Harvard International

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Harvard International Ltd
Type Private
Industry Consumer electronics
Headquarters Elstree, Hertfordshire, England
Key people Mark Taylor (CEO)
Employees 35
Subsidiaries Goodmans
iLuv
View 21
Betacom
Frigidaire
Fridgemaster
~ Former Brands ~
Bush
PULSE Home Products
Breville
Hinari
Alba
Grundig
Website www.harvardltd.com

Harvard International Ltd (previously known as Harris Overseas Ltd and Alba Group of Companies) is a British consumer electronics company, which owns the Goodmans, iLuv, Frigidaire (in the UK only), Fridgemaster and other brands.

History[edit]

The company was originally called the Alba Group of Companies, and made only low-cost consumer products under its own brand name. It expanded by founding and also acquiring other companies either wholly, in part or UK manufacturing rights, building it into a large company.

Harvard International also owns the Bush brand, in Oceania only.

Having taken over many other electronics and electrical companies, the Alba and Bush brand names were purchased on 27 November 2008 by Milton Keynes-based Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos, in a £15.25 million deal. Following the completion of the deal, Alba plc reverted to its former name Harvard International plc.[1]

In July 2012, the company was purchased by Chengdu Geeya Technology CO. Limited. Based in China. Chengdu Geeya develop and manufacturer Set-Top Box, Powerline, Ethernet Adapters and Wi-Fi Networking Products.

Former-owned brands[edit]

Harvard International also used to own Grundig, Alba, Pulse Home Products, Breville and Hinari, which are now owned by other companies.

Financial performance[edit]

In the year ending 31 March 2005, Harvard made a profit before tax of £20.8 million on turnover of £664.6 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argos buys Alba and Bush brandnames Pocket lint. 27 November 2008

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