Big news for Sydney artists, a new vinyl pressing factory is set to open in the coming months, successfully making life a whole lot easier for artists wanting to out their music onto wax.
With the boom in vinyl at its peak – to the point where some companies are trying to change the way vinyl records are even played – it makes sense that this factory is being installed, and this will be a big relief for artists who have had to go abroad for vinyl pressings up until now.
The press release states “the new plant will be fully self-sufficient with full analogue mastering, a Neumann disc cutting system, stamper making facility, fully automated record presses, and a manual press for specialty records such as picture discs, split and splatter colours”.
They will also be adding a jacket making machine imported from Germany, for “total control over production”.
The factory will be opening in the Inner-Western suburb of Marrickville, and will be under the management of Vincest Chen, who has an impressive history in the vinyl pressing industry that includes working as a mechanical engineer at the German manufacturer, Heidelberg.
Speaking on the new Sydney factory, Chen says they will be “bringing European quality record pressing back to Australia… There will be no further need to manufacture product overseas and pay for air freight or endure long turnaround times”.
He says they have “assembled a specialist team with previous technical experience to make this a reality – our plating manager was head of EMI’s plating department before moving across to EMI’s CD factory Digital Audio Technologies Australia to head up the plating department there.
“He uses the EMI formulas which he has adapted over his many years of experience for best quality. Our disc cutting engineers spent many years cutting No. 1 hits so there is no learning curve as there is with other new plants around the world”.
“We sourced the plant and equipment that we wanted from nine countries because we knew what we were looking for.”
There is no set date for the factory’s grand opening, but it is definitely opening in 2017. How good!