Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Basingstoke Builds World’s Most Advanced Semiconductor Plant
15 Million Transistors A Year By 1963
52 years ago, this was a headline in the October 12th 1960 edition of Electronics Weekly.
The story opens:
‘At an ultra-modern factory they are building at Basingstoke, Hampshire, Associated Transistors Ltd are planning to produce 15m transistors a year by 1963 – nearly 20,000 a day.’
The story continues:
‘The company state that the new plant must be regarded as the most advanced design of transistor factory in the world.’
‘Initially the number of employees will be about 1,000, some of which have already moved to Basingstoke.’
‘Associated Transistors Ltd is backed jointly by Automatic Telephone and Electric Co Ltd, The English Electric Company, Ltd and Ericsson Telephones Ltd.’Tags: automatic telephone, electric co, semiconductor plant, transistor, transistors