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History

In 1958 the pressing plant was founded by Casper and Wim Slinger who were oil traders. The plant was named Artone, manufacturing only 7" records. The factory did not have a cutting studio and galvanic department yet. Lacquers were cut in Germany by mister Kliewer and metalparts were made by Vox-Imago also based in Germany. Because there was not enough room inside the pressing plant, a few years later Artone started their own galvanics in the Kruistraat, in the centre of Haarlem.

In 1966 CBS bought a 50% share in Artone, and they started a printing company that year to make their own sleeves too. The first sleeve they printed made was for a Nancy Sinatra record, "Like I do". In 1962 they added 12" vinyl pressing and in 1969 CBS (Colombia) took over full ownership.

In the seventies demand for vinyl was growing rapidly and CBS pressed more than 50 million records every year. Of Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" over 35 million copies were pressed in Haarlem in the eighties. The plants main focus was pressing the CBS catalog that was then merged with Sony Music. The plant was their most important vinyl production facility for Europe. 

In June 1998 Record Industry took over operation of the plant. Since then, a lot of effort, energy and knowledge has been invested in maintenance and development of the machinery, combining new techniques with the existing ones.

History
Quality
What remained the same was the high Japanese quality standard, which Record Industry adopted from Sony Music Entertainment, and still use as the standard to live up to. As a result, the quantities of records being pressed went up drastically, from 2 million records per year in 1998 to almost 7 million in 2004. At the moment there is ahughe demand world wide for vinyl capacity. We have therefore enlarged our capacity by adding a double shift to the production, we're investing in new technology and hiring and training new staff. Record Industry strongly believes in a future for vinyl especially in the high quality audiophile market and we expect there will always be a demand for for that.