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Ref NoGB1752.UAC/2/16
Alt Ref NoUAC/UI
TitleUAC Unamec Division
DescriptionUnited Africa Machinery and Electrical Services Ltd . Established 1960 to take control of existing technical and electrical companies in Nigeria, Ghana and east Africa. Renamed Unamec Ltd (1966). Became Unamec Division 1973. Sold earthmoving, industrial and agricultural equipment and operated engineering, assembly and wholesale outlets for radios and car audio systems (Lynx brand name), televisions, fridges, etc. Provided technical and other services to a range of engineering-based businesses in East, West and Central Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, Britain and Australia, i.e. in machinery services, refrigeration and air conditioning, and electrical materials and consumer goods. Unamec International Services supplied technical equipment and offered worldwide buying arrangements and manufacturer's representation. In 1970 Unilever acquired the Leverton Group, later managed by Unamec Division which distributed Caterpillar earthmoving equipment, lift trucks and engines over much of Britain..

Machinery services businesses operated in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, where they provided technical sales and workshop services for a wide range of contractors' plant, machine tools, woodworking and power generation equipment to serve the construction, extractive and manufacturing industries. Emphasis was placed upon the supporting diesel engine service and distributorships which included Dorman, Lister and Hatz in various territories. K B Davies and Company (Zambia) Ltd held the important and specialised distributorship for Detroit Diesel Allison in Zambia and Unamec had a controlling interest in Clae Engine Holdings Ltd, the DDA distributor in Eastern Australia and in General Diesel Supplies (Singapore) Pte Ltd which operated the same franchise in Singapore and Malaysia. Unamec was also responsible for plant hire businesses in Nigeria and Ghana which had fleets of cranes and earthmoving equipment.

Refrigeration and air conditioning operations and distribution of electrical contracting materials were carried on in Nigeria, Ghana and the Gulf (Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman). Distributorships were held for Keeprite and Qualitair packaged air conditioners, the latter manufactured by: Qualitair (Air Conditioning) Ltd, a UAC International Group company at Sittingbourne, Kent.

Electrical consumer goods were assembled and distributed in Nigeria and Ghana by the local companies under the name of Pan Electric. Assembly operations by UAC of Nigeria Ltd under a technical agreement with Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Ltd, Japan, comprised a range of radio, television and music centres. The Pan Electric Division also had its own cabinet factory and component manufacturing facility. In addition to National radio and television a variety of other consumer products were marketed under Matsushita's National brand including fans and dry batteries.

Hi-fi equipment was marketed under Matsushita's Technics brand. Pan Electric also distributed white line goods such as washing machines, refrigerators and cookers.

RBM Agricultural Ltd also responded to Unamec, supplying agricultural machinery and tools to the farms of Humberside and south east Yorkshire. Based at Market Weighton, Yorkshire.

All of these businesses, both in Britain and overseas, were supported by the technical, buying and commercial services provided by Unamec Division of UAC Ltd.

Niger France, through separate units such as Matforce, Equitec, Matelec and Unitec, sold and serviced mechanical, electrical and hydraulic equipment and had wide interests in French-speaking Africa in other technical sales covering construction equipment, radio, refrigeration and electrical equipment.

Company number: 26331

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Date1888-1989
LevelSub sub collection
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