“Significant” numbers of pirated CDs and vinyl records were seized, as well as DVDs, authorities have said.
State prosecutors are investigating an unidentified individual after raiding several properties in the southwest of the country.
CDs remain popular in Germany where vinyl sales are also growing rapidly.
CEO, BVMI Florian Drucke, the head of the German federal music industry association, BVMI, said “with a market share of about 70%, high demand for CDs in Germany is evident not only in the legitimate business.
“But unfortunately also on the illegal market”.
BVMI’s anti-piracy work with the International Recording Industry Organisation, IFPI, and intellectual property organisation, proMedia, prompted police to investigate the illegal factory, according the Hollywood reporter.
“The equipment found here demonstrates once again that this is not the work of petty criminals,” he added, “but of professional organisations whose criminal activities inflict massive damage on artists and the recording industry”.
The IFPI’s antipiracy chief, Jeremy Banks said the plant’s closure showed that “while digital piracy makes the headlines, the industry also continues to take action against those who illegally make money through the manufacture, distribution and sale of unlicensed physical media”. (BBC/NAN)