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British Industrial History

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Electric Ignition Co of Sampson Road North, Birmingham

Sometimes know as the Electric Ignition Co

By 1901 the Electric Ignition Co was in operation making spark plugs (see advert)

1904 J. A. Thomson met Peter Bennett, then manager of the Electric Ignition Company.

1907 Thomson and Bennett formed Thomson-Bennett Ltd, manufacturers of electrical equipment for motor vehicles, including magnetos, spark plugs, etc - competitors to EIC.

1908 July. Details of the high-tension magneto.[1]

1909 October. Details of the Hall E.I.C. Dual Ignition Set.[2]

1913 Made the Cox carburetter

1920 Catalogue of magnetos

By 1922 was known as EIC Magnetos Ltd

1925 following the death of the majority shareholder the business was offered to Lucas who purchased it for about £35,000.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  • The Engineer 1920/02/06 p130