Transistor radio manufacturers in Hong Kong

In 1963 Hong Kong exported 2,550,000 transistor radios, and increase of 1,150,000 from 1962. Here are a few of the many companies involved in this business.

Thanks to IDJ for supplying the Aero Electronics, Atlas and International Electronics adverts.

Aero Electronics
Brand Names: Herald

Aero Electronics-1963 advert transistor radio2 IDJ

1963 Courtesy: IDJ

Atlas Electronics Corporation (環球電子)

York Lo: In May 1962, [Peter HT] Woo incorporated Atlas Electronics Corporation (環球電子) and consolidated his operations under the Atlas name.
By 1963 Atlas had 400 workers and was churning out 80000 six transistor radios per month with average 90 day delivery to New York.
By 1967, Atlas was producing 250,000 radios a month according to the Trade Bulletin published by the HK Department of Industry and Commerce. The firm was so successful that it went public in 1969 on the newly formed Far East Stock Exchange with Woo as its chairman, becoming the first electronics company listed in the Hong Kong stock market.

See: Peter H.T. Woo – Father of the Hong Kong Electronics Industry

Atlas Electronics-advert-1964 IDJ

1964 Courtesy: IDJ

Champagne Engineering Corporation Ltd (香賓電業有限公司)

York Lo: In March 1958, [Peter HT Woo] incorporated Champagne Engineering Corporation Ltd (香賓電業有限公司) and began assembling transistor radios in Hong Kong using Japanese transistors, making Champagne the first electronics firm in Hong Kong.

See: Peter H.T. Woo – Father of the Hong Kong Electronics Industry

International Electronics (Division of International Service Corporation Ltd)
Brand Names: Fiesta and Kent

International Service Corporation-1963 advert transistor radio from IDJ

1963 Courtesy: IDJ

Zephyr Radio Company

Brand Name: Londale

This article was first posted on 28th September 2015.


Related Indhhk articles:

  1. An Emerging Industry: Hong Kong’s transistor radios, 1962 Government trade bulletin
  2. The Electronics Industry of Hong Kong: an analysis of its growth 1959-1969

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