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Timex

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1987-1989.

Timex of 49 Old Bond Street, London, W.I and of Dundee.

1946 A 44-acre site was established in Dundee for U. K. Time, a subsidiary of U. S. Time Corporation

1947 The company was employing 300 people.

Two more sites were established over the next few years as the company went from strength to strength.

1953 Distribution by U. K. Time Ltd of Old Bond St, London

1960 Timex was employing 1,500 in Dundee and was the the UK's largest exporter of watches.

By the mid 1960's the company employed 2,500 people.

1966 Timex was producing a Polaroid camera at it's site.

1968 The workforce was 4,200 and a peak level of employment 6,000 was reached in the mid 70s.

1979 The Polaroid contract ran out.

By the beginning of the 80s the workforce dropped to 4,300. Timex gained contracts to make IBM products, mainly keyboards, along with a contract to make the Nimslo 3-D camera.

1981 Timex gained the manufacturing contract for the Sinclair ZX81 computer.

1982 Gained a contract for the Sinclair Spectrum computer. This diversification saved 2,000 jobs.

1983 Nimslo pulled out and mechanical watch production stopped resulting in 1,900 redundancies.

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Sources of Information

  • The Engineer 1983/01/20