BADEN-BADEN, West Germany (AP) _ Max Grundig, the radio and television pioneer whose electronics company grew from a small shop to a worldwide enterprise, died Friday at the age of 81.

Grundig died in a hospital in Baden-Baden, in West Germany's Black Forest region, his company said. It did not give a cause of death.

Born May 7, 1908, Grundig began tinkering with radios as a 15-year-old apprentice in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg.

He opened his own shop with a friend in 1930, selling radios and producing transformers.

After World War II, Grundig was permitted by the Allies to relocate his business to the city of Fuerth, where he set up his own factory to produce radio parts.

His company was one of the first to produce frequency modulated radios, cutting out static interference for clearer reception.

In 1952, Grundig was one of the first European companies to start producing TV sets.

During the 1960s, Grundig began setting up foreign branches.

The company, which still bears his name, was taken over in 1984 by the Netherlands-based Philips concern and has annual sales of more than $1.7 billion.

Grundig is survived by his wife, Chantal.