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Record makers to open in Glasnevin

Friday, 12th January, 2018 6:00pm
Record makers to open in Glasnevin

Dublin Vinyl founder Hugh Scully.

Record makers to open in Glasnevin

Dublin Vinyl founder Hugh Scully.

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THE world’s newest Vinyl record pressing plant is set to open in Glasnevin later this month.

Dublin Vinyl, which operates two of first vinyl pressing machines to be manufactured since the 1980s, launched in December and will soon begin full production in a 100,000-monthly record pressing capacity at Tolka Valley Business Park.

The company is celebrating the opening of its Northside plant with its first records off the press, which include ‘The Joshua Tree – New Roots LP’.

The album features some of Ireland’s most outstanding musical talent covering songs from U2’s seminal Grammy Award-winning album and proceeds from sales will help the Laura Lynn Foundation.

Universal Music Ireland and RTE 2FM are behind the 12 track collection, which features leading artists including Kodaline, The Strypes, Imelda May and Picture This taking on songs from U2's classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree. 

The album also features an exclusive bonus track from U2 themselves, a live performance of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’.

Vinyl record sales have increased by over 1,000 per cent in the past decade and Dublin Vinyl is aiming to capitalise on an estimated six-month bottleneck in global pressing lead-times.

The company plans to reduce these current industry lead-times and keep full control over a high-quality product by becoming one of the few pressing plants in the world to bring all elements of the manufacturing process in-house.

Founder and Managing Director, Hugh Scully, highlighted the potential in the continuing growth in demand for vinyl.

“Sales of vinyl were expected to be their highest in 30 years by the end of 2017 and are showing no signs of slowing as labels and artists at every level of success press records appealing to all ages and musical tastes,” he said.

“We are excited about the growth potential for the business and have secured business domestically and from a range of international markets including the UK, Germany, Holland, Canada and as far away as Australia and South America.”  

Dublin Vinyl’s plant boasts two brand new cutting-edge WarmTone pressing machines, which are amongst the first presses manufactured since the early 1980s.

With the vast majority of the world's pressing plants still using out-dated and inefficient machines, the WarmTone press, developed by Viryl Technologies based in Toronto, follow the same traditional process as older models but are fully automated.

They’re up to twice as fast with a consistently higher quality product and are significantly more efficient with 80 per cent less waste.

Dublin Vinyl raised initial funds for the development of the facility and to purchase the pressing machines through private investment and a grant from the Local Enterprise Office.

Further expansion is being funded through the EIIS Tax Relief Investment Scheme.

The Joshua Tree – New Roots was one of Dublin Vinyl’s first records.

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