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Thomson multimedia timeline (1960-2002)

1960 - Edgar Brandt's death. Jacques Dontot issued a company-wide memo on January 1, 1960 announcing the decision to organize Thomson as a number of large divisions, in the same way as General Electric.

1962 - CFTH acquired Etablissement Bonnet which specialized in food refrigeration.

1964 - Color TV industry sales achieved one million mark.

1965 -Thomson won a prominent place on the NADGE program for NATO.

1966 - Paul Richard was elected Vice President of the Group "Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston-Hotchkiss-Brandt". RCA opened a tube plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

1967 - Thomson merged with CSF which provided France with a major player in electronics, with a relatively complete and coherent range of products, technology and skills. Thomson helped to produce the telecommunications system for the HEOS satellite.

1968 - The merger of Thomson-Brandt took over the Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) and became number 1 in France. Thomson-CSF, the professional electronics company was set up.

1969 - RCA constructed a glass plant in Circleville, Ohio. Paul Richard became Chairman of the Group " Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston-Hotchkiss-Brandt.

1971 - Sarnoff died at age 80. The solid-state XL-100 series of RCA color TV receivers was introduced. Solid-state TV sales nearly triple during the year. Thomson and RCA created a new company called VIDEOCOLOR to produce TV picture tubes in Europe.

1973 - Paul Richard ended the CGE-Thomson agreement because of the lack of results.

1975 - The first RCA ColorTrak television, the TV designed to "think in color", was sold.

1976 Thomson-CSF took effective control of the two companies : Téléphones Ericsson and Le Matériel Téléphonique (LMT). It thus controlled 42% of the French market and 6% of the world market for telephone swiching equipment and systems. Paul Richard died July, 17th. Michel Walhain, chairman of Thomson-Brandt, and Jean-Pierre Bouyssonie, chairman of Thomson-CSF, took the helm in July.

1977 The Group acquired Nordmende, a north German radio and television manufacturer. RCA had introduced ColorTrak TV sets that " think in color " and the first four-hour home video.

1978 - The Group acquired Telefunken and Dual. A modernized Nipper returned to market RCA-brand products on television when Thomson resurrected the famous terrier in 1990.

1979 - RCA reached production of 100 million picture tubes since 1946.

1980 - RCA constructed the Mocksville, North Carolina, wood cabinet plant in the heart of America's furniture capital. Acquisition of Saba.

1981 - Thomson-Brandt and Thomson-CSF were merged and Jean-Pierre Bouyssonnie was appointed chairman.

1982 - The nationalization bill included Thomson, and the government appointed a new Chairman, Alain Gomez.

1983 - Agreement between Thomson-CSF Téléphone and CGE was signed : telephones were exchanged for CGE's professional and consumer electronics and components businesses. The Group set up a financial holding company, THOMSON S.A. Birth of Thomson Grand Public. Philips quickly bought up the company (FRLE) handling lamps, including the well-known Mazda brand.

1985 - A cooperation agreement was signed between Thomson with Thorn from the U.K. and JVC from Japan. G.E. took over RCA.

1986 - RCA acquired by GE. A year-and-a-half later, General Electric sold its RCA and GE consumer electronics business to Thomson.

1987 - Câbles de Lyon, a CGE subsidiary, bought Thomson-Cuivre Agreement between Thomson and the nationalized Italian group IRI to set up a subsidiary specializing in civil semiconductor, SGS-Thomson microelectronics. Thomson bought the last British consumer electronics manufacturer Ferguson from Thorn. General Electric took over CGR. Thomson absorbed GE-RCA consumer product.

1988 - Thomson completes purchase of RCA and GE consumer electronics businesses from General Electric, creating Thomson Consumer Electronics. Thus Thomson Grand Public became Thomson Consumer Electronics (TCE) with Pierre Garcin as Chairman.

1989 - RCA's 50 millionth color TV set was produced in Bloomington, Indiana.

1990 - Proscan, a new high-end brand, is introduced by Thomson, Nipper and Chipper began selling RCA consumer electronics. Nipper was joined by a smaller canine companion named Chipper, who represents the semi-conductor-based future of digital consumer electronics.

1992 - Ground was broken for the new Americas headquarters in Indianapolis.

1993 - CinemaScreen, the "Television Made For Movies", became the first widescreen TV available in the U.S. Thomson helped form the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance. RCA opened a television assembly plant in Circleville, Ohio.

1994 - As the new Americas headquarters opened, the RCA Digital Satellite System ushered in a new age in digital home entertainment.

1995 - Thomson Consumer Electronics changed its name to Thomson multimedia. Thomson multimedia integrated Thomson Broadcast Systems (TBS), in order to be positioned in systems of image production, processing, transport and distribution.

1997 - Thierry Breton became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson multimedia and Chairman of THOMSON S.A.

1998 - Thomson launched the thinnest TV screen, WYSIUS.
Thomson multimedia opened its capital to four industrial strategic partners (Microsoft, NEC, Alcatel, DirecTV).

1999 - Thomson multimedia listed on the Paris and New York stock exchange.

1999 - Launch on the US market and in autumn, on the European market of the first digital portable player, the LYRA.

2000 - Thomson multimedia creates "DIGITAL MEDIA SOLUTIONS" to enable digital interactive entertainment and streaming media services. In this context, Thomson multimedia acquires majority interest in Philips Professional Broadcast and form a strategic alliance with Carlton Communications in digital terrestrial, interactive television and media services. In December, the Group launches in France the first Thomson TAK INTERACTIVE televisions which give access to a wide, upgradeable range of services.

2001 - The sale of TECHNICOLOR by Carlton Communications Plc. is completed. Moreover NEC and Thomson multimedia announce their intention to combine their multimedia plasma display businesses in a 50/50 joint venture.


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