Philco Outside the USA
Philco began expanding its operations outside the USA by exporting sets to Canada. By late 1930, they had opened a subsidiary in Toronto - Philco Products Limited - to serve the Canadian market.
Around this same time, Philco began to export sets made in Philadelphia to Great Britain. In 1932, a British subsidiary of Philco was set up. Philco (UK) continued to import some radios from the USA, although they gradually made more and more of their own radios as time went on.
Philcos were exported from the USA into Mexico, Central & South America, France and perhaps other European nations, India, and elsewhere. I have received a report of a Philco Tropic set in South Africa.
Philco did not have a presence in Australia until 1936, at which time a local firm was licensed to build radios under the Philco name. Meanwhile, Philco radios were exported from the USA to New Zealand.
In this section, I will share with you the information I have on Philco operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other areas of the world.
As always, I am interested in learning more about this subject, and in sharing that knowledge through the pages of this website. Please feel free to contact me with any information you would like to share about Philco's presence outside the USA.
- Philco in Canada
- Philco in the United Kingdom
- Philco in Australia
- Philco in Other Areas of the World
The photo at right shows a large neon sign on the side of the Philco factory at Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex, UK, mid 1930s.