AEG ("Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft", "General Electricity Company") was a German producer of
electronicsand electrical equipment. AEG was founded in 1883by Emil Rathenauwho had bought some patents from American inventor Thomas Edison.
Kühlsteinin 1902, founding the division " Neue Automobil Gesellschaft" (New Automobile Company), to make cars. AEG withdrew from car production in 1908. [David Burgess Wise, "NAG", in Tom Northey, ed., "World of Automobiles" (London: Orbis Publishing Ltd., 1974), Volume 13, pp.1479-80.]
In the early 1900s, AEG supplied equipment for the
Londonarea electrification of Britain's London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.
Additionally, AEG manufactured a range of aircraft from 1910 to 1918. One of the planes designed and built was the R-plane (the R was an abbreviation of "Riesenflugzeug" (giant aircraft))
AEG R.I. This aircraft was powered by four 260 h.p. Mercedes D.IVa engines linked to a combination leather cone and dog clutch. The first flight tests were satisfactory, but on September 3, 1918 the R.I broke up in the air killing its seven crewmen.
In the late 1920s, engineers of AEG, working with
BASF, then a division of the chemical giant I.G. Farben, created the first practical magnetic taperecorder, the K1 Magnetophon, which was first demonstrated at the 1935 BerlinRadio Fair.
World War II
World War II, the inmates of Kaiserwald Concentration Campwere put to work as slave labourby Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft, which used a large number of female slaves from Kaiserwald in the production of their electrical goods.
Mergers and demergers
1967AEG joined with Telefunkenand in 1969they started working with Siemens AG. In 1985AEG was bought by Daimler-Benz. The Household Appliances business was sold to Electroluxin 1996. The Transportation business was reorganized into Adtranzwhich was sold to Bombardierlater.
Later the company was wholly integrated into
DaimlerChryslerand in 1997 the company was split. In 2005 Electroluxbought the brand name. Today several former departments of AEG still exist and use the AEG name.
Today AEG's domestic appliance division remains in the hands of The Electrolux Corporation.
AAG (1900 automobile)[Hans-Otto Neeubauer, "A.A.G.", in G.N. Georgano, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885-1968 (New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1974), pp.23.]
NAG Typ A
NAG Typ B
NAG Typ B2
* [http://www.aeg.de AEG]
* [http://www.aeg-ibo.com AEG Industrial Engineering]
* [http://www.frank-drucklufttechnik.de AEG]
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