For over 80 years, MK has provided customers globally with the highest quality, safest and most reliable range of electrical accessory products in the market. The story begins in 1912 when Charles Arnold and Charles Belling formed their first business venture: Belling and Company. After the First World War in 1919, the company began to develop electrical equipment. But as timed moved on, they realized they would require high rated switches and sockets in order to function efficiently. Thus, the Multy Kontact spring grip socket was created.
This product soon became a market leader and the British Electrical Standards Association (BESA) changed standards to adopt this new product. By 1923 demand for these new products were growing rapidly and new production facilities were required. A custom built factory in Edmonton, North London was developed and the company was renamed MK Electric.
The company constantly strived to produce new and innovative products. By 1928, MK developed the first shuttered socket, which acted as a safety device while using electrical equipment. The use of shuttered socket ensured that the socket tubes are isolated when the plug is withdrawn, thus eliminating a potential fire hazard.
During the Second World War, the focus of production at the factory in Edmonton was switched to the manufacture of munitions to support the war effort. Development resumed in 1945 with the creation of the first AC (Alternating Current) ceiling switch and wall mounted light switch. Soon after the British Standard BS was introduced in 1363, which is still in existence today, MK was declared the first company to offer a full range of conforming products.
In 1955 MK launched the first switch a design so influential that it forms the basis for every light switch available today! Rapid growth and expansion resulted in the successful floatation of MK Electric Holding Company, on the stock exchange during 1966.
The seventies and eighties marked a period of heavy investment. This provided MK with an opportunity to continue its reputation for providing the market with new, innovative and safe products. During this period, new relationships with overseas partners were formed and MK became a full-fledged global operation offering the widest range of electrical accessory products in the market. Over the years, MK has continued to build on its successful foundations. MK continues to provide the highest quality, safest and most cost effective solutions that are selected, installed and used by thousands of professional architects, builders, contractors, interior designers and electrical consultants throughout the world. MK is now a business of Honeywell.