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French vinyl, CD, DVD pressing and cassette duplication plant, manufacturing and distribution company.
The 'MPO' initials stand for Moulages et Plastiques de l'Ouest' (in English: Western Plastics Castings). MPO can also be credited as M.P.O. on releases.

The original vinyl pressing plant was established by Pierre Tyrel de Poix in 1957 in Averton (Mayenne).
After continuous expansion, MPO has permanent offices throughout the world, with still a strong presence in Europe.
The group's current operations are structured around its three production sites and logistics centres: MPO France (Averton and Villaines La Juhel), MPO Iberica (Madrid, Spain), and MPO Asia (Bangkok, Thailand), with numerous sales offices in Europe and Asia as well as a partnership in the US.

Vinyl:
Vinyl discs pressed by MPO usually have a hand-etched "MPO" (in rare cases 'MP') inscription in the runouts. On discs pressed before the 1980s the runout can occasionally be stamped as well.

1984 to 2018:
Three concentric pressing rings around the spindle hole (examples: white label, retail).
When MPO appears in the runouts without the concentric rings, please use Mastered At only.

Since ~ 2017:
The MPO logo is laser etched.
Please enter this as [MPO logo]. When ® appears next to the logo, enter it as "[MPO logo]®" in BAOI fields.
The logo is followed by a laser etched stamper number in the format ## #####, where the first two digits indicate the pressing year (example). DO NOT ADD THIS AS LCCN NUMBER!

Test pressing label designs:
- ??? to 1983
- 1984 to 1990
- 1991 to 1995
- 1996 to 1998
- 1998 to 2017
- 2018 to present.

* Test pressing labels may write: "échantillon" or "ECHANTILLON" that translates to "sample"

Cassettes:
"Duplication MPO" is printed on labels.

CDs:
MPO manufactured its first commercial CD on Dec 7, 1984.

CDs made at Averton are assigned the following SID codes (please do not credit the plant based on SID codes only):
Mastering codes: L031, L032, L033, L035, L036, L039, LY88 (can be misread as LV88!)
Mould code: 12##

MPO isn't always explicitly printed in the CD matrix, but can sometimes be identified by a string of tiny text with the following format:
CA [label cat#] [one or more "@"] IFPI [Mastering SID Code] M/D/YYYY HH:MM:SS [AM/PM] NNNNNNNNNN
Example: Troïdes Priamus Hecuba - Vous Êtes Ici
There was a forum decision to allow this for MPO in particular.
If you aren't sure, please ask in the forums.

When MPO is found in the matrix but the Mould Code is IFPI 13##, please use Pressed By - MPO Iberica instead.

Sublabels:Americ Disc, Americ Disc Inc., Disque Americ, Disque Americ Inc., Hi-Space, Moulage Plastique De L'Ouest, MPO (Ireland) Ltd, MPO (UK) Ltd, MPO Asia, MPO Audio & Video GmbH, ...
Contact Info:

MPO International
6228 Boulevard de l'Europe
53700 Villaines-la-Juhel
France

Tel : +33 (0)2 43 08 36 00
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Links:mpo.fr , mpo-international.com , mpo.de , mpo.es , mpo.co.uk , mpo.ie , mpo.pt , YouTube , Wikipedia

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  • Sartiass Avatar
    Sartias
    French can't do it no more it seems. Got the terminator album, mint, scratches on LP, bunch of noise. Just bad.
    • knottydreadbrs Avatar
      knottydreadbr
      Bad quality control on this one. My vinyl arrived with a lot of spots throughout, like sand spots.
      • TxRangersFans Avatar
        TxRangersFan
        Big scratch ruins track A3 of Blood on the Tracks. Based on that and bad reviews from others I’ll avoid MPO pressings going forward.
        • ShadixAceds Avatar
          ShadixAced
          Lots of 90s House tracks were pressed or mastered by MPO. Very good quality for those. The recent ones lost on quality it seems... I have quite a few 2021/2022 titles mastered at MPO and they were full of clicks and crackles. Such a shame for what was before a quality standard.
          • Oleksandr_Pokolodniys Avatar
            J'ai acheté l'album de Lana Del Rey "Chemtrails over the Country Club" de la compagnie MPO.
            L'impression de l'enveloppe est excellente - note 5.
            Le vinyle est sale avec de multiples éraflures et traces de doigts.
            Le vinyle à haute électricité statique attire la poussière tout le temps.
            Présente de multiples rayures. La qualité d'enregistrement est au niveau de la CD, il y a du bruit et des clics constants.
            Les hautes et basses fréquences sont fortement atténuées. Pour la qualité de l'enregistrement - 2.
            Le score final est de trois points, en tenant compte d'une bonne impression de l'enveloppe.
            • misjazs Avatar
              misjaz
              worst plant in the world at this moment IMO, even united in America and GZ have better quality control these days. Every new record I have purchased from them has come with lots of non-fill and scuffs.
              • analogkid8s Avatar
                analogkid8
                MP Oh no is more like it. I don't understand how nearly every current vinyl pressing from them has one side off center. In the 90s, I used to love seeing MPO cause I knew it meant quality. Not sure what happened to those days.
                • Hermituss Avatar
                  Hermitus
                  Congratulations MPO

                  “Billie Eilish - Happier than Ever” on recycled vinyl but just a heads up - Don’t do recycle vinyl again and take a look at all the review comments on - https://www.discogs.com/release/19676596-Billie-Eilish-Happier-Than-Ever

                  I have a reference system and I have never heard such a dismal pressing with constant surface noise, pops, ticks and crackles that has scuffs and a residue on it - it’s just sad.

                  Drive a petrol car to the record shop, to buy a substandard environmentally friend recycled pressing that was delivered across the globe by plane and truck. Only to use a record player at home powered by coal electricity - contradiction much?

                  Virgin pressing please or just don’t bother - I’ll be returning this album for a full refund.
                  • Martin_Ms Avatar
                    Martin_M
                    Hey, it is so difficult to press flat records without scuffs?
                    • .Richard.
                      Vor 2 Jahren bearbeitet
                      The non fill specialists. If you want loads of records with annoying ripping sounds (due to the fact they couldn’t be bothered to properly QC their vinyl) then look no further. If you want a coloured vinyl pressing, then the amount of non-fill is doubled.

                      Also if you like swooshing sounds on your records, completely obliterating quiet passages then you’re in luck. MPO is at your service.