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General Domestic Appliances

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of Peterborough

1989 GEC formed a new division, 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.[1]

Other than OSRAM-GEC, these businesses were combined with GE's European consumer business in a jointly-owned European consumer group when GE purchased a 50 percent share of this new division.

1998 GDA was reorganised with the Redring and Xpelair brands split out to become GDA Applied Energy.

1999 Main brands included Hotpoint, Creda, Cannon, Redring, Xpelair[2]

2001 December: Merloni Elettrodomestici purchased the other 50% from Marconi plc (formerly GEC).

2005 Merloni renamed itself Indesit Company and Hotpoint continued as a major brand of that company.

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Sources of Information

  1. MMC report 1989
  2. The Times, December 06, 1999