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1965. Marconi mechanical products.
1966. Ascension Island earth station built for the US "Apollo" man-on-the-moon project.

NB The Marconi Company should not be confused with Marconi plc, created in 1999 by the renaming of GEC, having divested the Marconi Electronic Systems business. In 2003 this was renamed the Marconi Corporation.


Up to 1963, the term Marconi Co was often used as shorthand for Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co.

1963 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co, a subsidiary of the English Electric Co, was renamed the Marconi Company

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Technological Innovation[1].

1968 English Electric Co was taken over by GEC

1968 Marconi was incorporated in the new divisions of GEC group.

1987 Renamed GEC-Marconi.

1998 GEC acquired Siemens' 40% stake in GPT and merged with the telecommunications units of its Italian subsidiary Marconi SpA, GEC Hong Kong and ATC South Africa to form Marconi Communications.

1998 Creation of Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd (MES) incorporating the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding businesses of GEC[2].

1999 MES acquired by British Aerospace (BAe), later becoming part of BAE Systems.

1999 GEC was renamed Marconi plc, which in turn became Marconi Corporation plc in 2003.


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