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TCL Group (ROWA); Huizhou Guangdong

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Name: TCL Group (ROWA); Huizhou Guangdong    (PRC)  
Abbreviation: tcl
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Summary:

TCL Corporation
22/F, TCL Technology Building
17 Huifeng 3rd Road
Zhongkai Hi-tech Development District
Huizhou, Guangdong
516006 P.R. China

See http://www.tcl.com

TCL designs, develops, manufactures and sells products including television sets, mobile phones, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators and small electrical appliances. In 2010 it was the world's 25th-largest consumer electronics producer. In 2013, it was third-largest television producer by market share. [1]

TCL comprises three listed companies: TCL Corporation, which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd. and TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd., which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. [1]

In the chinese market, TCL also uses the ROWA brand.

Founded: 1981
Production: 1981 -
History:

The company was founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1985 as TCL Telecommunication Equipment Co Ltd. It began manufacturing consumer electronics for the Chinese market during the 1980s, and began to sell overseas in the 2000s. Though a state-owned enterprise, TCL was established as a joint venture with several Hong Kong-based investors. [1]

In January 2003, TCL's subsidiary Schneider Electronics began full operations in Germany. [2]

TCL and the french Thomson S.A. company set up a joint venture called TCL Thomson Electronic (TTE) in November 2003. TTE was then the world's biggest television manfucaturer, their TVs were to be sold under the Thomson and Schneider brands in Europe and under RCA in North America (the RCA and GE consumer electronics business having been aquired from GE by Thomson in 1987/1988) and under the TCL brand in Asia. The Thomson and RCA brands remained under the control of Thomson S.A.

After accumulating heavy losses, the french-based TTE Europe SAS filed for insolvency in 2007 [3] and TCL withdrew from the European market.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCL_Corporation, retrieved June 2015
[2] http://www.tcl.com/English.php/About/about_year.html, retrieved June 2015
     Note: The name "Schneider Electric" on the website is wrong.
[3] China Daily Mail, May 26, 2007

This manufacturer was suggested by Mark Hippenstiel.


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