GEC: Domestic Appliances
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.
1925 GEC bought the washing machine designed by James Cooper Moncrieff and renamed it The Magnet
By 1950 owned Coldair, maker of refrigerators
1967 GEC acquired AEI
1975 Consumer Products was one 5 main groupings of UK subsidiaries:
- GEC (Radio and Television) Ltd
- Spectra Rentals Ltd (80 percent)
- Cannon Industries Ltd
- Osram (GEC) Ltd
- GEC-Xpelair Ltd
- GEC Schreiber Ltd (62.5 percent) including Hotpoint Ltd and Schreiber Industries Ltd
- English Electric Consumer Products Ltd
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.
Sources of Information
- The Times, 23 July 1909
- The Times, 26 June 1930
- The Times, 22 June 1964
- The Times July 30, 1968
- 1975 Annual report
- The Times , June 04, 1987