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Pirelli-General Cable Works

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of Western Shore, Southampton, Hampshire.

1914 Public company. Pirelli-General was formed as a company held in equal shares by Pirelli, an Italian limited partnership, and GEC.

1920 Pirelli transferred its industrial activities to Pirelli SpA of Milan and Societe Internationale Pirelli SA (SIP) of Basle.

1936 Development of co-axial cable by Pirelli-General would allow, in principle, up to 200 conversations on one circuit.

1937 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as Maker of C. M. A. (Cable Makers' Association) Cables. Manufacturers of Electric Wires and Cables for all purposes.(Electricity: Industrial and Domestic).

1937 Electrical cable and wire manufacturers.

1961 Manufacturers of all types of electric wires and cables, covered conductors, oil-filled cables, telecommunication cables, co-axial cables, power cable accessories, telephone distribution equipment, overhead line fittings, radio and transmission towers, overhead railway electrification contractors, cable installation engineers. 5,500 group employees. [1]

1962 GEC's 50 per cent shareholding in Pirelli-General continued until 1962, when Pirelli acquired most of the shares owned by GEC, following a major reorganisation within that company.

1969 Pirelli-General Cable Works and Enfield-Standard Power Cables would set up a joint company to rationalise production, under the stimulus of the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation. Pirelli had a modern plant at Eastleigh[2]

1971 Aberdare Holdings sold its cable-making subsidiary Aberdare Cables to Pirelli-General Cable Works[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  2. The Times, July 18, 1969
  3. The Times, 31 July 1971