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Muirhead and Co

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Muirhead and Company, of Beckenham, electrical and mechanical engineers.

1894 Company founded by Alexander Muirhead

1896 Moved to Elmers End in Beckenham, Kent.

1904 Private company.

1910 Exhibited at the Physical Society's Exhibition[1]

1911 Exhibited electromagnetic rectifiers for converting ac into dc and the automatic transformer switch which only supplies power when a light is switched on[2].

1960 Public company[3].

1961 Manufacturers of precision electrical instruments and condensers. Specialised in picture telegraph, measuring and testing equipment for the electrical and communication industries.

1962 Muirhead and Co acquired Addison Electric Co[4].

1964 Company reported an "era of opportunity" although Addison's results were disappointing but expected would improve with pick-up in cable industry[5].

1965 Brown Brothers and Co marketed a new form of ship stabilizer, the Muirhead-Brown Controlled Tank Stabilizer, invented by John Bell, engineering consultant of Muirheads[6].

1968 Demonstrated facsimile transmission with GEC.

1972 Acquired Vactric Control Equipment[7] and Integrated Photomatrix

1979 Established Muirhead Office Systems

1981 Company reported a substantial loss; closed the Morden factory[8]

1985 Maker of facsimile machines and electronic components, especially for the defence industry; received bid from RHP[9], which was soon successful.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 12, 1910
  2. The Times, 20 September 1911
  3. The Times, 12 January 1961
  4. The Times,2 April 1962
  5. The Times, 20 January 1964
  6. The Times, 21 January 1965
  7. The Times, Apr 12, 1972
  8. The Times Jan 16, 1981
  9. The Times , Apr 25, 1985