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The Laird Group
Type Public (LSE: LRD)
Founded 1824
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Nigel Keen Chairman
Peter Hill CEO
Industry Electronics
Revenue £635.3 million (2008)
Operating income £36.8 million (2008)
Net income £14.3 million (2008)

Laird plc (LSE: LRD) is a leading British-based electronics and technology business. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.



The company was founded by John Laird in 1824 as Birkenhead Ironworks in Liverpool.[1] It launched its first ship in 1840.[1] In 1903 it merged with Charles Cammell & Company Limited and, as Cammell Laird, went on to build numerous ships for the Royal Navy.[1] 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.[2]

In the 1977 its shipbuilding business was nationalised[2] and in 1989 it disposed of its mass transit railway activities.[3] In the 1980s it moved into security products and in the 1994 into electronics.[4] In 2000 it disposed of its automotive industry activities[5] and more recently, in 2007, it disposed of its security business.[6] In 2008 it changed its name from Laird Group PLC to Laird PLC.[7]


The company has operations organised as follows:

  • Antenna and wireless systems
  • Electronic components and systems


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