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GEC: Domestic Appliances

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April 2nd 1927. The "Magnet" Electric.
1928. GEC Magnet cooker. Model DC5750. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
Early Magnet cooker exhibited at Birmingham Science Museum.
Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
Exhibit at the Bakelite Museum.
April 1949.
May 1949.
June 1949.
June 1951. Electric Water Heaters.
February 1952.
July 1954.
September 1954.
May 1955.
August 1958.
August 1962. Sprite fan.
November 1963.
November 1963.

Note: This is a sub-section of GEC

1909 GEC had expanded to 7 large factories but, due to depressed trade, these were operating at less than full capacity. The Sherlock Street works in Birmingham were making heating stoves and radiators in addition to electric light fittings[1].

1925 GEC bought the washing machine designed by James Cooper Moncrieff and renamed it The Magnet

1930 Maker of domestic cooking and industrial furnaces as well as cables, including through Pirelli-General Cable Works, a 50:50 venture[2].

1964 GEC took over Cannon Holdings Ltd[3].

1967 GEC acquired AEI

1968 GEC (Domestic Equipment) was brought together with British Domestic Appliances, GEC being the majority partner[4]

1987 Acquired Creda from Tube Investments[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 23 July 1909
  2. The Times, 26 June 1930
  3. The Times, 22 June 1964
  4. The Times July 30, 1968
  5. The Times , June 04, 1987