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Tait Communications
Tait Communications is a multinational manufactuer of radio communication equipment, based in Christchurch (New Zealand). The company has offices in 17 countries, employs well over 800 staff and exports approx. 95% of its products worldwide (2011) [1]. Tait's mobile and portable radio equipment is used by a variety of customers, ranging from public transport to law-enforcement agencies, making them a direct competitor of companies like Motorola, Harris and Raytheon.

Tait Communications logo. Copyright Tait Limited - New Zealand.

Tait products on this website:
Tait T-2000/II mobile radio with optional voice scrambler
Tait T-3000/II handheld radio with optional voice scrambler
History of Tait Communications
Tait Electronics was founded by Sir Angus Tait in 1969, but the actual roots of the company date back to 1947 when Angus Tait returned to New Zealand after having served six years with the British Army during WWII. Being interested in radio electronics, he started designing and assembling mobile radios in Christchurch on his return to New Zealand [2].

By 1969 he had a staff of 12 people and Tait Electronics Ltd was born. Tait produced a new generation of compact and lightweight mobile radios and would soon be the largest supplier of mobile radios in New Zealand. In the mid-1970s, the award-winning Miniphone series was introduced.

Around this time, Tait started exporting its products and by 1979 about 25% of the radios found their way to the international market. That same year, the first foreign Tait office was opened in the UK, just 10 years after the company was founded. In the following years, offices were opened in Australia, the US and Singapore.

In the early 1980s, Tait moved to a larger manufacturing facility and introduced the T-500 series. Furthermore, another subsidary was opened in Australia. In the mid-1980s, Tait made the move to Trunking Networks and developed TaitNet, based on the MPT 1327 standard.

In the early 1990s, The T800 base station was introduced, followed by the T-700 series mobile radios. In 1992, new techniques involving SMD (Surface Mount Devices) were introduced and the first generation T-2000 mobile radios saw the light of day. They were followed in 1994 by the first generation of lightweight handheld radios: the T-3000.

The popular T-3000 was followed in 1996 by the enhanced T-3000/II and a year later, the T-2000 was replaced by the T-2000/II series. These radios were suitable for Trunking networks as well as conventional (analogue) networks. In 1998, the most sophisticated range to date, the Tait Orca series, was introduced.

In the early 2000s, Tait replaced the existing range of radios by the more advanced T-8000 series and entered the digital P25 market with the T-9000 range. Today (2013), Tait is still based in Christchurch and employs 800 people. It has offices in 10 countries and a network of distributors and dealers in another 150 countries. About 95% of its products are exported.

Sir Angus Tait, long-term radio HAM (call sign ZL3NL) and founding father of the company, passed away in 2007 at the age of 88. Over the years he re-invested most of his profit in development and declined many take-over offers from large multinationals. Before his death, he put the company shares in a trust, so that the long-term future of the company is safeguarded.

 More information on the Tait website

Known addresses
  • Headquarters
    Tait Electronics Ltd
    175 Roydvale Ave
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Phone: +64 3 358 0340

  • US office
    Tait North America Inc.
    15342 Park Row Blvd.
    Houston, Texas 77084
    Phone: 281-829-3300
  1. Wikipedia, Tait Communications
    Retrieved March 2014.

  2. Tait Communications, History of Tait Communications
    Retrieved March 2013.

  3. Repeater Builder, Technical Information on Tait Equipment
    Website, started 21 December 2005. Retrieved March 2014.
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