Technicolor Logo – Technicolor (formerly Thomson ) is a publicly traded electronics company based in Issy-les-Moulineaux in Paris . Technicolor is the brands Thomson, RCA, Grass Valley and SpeedTouch on the market. Thomson was in 1879 by Elihu Thomson founded. Thomson was up in the 1980s, a major semiconductor manufacturer . The semiconductor division Semiconducteurs Thomson (France) merged with SGS Microelettronica (Italy) to SGS-Thomson, now known as STMicroelectronics . In addition, Thomson-CSF group was part of a company (and so on radar, missiles) with products from the defense sector. CSF now trades under the name of Thales Group .
The company is constantly enlarged in the 1980s and 1990s with scores of new acquisitions of other companies. Well known companies such as Telefunken , Nordmende , SABA , and RCA was acquired by Thomson, under this name but only a few or no products sold. In 2001, the U.S. company was acquired Technicolor, which is the Technicolor color film process was developed. On 21 August 2003, the Thomson Technicolor cinema provider in full.
2004, the television production area of Thomson and a Chinese company was named TCL in a joint venture TTE transferred, which produces only televisions and also the largest producer of digital TVs is. Here, the TV manufacturers’ Schneider developed and manufactured. However, other related components for their well-known manufacturers large TV, such as cathode ray tubes. The deficit-cutter television station in Germany was closed in 2005. 2005 purchased Thomson Europe the German set-top box market leader (DVB-S and DVB-T) and accessories specialist SM Electronic (brand SKYMASTER ).
Late 2005 / early 2006, the Thomson group has more than 90 percent of the shares of the Japanese company Canopus acquired, the hardware and software for video editing produces. In the 3rd Quarter of 2006 of The Thomson Corporation announced that it is completely out of the business retreats with consumer electronics. Thomson AVA (headquarters in Boulogne near Paris) and SM Electronic (based in Stapelfeld / Braak, near Hamburg) should be on 1 January 2007 by the Swiss group Oristano be taken. A completion message of acceptance to the beginning of 2007 has failed. The customers of Thomson Skymaster AVA and were informed that the sale could not be settled and one is still looking for an investor. Industry rumors should find a buyer until June 2007 and in the course of July, the sale will be reported. The races were a group of investors and a strategic investor from the consumer electronics. Even a fork or a separate sale of SM Electronic (Skymaster) was not excluded.
In October 2007, the task of Thomson Consumer Electronics division AVA (Audio / Video / Accessories) announced in late 2007. As for the business in the USA, a buyer could be found, managed the first in Europe do not. In January 2008, the German subsidiary of SM Thomson Electronic (SKYMASTER) acquired by Arques Industries AG. On 26 January 2010 changed its name to Thomson Technicolor after the company after a deep crisis can roll over its debts. Beginning of 2011 the area was Grass Valley sold.