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1907 with Thomson's backing, Bennett set up Thomson-Bennett Ltd to manufacture products similar to those of EIC. Thomson-Bennett began making magnetos for specialized purposes; at that time, the German company Bosch had a virtual monopoly of the car magneto market.
When the first World War broke out Thomson-Bennett's expertise as manufacturers of magnetos was key to development of British supplies essential for mechanized transport and aircraft.
1914 Thomson-Bennett had c.100 employees when it was acquired by Joseph Lucas Ltd, particularly for their magneto expertise.
1920 issued catalogue of magnetos
Peter Bennett became joint managing director of Lucas.