Wartime brought its own challenges as Ekco struggled with essential and secret war work leading to shadow factories being established in Malmesbury, Aylesbury, Preston, Woking and Rutherglen. The Southend-on-Sea factory continued making bakelite mouldings with the remainder of the site being turned over to making wiring looms for military aircraft .
British Electronic Industries was put up for sale in 1966, and in the same year Pye closed the Southend-on-Sea factory which then became the Access Credit Card Headquarters in late 1966.
By the early 1970s the Ekco brand had all but disappeared.
The story continues BUT you will have to wait till next week for Part 3!