|Headquarters||Elstree, Hertfordshire, England|
|Key people||Mark Taylor (CEO)|
~ Former Brands ~
PULSE Home Products
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the year ending 31 March 2005, Harvard made a profit before tax of £20.8 million on turnover of £664.6 million.
- Argos buys Alba and Bush brandnames Pocket lint. 27 November 2008