Land Mobile Legend Sir Angus Tait Passes

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Company to endure beyond death of founder Sir Angus Tait.

Staff at Christchurch radio communications company, Tait Electronics Limited, are mourning the loss of their Founder and Chairman Sir Angus Tait. Tait died Tuesday at Windermere Lifestyle Care and Village.

Michael Chick, Managing Director, said the country, company and worldwide radio industry was poorer for his passing. "He was an immensely determined yet compassionate man, a great innovator and mentor for so many. He was humble and curious, never seeking the limelight but never shy of making his voice heard if it would help business and education in New Zealand."

"Tait Electronics is a close-knit team and we're all devastated by the news. But our sadness can also be tinged with pride. Pride in Angus himself, what Angus originally created and what we have all helped build together."

Beyond the many current employees here at the company, so many people knew Angus: former employees, partners around the world, customers, dealers as well as NZ businesspeople and the Canterbury education community.

"He was a selfless soul, refusing to sell-up this NZ-based business despite overseas buyers making offers in the 1980s. As a result, many jobs were saved and the company has gone on to earn over two billion dollars (in exports) for New Zealand," says Chick. The Tait Foundation has donated millions of dollars to a variety of causes, most recently, in the Canterbury University's Wireless Research Centre.

Chick added, "Tait Electronics Limited is a leader in the global radio communications industry and that is a great testament to a great man. He was the Chairman and, at 88, he had been coming into work most days. However, Angus was always quick to emphasize the team aspect, the fact that together we achieve more. He surrounded himself with talented and motivated radio engineers, designers, salespeople and technicians. It is they who will endure and continue working towards his vision."

"Thanks to Angus's team ethos, the company, Tait Electronics Limited is in good shape with great products, innovations in the pipeline and strong orders worldwide. We have a large team of motivated and talented radio engineers. The current management team is very experienced and we continue to invest in Research and Development and in our distribution channels. Many customers continue to choose radios from Tait Electronics because they are tough, reliable and technically sophisticated."

"His quiet and unassuming way, his ability to challenge you to do better, his knowledge of the people and issues within the community and industry and his generosity of spirit are gone to us and we're all feeling that loss. Yet Angus's professional legacy is a company driving for growth for New Zealand and the team at Tait Electronics Limited will keep striving to create jobs and wealth for this country, because that is what Angus wanted," concluded Chick.

About Tait Electronics Ltd
Tait Electronics Ltd was formed in 1969 and is a leading provider of radio communications solutions to public safety organizations, utilities and transport providers. The company exports equipment to over 140 countries from its global headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand. Its research and development operation is one of the largest in its sector in Australasia. Tait employs about 800 people in New Zealand and has wholly-owned customer service facilities in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and the United States.


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