Dugdale Puts the Colour Back into Vinyl Sounds

Leading independent PVC compounder Dugdale Ltd, will this month showcase a vibrant new range of colour compounds designed specifically for the buoyant and resurging vinyl record industry.

Dugdale’s new product launch will form part of the company’s Sponsorship of the Vinyl World Congress. The Congress is the leading international B2B summit dedicated to the manufacturing of the Vinyl Record Industry. It will be held in Brighton, UK on May 15-16, 2018.

The first pressings of Dugdale’s colour compounds have been manufactured by Hayes-based The Vinyl Factory and plentiful samples of these new LPs will be made available to delegates if they visit the Dugdale stand over the course of the two day event.

Coloured vinyl has struggled in the past to match the sound performance of traditional black pressings. Dugdale pre-coloured PVC compounds have now succeeded in overcoming these issues. The new colour choices now present the vinyl industry with a variety of opportunities that will enable the sector to push creative and artistic boundaries.

Dugdale Business Development Manager, Andy Tombs says that ‘Dugdale is delighted to be bringing these colour innovations to the Brighton congress this month. Together with the Vinyl Factory we have worked hard to deliver a compound and product that offers fantastic physical qualities.

The new colour compounds for vinyl offer a very uniform dispersion with great aesthetic qualities as well providing the unique audio quality that LP lovers seek.’

Seven primary colours will be launched by Dugdale at Vinyl Congress and Tombs adds that ‘other colours, tints and special effects will follow, and bespoke colours will be available to the sector in the future.’

In addition to the company’s Sponsorship of the event, together with its table top exhibition stand, Dugdale will also take part in an industry Q&A event on the first day of Vinyl Congress. The focus of the afternoon session will be the materials used by the industry.  Andy Tombs will participate and says that ‘I am really looking forward to sharing Dugdale’s know-how – enabling the vinyl sector to continue to innovate, revive and succeed.’

The Vinyl World Congress attracts technical leaders and industry executives from around the world. Attendees include major and indie record labels, investors, Vinyl Manufacturers, Vinyl manufacturing machine suppliers, turntable manufacturers, maintenance services, material suppliers, packaging and distribution services, resellers, suppliers and trade missions such as UKTI.

Major record labels such as Sony, Universal and Warner will attend, as well as independents such as Cooking Vinyl. Trade associations for example, the BPI, will present the wider perspectives on the market place including sales of software, hardware and issues within the retailing sector.

The fruit of Dugdale’s new colour compounds are, in part, a testament to the work now done within the company’s new applications laboratories and pilot production lines, based at Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. As the UK’s leading and independent PVC compounder, Dugdale’s investment in vinyl R&D and capital investment in plant and machinery over the past four years have been integral to the business continuing to lead the sector for customer service and product performance.

The new Dugdale laboratory facilities are also enhancing the company’s capabilities in mixing, compounding, raw materials evaluation and in accelerating the time-to-market for customer needs.

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