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Aron Electricity Meter Co

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of Salisbury Road, Kilburn, London (premises previously of the Gilburt Motor Car Co)

1898 Company formed.

1889 Aron meters were one of the types offered for supply to Paris[1]

1892 The Dundee Gas Commission selected Aron meters for certain duties in electricity supply in Dundee[2]

1898 Public company incorporated to acquire the business of Prof. Dr Hermann Aron of Berlin, maker of electricity meters. Directors of the company included G. B. Byng and R. E. B. Crompton, chief engineer of Kensington and Knightsbridge Electric Supply Co as well as directors of other electricity supply companies; Dr Aron and Dr Julius Juttke were managing directors. The General Electric Co had an exclusive licence for 5 years. Nearly 1000 of these instruments had been ordered since the start of 1898. Electric clocks were a new line of business[3]

c1908 Commenced making taximeters

1905 Aron were Electricity Meter Manufacturers, 114 Union St, Borough[4]

1908 of Salisbury Road[5]

1908 Exhibited various types of electricity meter at the Manchester Exhibition, as well as clocks, timers, counters and 2 types of taximeter - one for horse-drawn vehicles and the other for motorised vehicles.

1911 Expanded into taximeters for which extra capital was required which was raised by issue of debentures; Hugo Hirst of GEC was one of the directors[6]

1911 Prospectus for share issue. Directors are Hugo Hirst, James Pender, R. E. B. Crompton, S. Barclay Heward, Harry Kahn, Roger W. Wallace, Hermann Aron.[7]

WWI Business severely interrupted; the war caused general disorganisation of its Continental businesses

Post-war: the German works were taken over by the government[8]

By 1927 the Taximeter Co was a subsidiary[9]

WWII. Turned over to wartime production. As well as producing instruments for aircraft, it also made aerial loops, fuses for antiaircraft shells, but most important of all the new Mark XIV bombsight which revolutionised the accuracy of all bombing raids.[10]

c.1960 Diversified into coin-operated timers for television, timers for domestic appliances and electronic devices.

1961 Ferranti Ltd acquired the electricity meter business of Aron Meters Ltd[11]. Ferranti was already the largest meter manufacturer in Britain and invested more in meter manufacturing. A new subsidiary was established. The remaining one-third of the business (timers, etc) was restructured and was carried on under a new name: Astaron Electronics[12].

1962 Astaron sold its property in Kilburn[13]

1913 Hermann Aron of Berlin died in Homburg, Germany[14]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Belfast News-Letter , June 27, 1889
  2. Dundee Courier , November 17, 1892
  3. The Times, Oct 10, 1898
  4. British Phone Books, 1880-1984
  5. British Phone Books, 1880-1984
  6. The Times, Jan 24, 1911
  7. Liverpool Daily Post - Tuesday 24 January 1911
  8. The Times, Feb 22, 1924
  9. The Times, Jun 29, 1927
  10. Wikipedia
  11. The Times, Oct 13, 1961
  12. The Times, Jul 12, 1962
  13. The Times, Apr 02, 1962
  14. National Probate Calendar