James Sugden The company was founded by James Edward Sugden in 1967, a division of Research Electronics. Research Electronics manufactured scientific instruments and test equipment, designed by James Sugden, for universities. The Sugden A21 was the first Amplifier to be put into production and was originally designed for a well-known local speaker company called Richard Allan.
Carr Street Almost all manufacturing processes were carried out at the new SUGDEN factory. This included boxes, building circuit boards and final assembly of each item manually. The Cleckheaton plant has seen the development of many new products, including the SUGDEN A48 Integrated Amplifier the SUGDEN C51 Preamplifier and the SUGDEN P51 Power Amplifier. There were also three analog radio tuners and a complete set of audio test equipment.
1981 - Present In 1981, production was relocated to the current factory in Heckmondwike, a short distance from where everything started. Today, production follows the same tradition, with each SUGDEN product being produced by hand by a single member of the highly qualified team. Six employees have been with the company for over thirty years, enjoying a lifelong career. The involvement in the entire production process still exists, from the project to the dispatch. They operate in the factory and are assembled by custom engineering, silkscreen and a speaker production facility. The SUGDEN products are British products of truly handmade quality.