GEC History

The General Electric Company was one of Britain's foremost engineering companies manufacturing a vast range of products and services both within the UK and worldwide. GEC's origins date back to the 1880s and following a major re-organisation in 1996 with the creation of GEC Alsthom, GEC's demise finally came in 1999 when it was renamed Marconi. Marconi concentrated its business interests on the emerging dot.com bubble and by focusing on such a relatively narrow market it was a risk too far. The dot.com bubble burst, Marconi was split up and the fragments purchased by Ericsson and a new company, Telent.

Having employed hundreds of thousands of people over the years, there are many who have a fond memory of GEC and its predecessors. Some of these have established websites describing the history of the company, their memories, or both.

Here are some of the more professional sites:

From my own experience and some additional research, the following companies have been part of the GEC Group at some time or another:

  • A.B. Dick
  • A.G. Hackney
  • AEI Cables
  • Avery
  • Avery Denison
  • Avery-Hardoll
  • Cannon Industries
  • Castle Engineering
  • Cegelec
  • Creda
  • Dorman Diesels
  • Driver Southall
  • Dunchurch Management Centre
  • EASAMS
  • Eddystone Radio
  • English Electric Valve Co.
  • Express Lift Co.
  • F. D. Sims
  • GEC Avery Limited
  • GEC Avionics
  • GEC Ceramics
  • GEC Computer Services
  • GEC Computer Services
  • GEC Computers
  • GEC Distribution Switchgear
  • GEC Electrical Projects
  • GEC Elliott Automation
  • GEC Energy Systems
  • GEC Engineering
  • GEC Foundries
  • GEC Gears
  • GEC General Signal
  • GEC Industrial Controls
  • GEC Installation Equipment
  • GEC Large Machines
  • GEC Measurements
  • GEC Mechanical Handling
  • GEC Meters
  • GEC Optical Fibres
  • GEC reinforced Plastics
  • GEC Reliance
  • GEC Research
  • GEC Site Services Division
  • GEC Small Machines
  • GEC Software
  • GEC Switchgear
  • GEC Telecommunications Ltd
  • GEC Traction
  • GEC Traffic Automation
  • GEC Transportation Projects
  • GEC Turbine Genertators
  • GEC Video Systems
  • GEC Xpelair
  • Gilbarco
  • GPT (GEC Plessey Telecom)
  • Hotpoint
  • Hotpoint
  • Kelvin Diesels
  • Kent Electric Wire
  • L. P. Forman & Sons Ltd
  • Magnet Electrical Repairs
  • Marconi and all its subsidiaries
  • Marconi Avionics
  • Marconi College
  • Marconi Command and Control Systems Ltd
  • Marconi Communication Systems
  • Marconi Defence Systems
  • Marconi Electronic Devices
  • Marconi Instruments
  • Marconi International Marine Co.
  • Marconi Radar Systems
  • Marconi Space Systems
  • Marconi Underwater Systems
  • Micanite and Insulators
  • Mirrlees Blackstone Diesels
  • Osram
  • Osram-GEC
  • Paxman Diesels
  • Picker International
  • Pump Maintenance Services
  • Redring
  • Redring Electric
  • Rodco
  • Ruston Diesels
  • Ruston Gas Turbines
  • Salford Electrical Instruments
  • Salplex Limited
  • Satchwell Controls
  • Scriptomatic
  • Telephone Cables
  • The Marconi Company
  • The Marconi-Osram Valve Company
  • Vactite
  • Vacuum Interrupters
  • Vickers
  • Walsall Conduits
  • Woods of Colchester
  • Xpelair
  • Yarrow Shipbuilders