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January 1949.
March 1949.
May 1949.
June 1949.
September 1949.
June 1955.
May 1960. Televet 259 and Radiovet 211.
December 1960. Televet 259 and Radiovet 211.
June 1961. Televet 259 and Radiovet 211.
March 1962. Televet Type 259 and Radivet Type 211.

Airmec, electronic engineers, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (works)

of 19, Charterhouse Street, London (offices)

1942 Company founded.

1946 The Philco Radio and Television Corporation changed its name to Radio and Television Trust Ltd [1] in order to acquire export rights which were specifically excluded from the pre-war agreement with Philco Corportation of America. The Philco name would only be used for products sold in Britain; Airmec International Sales was formed to handle exports of products under the Airmec name.

1952 Name changed.

1959 Airmec Ltd was the only operating subsidiary of Radio and Television Trust; Dr Simmonds was managing director; Airmec carried out development of applied electronics and manufacture of high precision apparatus.[2]

1961 Electronic engineers, specialising in scientific research. [3]

1962 Change of name of parent company to Controls and Communications Ltd.

1967 Controls and Communications Ltd established a joint venture with AEI called Airmec-AEI which would bring together all of the partners's numerical control and systems interests[4].

1967 When AEI was acquired by GEC, Controls and Communications acquired AEI's minority interest in the company[5].

1969 Became part of Racal Electronics when that company took over Controls and Communications[6].

1969 Airmec-AEI subsidiary sold to Plessey Co, reflecting government policy to encourage consolidation in numerical controls. Airmec Instruments remained a part of Racal Instruments[7].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 6 March 1946
  2. The Times, Nov 09, 1959
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. The Times, 26 August 1967
  5. The Times, 2 October 1969
  6. The Times 7 January 1969
  7. The Times, 2 October 1969