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Ferguson Radio Corporation

Ferguson Electronics (formerly known as Ferguson Radio Corporation) is an electronics company specializing in small electronics items such as radios and set top boxes.


Ferguson is one of the older electronics companies, alongside Ultra, Dynatron, Pye and Bush in the United Kingdom. It was originally an American–Canadian pre-War company making radio sets for the U.K. market based upon contemporary American models. After World War II, it became Ferguson Radio Corporation, making radio receivers and, later, televisions. Later still, it became part of the British Radio Corporation. It was taken over by THORN Electrical Industries in the late 1950s, but the Ferguson name continued to be used by Thorn, and its successor Thorn EMI.

Throughout the company's early history, Ferguson products were very popular across its wide customer base. By the early 1960s its wide product range included a most comprehensive range of audio and TV equipment. Small, battery-operated portable transistor radios to solid oak 6 ft wide hydraulic lid radiograms sporting fully automatic stackable Garrard turntables, multi-channel radios and 2-foot-wide stereo speakers were commonplace in many UK households. Open reel tape recorders and hi-fis followed.

Sales held well, with 1980s new introductions including personal cassette players, CD players and video recorders.

The 1980s saw much competition from foreign brands such as JVC, Tandy, Hitachi and Sanyo. Even High Street electrical outlets such as Dixons and Currys introduced own brands manufactured in the far East, such as Saisho and Matsui. This took its toll on the Ferguson brand and in 1987 it was sold off to the French electronics company Thomson.[1] Thomson itself subsequently withdrew from the competitive European consumer electronics market. In the UK, the Ferguson brand was licensed initially to DSI (Dixons and Currys). DSI ceased using it in 2006 and competitor Comet took up the licence and used it until 2012. Comet used the brand on Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes, DVD players and DAB radios. Although Comet went into administration in November 2012, it had discontinued using the Ferguson brand earlier in the year.


A Polish electronics company called Ferguson Sp. z.o.o. was established in 1989. It initially used the same Ferguson branding as Thomson used when it owned Ferguson but the branding was updated in 2012. The company has another connection with Thomson. Its website states that its DVD players are produced in conjunction with TCL Thomson, now known as TCL. The company introduced digital satellite TV receivers in 2001 and has since focused its efforts on digital TV receivers. The company's products on its website [2] include digital TV receivers, tablets, DVD players and loudspeakers. The latter are stated to be made by US company Pure Acoustics.

UK Trademarks

There are currently two Ferguson trademarks registered for class 09, audio visual equipment, in the UK:[3] EU010787471 Registered by Ferguson Sp. z.o.o. 04/04/2012 but opposed and UKUK00000652009 EU003131927 Registered by Thomson Multimedia now Technicolor, dates back to 26/09/1946.


External links

  • List of Ferguson televisions
  • Ferguson digital, Poland website
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