MPO

MPO

Profil:
French pressing plant, manufacturing and distribution company which stemmed from their original pressing plant in Averton (Mayenne), France, established by Pierre Tyrel de Poix in 1957. The 'MPO' acronym remains from the original company; 'Moulages et Plastiques de l'Ouest'. Through expansion, MPO has permanent offices throughout the world, with a strong presence in Europe. The group's operations are structured around its three production sites and logistics centres; MPO Iberica and MPO France (Averton and Villaines La Juhel) and MPO Asia (Bangkok, Thailand) and numerous sales offices in Europe and Asia as well as a partner in the US.

MPO is an acronym for "Moulages Plastiques de l'Ouest" (in English: Western Plastics Castings).

MPO pressed its first commercial CD on 4th of December, 1984.

Vinyl discs pressed by MPO usually have the hand etched "MPO" inscription in the runouts.
Recent presses could also show a stamped logo followed by a string of digits ## ##### (see this image), where the first two digits stands for the pressing year.
Another identifier can be that MPO pressings have three concentric rings around the spindle hole (see this image).
MPO can be credited as M.P.O. on releases.

On cassettes: "Duplication MPO", most often printed on labels.

MPO CDs made at Averton are assigned the following SID codes:
Mastering: L031, L032, L033, L035, L036, L039, LY88 (often misread as LV88)
Mould: 12##

MPO isn't always explicitly mentioned 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
(This isn't usually allowed, but there was forum discussion for doing this for MPO in particular.) If you aren't sure, please ask in the forums.)
Sous-labels
Information de contact:
Email: info@mpo.fr / mpodirect@mpo.fr
Sites:
Cat n°  Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat n°  Pays Année
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LateNightTales pochette d'album Röyksopp LateNightTales (Comp) UK 2013 Vendre cette version
Le Soulier Qui Vole pochette d'album Chantal Goya Le Soulier Qui Vole France 1981 Vendre cette version
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0H7 Eleven Songs For Doris Day pochette d'album Steve Beresford His Piano & Orchestra Eleven Songs For Doris Day(10", Album) Chabada 0H7 France 1985 Vendre cette version
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0H12 Kazuko Hohki Chante Brigitte Bardot pochette d'album Kazuko Hohki Kazuko Hohki Chante Brigitte Bardot(10", Album) Chabada 0H12 France 1986 Vendre cette version
0H13 T.V.? Mais Oui! pochette d'album The Melody Four T.V.? Mais Oui!(10", Album) Chabada 0H13 France 1986 Vendre cette version
0H15 Little Pictures (Talkin''bout TV, Yeah !) pochette d'album The Melody Four Little Pictures (Talkin''bout TV, Yeah !)(7", Single) Chabada, Chabada 0H15 France 1986 Vendre cette version
0H16 Hello! We Must Be Going pochette d'album The Melody Four Hello! We Must Be Going(10", Album) Chabada 0H16 France 1987 Vendre cette version
0H17 Before My Time pochette d'album Lol Coxhill Before My Time(10", Album) Chabada 0H17 France 1987 Vendre cette version
0H18 Aveklei Uptowns Hawaiians pochette d'album Mike Cooper & Cyril Lefebvre Mike Cooper & Cyril Lefebvre - Aveklei Uptowns Hawaiians(10", Album) Chabada 0H18 France 1987 Vendre cette version
0H19 Shopping For Melodies - Volume 1 pochette d'album The Melody Four Shopping For Melodies - Volume 1(10", Album) Chabada 0H19 France 1988 Vendre cette version
0H21 Shopping For Melodies - Volume 2 pochette d'album The Melody Four Shopping For Melodies - Volume 2(10", Album) Chabada 0H21 France 1988 Vendre cette version
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001 River / Ghost pochette d'album Gardens Of God River / Ghost(12", EP) Sodai 001 Lithuania 2016 Vendre cette version
001 Kilburn National 17∙11∙90 pochette d'album Snuff (3) Kilburn National 17∙11∙90(LP) Armshoe, Rugger Bugger Discs 001 UK 1991 Vendre cette version
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0001 Full Of Sorrow pochette d'album Frustration Full Of Sorrow(CD, MiniAlbum) Born Bad Records, Born Bad Records 0001 France 2006 Vendre cette version
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01 Tobin 01 pochette d'album Tobin Tobin 01(12") Tobin (2) 01 Germany 1999 Vendre cette version
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1 In Deepest Rebound pochette d'album Critical Mass (5) In Deepest Rebound(12") Divided Kingdom 1 UK 1987 Vendre cette version
001 Bratha 01 pochette d'album Bratha Bratha 01(12", EP) Bratha 001 Italy 2013 Vendre cette version
001 Disque Compact, Pièces Détachées pochette d'album Gangpol Und Mit Disque Compact, Pièces Détachées(CD, Album, Enh) G.U.M. 001 France 2004 Vendre cette version
01 Fabrik 01 pochette d'album Fabrik (5) Fabrik 01(LP) Fabrik 01 France Unknown Vendre cette version
01 Chants Du Silence pochette d'album Paul Arma Chants Du Silence(LP, Album, Promo, gat) Not On Label 01 France Unknown Vendre cette version
001 Glory / Are You Swimming pochette d'album Mademoiselle K Glory / Are You Swimming(12", Ltd) Not On Label (Mademoiselle K Self-released) 001 France 2014 Vendre cette version
#001 #001 pochette d'album Various #001(12") MLTred, MLTred #001 UK 2014 Vendre cette version
001 Dead End Track pochette d'album Dirty Meadow Dead End Track(LP, Album) DMR (6) 001 Norway 2014 Vendre cette version
001 Feel A Change Comin On (Innershades Remix) pochette d'album DJ Haus Feel A Change Comin On (Innershades Remix)(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Sta) Shades (6) 001 Belgium 2015 Vendre cette version
001 Sharpman / Crazzy A Gogo pochette d'album Jesús Ortega Sharpman / Crazzy A Gogo(12") Subcione Records 001 Spain 2003 Vendre cette version
001 Untitled pochette d'album P.Leroy* / F.Cribier* P.Leroy* / F.Cribier* - Untitled(12") Eat This 001 France 2000 Vendre cette version
001 Missa No 1 pochette d'album Urmas Sisask Missa No 1(CD, Album) I&M Records 001 Estonia 1993 Vendre cette version
1 Voix pochette d'album Pierre-Alain de Garrigues Voix(CD, Album) MPO 1 France Unknown Vendre cette version
0001AD Home Town Chicago pochette d'album Boo Williams Home Town Chicago(2x12", Album, RE, RM) Anotherday Records 0001AD UK 2011 Vendre cette version
01BC A Break In The Clouds pochette d'album Holden* A Break In The Clouds 01BC UK 2003 Vendre cette version
1BC Untitled pochette d'album Last Session / The Innocent Last Session / The Innocent - Untitled(12", RE, RM) Blue Cucaracha 1BC UK 2014 Vendre cette version
1C1169 Deux Nocturnes - Adagio Pour Grand Orchestre - Genèse - Praemonitio Passionis - Manu Tara (Sortilèges) pochette d'album Jean Derbès - Orchestre Philharmonique De Timisoara*, Jean-François Antonioli Jean Derbès - Orchestre Philharmonique De Timisoara*, Jean-François Antonioli - Deux Nocturnes - Adagio Pour Grand Orchestre - Genèse - Praemonitio Passionis - Manu Tara (Sortilèges)(CD) Timpani 1C1169 France 2010 Vendre cette version
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01CD Continentales pochette d'album Lamour* Continentales(CD, Album, Fol) Silent Productions 01CD France 1994 Vendre cette version
1-diam. Reassimilation EP pochette d'album Optic Nerve Reassimilation EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl) diametric. 1-diam. UK 2009 Vendre cette version
1dot12 Reverse pochette d'album W.J. Henze* & I. Boss* W.J. Henze* & I. Boss* - Reverse(12") 1dot12 1dot12 Germany 2000 Vendre cette version
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1 Eden D For Desire pochette d'album All About Eve D For Desire(12", Single) Eden 1 Eden UK 1985 Vendre cette version
1 In 12 003 Enemies Of The State pochette d'album Various Enemies Of The State(LP, Album, Comp) 1 In 12 Records 1 In 12 003 UK 1984 Vendre cette version
1 In 12 004 Systembeat pochette d'album Various Systembeat(LP, Comp) 1 In 12 Records 1 In 12 004 UK 1985 Vendre cette version
001ÖX11/1 Rëvëürt pochette d'album Öxxö Xööx Rëvëürt(CD, Album) Not On Label (Öxxö Xööx self-released) 001ÖX11/1 France 2011 Vendre cette version
02 Flow / Wasted Time pochette d'album The Green Man & Kingz / Basztart The Green Man & Kingz / Basztart - Flow / Wasted Time(12") Basswerk 02 Germany 1998 Vendre cette version
002 Protest To Survive pochette d'album Powerage (2) Protest To Survive(7", EP) Neg Fx 002 France 1985 Vendre cette version
002 Antiphon pochette d'album Alfa Mist Antiphon(2xLP, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl, Gat) Pink Bird Recording Co. 002 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
002 Amen pochette d'album Johannes Heil Amen(12") Fieber Records 002 Germany 1997 Vendre cette version
002 All Areas pochette d'album Deine Quelle All Areas (EP) 002 Germany 1999 Vendre cette version
02 Hzd Records 02 pochette d'album iNOs Hzd, BangBass iNOs Hzd, BangBass - Hzd Records 02(12") Hzd Records 02 Netherlands 2016 Vendre cette version
02 Fisher Tribe 02 pochette d'album FKY / Spud FKY / Spud - Fisher Tribe 02(12") Fisher Tribe 02 France 2007 Vendre cette version
002 Cut-Ups, Drones And Other Weird pochette d'album Macronympha Cut-Ups, Drones And Other Weird(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Gre) Premier Sang 002 France 2010 Vendre cette version
2 You Know Faust pochette d'album Faust You Know Faust(LP, Album) Klangbad 2 Germany 1997 Vendre cette version
#002 Break The Silence EP pochette d'album Spiros Kaloumenos Break The Silence EP (EP) #002 Greece 2010 Vendre cette version
002 The Mechanic Verses pochette d'album Phonem The Mechanic Verses(2x12", Album, Ltd) Jetlag 002 Germany 1999 Vendre cette version
2 Couleurs Sur Paris pochette d'album Oberkampf Couleurs Sur Paris(12", RE) Oberkampf Records 2 France 1983 Vendre cette version
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02 Camper Van Beethoven pochette d'album Camper Van Beethoven Camper Van Beethoven(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Pitch-A-Tent 02 UK 1987 Vendre cette version
002 Les Becasses pochette d'album Les Becasses* Les Becasses(10", EP) Terror Motel 002 France 2012 Vendre cette version
02 Oxygene 7-13 pochette d'album Jean Michel Jarre* Oxygene 7-13(CD, Album) Disques Dreyfus 02 France 1997 Vendre cette version
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61sprite

61sprite

4 janvier 2019
The pressings from the Rolling Stones box set (Abbey Road/ Miles Showell) pressed at MPO are terrible. All that and the stamper destroys it.
mtngchi

mtngchi

3 janvier 2019
They may have new stamping machines now... their new pressings don't have the "three concentric rings"
Musicfreak98

Musicfreak98

1 octobre 2018
My thoughts on MPO are that they're a curiously inconsistent plant. I have quite a number of releases from them and some are merely acceptable whilst others are, frankly, superb. At their best, I think they're preferable to either GZ Media or Optimal and I would say their overall quality control is better from my experience than either of those, however they're definitely not as consistently excellent as Record Industry. I've had records from them that suffer from a fairly high noise floor and intermittent crackling, but I've had more records with barely a flaw to mention. Overall, I'd say I generally find them to be one of the better European pressing plants, but they're not above putting out the occasional disappointing release (though, to be honest, I don't think there's many plants that are - I've even heard one or two underwhelming presses from Pallas and RTI).
soundspace

soundspace

14 avril 2018
I have not had any severe issues with MPO, but I have had a couple of records that didn't look new and needed a few deep cleans to play well, but most I have from MPO are good or excellent. They may not be the best European pressing plant, but if left the choice between MPO and United, 9 times out of 10 I will go with MPO.
patlebouc

patlebouc

7 janvier 2018
bought Bjork Vulnicura sealed , and it has a 1cm scratch you can feel when you touch it on first track of side 2 , how can something like that happens ???how come this record's been packed and sold like that ?. obvious lack of quality control
AlecTronic

AlecTronic

6 novembre 2017
edité about 1 year ago
"Delays at France's MPO vinyl pressing plant disrupt label release schedules

Andy Whittaker of R&S Records, whose relationship with MPO goes back over 15 years, said the label's release schedule was "a total mess. It's the worst it's ever been by a long way. MPO have offered apologies but they have made some bad business decisions this year." Above Board Distribution, which represents the likes of Trip, Red Ember, Cómeme, DFA and Planet E, has said: "Our entire schedule is ripped apart. We've all been in the dark for weeks now. Many releases pencilled in for 2017 are pushed back into 2018 with no further notice.""

https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=40326
ButtShark

ButtShark

22 juillet 2017
edité 5 months ago
I can think of three recent records I own pressed by MPO (probably more I can't think of), and they all have different flaws.
Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower 2015 2LP: came new with scratches and dust, saturated highs
Chilly Gonzales - The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales 2015 LP: hole out-of-centre, doesn't spin or play consistently as a result
Maïak - A Very Pleasant Way to Die 2015 LP: would sound great, but very high noise floor

There's probably a reason MPO isn't famous for the quality of its pressings.

Edit - And yet, as others have mentioned, sometimes they put out flawless pressings. I had the chance to check out two copies of Vendredi sur Mer - Marée Basse, and both are perfectly good, even for clear pressings. The bottom line here is : YMMV. You might luck out, but don't bet on it.
mvns

mvns

26 juillet 2016
MPO's quality control, especially for releases by smaller labels, seems to be lacking. I frequently have non-fill vinyl problems that produces ripping sounds on one channel. Shame!
RobR.

RobR.

9 juillet 2016
I'm surprised about the comments. Bought a Dead can Dance LP (Into the Labyrinth) today and looked up which plant did this great pressing. It's MPO.
Heterograft_Madness

Heterograft_Madness

23 mai 2016
I have to agree with redblooded, terrible quality control. I recently purchased Ihsahn's Arktis and side C had a second centre label pressed onto it, off-centre and on the last track 'crooked red line.' How does something like that get missed during packing? I think it's back to cds for me.