In 1945, after capturing several German "Magnetophon"
tape recorders from Radio Luxembourg, the American
Signal Corps recorded a speech by General Dwight
Eisenhower to be played to the people of occupied
Germany. Due to a shortage of recording tape the speech
had to be recorded on a reel of used German tape.
Unfortunately, due to a problem with the German tape
recorder, the tape was not completely erased and the
voice of Adolph Hitler was intermittently heard along
with Eisenhower's voice. This caused a great deal of
fear and confusion among the German people and
obviously a great deal of embarrassment for the Allied
General Eisenhower issued an immediate order that no
more captured German tape was to be used and assigned
Major John Herbert Orr to develop an American magnetic
tape manufacturing facility.
Major Orr located a German scientist, Dr. Karl Pfleumer,
who gave him a basic formula for magnetic tape. Within
two weeks Major Orr had managed to manufacture his
first reels of usable audio tape. After returning to
his home in Opelika, Alabama after the war John Herbert
Orr set up a magnetic tape manufacturing facility and
soon afterwards began marketing his own tape under the
"IRISH" brand name. Orr continued his manufacturing
operation and in 1959 Orradio Industries became part of
the Ampex Corporation.
The Ampex Corporation, founded by Alexander M.
Poniatoff, had been developing audio tape recorders
since the end of WWII starting with their model 200.
The company's first sales of the Model 200 were to Bing
Crosby Enterprises and the American Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC). In 1956 Ampex announced an historic
breakthrough, the first practical video tape recorder.
Shortly after this introduction Poniatoff and Orr
entered into negotiations and in 1959 Orradio
Industries became the Ampex Magnetic Tape Division of
The Ampex Magnetic Tape Division continued its
development of leading edge recording tapes in
conjunction with its sister division, the Ampex Audio
Video Systems Division. Numerous major advancements in
recording technology over the past 35 years have
resulted in today's sophisticated digital recorders.
And, it is fair to say, many of these advances would
not have been possible without the the equally
significant advancements in magnetic tape technology
developed by the Ampex Magnetic Tape Division.
An excellent example of the Ampex contribution to the
science of magnetic tape manufacturing was the
installation of the first metal particle coating line
in the United States, and indeed the first such line
outside of Japan.
After a long and fruitful partnership the Ampex
Corporation decided to divest itself of its media
division and the Ampex Recording Media Corporation was
put up for sale. The sale was completed in November of
1995 and the recording media pioneer became Quantegy
Quantegy Inc. is committed to the ongoing needs of its
customers and markets. This commitment extends not only
to new product development but to developing and
implementing the services and support that its
customers need and expect. With locations worldwide and
a long rich history, Quantegy Inc. is excited to
continue as a leader in the development of magnetic