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The Kenwood Manufacturing Co. Ltd. was founded by Kenneth Maynard Wood as the Dickson & Wood company in 1936 selling, installing and repairing radios and televisions. The company is famous for the food mixer (kitchen machine) Kenwood Chef which was launched in 1950.
Kenwood was part of Thorn EMI from 1968 to 1989. After a management buy out, the company was floated on the Stock Exchange in July 1992.
Kenwood mixers, along with most other Kenwood products were originally manufactured in the UK by Kenwood Limited. Through globalisation and changes of ownership, eventually production of all products except the Chef and Major mixers were transferred overseas; but even the mixers are all now manufactured in China rather than in Havant. The Chef Mixer was an instant success in the UK and is still Kenwood's top seller today[update]. Kenwood Ltd has been owned by the Italian company De'Longhi since 2001.
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