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Electroustic History

There are over 55 years of Electroustic history supplying connectivity solutions to industry and beyond.


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Electroustic was originally founded by Nigel and Majorie Thornton in Guildford in 1963.  They were friends of Richard Hirschmann and were instrumental in bringing the Hirschmann brand to the UK as well as several other agencies from Europe. Nigel was well known in the electronics industry and was a very popular character.

As Electroustic prospered and expanded, it moved to Hove, near Brighton, to larger premises employing more staff. Nigel was very successful in gaining orders for components relating to TV channel tuning products as there was still a TV manufacturing capability in this country at the time.

In December of 1980, Nigel Thornton sadly died of a heart attack at the age of 56.  His brother Geoffrey took over the total running of the business and relocated the company to North Chapel in West Sussex where it operated for several years until Geoffrey retired.

In the meantime Mervyn Edwards had been involved with the business and when the opportunity to acquire the company arose Mervyn became the owner of Electroustic in the 1990’s.  He then moved the business to Andover and continued with the hard work in acquiring various supplier agreements and keeping the relationship with Hirschmann throughout. 

In 2002 Ken Greening and David Collins bought Electroustic and it was once again relocated this time to Leire in Leicestershire where they continued to operate until 2011. Both Ken and David made the decision to sell Electroustic as they were approaching retirement and they wanted to enjoy a well deserved rest.

In May 2011 Paul Carr became the owner of Electroustic. With a background in electronic manufacturing and a keen eye to diversify, Paul acquired the company and moved it to Milton Keynes. Electroustic continues to be guided by our founders principles of honesty, integrity, ethical dealings and a sense of urgency when meeting our customer’s needs.

Throughout our 55 year history, Electroustic have always been a source of high quality connectors and leads. After being the main supplier of Hirschmann products in the UK the company has gone from strength to strength and has enjoyed this long standing relationship. We will continue to build upon the strong foundations that the previous owners have laid down and look forward to many years ahead.

To contact  Electroustic today, call us on 01908 510792 and speak to one of our friendly team.

Company timeline

  • 1963 - Electroustic founded by Nigel & Marjorie Thornton
  • 1970 - As the company expanded, it was moved to larger premises in Brighton. The main brands being sold were Hirschmann & Ruwido products which focused on industrial electrical connectors and aerial systems.
  • 1980 - The founder of Electroustic, Nigel Thornton, sadly passed away. His brother Geoffrey Thornton took over the company and relocated the business to North Chapel.
  • Mid 1990's - Due to ill health, Geoffrey sold Electroustic to Mervyn Edwards who moved the business to Andover where he ran it until 2002.
  • 2002 - Ken Greening & David Collins purchased Electroustic and the business was moved once again, this time to Leire in Leicestershire.
  • 2011 - Following their decision to take retirement, Ken & David sold Electroustic to Paul Carr. Paul now runs the business from his base in Calverton, Milton Keynes. With over 10 brands behind us which still include Hirschmann as well as Lumberg, Peters Indu-Produkt and Schutzinger, Paul plans to grow the business further and will be adding more top brands and products to the existing range.
  • 2017 - Electroustic are thrilled to have a like-minded family run business on baord. Lapp UK Group.  We will be stocking their range of rectangular and circular conenctors as well as a range of Skintop Glands and Lapp Cable. Electroustic welcomes Lapp on board and is looking forward to the future. 
  • 2017- Electroustic move to larger premises. With Electroustic's growth over the last couple of years we have now moved into larger premises.  We haven't moved far, 5 miles in fact and are now based in Lodge Farm Business Centre, Castlethorpe.