|Owner||Home Retail Group|
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The name Alba is formerly a trademark used on radio and television produced by A.J. Balcombe Ltd. The company was originally formed in 1917 or 1918 by Alfred Balcombe, becoming known as Alba in 1960, and eventually going into receivership in June 1982. During that time, it was a significant contributor to the development of the British radio & TV industry. In 1982, it was bought by [the former] Harvard International (formerly before 1982).
Alba also produces electronic products under licence for other companies or individuals, including Antony Worrall Thompson, Cable and Wireless, Carl Lewis, JCB, Ministry of Sound, Nicky Clarke and NTL.
The company sold its share of the Grundig brand for £25.5m in December 2007, although it retained the UK distribution rights until 2010.
In November 2008, the Alba brand name, along with Bush, were purchased by Home Retail Group, the parent company of Homebase and Argos, for £15.25 million. As a result the former Alba Group was renamed to Harvard International.
Most products are made in China, being rebranded appliances made by indigenous Chinese companies.