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EKA; Budapest

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Name: EKA; Budapest    (H)  
alternative name:
Engel Károly Elektromos Szerelésianyagok és Készülékek Gyára, Budapest.
Abbreviation: eka
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

EKA = Brand name of Engel Károly Elektromos Szerelésianyagok és Készülékek Gyára
Iroda és raktár - Office and warehouse: Vörösmarty utca 16., Budapest VII.
Gyár - factory: Bethlen Gábor utca 21-23, Budapest VII

Company founded by Engel Karoly, made many models using chassis from other companies (Standard etc.) in cabinets of own design.
Also manufacturer of measurement equipment devices, for example tube tester etc.

Produkt in 1931 Reich ampermeter.

Founded: 1888
Closed: 1948
Production: 1931 - 1955
History:

Company was found in 1888 by Károly Engel. During his young age travelling accross Europe he understood new trading potential in electric market. In the beginning he sold on ground floor of own house Concardy products, like carbon rods and electrodes, imported from Germany. Business went very well, in a few years he could hire more employees and to build a new palnt, not to sell only German products, but to produce own ones. On beginning of 1900-ies company had around 20 employees. In 1905 came to company young engineer, Pál Horlitscher, former leader of experimental laboratory of Ganz és Társa plant. Old and ill Károly Engel in 1906 sold him company, however, name of company was not changed. New owner was very active, number of employee in 1910 was over 50, they moved to new building at Vorosmarty street 16. In 1913 he published the first electric parts catalogue on territory of Hungary, later Elektrotechnika journal.After Big War company moved again under Bethlen Gábor utca 21-23. Horlitscher started a cooperation with big European electric companies, as an exclusive dealer in Hungary. Between wars he extended company to Balkan, EKA had representatives in Beograd, Cluj, Timisoara, Zagreb, Bukarest or in Turkay. His son, Géza was working in EKA since 1930, like an engineer, later owner too. In 30`s company started a mass production of measurement devices. First volume product was electric tuning indicator for Orion radios. Another successful and patented product was clip-on ampermeter, allowing measurement in power AC circuits without its destroying.

Since 1931 company started Orion gramo records production in cooperation with Carl Lindstrom Berlin. Unfortunately, caused by Jude persecution, contract was cancelled in 1942. During WW2 EKA production went to army, post and railways. Company building survived battles on end of WW2 in Budapest without bigger harms, in April 1945 production started again. However, in 1948 company was nationalized, in 1949 was split to 3 different companies: electrical devices like EKA – Elektromos Készulékek és Anyagok Gyára, gramo records and studios like Tonalit Hanglemezgyár and trade company VILLÁRD (later VILLÉRT). In 1950 EKA became a part of EKM, where in the future production of electrical measurement devices was established and transferred, probably until 1955, from what time is the latest EKA measurement device catalogue. Production was later focused mainly on public/open space illuminating engineering, later high power market for train, trolley-bus, cranes etc. In 1996 company was transformed to Hofeka Ltd., this subject is today the legal successor of Eka since 1888

 

This manufacturer was suggested by Gabriel Toth.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
47 487 ECH21  Letztes von EKA erzeugtes Modell. 
39 319 ACH1  Plattenspieler Eingang, Kopfhörer Ausgang 
41 Nagyszuper 414 ECH4   
36 ABC Szuper AK2   
37/38 218U CF7   
37/38 528 AF3   
36 Reform AF7   
37/38 218 AF7   
39 219 EF6   
39 219U CF7   
40 2140 EF6   
40 2140U CF7   

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

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tbn_h_eka_rekl_1948.jpg
tbn_h_eka_reklam_1948.jpg
tbn_h_eka_1936_1.jpg
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tbn_h_eka_1936_3.jpg
tbn_h_eka_1936_4.jpg
Original prospekt in 1941/42.tbn_h_eka_reklam_in1941_42.jpg
Werbung für Norris-Erzeugnisse in Österreich durch Eugen Goldschmied, Wien (Haus für Radio und Technik)tbn_h_eka_norris_werbung_1930.jpg
Werbung für Norris-Erzeugnisse in Österreich durch Eugen Goldschmied, Wien (Haus für Radio und Technik)tbn_h_eka_norris_werbung_1930_1.jpg
Firmenlogo zum Kristaldetektor "Ordinär"tbn_h_eka_logo.jpg
Katalog in 1940.tbn_h_eka_radrjegyz1940_front.jpg
Thanks for Mr.Sik Béla, Hungary, Budapest and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_h_eka_katalog_in1913.jpg
Original prospekt. Thanks for Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation Hungary.tbn_h_eka_reklam_1926.jpg
Thanks for Mr.Tóth Ferenc, Hungary, Pomáz and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_h_eka_logo~~1.jpg
Thanks for Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_viveka_inzalaegerszeg_2014.jpg
Budapest ~1928-32.Thanks for Mr.Tóth Ferenc, Hungary, Pomáz and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_h_eka_katalogus_front.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_1973.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_1925.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_cc1905.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_cc1950.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_cc1970.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_1972.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_logo_1973.jpg
Thanks for technical assistance Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány ( radio-muzeum.hu), First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation, Hungary, Zalaegerszeg.tbn_h_eka_story_cc1920.jpg
Thanks for Mr.Bártfai Csaba, Hungary, Bicske and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_h_eka_katalog_1941_42_front_back.jpg
Thanks for Mr.Perneky Sándor, Hungary, Verőce and First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation (radio-muzeum.hu).tbn_h_eka_435_436_437_435g_434t_front_data.jpg
Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, Verőce, www.radiomuzeum.hutbn_eka_1888_logo.jpg
Quelle: Rádiótechnika, 1948. Thanks for Mr.Ferenc Tóth, Hungary, Pomáz and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_h_eka_485_487_advert_1948_radiotechnika.jpg
Original advert. Thanks for Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation Hungary (radio-muzeum.hu).tbn_h_eka_szuper_advert1_1935.jpg
Perneky Sándor - Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, Verőce, Hungary, radiomuzeum.hutbn_eka_5_kituzo.jpg
Perneky Sándor - Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, Verőce, Hungary, radiomuzeum.hutbn_eka_1937_38_1.jpg
Quelle: Rádiótechnika, 1938. Thanks for Mr.Tóth Ferenc, Hungary, Pomáz and Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation (radio-muzeum.hu).tbn_h_eka_528_advert_1938.jpg
Source: Magyar Szárnyak, Budapest 1940.tbn_h_eka_magyarszarnyak_1940.jpg
Source: Elektrotechnika, Budapest 1919.tbn_h_eka_elektrotechnika_1919.jpg
Magyar_Szárnyak_1940. - Perneky Sándor - Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, Kismaros-Verőce, Hungary, radiomuzeum.hutbn_magyar_szarnyak_1940_eka.jpg

  
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