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AEI Cables - History Timeline

"The world's oldest cable company"

William Thomas HenleyCelebrating 175 glorious years

William Thomas Henley, born in Midhurst in Sussex, laid the foundations of AEI Cables as we know it today.

In order to capitalise on the increasing demand of silk and cotton covered wire, Henley converted his old lathe into a wire covering machine.

Henley was soon manufacturing and installing long lengths of Telegraph Cable. Some of his early notable achievements included The City of London to Manchester, Dublin to Belfast and Liverpool to Manchester.

Formation of the company

1929 - Originated as Associated Electrical Industries Limited (AEI)

1950s - AEI discontinued its production of valves and cathode ray tubes

1955 - AEI purchased Siemens thus owning four independent lamp businesses: B.T.H., Ediswan, Metrovick and Siemens.

1958 - Took over the Liverpool Electric Cables Company

1960 - Took over Henleys

1961 - Merged with Thorn allowing the latter to manage its interests.

1967 - The General Electric Company took over AEI Cables, culminating in the formation of AEI Cables Ltd a year later

1982 - Production of Mineral Insulated Cables started at AEI's Cables Bootle factory in Merseyside.

2007 - The company became part of Paramount Communications Ltd, one of India's largest cable manufacturers

Today, AEI Cables is an industry leader focused on its manufacturing facilities at Birtley in Co Durham. Proud of its past and excited by the future, AEI Cables has evolved into a modern, go-ahead cable manufacturer for today's global business environment with a total commitment to its customers.

AEI Cables
Pinetree Centre
Durham Road
County Durham

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