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The conference program of Making Vinyl’s first European event is filling up quickly, with the movers and shakers of the record manufacturing industry, who are riding on a trend of solid annual double-digit growth over the past decade.

Following two highly successful U.S. events, Making Vinyl will take place in Studio Two in the Meistersaal, the same physical space where David Bowie, Depeche Mode, U2 and many epic albums were recorded by Hansa Studios. Bowie producer Tony Visconti will share with you some specially recorded video memories of working in the majestic room.

Major pressing plant CEOs including Michal Sterba (GZ Media, Czech Republic) and Alban Pingeot (MPO, France) will explain their future investment strategies, while several newer pressing facilities will reveal why they have invested substantially into physical media in the digital age.

Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz will lead conversations with RSD European representatives on the prospect of further market expansion, best practices, as well as the success stories of how vinyl records can be a hugely profitable investment in the development of the current music industry.

Also on display, will be the latest technological developments in HD Vinyl, how to make vinyl records more sustainable and efficient with Green Vinyl, and the world’s leading equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers catering to this growing market.

Pink Floyd designer Aubrey Powell will make a pictorial presentation about the design firm’s iconic cover images for the band and others among rock’s vanguard.

Kicking off the event is the World of Physical Media conference, organized by the Media-Tech Association, with a focus on other physical formats, such as audio cassettes, CDs, and Blu-ray discs.

Making Vinyl is produced by the Colonial Purchasing group and supported by Record Store Day International, the Entertainment Retailers Association, and the British Phonographic Industry.

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