More than 70 people have lost their jobs after a row between high-street retailer Argos and a Welsh electronics supplier over licensing of
KMS Components, based in Penarth, near Cardiff, called in administrators on 8 January after a cash crunch left it unable to pay debts.
KMS, founded in 1994, was forced into liquidation after Argos withheld pounds 3.2m from the business. The funding row included stopping a cheque for pounds 850,000 that Argos had sent as payment for 5,000 of its ill-fated MyTablet gadgets, which ran on Google's Android software, as well as thousands of CnM-branded Android tablets, all made and distributed by KMS.
In documents seen by the Guardian, Argos claimed it had withheld the money because the tablets did not have the required "Google Mobile Services" (GMS) licence, which is controlled by
On receiving the second Google complaint, Argos complained to KMS - which responded that Argos had known about the licensing issue since
A source at KMS said the company offered to get GMS licences for the MyTablet when Argos raised objections in October but that Argos refused to allow KMS Components to seek the appropriate GMS licence from
Argos did not respond to the claim that the company had refused to allow KMS to pursue the GMS licencing process.
KMS Components was founded in 1994 as an electronics and components supplier, and became one of the
Number of people who lost their jobs when KMS Components went into administration on 8 January
The amount Argos withheld from
KMS after a row over the licensing
Cheque stopped by Argos after MyTablet gadgets and CnM Android tablets did not have required GMS licence
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