GEC is not to be confused with General Electric (GE).
It was renamed Marconi plc on November 30, 1999 after demerging its Marconi Electronic Systems.
1886 - Founded as The General Electric Apparatus Company.
1889 - Renamed The General Electric Co. Ltd
1968 - The General Electric Company plc merges with English Electric
1989 - Power engineering interests separated off into the joint-venture company GEC Alsthom, which in 1998 became independent as Alstom.
1995 - Acquired Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd.
1999 - Acquired US Telecom network products manufacturer RELTEC, and Internet switching gear maker FORE Systems.
1999 - After a period of restructuring, during which the Marconi defence business is sold to British Aerospace, GEC renamed itself Marconi Plc.
See Marconi plc for more information.