TI Opens Fab In Bedford.

‘The new factory for Texas instruments in

Manton Lane, Bedford

, scheduled for occupation in early December, is now nearing completion. It is an example of the latest developments in industrial architecture and technique.'


So, 50 years ago this year, starts a story in Electronics Weekly's edition of October 19th 1960.

'The factory is to some extent similar to the parent company's Dallas Plant, but modified to suit English requirements,' continues the story.


'Two of the advanced methods used have been the use of the lift slab technique for the construction of the manufacturing area and office wing floors, and the roof constructed of hyperbolic paraboloid umbrella units 48ft square. The roof form gives a most distinctive form to the production areas.'


'The ground floor area of the factory is virtually exclusively occupied by a 9ft 6in high crypt, which is used solely for the distribution of utility services. It is estimated that up to 36 of these will be installed, including power lines, de-ionised water, etc.'



  1. Well our first edition was in September 1960, Ann, so if you could pin-point your time at Manton Lane more precisely I might have a chance of finding it. But our front page in those days was all news stories with the occasional photo – all black and white of course – so if you’re thinking of a mag cover with only a picture on it then it can’t have been us.

  2. I was on the cover of an Electronics magazine in the late 50s/early 60s, when I worked in the new plating shop in the plant on Manton Lane. Bedford. Unfortunately I lost the copy of the magazine I was given and would like to have one to show my family and friends. I’m not sure if it was your magazine though.

    Ann Wilson.

  3. Well the building is still there even if TI moved out about 10-15 years ago. There’s even some electronics businesses in residence (Axis CEM and Bournes)alongside the ubiquitous gym and some business units.
    Naturally I can recall the day when people cycled to work and as a consequence kept fit.
    These days they drive to the gym where they used to work..
    Hey ho.

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