KEF was founded by Raymond Cooke in 1961. He was a BBC trained engineer that went on to work for Gilbert Briggs at Wharfedale for five years, before branching out on his own. The company’s name stands for Kent Engineering and Foundry and it has been based in Tovil, Maidstone from the very beginning.
A prime driver for going solo was that Cooke wanted to move away from the conventional drive unit materials that Wharfedale was using at the time (paper) to the various plastics that were just becoming available. And the rest is history.