EKCO SOUNDS reveals many of the company’s long kept secrets from the personal accounts of the workers and the family of the founder Eric Cole. It also details how EKCO became a major player in UK manufacturing and how it pioneered occupational pensions and paid holiday for workers. It contains many photographs of the works, the tunnels and the secret war-time production, as well as many iconic promotional adverts and images from a bygone era.
EKCO was the first in the UK to produce car radios, truly portable televisions, convection heaters and fluorescent lighting. Less known is its important role in radar, providing the technology behind Britain’s first guided missile and its secret war work monitoring the Nazis. From plastic baby baths to vital medical equipment, the EKCO brand touched most people’s lives in its 40 years in business. The company was also involved in secretive war manufacturing as well as key medical equipment and civilian aviation technology that is still used today.
Peter and Chris tell the never-told-before story of what exactly made this company so vital to Britain and the world and why it disappeared so quickly.
EKCO Sounds also reveals a great deal about its founder Eric Cole, as told by his son Derek who worked alongside his father in the management office. Eric was involved in the setting up the concept of an integrated European Union to ensure future peace on the continent and was also a key supporter of ending apartheid in South Africa. EKCO was a lot more than a simple radio producer in Southend!
Praise for EKCO Sounds:
“A key, world-beating player in the pioneering days of broadcasting and consumer electronics, the name EKCO remains a byword for gutsy Essex entrepreneurship.”
“For anyone who has an interest in the
history of British engineering, industry
and innovation it is a cracking read!”
“This book is a must for anyone with an
interest in the history of Southend.”
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