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W. Vinten

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1953. Ref AA below
Sept 1953.
1956. Ref AA below

of Urbanora House, 89-91 Wardour Street, London, W1

1910 W. Vinten was founded.

1922 Advert as Specialist in Cinematography Apparatus. Model "C" Camera; Model "M" Tripod. Also Cut-off Attachments, Printers, Winders, Measures, Perforation Gauges, Developing Plant, general Studio Requisites; Repairs; Engraving; General Engineering. (Stand No. G.61f) [1]

1928 Company incorporated.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1967 Queen's Award for Industry

1972 Floated on the London Stock Exchange[2], Supplied photographic equipment to a range of markets including defence (reconnaissance), camera mounts for television studios, specialist cameras such as for betting shops).

1973 The company changed its name to Vinten Group Limited.

Maker of aerial reconnaissance systems and other monitoring equipment.

1981 Acquired the Evershed Power Optics subsidiary of Brown Boveri Kent[3]

1982 Acquired Exotic Materials of USA; established Vinten Electro-Optics in UK; agreed to buy a competitor Television Products Co of Los Angeles[4]

1984 Company name changed to Vinten Group plc.

1995 As a consequence of the expansion of the Group through various acquisitions during the past ten years, the company was renamed Vitec Group plc.

Current activities include the design and manufacture of high quality equipment principally for photography, video, cinematography and live events professionals. Distribution of in-house and third party photographic accessories. Products include photographic and video camera tripods and heads. Lighting stands, grips and accessories. Lighting and scenery suspension equipment. Camera bags. Live entertainment and exhibition lighting suspension structures and staging systems. Third party products distributed include flash units, light meters and filters

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Sources of Information

  1. 1922 British Industries Fair Advert ccxiii; and p81
  2. The Times, Dec 11, 1972
  3. The Times, Jul 21, 1981
  4. The Times, Jul 20, 1982
  • [1] Vitec Group Website
  • [2] Ditto