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British Industrial History

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of Picton Street, London, SE5

1914 Max Gort-Barten, entrepreneur, was born in Germany

c.1939 He arrived in England

WWII Gort-Barten joined the British army.

1946 He bought a small factory in Camberwell as an outlet for his engineering skills and creativity

1946 Early products were a stainless steel fire screen, a cocktaik shaker and custard mixer. The flip sided toaster was his first patented idea

The Dual-Light electric fire gave its name to the company: Dualit took its name.

Further toaster designs followed.

1952 First toaster with a timer

1954 Moved to a new factory in the Old Kent Road.

Other members of the family joined the company

2003 Max Gort-Barten died

2003 The company moved to new premises in Crawley, West Sussex.

Further products included DAB radios, food preparation appliances, a coffee machine.

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Sources of Information

  • Dualit website [1]