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Wayne Kerr Co

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Wayne-Kerr Company had 2 subsidiaries:

later of Chessington, Tolworth and Bognor

1949 David L. Breeden was a director of Wayne-Kerr Laboratories, as well as becoming a director of the new Wilmot Breeden company[1].

1958 Wilmot Breeden acquired a majority interest in Wayne Kerr Co, specialist in electronic measuring equipment[2].

1977 Wayne-Kerr went onto a 3 day week "due to a run down in orders". Although short-time working at Wayne Kerr only lasted for 3 months, the electronics division of Wilmot Breeden made losses of nearly £500k due partly to Ferrograph and partly to Rendar.

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[3]

1983 Wayne Kerr Datum Ltd made CAD systems for design of printed circuits; wayne Kerr Plc was located in Bognor Regis[4]

1985 Public sale of shares in the company was heavily oversubscribed; the company was a specialist in computer-aided design[5].

1987 Acquired the assets of ATE Systems from Fairey[6]

1988 Acquired by Farnell Electronics[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 8 January 1949
  2. The Times, 2 April 1958
  3. The Times Feb. 11, 1981
  4. The Times, June 21, 1983
  5. The Times, 3 April 1985
  6. The Times Oct. 15, 1987
  7. The Times Aug. 24, 1988