Marconi Company Limited 1897 - 2006

Manufacturer of communication equipment,
Manufacturer of electrical equipment,
Manufacturer of electronic equipment,
United Kingdom

Formed in 1963; researched and developed electronics, radio, television, radar applications

20 July 1897 - Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company (also known as Wireless Trading Signal Company) founded by Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937);

1898 - opened world's first radio factory in Chelmsford;

1900 - renamed Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company;

1946 - subsiduary of English Electric;

1963 - renamed Marconi Company Limited;

1968 - English Electric taken over by GEC, and traded under this name until 1990;

1987 - defence division renamed GEC-Marconi;

1990 - renamed GEC-Marconi Limited

1998 - renamed Marconi Electrical Systems (MES)

1999 - Marconi Electrical Systems (MES) became part of BAE Systems, concentrating on defence equipment; GEC realligned as a telecommunications company following MES sale, retained the Marconi brand and renamed itself Marconi plc, subsequently Marconi Corporation plc;

2006 - bought by Swedish firm Ericson, who retain Marconi brand name;

The Marconi Company should not be confused with the Marconi Corporation which was created in 1999 by the renaming of The General Electric Company (GEC), minus the Marconi Electronic Systems business.