Gould Electronics

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Gould Electronics GmbH
Fateclosed by its corporate owner, JX Nippon Mining & Metals
HeadquartersEichstetten, Germany
Area served
United States, Asia, Europe
OwnerJX Nippon Mining & Metals
ParentJX Holdings

Gould Electronics Inc. - founded in 1928 and based in Chandler, Arizona - was a company involved in the electronics and semiconductor industries. They made printed circuit materials for use by electronics manufacturers. Having acquired Systems Engineering Laboratories Gould became involved in the Superminicomputer computer business. Gould's non-defense businesses were acquired in 1988 by Nippon Mining, now JX Holdings.

From 1977 to the mid-1980s the company owned the Modicon brand of programmable logic controller that is now owned by Schneider Electric. This was in a phase where the company became a mini-conglomerate.

Gould is the current owner of a lead-contaminated parcel of land in Throop, Pennsylvania, which it bought in the early 1980s from the former Marjol Battery and Equipment Company.[citation needed]

End of Company[edit]

In July 2014, Gould's current corporate parent, JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation (a part of JX Holdings), announced that they would be closing down the company as a part of JX Nippon Metals & Mining's restructuring, involving closing down several facilities in Japan, the Philippines, and in Germany, where Gould was headquartered. The restructuring was in response to, according to their press release about Gould's closure, "a shrinking market in Europe, high overcapacity and an ongoing erosion of prices, partly triggered by subsidized manufacturers from China and other Asian countries."[1]

Noted Products[edit]

The Computer Generated Imagery for the title credits of the 1980s television show Amazing Stories was created using a Gould 9080 computer.


  1. ^ Gould Electronics' website (captured on 2/19/2015 by the Wayback Machine), [1], Gould Electronics announces plant closure by the end of 2014, followed by liquidation of the company

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