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Years 1945-1954

1945
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1945: Immediately after the war, Germany was in ruins. This was also true for many radios. Since new production was out of the question, the demand for repair work was very great. Radio dealer Max Grundig recognised the signs of the times and built the first two Grundig appliances: the Tubatest tube tester and the Novatest testing device.


He didn't need to wait for success. The small company moved from the Schwabacher Straße into a former factory on the Jakobinerstraße in the same year. 

 

 

 

1946
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1946: Radios are subject to strict Allied control. Max Grundig's idea: a radio without tubes is not really a radio.

The Heinzelmann is born. The radio kit with only one circuit, for short, medium and long wave, becomes a best-seller and would already be produced in great numbers in 1947.

 

 




 

1947: The Heinzelmann is so successful that a new production site is called for. The first factory halls are established on the site of a former spa bath on the Kurgartenstraße.

 

 

1948
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1948: The currency reform brings about a stable economic situation. The demand for consumer goods is enormous. Grundig makes its first complete radio, the Weltklang. Four tubes and six circuits ensure excellent reception.

 

 

1949

 

1949: The 150,000th radio is produced. The company continues to grow: an office building and a three-storey production plant are built.

A new product is manufactured: the 186 B/GW. This was the nondescript name for one of the first portable cabinet radios, which is a radio inside a case. One year later the radio, now called Grundig Boy, becomes a hit on the market. 

 

 

1950

 

1950: 1,000 employees work in the big new assembly hall.

Very high frequency (VHF) is introduced to Germany and places new demands on the industry. Grundig launches the 380 W on the market. This superhet receiver has seven AM and eight FM circuits. For the first time it is possible to switch between the frequency bands with pushbuttons.

The model designation 380 W indicates the price and the power supply at the same time. Note: a radio mechanic earns one mark per hour.

 

 

1951
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1951: A new factory is established for the construction of the first TV set. Grundig is the biggest radio manufacturer in Europe.

 

Grundig takes over the Lumophon factory in Nuremberg and, with it, the production of the first Tape Recorder Reporter 300.

 

Thanks to the post-war "economic miracle", the number of cars on German roads is increasing. So that people don't have to do without music and entertainment on the road, Grundig produces the Autosuper 248

 

 

1952
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1952: On the 25th of December, the first television channel starts up in Germany. This means that television receivers also have to be produced. After intensive research, Grundig launches the FS 080 onto the market.

 

In the same year the first portable tape recorder Reporter 500 L is created. Technical data: speed 19 cm/sec, frequency conversion 50 Hz to 10 kHz, built-in amplifier and speaker. 

 

 

1953
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1953: Although television is the focus of attention, most TV sets are much too expensive, costing well over 1,000 marks. The Grundig Television Receiver 210, however, is affordable at 998 marks. Features of the set: a table television with 14-inch screen.


The Heinzelmann 1 clock radio is intended for use in the kitchen. Several electric devices could be connected to the timer. It is only later that the unit moved into the bedroom as so-called radio alarm clock. 

 

 

 

1954
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1954: The implementation of very short frequency (VHF) radio opens the field for new sound quality and dynamic side speakers create a 3-D sound. The top appliance from this time is the 5050W/3 D with five speakers, eleven AM and FM circuits, which can receive VHF as well as short, medium and long wave. Cost: 695 marks.


The Stenorette A is Grundig's first dictation machine. It receives the nickname "tree frog" because of its green colour. The maximum recording time is around 30 minutes at a tape speed of 6 cm/s. The portable tape recorder TK 919 Record is suitable for semi-professional use. The first tape recorder with automatic reverse costs 1,125 marks.