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Burndept Electronics (E.R.)

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of Erith, Kent

1968 Ever Ready acquired the factory and some assets of Burndept Electronics Ltd, maker of Sarbe beacons ; the business would continue and would be used to expand the company's interests in electronics and industrial lighting[1]

1968 Article from unknown newspaper (1968)L Erith Firm's New Walkie-Talkie Tests Success in London Traffic SUCCESSFUL walkie-talkie transmissions relayed above the roar of London's West End traffic to a large gathering of technical experts and the Press on the top floor of an 18-storey hotel, were carried out by Erith employees of Burndept Electronics (E.R.), Ltd., on Monday.

Mr. C. J. Weeks, the company's managing director, speaking at the Carlton Tower Hotel reception which launched the firm's new range of ultra high frequency mobile radio-telephone equipment, announced that extensive trials at London Airport had culminated in an initial order from British European Airways valued at more than £12,000. "These trials," he said, "together with others on large civil engineering and factory sites, have highlighted the out-standing penetration qualities, of the Burndept radio telephone, which can provide effective communications in areas hitherto regarded as blackspots."

He told a Kentish Times reporter: "We will be needing more women workers at our Erith factory for our expansion programme -in this field. All will receive special training."[2]

1971 Burndept were making Readycall (car radiotelephone) and SARBE (search and rescue beacons) and test instruments[3].

1972 Acquired the mobile radio division of Ultra Electronic Holdings[4]

1973 Advert: 50 years experience in radio communications. Introduced its new personal radio telephones[5]

1973 Acquired the land mobile telephone business of Cossor, having previously assumed service responsibility for the mobile equipment supplied by Cossor[6]. Might this be Cossor Communications Co?

1978 Subsidiary of Ever Ready (Holdings) Ltd[7].

1981 Sales in the UK were £4,715,708 and sales in export markets were £1,461,799. The firm's two shareholders were Berec (Ever Ready) and the British Technology Group (N.E.B.); they had invested £3,007,190 in Burndept. The company employed 374 people in 1981 consisting of 218 men and 156 women.[8]

1981 The N.E.B. formed a subsidiary, Grosvenor Development Capital, which took over 51% shareholding in Burndept, along with a number of other N.E.B. Companies.[9]

1981 Directors of the company included:[10]

  • Harry Pinn - Chairman
  • Roy Pierce - Managing Director.
  • John Daniel - Sales and Marketing.
  • John Hilsden - Manufacturing.
  • Brian McIntier - Engineering.
  • Chris Relf - Finance.
  • David Cassidy - Group Financial Controller - Berec Group.

1984 Acquired by FKI Electricals[11].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times June 17, 1968
  2. Full article available
  3. The Times 16 June 1971
  4. The Times July 11, 1972
  5. The Times Apr. 27, 1973
  6. The Times Apr. 30, 1973
  7. The Times, 27 April 1978
  8. Burndept 1981 Special Report for All Employees.
  9. Burndept 1981 Special Report for All Employees.
  10. Burndept 1981 Special Report for All Employees.
  11. Funding Universe [1]