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Salora; Salo

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Name: Salora; Salo    (FIN)  
Laterna, Helsinki || Rhapsody, Helsinki
Abbreviation: salora
Products: Model types

Salora Oy, Salo, was the biggest radio maker in Finland.The company was founded by Fjalar Nordell and Lauri Koskinen in 1928. The original name Radioshop Nordell & Koskinen was later changed Salora Oy. 1983 Salora was sold to Nokia and ceased to operate as an independent company. Later the Salora brand label and the manufacturing facilities changed ownership several times. Now the owner is Salora International BV, Vareseweg 44, 3047 AV Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Founded: 1928
Production: 1928 -

Radioshop Nordell & Koskinen was founded 1928 in Salo, Finland by Fjalar Nordell and Lauri Koskinen. The brand was named Salora (SALO RAdio) in 1937 and a few years later, 1945, the company itself was also named to Salora Oy.

The first FM radios in Finland were introduced by Salora in 1953. The b/w TV manufacturing started 1957 and the color TV production at the end of the sixties.

Beginning of the 1960s the company diversified to mobile phone manufacturing for the defense forces and fire brigades. Salora entered into the export market in 1966 and by the end of the 1970s more than half of the TV production was exported.

Nokia acquired the majority of Salora Oy on December 1983 and 1989 Salora Oy was merged into the Nokia-Mobira group and Saloras existence as a separate legal entity ended.

Nokia moved the Salora TV production to their Finlux manufacturing plant in Turku, Finland. Nokia decided to concentrate on mobile phones in 1996 and the consumer electronics business including the Salora and Finlux brands as well as the Turku manufacturing plant were sold to Hong Kong based Semi-Tech Corporation.

Semi-Tech went into a bankruptcy in year 2000 and the Turku TV manufacturing plant and Salora brand were sold to Norwegian Otrum Electronics Company. The new company in Finland was renamed back to Finlux. In 2002 the new Finlux company returned back to Finnish ownership. The introduction of flat panel TVs meant an end for the new Finlux and the company went into bankruptcy in 2005.

Albers Trading BV acquired the Salora brand in 2006.

In 2008, international consumer electronics trader Kjaerulff 1 Oy was a licensee of the Salora brand name until Kjaerulff 1 Oy went bankrupt. They provided technical services and sold Salora branded consumer products.

As of 2013, the brand is owned by Salora International BV, Vareseweg 44, 3047 AV Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

This manufacturer was suggested by Lasse Nirhamo.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
FIN  84 1G6H 510VSB22-TC1  20" CRT Color TV 
FIN  84 1G9H 560EGB22-TC01  22" CRT Color TV 
FIN  84 1G5 560EGB22-TC01  22" CRT Color TV 
FIN  61/62 Sevilla 101 ECC85   
FIN  59/60 Rosita 60 ECC85  Philips record player type: AG 2012 SF/40 
FIN  73–76 Hi-Fi Stereo 2001 71DF00 [Dual 1225]    
FIN  64 Luxus 4 PCC88  VHF only. UHF optional. OIRT sound converter (1 Mhz oscillator & mixer), via a toggle ... 
FIN  81 Colour Television 1H6   Screen: 22 ". 
FIN  81 Colour Television 1H1   Screen: 26 ". 
FIN  65 Salome 2    
FIN  56 212 DC90  Two Germanium diodes for F.M.-Demodulation. Loudspeaker 4" x 6" Built-in DEAC (NiCd... 
FIN  61–63 Toscana T4 OC171   


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

Salora's advertisement, Captuder from Finnish magazine: Radio 2/1950tbn_fin_salora_mainos__radio_2_1950.jpg
Salora plant in the 1970'stbn_fin_salora_plant_1970s.jpg