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Who are Wharton Electronics?


years of experience


of our sales are world-wide exports


of our sales are repeat orders


countries supplied


Wharton Electronics began life 45 years ago in 1975 manufacturing electronic stopwatches and related equipment for commercial and sporting applications. Started by two brothers, Eric and Robert Wharton, the company, in cooperation with national governing bodies, developed several specialised timepieces, used internationally in sporting events, including Equestrian cross-country and carriage driving, Cycling Road Time Trials, International Motor Rallying and other motorsports.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the company expanded its geographical reach and today work with over 40 international partners. Our primary markets have expanded to include:

  • Banking and commodity trading
  • Military and commercial command and control
  • Education, leisure and sports sectors
  • Health sectors and Pharmaceutical production
  • Transportation sectors

Alastair Wharton, the company’s Managing Director, joined after leaving Aston University with a joint honours degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. Alastair heads up our innovation and technology department and offers industry-leading solutions to our partners.

The company has built an international reputation of reliability, outstanding quality and unrivalled technical support, with more than 80% of sales through our existing customers.

There are numerous Wharton Electronics products in use today in time and reliability-critical applications operating 24/7 after more than 15 years, or more than 130,000 hours, from the time of original supply. This level of reliability is one of the many reasons why Wharton Electronics continues to thrive globally after 45 years.

We are proud to remain family-owned and proud to be a leading international brand within the time solutions sector.

Wharton Electronics today

We design and manufacture our own unique and extensive range of time-related products in our Thame, Oxfordshire head office and factory.

Our export sales account for over 70% of our production. Wharton products have been supplied to customers in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Quality and innovation drive everything we do.

Our highly experienced design engineers and our in-house manufacturing capability enables us to offer our customers tailor-made solutions for demanding project specifications. With our in-house capabilities, we can satisfy almost any request for precision timing and time display applications across the globe.

We have a policy of training and internally promoting staff where possible and have a remarkably low turnover amongst our multi-talented, multi-national team.

The environment

Wharton Electronics recognises that its products, activities and services impact the environment. We believe that managing the environmental implications of our activities is an integral part of good management practice.

The company is committed to applying the following principles to its activities:  

  • Complying with the applicable legal and regulatory framework wherever we operate.
  • Minimising the use of hazardous substances and ensuring environmental issues are fully considered and optimised in the design of new products and the introduction of new processes, services or facilities
  • Reducing the consumption of resources (energy, fuel, water, packaging & materials) wherever practical and appropriate.
  • Reducing waste of all kinds and ensuring its proper disposal.

Our trade associations

Wharton Electronics Limited is a member of the Institute of Export - logo
Wharton Electronics Limited is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses - logo;
Wharton Electronics Limited is a member of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce - logo©
Wharton Electronics Limited is a member B2B WEEE Compliance scheme - logo;

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