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of London. Supplier of optical, scientific and electronic equipment, mainly to overseas governments and military forces
1965 Rights and Issues Investment Trust acquired 10 percent of the shares and, amongst other things, stimulated the company to assemble a catalogue of all of the equipment that it supplied; the principal subsidiary was United Scientific Instruments; most of its products were made to order by outside manufacturers.
1968 Public issue of shares.
1972 Sold United Beller Ltd
1977 Acquired a major share of the equity of Optic Electronic Corporation of Dallas which also had a leading role in supplying military range-finders
1980 Acquired US defence equipment company Ni-Tec
1989 Announced loss due to problems at Avimo. Meggitt launched a bid for the company but, after winning acceptances from a majority of shareholders, walked away from the deal, after new financial information was released. Acquired Self Changing Gears from Cummins