ONE firm is hoping to shake up the vinyl record market with its new state-of-the-art machinery.
In August, Vinyl Presents began operations from its production facility in Victory Trading Estate.
A 2016 report stated that, in 2016, market demand for vinyl in the UK was over 1,700,00 per month.
As the majority of pressing plants are situated abroad, the team behind Vinyl Presents are hoping to bring the manufacturing back to the UK.
Director & CEO Daren Fudge said: ‘Our plan is to bring record manufacture home to the UK,
‘A huge percentage of vinyl is currently pressed overseas which is a trend we want to reverse.
‘Our philosophy is pretty simple – we believe we can put the UK back on the map as a leading vinyl producer by manufacturing a high-quality product backed up with great customer care.’
The firm’s factory uses cutting edge pressing technology to ensure that the highly technical process produces top quality presses.
Its built-in temperature control system maximises efficiency, enabling each machine to produce two records every minute.
Aqua Cooling Solutions, a Fareham-based business, was hired by Vinyl Presents to provide its bespoke cooling system along with a steam- heating system that now works in-conjunction with the pressing machinery.
In future, the vinyl factory can triple its current production by adding additional presses and cooling equipment.
British Phonographic Industry statistics show the vinyl market has grown this year, for the ninth year in succession.
Music lovers appear to be shunning CDs, digital downloads and streaming to embrace the more tangible option of the retro vinyl record.