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Ekco-Ensign Electric

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July 1949.
September 1953.
November 1957.

of Preston, Edmonton, Merthyr Tydfil and Southend-on-Sea (1949) - manufacturers of electric lamps and lighting fittings.

1930 Private company founded as Ensign Lamps.

1937 Company made public.

1943 Acquired by E. K. Cole.

1947 Name changed.

1950 In a move to concentrate electric lamp production, Thorn Electrical Industries acquired 51% of Ekco-Ensign Electric; lamp production at the Southend factory ceased; the Preston factory was expanded[1]. The sales organisations would continue to be separate - the Ekco Ensign Company would thereby be more competitive.

1961 Manufacturers and distributors of "Tungsten" and fluorescent lamps and lighting fittings, makers of all types of lamps including car, tubular and projector lamps. 600 employees. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 31 July 1950
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE