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Brocks Group

From Graces Guide

Electronics and marine equipment manufacturer of Hatton Place, London EC1, and of Poole

1969 Public company Brocks Alarms was renamed Brocks Group, reflecting the intention to diversify[1]

1970 Acquired Astaron-Bird, maker of marine radar and electronic components[2]. The factories at Ramsgate and Wareham were closed and the work transferred to Araston-Bird's factory at Poole[3]

1972 Acquired International Time Recording[4]

1976 Brocks disposed of International Time Recording Holdings[5]

1978 Brocks Alarms was sold to Automated Security (Holdings); the car entertainment and radio divisions were suffering from competition from the Far East; investment would be made in expanding the marine products, such as navigation aids, including by acquisition[6]

1979 Acquired Pelco (Electronics), Grovemart and Pern Electronics (Kennington). Racal sold its 11.8 percent shareholding in the company[7]

1980 Competition from the Far East caused problems for the company, and high exchange rates affected its American marine equipment market. Established a new high technology division, Brocks Dynamics; invested in R&D.

1981 Most of the companies were put into receivership; Pelco (Electronics) was sold to Welwyn Electronics[8]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 07, 1969
  2. The Times, Feb 14, 1970
  3. The Times, Nov 20, 1970
  4. The Times, May 08, 1972
  5. The Times, Jun 17, 1976
  6. The Times, Aug 23, 1978
  7. The Times, Apr 18, 1980
  8. The Times, Aug 04, 1981