Vitavox was established in 1931 by Leonard Young, an electrician specialising in wireless, who served in the Navy as a volunteer. During his time at sea, he realised the importance of the on-board internal communications and on return to dry land he set about creating and producing products that would meet the operational requirements of the maritime environment.
Serving the defence sector, Vitavox, manufacture and supply loudspeakers, headsets, microphones and intercom systems for international army and naval platforms. Our commitment to creating the highest specification audio equipment has kept Vitavox at the forefront of tactical communications, working in partnership and supplying the primes and the MOD across various projects.
Vitavox specialises in off-the-shelf and bespoke audio solutions. On land we are installed on all British Army AJAX class vehicles, currently undergoing trials. Our solution, Outacom®, is the only fully qualified, tactical vehicle Public Address (PA) system in current manufacture. Vitavox also supplies the MOD’s armoured vehicle, Foxhound, with a loudspeaker system. Installed sea platforms include the Successor Class Submarines, Type 23 Frigates and Astute Class Attack Submarines.
Compliant with stringent defence standards, Vitavox’s products are robust, effective and dependable, ensuring a long operational life.
CEO and Owner
As Director for over 30 years and owner for 12 years, I have helped shape how Vitavox innovates and strives to give exceptional service to our customers. Really understanding and helping our customers is what makes us excel. I am proud of what my staff have achieved and excited for where we are heading. I’m still a gym nut during the week and hit the slopes skiing every year.
I’m responsible for Vitavox’s performance. I feel privileged to lead a business with such a wealth of knowledge, with many of our team serving for over 25 years, helping Vitavox to be the very best it can be and adding value to customers worldwide. If I’m not at Vitavox, I’m normally enjoying the company of my family, planning activities outdoors or trying to convince my wife that my latest hobby (whatever it is) is not a fad.
I am your first point of contact for all your Vitavox enquiries. From processing orders and assisting with customer requests to ensuring projects are managed and kept on track, no two days are ever the same. At weekends I enjoy taking my Chocolate Labrador on long walks in the country.
Finance at Vitavox is more than bean counting! We are involved in all aspects of business; from product design, despatch, debt collections and payments. I’m a “foodie” so to balance the calories, I go for long walks and do Iyengar Yoga and Tai Chi.
I lead the team responsible for producing equipment for all sectors of Vitavox. I also look after the factory layout, equipment and operational processes and procedures. It’s often challenging but very rewarding when problems are solved and products are shipped. In my own time, I am a keen armchair football fan, I attempt to play golf, love to travel and spend time with my young grandson.
I am responsible for all engineering issues for both Secomak and Vitavox, from design and development through to risk assessment and safety. Outside work my interests include badminton and wildlife photography.
From Apprentice to Quality to Production over 30 years, I have seen the many sides of Vitavox. My team and I ensure production capacity and materials are up to the challenge, optimising stock and reacting to customer needs – there’s never a dull moment. My sweet tooth means I love when my colleagues at Vitavox celebrate birthdays, so I can help them with the cake!
I lead the buying team across Secomak and Vitavox. Building and maintaining a healthy supplier base ensures we source the best quality parts for our products. No challenge is too great! In my spare time, if I’m not swinging from an aerial hoop, I’m practising martial arts.
Marketing & Communications
If it’s marketing, I look after it. I cover a lot of ground across Secomak and Vitavox brands, including exhibitions, print, digital, analytics, social media and this website. If I’m not working, I’m probably blogging about motorsport, keeping fit or eating something sweet.
|1931||Vitavox created by Leonard Young, an ex-merchant Navy Seaman and Radio Repair Shop owner. His main customer was the Royal Navy.|
|1980||Supplied the Royal Navy Trafalgar Class Submarines with loudspeakers and microphones.|
|1988||Vitavox merged with Secomak Ltd.|
|1991||Won contract to exclusively supply the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigates with our Main Broadcast Loudspeaker.|
|1994||Developed new handset for Royal Navy ships and boats.|
|2000||Agreed to supply our range of loudspeakers and microphones to the Australian Royal Navy.|
|2011||Contracted to supply external bridge and dive chamber loudspeaker for Astute Class attack Submarines.|
|2012||Selected to supply Outacom® Tactical PA System to be mounted to all British Army AJAX AFVs. Undergoing trials until further notice.|
|2012||Selected by BAE to design and produce UHF headset for UK MOD|
|2016||Focussed development on complete range of loudspeakers and microphones for the main broadcast of Royal Navy Dreadnought Class “Successor” Submarines. This is ongoing until launch in 2021.|
Vitavox serve the worldwide defence industry, operating as a division of Secomak. As part of the same company, Secomak produce:
- Drying machines for the packaging, bottling and filling industry
- Gas Boosters primarily for the construction industry
- Fans, blowers and Heaters for a wide range of industrial uses, including heating, cooling, cleaning, sorting and ventilating.
This unique combination of products and skillsets has helped the company remain flexible and adaptable, whilst retaining many years of expertise and experience.