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AEI: Cables

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1959 AEI created several cross-company, product divisions, one of which was SES Cable Division[1]

1959 AEI acquired a group of 4 companies: London Electric Wire Co and Smiths, Frederick Smith and Co, Liverpool Electric Cable Co, Vactite Wire Co.

1960 AEI reorganised its 3 main operating companies into products divisions[2], one of which specialized in cables but this suffered from stiff competition right from the start. The number of production sites was reduced from 6 to 4, namely Woolwich, Gravesend, Birtley and Lydbrook.

1965 Established the Cables Group; the subsidiary companies were being rationalized; the group headquarters were in Gravesend[3]

1966 The separate LEW group benefitted from modernized factories, reporting a record profit this year[4]

1968 After AEI was acquired by GEC, the Wire and Cable businesses of AEI were brought together under a unified management; the business could offer all types of wire from fine wire for electronics to heavy duty cable[5]

1970 Submarine Cables Ltd was sold to Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, June 6, 1959
  2. The Times Apr 22, 1960
  3. The Times, March 10, 1966
  4. The Times March 10, 1966
  5. The Times July 30, 1968