Parkinson Cowan

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Parkinson Cowan is now a brand of cooking appliance, owned by the Electrolux Group.


  • 1902 The company became Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan
  • 1937 Parkinson and Cowan (Gas Meters) Ltd was a Listed Exhibitor at the British Industries Fair. They advertised 'Gas Apparatus for Measuring and Recording, including Tin and Iron Meters, Optional Coin Meters, Rotary Meters, Station and Retort House Governors, Test Meters, Gauges, Meter Parts and Accessories'.
  • 1939 The company, like many other engineering concerns of the period, turned their attention to being an Aircraft Industry Supplier.
  • 1971 The company is taken over by Thorn becoming part of Thorn Gas Appliances; many of the gas meters manufactured during this period are still in use today.
  • 1989 Gas Metering operations, now under the banner of Thorn EMI Gas Metering (formerly Thorn EMI Flow Measurement), are sold to Schlumberger (later Actaris, now Itron)

The name Parkinson Cowan still exists in the UK as a manufacturer of gas stoves, one of the company's early products.

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