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AEI Scientific Apparatus

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The Scientific Apparatus Division of AEI, part of its Electronics Group

Presumably incorporated the Scientific and Testing Equipment work of Metrovicks

1960 The AEI Instrument Division included the Scientific Apparatus Department[1]

1966 AEI Scientific Apparatus was a leader in the design of mass spectrometers and electron microscopes[2]

1967 GEC acquired AEI

1968 Became part of GEC-Elliott Automation[3]

1969 The Division had 2 factories, at Manchester and Harlow; it was considered as a target for acquisition by Rank[4]

1969 GEC decided against selling the Division to Rank and instead formed it as a trading company called AEI Scientific Apparatus which was expected to grow fast[5]

1969 AEI Scientific Apparatus, in its factory at Harlow, completed the first commercial million-volt electron microscope to be built in Europe for delivery to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwall[6]

1974 Signed co-operation agreement with Cameca, a subsidiary of Thomson-CSF, with the aim of rationalising R&D programmes and production[7]

1974 Part of GEC-Marconi Electronics

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan. 6, 1960
  2. The Times, March 10, 1966
  3. The Times December 20, 1968
  4. The Times Mar. 3, 1969
  5. The Times Aug. 19, 1969
  6. The Times Oct. 3, 1969
  7. The Times July 25, 1974