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McMichael Radio

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June 1924.
1932. Duplex Four. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
January 1949.
September 1953.
September 1953.
October 1961.
Advertising sign.
Exhibit at Coldharbour Mill
Exhibit at Coldharbour Mill (Detail)

of Slough

1920 Company founded by Leslie McMichael and Rene Klein

1922 Private company incorporated: L. McMichael Ltd

1932 McMichael Radio was incorporated as a public company to develop the business of L. McMichael Ltd[1]. The company bought the freehold of its site, some two acres of an area bordering Wexham Road and the spur of the Grand Union Canal.

1936 Started to manufacture televisions on a small scale

WWII wartime work on wireless sets, IFF equipment, magnetic mine detection and detonation

Post-WWII Recommenced production of domestic radio and television receivers whilst continuings with military work, producing sonar buoys

1953 Manufacturer of TV sets [2]

1956 June. Radio and Allied Industries bought McMichael Radio, a small public company, for £345,000. Domestic radio and television production under the Sobell name, military equipment under McMichael Radio Ltd name

1957 Converted into a private company[3]

1958 90,000 sq ft factory at Wexham Road, Slough and and additional 30,000 sq ft on leasehold in Slough. [4]

1960 Produced equipment for British satellite UK1

1961 Designers and manufacturers of telecommunication radar and electronic equipment, and radio and television cabinets. 750 employees. [5]

1961 Radio and Allied Industries Ltd was bought by GEC. McMichael Radio Ltd operated as autonomous subsidiary of GEC

1963 McMichael Radio Ltd was incorporated[6]

1982 Name changed to Gecophone Ltd

1988 Became part of GEC Power Systems Ltd of Rugby

1989 Became part of GEC Alsthom

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 05, 1932
  2. Choosing your Television Set. Published by Freelance in 1953.
  3. The Times May 30, 1958
  4. The Times, Friday, May 30, 1958
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. Companies House filing
  • [1] Science Museum