Tait Communications is a multinational manufactuer of radio communication
equipment, based in Christchurch (New Zealand). The company has offices in
17 countries, employs well over 800 staff and exports approx. 95% of its
products worldwide (2011) . Tait's mobile and portable radio equipment
is used by a variety of customers, ranging from public transport to
law-enforcement agencies, making them a direct competitor of companies
like Motorola, Harris and Raytheon.
The following Tait products are featured on this website:
History of Tait Communications
Tait Electronics was founded by Sir Angus Tait in 1969, but the actual
roots of the company date back to 1947 when Angus Tait returned to New Zealand
after having served six years with the British Army during WWII.
Being interested in radio electronics,
he started designing and assembling mobile radios in Christchurch
on his return to New Zealand .
By 1969 he had a staff of 12 people and Tait Electronics Ltd was born.
Tait produced a new generation of compact and lightweight mobile radios
and would soon be the largest supplier of mobile radios in New Zealand.
In the mid-1970s, the award-winning Miniphone series was introduced.
Around this time, Tait started exporting its products and by 1979
about 25% of the radios found their way to the international market.
That same year, the first foreign Tait office was opened in the UK,
just 10 years after the company was founded. In the following years,
offices were opened in Australia, the US and Singapore.
In the early 1980s, Tait moved to a larger manufacturing facility
and introduced the T-500 series. Furthermore, another subsidary was
opened in Australia. In the mid-1980s, Tait made the move to Trunking
Networks and developed TaitNet, based on the MPT 1327 standard.
In the early 1990s, The T800 base station was introduced, followed
by the T-700 series mobile radios. In 1992, new techniques involving
SMD (Surface Mount Devices) were introduced and the first generation
T-2000 mobile radios saw the light of day. They were followed in 1994
by the first generation of lightweight handheld radios: the T-3000.
The popular T-3000 was followed in 1996 by the enhanced T-3000/II
and a year later, the T-2000 was replaced by the T-2000/II series.
These radios were suitable for Trunking networks as well as conventional
(analogue) networks. In 1998, the most sophisticated range to date,
the Tait Orca series, was introduced.
In the early 2000s, Tait replaced the existing range of radios by
the more advanced T-8000 series and entered the digital P25 market
with the T-9000 range. Today (2013), Tait is still based in Christchurch
and employs 800 people. It has offices in 10 countries and a network of
distributors and dealers in another 150 countries. About 95% of its
products are exported.
Sir Angus Tait, long-term radio HAM (call sign ZL3NL)
and founding father of the company,
passed away in 2007 at the age of 88.
Over the years he re-invested most of his
profit in development and declined many take-over offers
from large multinationals. Before his death, he put the company shares
in a trust, so that the long-term future of the company is safeguarded.
More information on the Tait website
Tait Electronics Ltd
175 Roydvale Ave
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 358 0340
- US office
Tait North America Inc.
15342 Park Row Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77084
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