Dielectric to Close

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A photo of a Dielectric antenna from the company’s website.

SPX-owned antenna manufacturer Dielectric began letting customers know today that it plans to get out of the radio, television and wireless antenna business.

In a message to dealers obtained by Radio World, Dielectric GM Mark Fichter states the decision to close Dielectric’s antenna business operations worldwide was made “due to extremely difficult global economic conditions in the broadcast marketplace, and SPX’s ongoing efforts to further focus its future growth strategy on its Flow Technology business.”

The company has told its U.S. employees who are affected by the decision. Our efforts to reach the company by phone today were unsuccessful.

He continues by stating: “While you are likely anxious to understand more specifics in how the discontinuation of Dielectric’s broadcast and wireless antenna operations may impact your company, we respectfully request your patience and understanding over the coming weeks as we work through the many complex steps associated with this decision. As a result, please be aware that Dielectric broadcast and wireless antenna personnel will be unavailable during the week of April 22nd as we focus on coordinating next steps. We anticipate that by the early part of the following week of April 29th that we will be able to directly respond to your inquiries.”

The broadcast and wireless antenna company, which did have a booth on the recent NAB Show floor, will continue to operate in a limited capacity through the end of June. Its primary focus will be on completing outstanding orders while also conducting the necessary steps to close the business.


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There can be no TV band repacking without a major company like Dielectric - period. The FCC should allocate money from the wireless auction (theft) of TV frequencies to keep them open thru the forced transistion just like they subsidized the converter boxes.
By Bob Vious on 4/25/2013

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