DADC Reopens London Facility14 Sep, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Just over a year after it was destroyed during riots, the London Sony DADC disc distribution center has reopened with a flourish, with Prime Minister David Cameron attending opening ceremonies.
Roughly 25% of Britain’s stock of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs was destroyed by the fire. The new center in Enfield, North London, is built on the same location as the old facility.
“The riots last summer were devastating for many local communities and the businesses within them,” Cameron said in a press release. “I've heard today how upsetting it was for the employees here at Sony DADC to see the building they had worked in — some of them for many years — reduced to rubble. But I want to commend Sony for seeing this as an opportunity to rebuild an even better facility and for protecting the jobs of those employed here while they did it.”
DADC said construction of the new facility was the fastest of its type ever in the United Kingdom, and the new facility is bigger, offering a peak throughput capability of approximately 1.2 million units, capable of shipping 55,000 titles per day.
“Thanks to the dedication of our employees, contractors, suppliers and customers we have managed to pull off the impossible and re-establish our business in time for our busiest trading period and kept alive the businesses that depend on our services." said Natasha Tyrrell, GM of distribution at Sony DADC U.K. “This is a significant investment for us and demonstrates our commitment to developing our business despite an increasingly challenging environment in the packaged media industry.
“Capitalizing on the skills of our employees, our cross-section of customers in the entertainment industries of home video, music, games and software and our ability to adapt our services, means we are in an excellent position to drive new business,” she said.