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GEC: Electric Motors

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1930. Oil electric locomotive, made in association with William Beardmore and Co.
July 1938. Fractional H.P. Motors.
May 1950.

Note: This is a sub-section of GEC

By 1927 GEC was one of the UK's major electrical-machinery and plant manufacturers

1930 Contracts for the Manchester-Altrincham electrification and other railway projects; orders for ships with electrified propulsion; extensive application of public lighting; development of photo-electric controls; development of lamps for cinema projectors[1].

1939 GEC was involved in supplying heavy electrical engineering equipment (from Fraser and Chalmers) to works that were electrifying, such as the new strip mill for Richard Thomas and Co. Witton was keeping pace with developments in transformers, faster-acting switch gear and traction equipment. Railway electrification business both at home and abroad[2].

1989 GEC Alsthom was formed as a 50/50 joint venture by the merger of the power and transport divisions of Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) and GEC.

1989 Hawker Siddeley acquired GEC Alsthom Electromotors with works at Bradford, Birmingham and Newcastle under Lyme[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 June 1930
  2. The Times, 30 June 1939
  3. The Times, October 13, 1989