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12 January 2022

New UK Vinyl Pressing Plant To Open In Middlesbrough

UK Vinyl Pressing Plant Middlesbrough
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A new British vinyl pressing plant named Press On Vinyl is set to open in Middlesbrough in the coming months.

At least initially, the company will aim to focus on independent artists and labels, small-run releases, and musicians local to the plant in the North East. David Todd, Danny Lowe, and David Hynes are heading the company which is based at the new Tees-Advance Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP).

The Middlesbrough enterprise aims to press 50,000 records per month, which they hope will gradually increase as they acquire more pressing machines. Their first pressing will be ‘You Say She’s Satisfied’ – the debut EP from Teesside indie pop band Komparrison.

According to the British Phonographic Industry, in 2021 vinyl sales reached its highest level in 30 years, with the format making up 23 per cent of all albums sold that year. But the spike in demand has come alongside a persistent delay in pressing plants worldwide due to an overabundance of orders clashing with limited pressing plant resources, which has affected future releases from both major and independent labels.

In an interview with ITV, Middlesbrough-based David Todd said: “The demand for vinyl from music fans has increased massively over the last five to six years but the global capacity hasn’t increased with that so over the whole world there’s a massive shortage of pressing plants who can provide the capacity for the labels and the artists.”

In November last year, it was reported that Sony Music ordered more than 500,000 copies of Adele‘s latest album ’30’ to be pressed in time for its release that month. At the time, this was met with criticism by labels, artists, and music fans, who called out Adele for taking up vinyl-production resources. However, several music industry insiders told NME that the issue goes far beyond Adele and her label.

“Her record label, quite correctly, understand that although she probably makes quite a nice chunk of money from streaming, she’s going to make a lot more by selling vinyl,” said Josh Cohen, owner of label Memorials of Distinction. “It’s the same calculation that the rest of us have made, but she’s just doing it better!”

He continued: “I can see why people would blame Adele, she’s an easy target, but leave Adele alone. It’s not her fault. We’re all just trying to make money at the end of the day.”

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