Cinram's North American Manufacturing Plants

The following is a disambiguation of all of [l264131]'s known North American Manufacturing Plants:
Canada: [l264131] / [l275811] (1969-2014). When Cinram closed the plant in 2014, the equipment was moved to Olyphant and Huntsville.

Anaheim, CA: [l589264] (1997-2001). Previously [l914536], closed by Cinram in 2001.
Commerce, CA: [l479079] (2003-2006). Previously [l354230], closed by Cinram in 2006.
Huntsville, AL: [l2064253] (1997-2015). Previously [l878874], became Technicolor, Huntsville.
Olyphant, PA: [l479093] (2003-2015). Previously [l291934], became Technicolor, Olyphant.
Richmond, IN: [l571817] (1990-1994), [l635272] (1994-2009). Previously [l408779], closed by Cinram in 2009.
Tuscaloosa, AL: (2014-2015). Previously [l28272], became Technicolor, Tuscaloosa(?).

Mexico: [l505677] (1994-?).

        PRESSING PLANT IDs (for optical media)

Anaheim, CA: Appeared as "CMCA" in the matrix and/or stamped in the mould.
Commerce, CA: Appeared as "CI/CA" etched in the matrix band and/or stamped in the mould.
Olyphant, PA: Appeared as "CI" etched in the matrix band of pressings using WEA glass masters. Cinram glass masters did not have "CI" etchings.

No other Cinram plants had pressing plant IDs. Some plants identified themselves (by name) in the matrix band, including Cinram USA and Cinram Inc.

        MATRIX PATTERNS (for optical media)

Canadian original. Did not have glass master catalog numbers. Glass master dates started with a #.
It started as #YYMMDD (Year, Month, Day).
In 1989-1990, a P was temporarily used to replace the leading digit - #PYMMDD:
In 2000-2009, it was #YMMDD
In 2010, it reverted back to #YYMMDD

Richmond original. Usage identified at Cinram USA. Did not have glass master catalog numbers. Did not have glass master dates. Simple matrix pattern that evolved into the American matrix pattern.

American original. Usage identified at Anaheim, Huntsville, & Richmond. Glass master catalog numbers started with letters that correlated with LBRs. The American matrix pattern is detailed below.

Inherited glass master catalog number systems:

DMI Inherited. Used at the Anaheim and Huntsville plants from March to August 1997, when they then switched over to Cinram's American matrix pattern.

WEA Inherited. Used at Commerce and Olyphant. Glass master catalog numbers started with letters that correlated with LBRs. Matrices did not include glass mastering dates. Cinram maintained the inherited pattern the entire time these plants were operated.


The American matrix has 7 parts. Here is an example of a typical American matrix manufactured at Richmond ([r1375093]):
L385 9902 FAILSAFE Q35 C80707-21 A

Part 1 ("L385") is the Mastering SID. This might sometimes appear in smaller characters than the rest of the matrix. Also see note 1.
Part 2 ("9902") is the Client ID #. It is a 4-digit number. If there is a broker, then the number is the broker's Client ID #; if there is no broker, then it is the label's Client ID #. Also see note 2.
Part 3 ("FAILSAFE") A name appears here only when there is a third party brokering manufacturing. Also see note 3.
Part 4 ("Q35") is the release's catalog number block. Also see note 4.
Part 5 ("C80707-21") is the Glass Master number: "SYMMDD-00"; where 'S' is the letter associated with the Mastering SID. Also see note 5.
Part 6 ("A") is the encoding type of the disc. See note 6.
Part 7 (not in example) is the Mother/Stamper ("M#/S##"). See note 7.


1st Generation: L385 Q35 CYMMDD-XX
2nd Generation: L385 9902 FAILSAFE Q35 CYMMDD-XX A
3rd Generation: A 9902 FAILSAFE Q35 CYMMDD-XX

The 1st generation was used from Oct '94 to '96/'97. This pattern initially did not have a client ID, and did not have an encoding letter. Example: [r18585115]
The 2nd generation was used from '96/'97 to Dec '04. Example: [r21482041]
The 3rd generation was used from January '05 to '09. The encoding letter moved to front of the matrix, and the Mastering SID is now in microtype. Example: [r20310532]

Richmond used all three matrix generations. Anaheim and Huntsville only used Gen2. Huntsville does not seem to have switched to Gen3 for DVDs manufactured in 2005 or later.


[u]Note 1[/u]: [b]Mastering SIDs[/b]:
● Each Mastering SID corresponds to an assigned LBR letter:

Anaheim: (default, have to make updates to improve accuracy)
L806 = U ('97 to '01)
L807 = O ('97 to '01)
L808 = R ('97 to '01)
L809 = S ('97 to '01)
L810 = T ('97 to '01)

Huntsville: (date ranges using limited data, will certainly be changes)
L801 = H (CD '97 to '99), N (DVD '02 to '13+)
L802 = I (CD '97 to '00), P (DVD '02 to ?)
L803 = J (CD '97 to '01), R (DVD '03 to ?)
L804 = K (CD '97 to '02), T (DVD '? to ?)
L805 = L (CD '98 to '01)
L806 = M (CD '99 to '00)

L383 = A (Oct '94 to May '97) & E (June '00 to close)
L384 = B (Oct '94 to Sept '97) & F (April '02 to close)
L385 = C (April '96 to close)
L388 = D (Sept '97 to close)

● As the American matrix did not have "IFPI" preceding the Mastering SID in the matrix, please do not add "IFPI" to the release page's Mastering SID entry.

[u]Note 2[/u]: There are some Client ID #'s that have more than one label associated with it; there is either: A) a parent company associated with all of these labels that does the manufacturing ordering; or B) a Manufacturing Broker for this pressing. A list of Cinram Client ID numbers is maintained here:

[u]Note 3[/u]: There were quite a few companies that brokered manufacturing to Cinram. If the company's profile does not provide any guidance on how it should be credited, give the company with a 'Manufactured By' credit.

Known brokering companies include: [l1371380], [l49318] / [l586523], [l275364], MEDIA SERVICES TMI/CA, [l481563], [l1084392], [l599984], [l313101], [l1639951], [l324325], [l382578], [l165472], [l540870], [l267165], [l365485], [l2247922], [l313101], [l121282]

[u]Note 4[/u]: In the release catalog number block, spaces and punctuation are removed. If there is a numerical component in the release's catalog number and it is less than 3 digits, then '0's are normally added to make the catalog number a minimum '000'.

When there is a Broker involved, however, sometimes this will have a number associated with the broker (Example: "CD SONIC" has an associated 'CDS0000' number scheme); this is usually in the matrix in lieu of a release catalog number.

The catalog number can be extracted from the catalog number block per [G4.7.10]. If you are unsure, ask (include a link to the release) in a post in the thread.

[u]Note 5[/u]: The date of the glass master can be determined from the Cinram matrix number. For example:

[r5252865]: L385 9611 HS110042 C[b]20429[/b]-07 A
Glass master date: 2002-04-29

[r4280132]: L385 AT 8790 CD9561 C[b]80903[/b]-02
Glass master date: 2008-09-03

The glass master date will indicate if the pressing is an original release or not. If the pressing is clearly not (i.e. it's a Repress and/or Reissue), clear the release date field and add the full glass master date to the release notes.

[u]Note 6[/u]: Generation 2 matrices introduced a letter that appeared after the glass master catalog number. This letter signified the encoding of the disc. For Generation 3 matrices, this letter moved to be between the Mastering SID and Client #. The letters and their encoding type is:
A = Audio
D = DVD (Single layer?)
D2 = Copy Protected (Cannot copy?)
D3 = Copy Protected (Can make 3 copies)
G = CD-Graphics (typically on karaoke discs).
M = Multimedia (aka Enhanced Audio disc)
Y = DVD (Dual layer?)
Z = DVD (Dual layer?)

[u]Note 7[/u]: Richmond plant pressings sometimes had a Mother/Stamper ("M#/S##") in the mould. There was no discernable pattern to it's appearance, and it appeared randomly throughout the plant's entire existence.

Anaheim and Huntsville plants had an "@" at the end of the matrix, just before the barcode in the runout.

[u]Misc. Notes[/u]:

Cinram Mexico (initially) used glass masters manufactured at other Cinram plants.

Cinram Tuscaloosa has not yet been identified/verified.