The Info List - Thomson-CSF

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was a major electronics and defence contractor. In December 2000 it was renamed Thales Group.


1 History 2 Thomson-CSF
independence 3 Further reading 4 References

History[edit] In 1879 Elihu Thomson
Elihu Thomson
and Edwin Houston
Edwin Houston
formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in the United States. On 15 April 1892 Thomson-Houston and the Edison General Electric Company merged to form General Electric
General Electric
(GE). Also in 1892 the company formed a French subsidiary, Thomson Houston International. In 1893 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) was set up as a partner to GE. It is from this company that the modern Thomson companies would evolve. In 1966 CFTH merged with Hotchkiss-Brandt
to form Thomson-Houston- Hotchkiss-Brandt
(soon renamed Thomson-Brandt). In 1968 the electronics business of Thomson-Brandt merged with Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) to form Thomson-CSF. Thomson Brandt maintained a significant shareholding in this company (approximately 40%). In 1982 both Thomson-Brandt and Thomson-CSF
were nationalized by François Mitterrand. Thomson-Brandt was renamed Thomson SA (Société Anonyme) and merged with Thomson-CSF. From 1983 to 1987 a major reorganisation of Thomson-CSF
was undertaken, with divestitures to refocus the group on its core activities (electronics and defence). Thomson-CSF
Téléphone and the medical division were sold to Alcatel and GE respectively. The semiconductor businesses of Thomson-CSF
was merged with Finmeccanica. Thomson acquired General Electric’s RCA
and GE consumer electronics business in 1987. In 1988 Thomson Consumer Electronics was formed, renamed Thomson Multimedia in 1995. The French government split the consumer electronics and defence businesses prior to privatisation in 1999, those companies being Thomson Multimedia (today Technicolor SA) and Thomson-CSF
(today Thales Group). The picture shown is a "Cyrano II " fitted on Mirage III E Thomson-CSF
independence[edit] Following the privatisation of the Thomson Group Thomson-CSF
explored the possibility of merging with Marconi Electronic Systems, however British Aerospace
British Aerospace
was successful in that aim, forming BAE Systems. In 2000 Thomson-CSF
went through a series of transactions, including with Marconi plc. The major acquisition at this time was the £1.3 billion purchase of the British defence electronics firm, Racal. This made Thomson-CSF
the second largest participant in the UK defence industry after BAE. Racal was renamed Thomson-CSF
Racal plc. On 6 December 2000 the group was renamed Thales. Further reading[edit]

Jean-Pierre, Thierry (16 October 2003). Taïwan Connection : Scandales et meurtres au cœur de la République [Taiwan Connection – Scandals and Murders at the Heart of the Republic] (in French). Robert Laffont. ISBN 978-2221100820.  L'entreprise partagée ? Une pratique différente des relations sociales : l'expérience Thomson-CSF, Robert Thomas (pseudonym for a team-work with Pierre Beretti and Jean-Pierre Thiollet), Paris, Maxima-Laurent du Mesnil Ed., 1999


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Thales Group

Divisions and subsidiaries

Thales Air Defence Thales Australia Thales Communications Thales Nederland Thales Optronics Thales Rail Signalling Solutions Thales Training & Simulation Thales Underwater Systems

Joint ventures

DCNS (25%) Eurosam (33%) Soteria Search and Rescue Telespazio
(33%) Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space
(67%) ThalesRaytheonSystems


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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 140265347 LCCN: n81104352 ISNI: 0000 0001 0943 5981 SUDOC: 026427737 BNF: