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GROUP PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS is the worldwide market Leader of Citizen’s Band (CB) Radio, bringing millions of CB users together for decades.

Here a few significant dates and events of the international development of PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS:


1969 Creation of the first radio communication company by Claude & Lysiane Schmitz in Paris (France).
1973 Albert Bertrana, Manager of Technical Development, joins the company in Paris.
1975 Creation of the manufacturing factory for microphones in Barcelona (Spain).
1976 First importation of the PRESIDENT brand in Europe from the USA.
1978 Creation of the Groupe President Electronics (GPE) head office in Balaruc (South of France).
1979 Creation of the first subsidiary PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS IBERICA in Barcelona (Spain).
1980 First agreement with UNIDEN for the distribution of the PRESIDENT brand in Europe.
1982 Production of the first PRESIDENT antennas by GPE IBERICA.
1988 NEW GPE head office in an ultra-modern designed building, located in front of the Thau Pond (Sète) on a 60.000m2 ground (~15 acres) and a surface of 12.000 m2 (~130,000 square feet)
1990 First sales record for GPE with more than one million CB radios sold in only 12 months.
1991 The production of PRESIDENT antennas exceeds 2 millions units per year.
1992 Creation of PRESIDENT POLAND subsidiary in Czestochowa (Poland).
1994 First Multi-Channel CB Transceivers in Europe like the PRESIDENT JAMES and PRESIDENT GEORGE.
1995 Acquisition of our STABO subsidiary in Hildesheim (Germany).
1996 Worldwide Patented invention of the “Automatic Squelch Control” (ASC) by Albert Bertrana.
2006 Creation of PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS UKRAINE subsidiary in Kiev (Ukraine).
2008 Opening of GROUPE PRESIDENT BALTIC subsidiary in Lithuania.
2010 Creation of GROUPE PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS INDIA subsidiary in New Delhi (India).
2014 Opening of PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS CZECH subsidiary in Ostrava (Czech Republic).
2015 Creation of CI-BI RADIO BEL subsidiary in Minsk (Belarus).
2016 PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS USA establishes office and warehouse in Naples, Florida. President CB Radios are now available in the North American Continent!
2021 First FCC approved AM+FM CB radio in the U.S. !
2022 First FCC approved portable and mini AM+FM CB radio in the U.S. !