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1945 A small tool-making and component factory was set up by Wright and Weaire. It was named after the company’s top designers, Renard and Dare, who were made Managing directors.

Later Rendar moved to a new 20,000 sq. foot factory in Burgess Hill, Sussex, were they prospered for many years.

1959 A majority holding in the Ferrograph Co Ltd was acquired by the Wilmot Breeden Group [1]

1959 After the death of Renard, the Ferrograph Co acquired Rendar Instruments[2].

1968 Wilmot Breeden acquired the outstanding shares in Ferrograph[3].

Rendar manufactured high quality plugs and sockets for the electronics industry.

1979 Rockwell acquired Wilmot Breeden, including Wilmot Breeden Electronics

1981 WKR was formed as a management buyout of the 2 Wilmot Breeden Electronics businesses (Wayne Kerr and Rendar) from Rockwell International[4]

1998 Same location as Weir Electronics - possible connection

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 11 June 1959
  2. The Times 28 November 1959
  3. The Times, 22 May 1968
  4. The Times Feb. 11, 1981
  • [1] Ferrograph History