About Morphy Richards
A Global Brand
Donal Morphy of Chislehurst and Charles Richards of Farnborough, Kent, had met whilst working at Sydney S Bird and Sons formed Morphy-Richards Ltd on 8 July 1936 at an oast house in St Mary Cray in Kent. Morphy and Richards were joint managing directors and had raised £1,000. It began making electric fires, and from March 1938, it made electric irons. During the war, its factories made components for the aircraft industry. A. Reyrolle & Company took 30% of the company in June 1944 and their General Manager was on the board of directors. Exports accounted for around 15% of turnover, helped by subsidiary companies in Australia and South Africa. It later opened a Canadian subsidiary. The company was producing around 2,000 irons per day. Morphy Richards specialises in toasters, hair dryers, bread makers, kettles and sandwich toasters and other appliances. In its early stage it also made refrigerators and washer-dryers, but these would later be made by Hotpoint. It is owned by the Irish Glen Dimplex electronics group. They also make Digital Radio Mondiale-compatible digital radios and also the dry iron, one of very few companies to do so. Morphy and Richards have always represented the best of British design and that particularly British tradition of bringing different worlds and ideas together. Reliability and refinement, craftsmanship and quirk; that's the legacy we're continuing today - building pioneering products that simply make things better. Sustainability isn't a new engineering problem. Just create things that people need - make it once and make it last. Because when things are made properly, you need fewer repairs and fewer replacements. We're bringing sustainable innovation to everyone.