New Zealand Haven’t Pressed Vinyl For 30 years But That’s About To Change

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In the history of New Zealand, they have only ever had one vinyl pressing plant, owned by EMI and it closed its doors in 1987. However a change is in the air and Holiday Records are set to start running their press as soon as they can.

Aucklanders Ben Wallace and Joel Woods set out with a plan, to bring vinyl back to New Zealand. They headed over to Toronto in search of a press, and then committed themselves to a three week intensive training course on how to use one.

The press is a fully automated machine and can press one record every 24 seconds, with older machines being harder to find and maintain, this unit is custom built based on a design from 2015.

The pair also wanted to make sure that their process was being noticed, so rather than being shut away in a warehouse unit out of town, they decided they needed prime real estate in Auckland’s CBD.

The pressing plant will go hand in hand with their record shop and we are excited to pop in and take a look!

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