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Filtronic plc of Shipley manufacture of a broad range of customised RF, microwave and millimetre wave components and subsystems for telecommunications.

1977 June company formed

Maker of devices for military hardware.

1985 Filtronic Components received a Queen's Award for Technology[1]

1988 Filtronic Comtek founded by Professor David Rhodes[2]

1992 Stock market flotation of Filtronic Comtek

1998 Acquired LK-Products from Nokia, a maker of filters and antennae for mobile phones, and Litton Solid State; share issue to raise the money to pay for these and other acquisitions[3]

1999 Acquired a semiconductor factory at Newton Aycliffe from Fujitsu to make gallium arsenide semi-conductor devices[4]

2001 After a period of losses, arrangements were made for the Newton Aycliffe plant to manufacture components for other companies[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times , Apr 22, 1985
  2. The Times, September 28, 1994
  3. The Times, August 08, 1998
  4. The Times, August 03, 1999
  5. The Times July 31, 2001
  • [1] Company web site