Many people think that all technology and computers are made in South East Asia. Not the case. You only need think of the UK’s massive defence industry and all the cars made in the UK (discussed elsewhere). Here are some more technology and electronic products that are made in the UK.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Manufacturing is being moved from China to the UK. It’s made at the Sony manufacturing plant in South Wales. You can see the words “Made in the UK” on the UK made version, as shown right hand side in the picture below.
Raspberry Pi. Made in Wales.
In July 2014 an updated B+ Raspberry Pi was announced…and it still made in the UK 🙂 Look at the all important words on the left hand side in the picture below.
Raspberry Pi B+. Made in the UK
Japanese company Sony make their broadcast and professional video cameras at the same site.
Japanese company Sony make broadcast and professional video cameras in South Wales. They also manufacture for others and the Raspberry Pi computer is also made in their factory for example mentioned above. As far as I know they do not make any domestic home electrical items like TVs in the UK anymore.
Sony might still have a disc (optical storage media) manufacturing operation (making CDs and DVDs; Sony DADC UK Ltd) in Southwater in West Sussex too. If the factory is still in Southwater it was formerly part of Rank’s Deluxe CD and DVD operation with the site being sold to Sony in 2006. The other Rank Organisation Deluxe CD and DVD factory in Blackburn became the Entertainment Distribution Company (EDC) factory after it was sold by Rank and the factory was closed and production moved abroad in 2010. Neighbouring Blackburn Microtech Solutions, formerly LG Philips and Mullards, makers of cathodes for televisions, other television components, audio amplification valves, 3D X-ray scanning technology for airport scanners and energy efficient light bulbs, closed down in 2009.
Zoostorm make a huge range of desktop and laptop computers and devices, and tablets, in the UK, upon which you might also be able to put a British engineered operating system too. Some of the parts used may be foreign made. Zoostorm computers are discussed in an article by British Family and sell at very good prices – http://www.zoostorm.com
The Sinclair ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers were manufactured in Dundee, Scotland, in the now closed Timex factory. These were made from 1982–1992. The Commodore 64, the BBC Microcomputer / Acorn Computers and the Amstrad CPC range were rivals to the Spectrum in the UK market during the early 1980s, but I don’t know where all these computers were made. The BBC Microcomputer was assembled in the UK but I don’t know where it was made.
A vintage Sinclair ZX81 home computer which would have been made in Scotland.
A vintage Sinclair 48K ZX Spectrum computer (1982) which would have been made in Scotland.
Sinclair ZX81 Vintage Computer. Made in UK.
Sinclair ZX81 Vintage Computer. Made in UK. Underside view with the words “Made in UK”.
A vintage BBC B Microcomputer (designed by Acorn Computers). Assembled in the UK.
A vintage BBC B Microcomputer (designed by Acorn Computers). Assembled in the UK. You can make out the words “Assembled in the United Kingdom” on this picture
VeryPC manufacture some of their own brand aluminium casing for computers in Yorkshire and assemble / build some of their computers in the UK using foreign made parts – https://www.very-pc.co.uk
Novatech assemble / build some of their computers in the UK using foreign made parts – http://www.novatech.co.uk
Ink2Work at H.M. Prison Belmarsh is a great project remanufacturing printer cartridges for printers, used by the public sector.
Connectix Cabling Systems manufacture some of their IT cabling products in the UK.
P.W. Circuits are a UK manufacturer of printed circuit boards – http://www.pwcircuits.co.uk
Surrey Satellite Technology builds in the UK and operates small satellites – http://www.sstl.co.uk
Marshall Amps have a factory in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, England. The amplifiers which are manufactured abroad are the MG Range, MB Range and the Acoustic Combos, all other amplifiers are manufactured in the Milton Keynes Factory (according to their website 4.12.13) – http://www.marshallamps.com
Rogers speakers are now made in the Far East, as are IAG (International Audio Group) speakers (Mission, Quad, Wharfedale, Audiolab and Castle Acoustics) these days. So too are Tannoy speakers. Cambridge Audio products are all made in the Far East, as are NAD products. Leaks (H.J. Leak & Co.), which was sold to the Rank Organisation in 1969, ceased production in the 1970s. Likewise Radford speakers closed in 1989. Gerrard turntables closed in 1995. Gradiente Electronica of Brazil had bought the company in 1979 and some production may have moved to Brazil after that. A company called Loricraft Audio, based in Swindon as Gerrard was, restores old Gerrard turntables and make a turntable called the Gerrard 501 under licence. Loricraft also make vinyl record cleaners. Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos, bought two of Britain’s oldest radio and television brands, Alba and Bush in 2008 and as far as I know the names have disappeared except in Argos and there is no suggestion that Bush and Alba are still made in the UK. The Alba Group, which was renamed back to its original name, Harvard International, in 2008 and is now called Alba (Alba Broadcasting Corporation Limited) again and was left with Goodmans and former German company Grundig (now Turkish owned). Goodmans is still going but there is no suggestion on their website of any UK manufacturing. Haybrook and JPW (Audio Group International) do not mention country of origin on their websites and are presumably foreign made. Kudos do not mention country of origin on their websites and are presumably now foreign made. Likewise with AVI. Philips products are now all made in the Far East. Naim Audio do not mention country of origin on their website and their products are presumably now foreign made.
KEF and Meridian Audio speakers are owned by a Hong based company which apparently maintains some manufacturing in the UK as well as manufacturing in China. Country of origin is not given on their websites for products so you will need to ask and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their websites – http://www.kef.com – https://www.meridian-audio.com
It may be that Bowers & Wilkins speakers still have a factory in the UK. Country of origin is not given on their website for products so you will need to ask where they are made and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their website – http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk
Graham Slee hi-fi equipment is made in Britain. It says on their website that their products are “designed and still made in Britain!”. However, country of origin is not given against particular products, so please check where a product is made before buying – http://www.gspaudio.co.uk
Sonneteer amplifiers and CD players are made in Britain – http://sonneteer.co.uk
Arcam (A&R Cambridge Ltd hi-fi and home cinema equipment; now owned by JAM industries of Canada) no longer manufacture in the UK (assembly is now done in China and the USA), as they confirmed to me by email on 1/9/14.
Roksan audio products are made in England. According to their website “Roksan products are still to this day manufactured in the company’s headquarters in London” – http://www.roksan.co.uk
Sugden Audio (J E Sugden) amplifiers are made in England – http://www.sugdenaudio.com
Rega speakers, turntables and amplifiers have a factory in England. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you will need to check whether the product you are interested in is actually made in the UK – http://www.rega.co.uk
Linn turntables appear to still have a factory in Scotland. Country of origin is not given on their website for products so you will need to ask where they are made and it may be that all or most products are foreign made these days as country of origin is not clearly stated on their website – http://www.linn.co.uk
There is no information about country of manufacture on the Inspire Hi-Fi website but it is rumoured on the internet that their turntables are made in England. It would be worth checking where they are made if you are interested – http://www.inspirehifi.co.uk
Sound Leisure jukeboxes are made in Britain – http://www.classicjukeboxes.co.uk
Sound Leisure ROCKET 88 JUKEBOX. Made in Britain
MCH Media make MP3 and MP4 players and these are all made in Britain and are at reasonable prices – http://www.mchmedia.co.uk
RHA Headphones do not give any information about country of origin on their website but British Family suggest they are made in the UK. These headphones get good reviews online so it would be worth asking where they are made – http://www.rha-audio.com
Angle & Curve headphones are made in England – http://www.angleandcurve.com
Angle & Curve Carboncans – Carbon Black & Lunar Grey (with mic). Made in England.
Also please see “British Made Musical Instruments and Music Players“.
Roberts Radio still make their traditional radios in the UK, but their plastic models are made in the Far East these days – http://www.robertsradio.co.uk
A quote from the Roberts Radio website “plastic-cased receivers and personal cassette players are imported from the far east … However, wooden-eased receivers still predominate, and these continue to be made at East Molesey.”
Unfortunately country of origin information is not given on the Roberts Radio website or on the product packaging, so you will want to confirm with the company directly if a particular product is UK made before buying.
It is still possible to buy a British made television, from Cello, who make TVs in England. Available via their website and in shops. Prices are very reasonable.
It is suggested on the net that the parts or some of the parts for Cello TVs are Chinese made but even if that is correct it would be better to buy a TV by Cello even if it is only assembled here rather than buying a totally foreign made TV.
Below are 2 quotes from the Cello website.
“Cello Electronics, is one of Europe’s most innovative LCD TV brands with every product proudly manufactured in the UK. This unique aspect gives you an assurance of quality that is rare in the TV industry. Also, Cello breaks the mould by focusing all of its knowledge and experience on one product category – TVs. This means absolute dedication of resources to ensure we are able to create great products that combine innovation, style, features and amazing value.”
“Cello Electronics is a UK based company with offices across the globe. However, all TVs destined for the UK market are manufactured in our plant in the North East of England. This is a distinct advantage for our customers who receive the benefit of the most advanced technology sourced from around the world combined with the quality assurance that comes from local manufacturing.”
Cello Electronics 27″ C27118DVB LCD TV’s. Made in the UK.
Also, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-wT for Scientific equipment made in the UK.