GEC

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Group.png GEC  
Formation 1886
Extinction 1999
Type weapons manfacturer
Headquarters Coventry, England

GEC (formerly the General Electric Company, not to be confused with the US company General Electric) was an arms company based in the UK. The Company was was renamed Marconi Corporation plc in 1999 after its defence arm was sold to British Aerospace. In 2005-6 Ericsson purchased the bulk of Marconi and the remaining businesses were renamed Telent plc.[1][2]

Ronald Grierson was Vice-Chairman from 1968 to 1996.

History

1886: H. Hirst joined G. Binswanger to form the General Electric Apparatus Company in London.[3]

1889: Name changed to the General Electric Company Ltd (GEC).[4]

1900: GEC was floated as a public limited company.[5]

1961: GEC took over Radio and Allied Industries.[6]

1963: Arnold Weinstock became managing director of GEC.[7]

1964: GEC acquired Cannon Cookers.[8]

1974-1987: GEC acquired Yarrow Shipbuilders, Avery, Picker, and Creda.[9]

1989: GEC and Siemens took over Plessey. GEC acquired Plessey's naval systems and avionics business.[10]

1990: GEC acquired parts of Ferranti.[11]

1995: GEC acquired Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd.[12]

1996: Weinstock retired. George Simpson became managing director.[13]

1998: GEC acquired Tracor.[14]

1999: GEC acquired Kvaerner's Govan shipyard, RELTEC, and FORE Systems.[15]

2000: General Electric Company was renamed the Marconi Corporation plc.[16] Marconi Corporation acquired SCITEC's Australian Communications Solutions business, MSI, Systems Management Specialists, Davies Industrial Communications, Albany Partnership, Mariposa Technology, the transmission business of Splice do Brazil, AMTEC SpA, and Telit Networks SpA.[17]

2006: Ericsson took over the Marconi Corporation. Name changed to Telent plc.[18]  

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References

  1. IPD Group GEC History, accessed 10 March 2009
  2. Ericsson buys Marconi: £1.2bn for assets and name By John Oates The Register, 25th October 2005 09:24 GMT
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  4. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009
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  14. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009
  15. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009
  16. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009
  17. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009
  18. The Marconi Company, accessed 24 Nov 2009


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