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Societe Anonyme Westinghouse

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Société Anonyme Westinghouse of France.

1879 George Westinghouse established a small workshop in Paris to make brakes, 10 years after his American brake company had been set up. The workshop was organised under the British brake company Westinghouse Brake Co but run by an American.

1901 The French brake and electrical interests were combined in one company Societe Anonyme Westinghouse, with capital of 25 million Francs. Also took over the Belgian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian electric and brake businesses.

1902 Albert Schmid returned to France to run the Le Havre branch

1904 Introduced large 4 cylinder cars under the name Westinghouse or Westinghouse-Schmid[1].

1908 Pumps and condensers on the Westinghouse Leblanc system[2]

1915 The brake company became independent of the other companies as Compagnie des Freins Westinghouse

In 1915 British Westinghouse acquired the American interest in the continental European Westinghouse companies. In the early 1920s the companies were sold to Brown Boveri and Co.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The World guide to automobile manufacturers, by Nick Baldwin
  2. The Engineer
  3. '1899-1949' by John Dummelow: Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co
  • The World guide to automobile manufacturers, by Nick Baldwin
  • A life of George Westinghouse, by Henry G. Prout (1921).