German manufacturing and distribution company with two vinyl mastering and pressing plants as well as a tape duplication plant. One plant ("Werk I") was located in Hannover (Podbielskistrasse) and one plant ("Werk II") was located in Langenhagen (Klusriede).
Werk I was pressing all 10" and 12" records and did the tape duplication (both until 1991), while Werk II did all the mastering and also pressing of injection molded 7"s as well as the pressing of CDs. Also done in Langenhagen was all cover printing as well as the record and cassette assembly.
Previously operating as Phonodisc GmbH.
How to identify vinyl cuttings:
PRS Hannover lacquer cuts have a 320 (or 3 20) in the matrix. Please use Lacquer Cut At - PRS Hannover in these cases (1978 - 1986 and 1991 - 1992).
Another unique characteristic for this plant are the sideways arranged stamper letters.
S1 and / or S1=2 etc. stand for the number of transfers from tape to the lacquer (but this is not plant specific).
PRS was a full service provider for the German market, i.e. the records were usually also pressed in Hannover ("Made in Germany", German copyright text, GEMA). However, exceptions exist and therefore the plant should not be credited when one of the three characteristics is missing.
All injection moulded 7"s from the Polydor and Philips families of labels and carrying a Made in Germany, were manufactured in Langenhagen.
The very first CD was pressed in August 1982 and commercial CD manufacturing commenced on August 17, 1982 in the Langenhagen plant. However, CDs are usually credited as "Made by Polygram, Hanover, West Germany".
PRS Hannover vinyl pressings often also carry a colourless embossed stamp "PRS Hannover" on the back cover. That does not necessarily mean the cover was also printed in Hannover, but at least it was assembled there. Some covers were printed previously by Gerhard Kaiser GmbH.
In January 1986 (legally effective May 1986), PRS Hannover, with both plants and all respective vinyl and CD manufacturing and distribution activities, are transferred to PDO, Germany (Philips And DuPont Optical GmbH). This lasted until September 1991 when the plants were transferred back to PRS GmbH.
Renamed to PMDC, Germany, effective January 1993.