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PIAS Warehouse To Be Replaced
The Quietus , March 28th, 2012 08:23

An "enhanced" warehouse and distribution centre to replace warehouse destroyed in riots

As we reported last August, many independent record labels were hit badly by the destruction of Sony DADC's UK's distribution warehouse in Enfield, which was also shared by PIAS. The warehouse was destroyed by fire during last summer's riots. Businesses all the way from the larger likes of the Beggars Group, Warp and Ninja Tune to tiny independents lost a great deal of their new and back catalogue stock, with associated knock-on effects for the release of new records during that period of 2011.

Sony DADC now plans to build an "enhanced" version of the original distribution centre on the same site, report Music Week. It will be larger than its predecessor - two metres higher and with an extra floor of office space - and is set to start operating this summer.

“When completed, our new UK distribution centre will occupy the same site, but it will provide even better support than before with more capacity, better technology and a bigger infrastructure, which is intended to support future growth," said Sony DADC executive VP Chris Reiser of the project.

Taking into account last year's events, Sony DADC have stated that they plan to employ an "advanced security concept", which aims to prevent a similar situation arising again in future.