anonymous  album cover 3D Electric Jesus Anonymous(CD, Album) Sticky Records (16) 3DEJCD Canada 1995 Sell This Version
3PARTICLES02 Other Materials  album cover Richard Chartier Other Materials(CD, Comp, Ltd) 3particles 3PARTICLES02 US 2002 Sell This Version
04FFCD01 Six Continents  album cover Pulse (36) Six Continents(CD, Album) Radio Télé Presse Concept 04FFCD01 France 2004 Sell This Version
4LV-551152 Twenty Greatest Hits  album cover Kenny Rogers Twenty Greatest Hits (Comp) 4LV-551152 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4PW-517231 On The Front Line   album cover Dan Seals On The Front Line (Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EMI America, EMI America 4PW-517231 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4WAS-517242 The Whole Story  album cover Kate Bush The Whole Story(Cass, Comp, Club, Dol) EMI America 4WAS-517242 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XAS-512476 A Kind Of Magic  album cover Queen A Kind Of Magic(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XAS-512476 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ 512466 Something To Talk About  album cover Anne Murray Something To Talk About(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XJ 512466 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 17171 Hounds Of Love  album cover Kate Bush Hounds Of Love(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EMI America 4XT 17171 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4XT-511557 Night Moves  album cover Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band Night Moves(Cass, Album, Club, RE, Dol) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XT-511557 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4XT 512247 Greatest Hits  album cover Little River Band Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, Club, RE, Bla) Capitol Records 4XT 512247 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4XT-512394 Cocker  album cover Joe Cocker Cocker(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512394 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 512410 Heart  album cover Heart Heart (Album) 4XT 512410 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4XT-512484 Tom Cochrane And Red Rider  album cover Tom Cochrane And Red Rider Tom Cochrane And Red Rider - Tom Cochrane And Red Rider(Cass, Album, Club, Bla) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XT-512484 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-517171 Hounds Of Love  album cover Kate Bush Hounds Of Love(Cass, Album, Club) EMI America 4XT-517171 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
5C5 564 Greatest Hits  album cover Queen Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, RE, Dol) Elektra 5C5 564 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
5DG 95014 Ocean Surf Timeless And Sublime  album cover Dan Gibson Ocean Surf Timeless And Sublime(Cass, Album) Solitudes 5DG 95014 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
5DG-96134 Spirit Of Africa  album cover Dan Gibson Spirit Of Africa(Cass, Album) Solitudes 5DG-96134 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
6E 103 Hotel California  album cover Eagles Hotel California (Album) 6E 103 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E-105 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975  album cover Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Album, Comp) 6E-105 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E-106 Greatest Hits  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-106 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E-192 Feel The Night  album cover Lee Ritenour Feel The Night(LP, Album, RE) Elektra 6E-192 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
6EC-106 Greatest Hits  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, Club, RE) Asylum Records 6EC-106 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6ZK 45451 Just Say Ozzy  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Just Say Ozzy(CD, EP) CBS Associated 6ZK 45451 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
7CDN-79 Encore Menteur  album cover Luc De Larochelliere* Encore Menteur(7", Single, Promo) Trafic 7CDN-79 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
7 CDN 84 Une Bonne Raison  album cover Les Taches Une Bonne Raison(7", Promo) ISBA 7 CDN 84 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7CDN 85 Pris Au Piège  album cover Nuance (6) Pris Au Piège(7", Single, Promo) ISBA 7CDN 85 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
7 CDN 93 Fais Attention  album cover Les B.B. Fais Attention(7", Single, Promo) ISBA 7 CDN 93 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7 CDN 103 Parfums Du Passé  album cover Les B.B. Parfums Du Passé(7", Promo) ISBA 7 CDN 103 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7 CDN 106 Qui Sommes Nous?  album cover Desireless Qui Sommes Nous?(7", Promo) CBS 7 CDN 106 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
7ES 1015 The Heart Of Saturday Night  album cover Tom Waits The Heart Of Saturday Night(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records 7ES 1015 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
7ES-1039 One Of These Nights  album cover Eagles One Of These Nights(LP, Album, RE, Emb) Asylum Records 7ES-1039 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7ES-1053 A Night At The Opera  album cover Queen A Night At The Opera(LP, Album, RE, Emb) Elektra 7ES-1053 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
1 + 2CD041 Sex & Hate  album cover The Grey Spikes Sex & Hate(CD, Album) 1 + 2 Records 1 + 2CD041 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
1+2 CD 044 Attack The Zombies  album cover Fifi And The Mach III Attack The Zombies(CD, Album) 1 + 2 Records 1+2 CD 044 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
1+2 CD 045 Too Much To Lose  album cover The Remains (2) Too Much To Lose(CD, Album) 1 + 2 Records 1+2 CD 045 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
1+2CD 060 ...Stereodrive!  album cover The Devil Dogs ...Stereodrive!(CD, Album) 1 + 2 Records 1+2CD 060 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
12CXP 68223 Children's Story  album cover Slick Rick Children's Story(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68223 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12k1007 SPEC.  album cover Taylor Deupree + Richard Chartier Taylor Deupree + Richard Chartier - SPEC.(CD, Album, Ltd) 12k 12k1007 US 1999 Sell This Version
12K1024 September 19, 1998 Et Al.  album cover Kenneth Kirschner September 19, 1998 Et Al.(CD, Album, Ltd) 12k 12K1024 US 2003 Sell This Version
12KTP 6 Radio On  album cover Kissing The Pink Radio On(12") Magnet (2) 12KTP 6 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12 KTP 7 The Other Side Of Heaven  album cover Kissing The Pink The Other Side Of Heaven(12", EP) Magnet (2) 12 KTP 7 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
16 Copper Press Presents... 16  album cover Various Copper Press Presents... 16(CD, Comp) Copper Press 16 US 2003 Sell This Version
#16 Selective Service  album cover Guided By Voices & Airport 5 Guided By Voices & Airport 5 - Selective Service(CD, Comp) Fading Captain Series #16 US 2001 Sell This Version
18UM001 Happy Ending  album cover Dogstar Happy Ending(CD, Album) Ultimatum Music, Artemis Records, Tycoon Entertainment Group, S.A. de C.V. 18UM001 Mexico 1999 Sell This Version
24W 7674 I Feel You  album cover Depeche Mode I Feel You(Cass, Maxi) Sire, Reprise Records, Mute 24W 7674 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
30 RC 631 Symphonie No 6 En Ut Majeur, Symphonie No 8 En Si Mineur "Inachevee"  album cover Franz Schubert, Orchestre Symphonique Du Gurzenich De Cologne*, Günter Wand Franz Schubert, Orchestre Symphonique Du Gurzenich De Cologne*, Günter Wand - Symphonie No 6 En Ut Majeur, Symphonie No 8 En Si Mineur "Inachevee"(LP) Accord 30 RC 631 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
30 RC 717 Musique Pour Piano à Quatre Mains  album cover Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Jacques Fevrier* Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Jacques Fevrier* - Musique Pour Piano à Quatre Mains(LP, Album) Accord, Accord 30 RC 717 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
93CD057 Nervous & Weird  album cover Everclear Nervous & Weird(CD, EP) Tim/Kerr Records 93CD057 US 1993 Sell This Version
101 Elemental  album cover Loreena McKennitt Elemental(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) Quinlan Road, Quinlan Road 101 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
# 101 Fired Up!  album cover Kenny 'Blue' Ray Fired Up!(HDCD, Album) Blue Ray Records # 101 US 1994 Sell This Version
140 Vardøgr  album cover Origami Arktika Vardøgr(CD, Album) Silber Records, KomKol Autoprod 140 US 2002 Sell This Version
#000207XN Piano Classics  album cover Various Piano Classics(CD, Comp) St. Clair #000207XN Canada 2000 Sell This Version
#000209XC McMaster & James  album cover McMaster & James McMaster & James(CD, Album, Enh) Vik Recordings #000209XC Canada 2000 Sell This Version