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Thomson-Houston Co

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1886 In the UK, the Laing, Wharton and Down Company was formed to sell products from the Thomson-Houston Co (previously American Electric Company). They soon won a contract for electrical lighting for the east end of London.

1892 General Electric Co (USA) was created by the merger of Thomson-Houston and Edison General Electric.

1892 the company formed a French subsidiary, Thomson Houston International.

1893 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston was set up as a partner to General Electric; this later became Thomson-CSF[1].

1894 The British Laing, Wharton and Down Construction Syndicate was renamed British Thomson-Houston (BTH) after acquiring the British rights to Thomson-Houston patents[2]. General Electric Co was its majority owner.

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Times, 17 August 1894