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Radio and Allied Industries

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of Slough.

of Hirwaun, Aberdare, South Wales.

1954 8th June. Formed as a private company to manufacture radios, televisions and radiograms; acquired Banner Radio and Television and took over the business of Sobell Industries.

1956 June. Radio and Allied bought McMichael Radio, a small public company also based in Slough, for £345,000.

1958 May. Incorporated as a public company. Increased share capital. Had 134,000 sq ft factory at Hirwaun, Aberdare, South Wales. Michael Sobell was chairman; Arnold Weinstock was one of the 2 joint managing directors.[1]

1961 Manufacturers of "Sobell" and "McMichael" radio and television receivers and radiogramophones. 2,000 employees. [2]

1961 On 28 February, it was announced that Radio and Allied had been acquired by GEC for £8m making the Sobell family GEC's largest shareholder.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, May 30, 1958
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times Wednesday, Mar 01, 1961