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The company is founded in the early 1920s in Beek and Donk. The founder is C.R.M. (Cor) Thijssens, born in 1902 in Beek en Donk.

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Thijssens is active early: in 1921 he sells his first radio to the mayor of Aarle-Rixtel, after he had a technical training at Steehouwer Technical Institute in Rotterdam and worked for some time at Koumans & Polak, also in Rotterdam.
In 1921 and 1922 he sails as a radio operator on a number of ships and in July 1923, the previously founded company was given the name "Radio-Technisch Bureau C.R.M. Thijssens". Until the beginning of 1926, radio receivers were manufactured under this name. In the most productive period, 1924-1928, a large number of models appear that are sold throughout the Netherlands. In March 1926 the name of the company was changed to "Radio-Onderneming Minimax".
At the end of 1928 the company searched for a larger place and at the beginning of 1929 a new building was put into operation in Veghel. Minimax makes more and more radios that operate on the mains. Unfortunately, the economic situation deteriorates in that year, which means that the company still earns little. Because of this, the company eventually stops its activities in 1934. Cor Thijssens then joins Philips.

Letterhead of the company

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