Mactron was an electronics and security company based in
Oosterbeek (Netherlands). The company was established in the late
1980s and specialized in video surveillance equipment for banks,
such as the Dutch ABN-Amro bank. A special department of Mactron
developed and built high-end security products in low quantities,
the so-called specials, such as the succesful
Necktie Bug that was used for covert operations,
and the original Mactron FM radio bug.
Around 1990, the company attracted additional capital and moved
to a new building with ample space for the
various activities. New personnel was attracted and various new
products were developed. In 1992 however, the company faced bankrupcy
after bad strategic decisions and alledged fraud by one of its new directors.
The company was subsequently liquidated, leaving the original owner empty handed.
Parts of the old Mactron eventually went to a new owner.