CD album manufacturers.

The majority of CD album manufacturers use the replication technique to create a retail ready product. This CD manufacturing process takes place in a factory known as a pressing plant. The term pressing plant is used due to the disc information being “pressed” into the plastic by metal stampers.

These disc manufacturing companies can usually handle the replication of CD, DVD and now blu-ray.
The process for each of these products is quite similar and starts with a master disc being burnt in the appropriate format. This master is usually prepared by a separate mastering company or by the customer themselves.

Once a master has been produced it can be forwarded to the CD or DVD manufacturer together with artwork for disc print and possible packaging. Some manufacturers have their own pressing plants and some will sub contract the final replication out to pressing plants.

The UK was once home to many of these CD and DVD pressing plants but over the last few years many have closed or re-located overseas. A large percentage of UK disc manufacture is now contracted out to overseas plants. These overseas pressing plants usually have reduced manufacturing costs and as a bonus a lot of these plants contain much more modern print equipment and production lines.

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