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Birmingham Sound Reproducers

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September 1947
August 1948.
January 1949.
March 1949.
June 1949.
September 1949.
December 1951. GU4, MU14, MU10 and MU15.
September 1953. Monarch.
June 1955. Regent H.F.100.
August 1956.
October 1961.

of Claremont Street, Old Hill, Staffs. Telephone: Cradley Heath 6212-3. Cables: "Electronic, Old Hill". London and Export Office: 115 Gower Street, WC1. Telephone: Euston 7515. (1947)

1932 Private company established by Dr D M McDonald to make electronic equipment and manufacture record changer mechanisms.

1947 Manufacturers of High Quality Sound Reproducing apparatus, Inter-office Communication Sets, Sound Recording Instruments, Low Frequency Oscillators, Laboratory Test Equipment, Factory Staff Location. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. C.1517) [1]

1957 Became public company.

1961 Manufacturers of automatic record changers, gramophone pick-ups and tape decks. 2,600 employees. [2]

1970 Dr McDonald sold a large amount of his shares to the public; name of the company was BSR Ltd[3]

1971 BSR acquired Bulpitt and Sons[4]. Known as BSR Housewares, Swan Housewares became a subsidiary.

1973 BSR Housewares bought Goblin (BVC)[5].

1977 Acquired Judge International, a pots and pans manufacturer[6]

1981 BSR bought Hong-Kong based consumer electronics manufacturer Capetronic International for £2.8 million. This move formed the basis of main BSR division in Far East.[7]

1984 Pifco agreed to acquire Swan Housewares from BSR International[8] but later the deal collapsed[9]

The company moved to Hong Kong

1989 Moulinex bought Swan Housewares from BSR[10]

1989 In return for acquiring 5 business from Emerson Electric of USA, Emerson took a 45 percent stake in the company; the business was re-focussed on making power supplies for electronic equipment; the name was changed to Astec (BSR)[11]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair p32
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times, Mar 13, 1970
  4. The Times, May 04, 1972
  5. The Times, Jan 31, 1973
  6. The Times, Mar 16, 1977
  7. The Engineer 1981/05/07
  8. The Times, Oct 09, 1984
  9. The Times, Dec 15, 1984
  10. The Times, August 29, 1989
  11. The Times, August 30, 1988