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Thunder Tiger

Company nameThunder Tiger Corporation
Founded1979
Founder(s)Lai Chun-lin
HeadquartersTaichung
Key peopleHsieh Tsai-yunGeneral Manager
Lai Chun-lin, President
Liu Chao-ching, Spokesman
ProductsRadio control model vehicles
RevenueUS$37.6 million (2006)
Net incomeUS$6.5 million (2006)

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Thunder Tiger Corporation (雷虎科技股份有限公司) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of radio controlled model airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and model engines including jet turbines.

The company, originally called Thunder Tiger Science Model Shop was founded in Taichung by modeling enthusiast Aling Lai in 1974. As sourcing imported items. Lai started up Thunder Tiger Model Company in 1979. This new company began as an engine manufacturer and rapidly expanded its product line to include airplane and car kits. Thunder Tiger went on to develop the SUPERCOMBO line of almost ready-to-fly aircraft and almost ready-to-run cars. These models were at the forefront of the ARF and RTR revolution and soon replaced the kits.

A North American subsidiary and product service center opened in May, 1994. Service and warranty claims for that market are handled through that subsidiary. It also allows Thunder Tiger to offer a three-year warranty for products sold in North America.

Thunder Tiger produces several different types of radio controlled cars and nitro engines. They are also somewhat active in racing.

Recently Thunder Tiger bought out Team Associated, a well known US RC manaufacturer. Many feared this would affect AE in a negative way, although the manufacturers is stlll going strong, with many RTR parts now being made by Thunder Tiger, such as radio gear and nitro motors. Thunder Tiger parts in AE vehicles have not brought complaints, due to their reliability.

Thunder Tiger's combination of modeling and aerospace technology makes them the only model manufacturer to obtain the ISO 9001 quality assurance certification.


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