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Old 9th Nov 2017, 11:48 pm   #1
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Question Hatfield Instruments, Ltd. History?

I think I have their name correct: Hatfield Instruments, Ltd., manufacturers of electronic instrumentation, test gear and a host of other related stuff.
I'm interested in learning a little of their history. A search on the 'Net revealed very little, except a possible reference at the Radio Museum, which when 'clicked' wouldn't open.

Can anyone here provide any interesting data or places / references to search?
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 7:02 am   #2
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Hmm

I wonder if this means they are still there or this is just an old Google Street View

Anyway Post code is PL5 3LZ

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 7:25 am   #3
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I think they were bought by W&G (Wandel and Goltermann) quite some time ago.

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 8:02 am   #4
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Default Re: Hatfield Instruments, Ltd.: history?

It seems they dissapeared in 1992.

Interesting thread here:

http://www.forum.radios-tv.co.uk/vie...hp?f=15&t=6227

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Default Re: Hatfield Instruments, Ltd.: history?

On the back of the psophometer manual their address was Burrington Way, Plymouth, PL5 3LZ DEVON GB. That fits with Mike T's Google View info.

An associated company was Hatfield Instruments (NZ) Ltd. PO BOX 561 Napier, New Zealand. There were about 30 overseas agents.

A picture on the front cover of their factory, probably 1950's to 60's,

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 11:30 am   #6
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If it's the same outfit, I remember them as Hatfield Balun.

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 12:03 pm   #7
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Here is my research into the companies mentioned above:

Balun Ltd, Crawley Road, Horsham, Sussex. Tel. Horsham 3232/3 (in 1957). Maker of wideband transformers. By 1961, associated with Hatfield Instruments Ltd, Burrington Way, Plymouth, Devon.

Hatfield Instruments Ltd, 175 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London, W7 (in 1953). In 1964 & 70, Burrington Way, Plymouth, Devon. Originally a seller of refurbished test equipment. In 1953, they made a VHF Tx output meter and in 1970 baluns, hybrid transformers, multicouplers and radio transceivers. In 1967, they also made high frequency ac power supplies. In 1964, they distributed a field strength meter made by Prestel SRL of Milan, Italy. Taken over by Wandel & Golterman – by 1982 and renamed W&G Instruments Ltd, Plymouth.


Wandel & Golterman (UK) Ltd, 40-48 Acton High Street, London, W3 (in 1970-4). German maker of mainly telecoms type test equipment, established in 1923 by Wolfram Wandel and Ulrich Goltermann, when they made radio receivers. Wandel und Golterman GmbH, Eningen u Achalm, Germany. W&G took over Hatfield Instruments, of Plymouth. W&G merged with Wavetek in the 1998. Following a further merger in 2000, with TTC, the company was renamed as Acterna. In 2005, Acterna was acquired by US company JDSU (JDS Uniphase Coproration). In 2015, JDSU split into two separate companies: Viavi Solutions and Lumentum Holdings Inc.

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Thank you everyone - especially dazzlevision - a very comprehensive report.

Being the 'old-timer' that I am, whose interest in radio & electronics began in the early 1960s, it still saddens me to be reminded of the demise of the once highly creative U.K. electronics manufacturing industry.

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Some of the decadent old stodgy businesses were once highly creative, but they went off the boil, they stopped creating and expected government contracts handed to them on a plate. At one time any good british business that was getting going could expect to be bought up by GEC and that would be the end of them.

here is perhaps a natural life-cycle of electronics businesses. Creative growth leading to eventual failure or getting eaten alive. A few businesses in the world kept themselves going by a process of reinvention. In a few of them the process was smooth, evolutionary, and not at all traumatic. These latter are far in the minority in the world but are most laudable. Think about David Bowie's musical style always changing and never getting left behind. A hard act to pull off.

I don't mourn the loss of some businesses because long before they died, the spirit had gone out of them. I mourn the loss of what they once were at their best.

Britons can develop some of the best technologies in the world and produce stuff to the very best quality level..... when we really want to. What you don't want is classical british management or a stock market at the helm.

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 7:54 pm   #10
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Some of the decadent old stodgy businesses were once highly creative, but they went off the boil, they stopped creating and expected government contracts handed to them on a plate. At one time any good british business that was getting going could expect to be bought up by GEC and that would be the end of them.

here is perhaps a natural life-cycle of electronics businesses. Creative growth leading to eventual failure or getting eaten alive. A few businesses in the world kept themselves going by a process of reinvention. In a few of them the process was smooth, evolutionary, and not at all traumatic. These latter are far in the minority in the world but are most laudable. Think about David Bowie's musical style always changing and never getting left behind. A hard act to pull off.

I don't mourn the loss of some businesses because long before they died, the spirit had gone out of them. I mourn the loss of what they once were at their best.

Britons can develop some of the best technologies in the world and produce stuff to the very best quality level..... when we really want to. What you don't want is classical british management or a stock market at the helm.

David
Indeed.

It's telling that our business management ethos doesn't seem able to grow global companies like MS , Google or Apple, Siemens, BMW (etc)

Aside from what you mention above, my observation is that those running successful companies are often happy to "call it a day" and slide into comfy retirement on the proceeds. In contrast, others see managing a company as a custodial exercise with a view to handing on a bigger and better organisation than they took on. In an increasingly global world the UK's inability to grow and sustain tech business with a global reach is a massive drawback IMHO.
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Hatfield Instruments were pretty active in the 1970s: about 1975 they introduced the Measuring Set No. 1017A, the manual seems to be dated 10/75
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