Vax (vacuum)

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Vax UK Ltd is a brand that retails electrical goods and cleaning products in the floor-care sector, and which has its headquarters in the United Kingdom. The brand is owned, and its products are manufactured by, a company called TTI Co. Ltd Group, which is based in Hong Kong, China. Vax UK Ltd has its main headquarters in the city centre of Birmingham, West Midlands and a service, warehouse and depot operation in the village of Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich, Worcestershire.[1] Vax branded machines are manufactured in China.

History[edit]

Vax UK Ltd was founded in December 1977 by Alan Brazier, who had prior experience in the field of industrial carpet cleaning. Brazier developed a prototype of a machine suitable for a household but capable of washing carpets and handling accident spillages or flooding. In 1979, Vax launched an "orange tub" multi-functional floor-care machine to fulfil this purpose and initially engaged with consumers by door-to-door sales of the device.[2] This product was a world first.[3]

Vax products were first offered for sale by high-street retailers in 1982, and the 111 Orange Tub model went on to become the best-selling vacuum cleaning product in the United Kingdom in 1987.[2]

In June 1990 Vax contracted James Dyson to produce an upright vacuum cleaner aimed at the British market, for a £75,000 license deal. By July 1991 he had left to produce this product independently.[4]

In July 2010, Dyson attempted to bring legal action against Vax, over its Mach Zen vacuum cleaner, in the High Court for infringement of design patents.[5] However, the ruling refuted this claim.[6]

In 2011, Student Placement Engineer Jake Tyler developed Vax ev, a working prototype of the world's first cardboard vacuum cleaner.[7] This product was featured across a number of tech and environmental online editorials including Gizmag[8] and TreeHugger,[9] and on the BBC Television series Bang Goes the Theory.[10] The cleaner is referenced as a key point in the history of Vacuum Cleaner development by the Best Cordless Vacuum Guide.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comdevelopment Ltd. "VAX LIMITED". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Amazon.co.uk -- Vax Store -- History of Vax". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alan – a man who really cleaned up". Worcester News. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Against the Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson ISBN 978-0752809816
  5. ^ Rebecca Smithers. "Dyson sues rival Vax over vacuum cleaner design". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Dyson loses design case. ertonline.co.uk
  7. ^ "Background to Vax ev - Industrial design". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Vax unveils a prototype vacuum cleaner made from cardboard". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Vacuum Cleaner Made From Its Own Cardboard Packaging". TreeHugger. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Bang Goes the Theory. bbc.co.uk
  11. ^ "Vacuum Cleaner History". Cordless Vacuum Guide. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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