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Perdio Electronics

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Maker of portable and pocket transistor radios, of Bonhill St, Finsbury, London

1956 Incorporated as a private company Perdio Ltd[1]

1961 Plans for a new factory to make radios in Sunderland; the radios were made largely by hand, which was felt to give the company flexibility and avoided high capital charges.

1961 Broadened interests by acquisition of Kenure, Holt and Co and Kenure, Holt Electronics, precision engineers and electronic designers (and A. R. Willmott and Sons (Redhill) which had been absorbed and was no longer trading).

1962 Public company: change of name to Perdio Electronics. Flotation of shares in the company[2] Had developed a transistorised television set, said to be the first mass-produced in Europe.

1963 The Sunderland factory was completed early but production was delayed[3] and the cost of moving production from London was underestimated[4]

1965 Brayhead acquired an interest in the company[5] but plans to sell Perdio some subsidiaries and thereby gain control did not succeed[6]

1965 October: The company was to be put into compulsory liquidation but at the last moment Dansette Products said it would purchase the goodwill and trading assets[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jul 02, 1962
  2. The Times , Jun 22, 1962
  3. The Times, May 10, 1963
  4. The Times, Dec 24, 1963
  5. The Times, Jan 06, 1965
  6. The Times, Sep 24, 1965
  7. The Times, Oct 23, 1965