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Compagnie Francaise Thomson-Houston

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1892 General Electric Co (USA) was created by the merger of Thomson-Houston and Edison General Electric.

The company set up a French subsidiary: Thomson-Houston International

1893 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston was set up as a partner to General Electric Co[1].

Specialised in electrical distribution and traction motors

1920s the Thomson Group began to expand its consumer electronics and domestic appliance activities.

1928 Part of Compagnie Francaise Thomson-Houston was combined with locomotive builder SACM of Alsace to form Alsthom; the name was derived from ALSacienne-THOMson

1930s the company was a pioneer in civil and military radio communications and transmissions, leading it to develop a broad range of electronics activities.

1966 became Thomson Brandt

1968 Merger of the electronics arm of Thomson Brandt with Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) to create Thomson-CSF.

1983 Became Thomson SA in 1983.

1982 Thomson Brandt was nationalised by the French Government

1983 changed its name to Thomson SA.

Focused its activities on its core businesses and divested loss-making businesses, restructuring its industrial sites, and improving cash management, whilst continuing research and development and capital investment.

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  • Competition Commission report 1991