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Thomson-Bennett

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November 1907.
November 1908. Sparking plug.
May 1913.
1919.

Thomson-Bennett Ltd, and Thomson-Bennett Magnetos Ltd., of Birmingham

1904 J. A. Thomson met Peter Bennett, then manager of the Electric Ignition Company of Birmingham

1907 with Thomson's backing, Bennett set up Thomson-Bennett Ltd to manufacture electrical equipment for motor vehicles, including magnetos, spark plugs, the same type of produce as those made by EIC. Thomson-Bennett began making magnetos for specialized purposes; at that time, the German company Bosch had a virtual monopoly of the car magneto market.

When the first World War broke out Thomson-Bennett's expertise as manufacturers of magnetos was key to development of British supplies essential for mechanized transport and aircraft.

1914 Thomson-Bennett had c.100 employees when it was acquired by Joseph Lucas Ltd, particularly for their magneto expertise.

Established as Thomson-Bennett Magnetos Ltd, a subsidiary of Joseph Lucas Ltd

1920 issued catalogue of magnetos

Peter Bennett became joint managing director of Lucas.


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