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Laird plc

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Type  Public (LSE: LRD)
Net income  £(7.6) million (2015)
Headquarters  London, United Kingdom
Revenue  630.4 million GBP (2015)
Industry  Electronics
Founded  1824
Operating income  22.5 million GBP (2015)
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Key people  Dr Martin Read CBE Chairman Tony Quinlan CEO
Stock price  LRD (LON) 187.25 GBX +20.75 (+12.46%)10 Mar, 5:09 PM GMT - Disclaimer
CEO  David Lockwood (13 Aug 2012–)
Subsidiaries  Novero, Laird Technologies, Inc.

Laird plc is a leading British-based electronics and technology business. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.



The company was founded by John Laird in 1824 as Birkenhead Ironworks in Liverpool. In 1903 it merged with Charles Cammell & Company Limited and, as Cammell Laird, went on to build numerous ships for the Royal Navy. In 1976 its transport division, which traded as Metro-Cammell, secured a major order to build mass transit railway carriages for the Hong Kong Mass Transit System.

In 1977 its shipbuilding business was nationalised and in 1989 it disposed of its mass transit railway activities. In the 1980s it moved into security products and in the 1990s into electronics. In 2000 it disposed of its automotive industry activities and more recently, in 2007, it disposed of its security business. In 2008 it changed its name from Laird Group PLC to Laird PLC.

More recently the company has expanded in electronics with acquisitions such as Wisconsin based LS Research in November 2015 and German based Novero in December 2015.


The company's has operations organised as follows:

  • Performance Materials
  • Wireless Systems
  • References

    Laird plc Wikipedia

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