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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

GEC: Domestic Appliances

From Graces Guide
1920.
April 2nd 1927. The "Magnet" Electric.
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1928. GEC Magnet cooker. Model DC5750. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
Early Magnet cooker exhibited at Birmingham Science Museum.
Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
April 1949.
May 1949.
June 1949.
1951
June 1951. Electric Water Heaters.
February 1952.
1954.
July 1954.

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September 1954.

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May 1955.
August 1958.
August 1962. Sprite fan.
November 1963.
November 1963.

Note: This is a sub-section of GEC

1909 GEC had expanded to 7 large factories but, due to depressed trade, these were operating at less than full capacity. The Sherlock Street works in Birmingham were making heating stoves and radiators in addition to electric light fittings[1].

1925 GEC bought the washing machine designed by James Cooper Moncrieff and renamed it The Magnet

1930 Maker of domestic cooking and industrial furnaces as well as cables, including through Pirelli-General Cable Works, a 50:50 venture[2].

By 1950 owned Coldair, maker of refrigerators

1964 GEC took over Cannon Holdings Ltd[3].

1967 GEC acquired AEI

1968 GEC (Domestic Equipment) was brought together with British Domestic Appliances, GEC being the majority partner[4]

1975 Consumer Products was one 5 main groupings of UK subsidiaries[5]:

1987 Acquired Creda from Tube Investments[6]

1989 Hotpoint, as a subsidiary of GEC, was merged into a new division of GEC, General Domestic Appliances (GDA).

1989 GEC's domestic appliance businesses included the Hotpoint range of washing machines, driers and refrigerators; Creda electric cookers, heaters and other domestic appliances; Cannon gas cookers and fires; Redring electric kettles; showers; Xpelair extractor fans, and OSRAM-GEC lamps and lighting (which was owned 51 per cent by GEC and 49 per cent by Osram GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens).

1989 Other than OSRAM-GEC, these businesses were combined with GE's European consumer business in a jointly-owned European consumer group.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 23 July 1909
  2. The Times, 26 June 1930
  3. The Times, 22 June 1964
  4. The Times July 30, 1968
  5. 1975 Annual report
  6. The Times , June 04, 1987