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Note that logos and information are restricted to companies and brands of material that is shown in the museum. Countries and manufacturers are listed in alphabetical order.

Argentina     Australia     Brazil     Chile     New Zealand     South Africa
 
The following standards for domestic plugs and sockets are used in:
Argentina: Australasian and Europlug;  Australia and New Zealand: Australasian;
Brazil: North American flat blade, Europlug and IEC 60906-1;  Chile: Italian;
South Africa: BS 546, Europlug, CEE 7/17 and IEC 60906-1.

Abbreviations of types of business entities are explained at the end of the list.

Sources: catalogs and internet sites of the given companies and Wikipedia.
® shown logos are registered trademarks of given companies or brands.
Logos may not be copied, except for strict encyclopedic purposes in relation to plugs and sockets.

 

Argentina

Cambre logo

Cambre SA. Materiales Eléctricos y Electronicos Residenciales. Founded in 1947 by the electronic engineer Carlos Alberto Cambre in Buenos Aires. Cambre makes electric accessories and lighting equipment for domestic use, offices and hospitals.
Richi logos

Richi Productos Eleéctricos SA. Founded in 1939 by an European immigrant (details have not been found). Production of electrical outlets and related accessories started in the 1970s in Richi's own industrial plant in the town of Villa Madero, Buenos Aires Province.

 

Australia

Arlec logo

Arlec Australia Pty. Founded in the 1940s as Anderson & Roundl Electronic Equipment, later renamed to Arlec Australia.
Clipsal logo

Clipsal. In 1907 Alfred Edward Gerard started the Gerard & Goodman electrical merchandising business in Adelaide. Among others the company imported electrical conduits. To facilitate coupling of conduits that had different diameters Alfred Gerard developed an adjustable, one size "clips all" metal conduit fitting in 1921. The demand for this fitting grew steadily and Gerard Industries Pty Ltd moved in 1936 to a new factory in the Adelaire suburb Bowden. Conduits, switches, plugs and other electrical accessories became known as Clipsal range of products.
Four generations Gerard: Alfred, Geoff, Robert and Simon have guided the company to market leader in electrical accessories in Australia. In 2003 Clipsal became part of Schneider Electric SE.
Elmaco logo

Elmaco Industries. Manufacture of plastic products and electronics was founded by Ted Szental, a Polish refugee that immigrated to Australia shortly after WW II. The company was acquired by F&T Industries Ltd. (formerly Felt and Textiles of Australia) in the 1970s. Its name changed to Acmil Ltd in 1976. Acmil was taken over by the holding company Australian Consolidated Industries (ACI) Ltd in 1981. Material in the museum collection suggests that the brand name Elmaco remained in use to the 1980s-90s.
HPM logo

HPM Industries . In 1918 Berthold Hermann started producing of casein, a plastic derived from milk protein. In 1920 Hermann, Hatfield and Hagen founded a button moulding business in Sydney. In 1927 Hermann sold the company and shorty thereafter he started the electrical components company HPM (Hermann Plastics Manufacturing). The company grew to one of the largest supplier to the electrical industry in Australia. In 2007 HPM was acquired by the French Legrand Group.
Ringgrip logo

Ringgrip*. The company was founded in the 1920s by Fred Cook. Both Cook and Gerard (Clipsal) were pioneer Australian manufacturers of wiring devices. Little is known about the history of the company. In the 1970s Ringgrip was acquired by Elmaco Industries. The brand name Ringgrip has existed until the 1990s.
* alternative spelling of company name, found on internet, are Ring Grip and Ring-Grip.
Sturdee logo

Sturdee Electricals Pty. Ltd. produced Bakelite electrical accessories in cooperation with
Johns Plastic Pty, Ltd
. (subsidiaries of Johns Hydraulics Ltd.). In the 1950s and '60s Johns-Sturdee was based in Richmond, Victoria, Australia. The company was acquired by Ringgrip. Next Elmaco Industries acquired the two competitors.
 

Energo logo
Garnite logo
Marcolite logo

Unknown companies which material is represented in the museum collection.

Energo Products, made in Australia. Found on a Bakelite, AS/NZS 3112 10A socket,
     see "About the origin of Australasian type plugs and sockets".
Garnite.
It is likely but not proven that Garnite was an Austrian company.
     The name has been found on a Bakelite 2-way multi-plug (see image no. 4).
Marcolite, Made in Australia. Found on Bakelite 10A plug (see image no.11).

 

Brazil

Alumbra logo

Alumbra SA, Materiais Elétricos. Founded in 1963. Manufacturer of switches, sockets, plugs, lamps and installation materials for low voltage electrical applications. Headquarters are located in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo.
PIAL Legrand logo

Pial Legrand GL Eletrico-Eletrónicos Ltda. Founded in 1948, Pial became a prominent Brazilian manufacturer of low voltage switches, sockets and plugs. In 1977 the company was acquired by the French Legrand Group and is now part of Grupo Legrand no Brasil, based in São Paulo.
Steck logos

Steck Indústria Elétrica Ltda. Founded in 1975; manufacturer of electrical materials for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Headquarters are based in São Paulo; branches in Argentina and Mexico. Products are available in most Latin American countries.
From 2011 Steck is a subsidiary of French company Schneider Electric SE.

 

Chile

Rema logo
Rittig logo

Rema Comercial e Industrial Ldta. In 1940 José Rittig Beer founded S.A.C.I., the Industria Nacional de Articulos Eléctricos Rema S.A.C.I., the first Chilean company in its field. In 1945 his son Rolf Rittig Singer became partner in business. In 1991 the current owners took charge of the company, changing its name to Rema Comercial y Industrial Ltda. Trade names Rema and Rittig are both used. Factory is now based in Lampa, Santiago, Chile.
Three European companies have sales and/or production facilities in Chile.
bticino logo

Bticino Chile Ltda. Details are given at 'Italian manufacturers".
Gewiss logo

Gewiss Chile Ltda. Details are given at "Italian manufacturers".
Schneider Electric logo

Schneider Electric Chile SA. Details are given at "French manufactueres".

 

New Zealand

Elto logo

Elto Electrical Accessories. Since 2000 Elto is a brand name of the CDB Goldair group, distributors of electrical, lighting and appliances, based in Auckland.
G&R Christchurch logo

G&R Ltd. The abbreviation CH CH is commonly used for Christchurch, New Zealand. Details about the company have not been found. Given the location of the company, Christchurch, it seems not unlikely that G&R has been acquired by, or merged with PDL (see below).
PDL logos

PDL Industries Ltd. Plastic and Die Castings was founded in 1937, in Christchurch. In 1957 Robert Stewart (see Urwin, below) bought the company and renamed it PDL Industries. In the nearly 40 years of his leadership the company grew considerably. Factories have been established in several countries, including Malaysia. From 2003 PDL was sold to Schneider Electric.
Urlwin logo
URLWIN. In 1936 Harry Urlwin started production of moulded equipment and plastic products in Christchurch, NZ. Urlwin sent Robert Stewart to Britain to learn plastics designs. In 1947 Stewart became a designer at Plastics and Diecasting Limited in Christchurch.

 

South Africa

Ausma Trading logo

Ausma Trading Pty. Founded in 2005. Active in manufacturing, importing and distribution of electrical accessories, circuit breakers and lighting products for industrial and domestic use.
Ausma is based in Isando, Kempton Park (near Johannesburg) and in Cape Town.
CBi electric logo

CBi-electric low voltage group. The foundation of CBI was established in 1949 as a joint venture within the then Heinemann Electric Company in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. After a merger with Fuch Electrical Industry, a new company called Circuit Breaker Industries was created in 1986, The low voltage group of CBi-electric, based in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, is now fully owned by the South African company Reunert Ltd.
Crabtree logo

Crabtree. In 1918 John Ashworth Crabtree patented a Quick Make & Break tumbler switch mechanism. A year later the J.A Crabtree & Co. Ltd. was registered and production of switches started in Walsall, England. Production of plugs, sockets and lampholders started soon thereafter. In 1948 a factory was built in Springs, Gauteng province of South Africa, to supply the specific needs of the South African market. Later, David Crabtree, youngest son of the founder, became director of the South African factory.
The Crabtree factory was sold in 1989 to the Electric Switchgear Department of Yelland Technology Holdings. In 1991 Yelland was taken over by Powertech, one of South Africa's leading suppliers of electrical and electronic equipment.

Litemaster logo

Litemaster (Pty) Ltd. Information about Litemaster on internet is limited, but facts are:
(1) Litemaster is based in Wadeville, Germiston-Gauteng; (2) the company existed already in the mid 1950s; (3) in 1991 both Litemaster and Crabtree became part of Powertech.
Some old and more recent Litemaster plugs have also the name EVERLITE.
Procast logo

Procast Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd. Founded in 1947 by Mr M.S. Hard in Maitland, Western Cape. The company is now run by his daughter Mrs Sally Henstock. Procast is specialized in die-casting, plastic moulded, steel pressed and brass manufactured components. The electrical catalogue shows conduit accessories, plugs, sockets and lampholders.
Snapper logo

Snapper. Part of Jasco Electronics Holding Ltd. The Snapper Brand has been associated with Lumex and Clipsal South Africa. In the past Snapper made plugs with clear or coloured tops that simply snapped together without screws; the two halves were locked with plastic lugs. This breakable system has been abandoned and more modern Snapper plugs have a screw to fix the two plug halves. Snapper is based in Pinetown, Durban.

 

Abbreviations of corporate forms by jurisdiction *

Ltd  (New Zealand):
      Private company limited by shares. (≈ plc or Ltd [UK]).

Ltda  (Brazil, Chile):
        Limitada. Private company limited by shares. (≈ Ltd
                                                                                [UK]).
Ltda  (Chile)
        Sociedad de responsabilidad limitada (≈ Ltd [UK]).

Pty  (Australia, South Africa):
     
Proprietary limited company, a form of privately held
      company in Australia and South Africa that is either
      unlimited (Pty) or limited (Pty Ltd).



SA  (Argentina, Chile):
      Sociedad Anónima . Private limited company (≈ plc
                                                                                [UK]).
SA  (Brazil);
      Sociedada Anõnima (Brazil) (≈ plc [UK]).

SE: (European Economic Union):
       Societas Europea. Public company registered in
       accordance with corporate laws of the European Union.


* See Wikipedia for details.

 


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