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Ultimate-Ekco (N.Z.) Co. Ltd.; Auckland

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Name: Ultimate-Ekco (N.Z.) Co. Ltd.; Auckland    (NZ)  
Abbreviation: ultimate
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Ultimate-Ekco (N.Z.) Co. Ltd., Quay Street, Auckland.
Manufacturer of radios, radiograms and TV sets.

Founded: 1955
Closed: 1967
Production: 1955 - 1967
"Ultimate-Ekco (N.Z.) Ltd." was formed in 1955 when "Radio (1936) Ltd." began an association with the British firm of "E.K. Cole Ltd.". From then on selected Ekco models were manufactured as well as existing "Ultimate" branded radios. The takeover of "E.K. Cole Ltd." by "Pye Ltd." lead to "Ultimate-Ekco" coming under the control of "N.Z. Pye" and the factory was closed in 1967. The "Ultimate" brand name was used for another 15 years on "N.Z. Pye" manufactured sets.

This manufacturer was suggested by Vitor Oliveira.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
NZ  55–59 Cygnet RCP ECH42  This radio was available in 5 pastel colours.  It is very similar to the model R... 
NZ  57 Explorer 8 RDM R-50-23   Same chassis as the other Ultimate Ecko (NZ) RDM R-50-23 but in a different case and a dif... 
NZ  57 Ekcosprite RCX UCH42  There are two variants of the Ekcosprite - this model was originally an AC/DC set impor... 
NZ  57 RDM R-50-23 2N544  Chassis, knobs and scale are same as Ultimate/Ekco "Explorer 8" except for minor component...