KEF are a British-based loudspeaker manufacturer with international distribution and worldwide acclaim. Founded in Tovil, Maidstone, Kent in 1961 by Raymond Cooke and named after Kent Engineering & Foundry which previously occupied the site. Its founder, Raymond Cooke, was created OBE by Elizabeth II in 1979. In 1969 Unilet became a KEF authorised partner and were the first in the world to offer customers their now exclusively luxurious Reference series of loudspeakers.
KEF is now owned by GP Acoustics, which is itself a member of the Hong Kong based Gold Peak Group. Product development, acoustical technology research and the manufacture of flagship products still occurs on the original Tovil, Kent site in England.