Bush (brand)

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Bush is a British consumer electronics brand owned by J Sainsbury plc (Sainsbury's), the parent company of the retailer Argos.[1] The former Bush company is one of the most famous manufacturers of early British radios. The company is now defunct, but the Bush brand name survives as a private label brand for budget electronics.[1][2] Bush has a sister brand, Alba, which has a similar history.[1][2] Today, all Bush and Alba products are sold exclusively at Argos and Sainsbury's, with Argos having a wider selection.[3]

Bush
IndustryConsumer electronics
Founded1932, as Bush Radio
Headquarters
ProductsSee below
OwnerSainsbury's

HistoryEdit

Original Bush companyEdit

 
Bush DAC 90A radio
 
Bush Radio reproduction of 1959 TR82 transistor portable. A design icon of the early transistor radios
 
Bush brand reproduction of the Philco model 90 "cathedral radio" of 1931, a design icon of early radio, and the most recognised cathedral design sets

The company was founded in 1932 as Bush Radio from the remains of the Graham Amplion company, which had made horn loudspeakers as a subsidiary of the Gaumont British Picture Corporation. The brand name comes from Gaumont's Shepherd's Bush studios.[4] The company expanded rapidly moving to a new factory at Power Road, Chiswick in 1936.

Bush became part of the Rank empire in 1945 and a brand new factory was opened at Ernesettle, Plymouth in 1949.[5] In 1950 the popular DAC90A and DAC10 radios were launched, along with the distinctive TV22 television.

The Bush TR82 transistor radio, designed by Ogle Design, and launched in 1959, is regarded as an icon of early radio design. Although the first radio to use the Ogle cabinet design was actually the MB60, a battery/mains valve set from 1957 to 1959.

The original Bush Radio company merged with Murphy Radio on 4 June 1962,[6] and a new company was formed called Rank Bush Murphy Ltd.

Rank formed a joint venture with Toshiba in 1978 called Rank Toshiba, and manufactured Toshiba designed televisions in Ernesettle UK. In 1980 Rank terminated its agreement with Toshiba and the joint company was wound up. Toshiba took over the UK factory and continued to manufacture television sets alone.[5]

Use of brand since the 1980sEdit

Purchase and reuseEdit

 
Bush iD logo

The Bush brand name disappeared from the British market during the 1980s. However, since the purchase of the brand by Alba Group in 1986 (now known as Harvard International), it once again became common,[7] being used primarily on electronic goods produced in China and televisions made in Turkey.

 
Logo used from the 1990s until 2014

A range known as Bush iD was used to brand items such as digital radios and set-top boxes under the Bush name. Since purchase by Home Retail Group, the Bush iD branding is no longer used.

Sale to Home Retail GroupEdit

In November 2008, the Bush brand name, along with Alba, was purchased by Home Retail Group, the parent company of Homebase and Argos, for £15.25 million. As a result, the former Alba Group has now been renamed Harvard International. Harvard International still owns the Bush brand in Oceania. In 2013 a 7-inch tablet called MyTablet was released under the Bush brand; it cost £99.99.

Product rangeEdit

Bush now has products including: televisions, boomboxes, shelf stereos, set-top boxes, washing machines, radios, trimmers, headsets, headphones, ovens, cookers, fridges, computer mice, webcams, microphones, turntables, DVD players, Blu-ray players, home cinemas, MP3 players, MP4 players, dishwashers, camcorders, smartphones and tablets.

At least some of the Bush TV sets and some White Goods are made by Turkish company Vestel.

Reproductions of classic Bush Radio models from the 1950s and 1960s are also being sold today under the Bush brand. Some of these units also include DAB tuners.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Martin Pratt. "Should you buy a Bush, JVC, Logik or Technika TV?". Which. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Never mind the badge on the front - who REALLY made your TV set?". The Yorkshire Post. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Bush Definition/Meaning". Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ Allan Isaacs. "A Potted History of some famous UK Radio Manufacturers: Bush". Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2006.
  5. ^ a b The Setmakers by Keith Geddes and Gordon Bussey (ISBN 0951704206)
  6. ^ "The Bush/Murphy merger", bushradio.co.uk. Article. Retrieved 31 October 2006
  7. ^ Intro page, bushradio.co.uk. Article. Retrieved 31 October 2006

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