Elihu Thomson

History of a global brand

From humble beginnings, Elihu Thomson established one of the leading electricity companies of the 19th century together with his academic colleague Professor Edwin Houston. He predicted the future of electricity and is one of America’s most prolific inventors. During his long history of innovation and industrial leadership, Thomson has provided many millions of people with entertainment and information.


2008 Hama takes over the “Home Solutions” sector in Europe.
2004 Joint venture with TCL and transformation of the television production into the joint enterprise TTE.


1989 Production of the 50 millionth television by RCA.
1988 Thomson Consumer Electronics is founded and renamed Thomson SA.
1979 Production of the hundred millionth cathode ray tube by RCA.
1969 Technicolor cameras record the departure and early flight phase of the Apollo mission which led to the first moon landing.
1967 Thomson goes on to become an electronics giant in France as a result of the merger with CSF.
1929 CFTH enters the radio and television business through the acquisition of Etablissements Ducretet.
1919 Radio Corporation America (RCA) is founded.


1893 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) is founded in Paris.
1892 General Electric is created by the merger of the electricity companies Thomson-Houston and Edison General.
1879 Thomson-Houston is founded by Elihu Thomson and Edwin Houston.

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