is the successor of one of the first electro technical
enterprises in the former Czechoslovakia. It was founded
exclusively with Czech capital under the name Elektra on January
18th, 1921. From 1932 to 1945 it was part of the Philips
holding. The production program ranged from light bulbs,
electron tubes, radio receivers, military technology to radio
and television transmitters. After the war,
a process of nationalisation was started in communist
Czechoslovakia. The company conducted its commercial
activities under the name Tesla since March 7th, 1946. The
popular radio "Talisman", originally made by Telegrafia, was
marketed by Tesla from then on.
Until 1989 Tesla had a state
monopoly on manufacturing electronic products. After the fall of
communism in 1989 it became difficult to compete with other
and foreign companies. Only a few parts of the company survived.