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Vacuum Interrupters Limited (VIL) is a technology company focussed on the technology of Vacuum Interrupters (VI) and switches used in Vacuum Circuit Breakers (VCB).

The original VIL was formed in 1968 as a joint venture between the GEC and Reyrolle-Parsons companies, to research, develop, and manufacture commercial Vacuum Interrupters for use in Medium Voltage and High Voltage Switchgear.

1965 Vil founded by English Electric, Licensed CLR material to Westinghouse
1968 VIL reformed as joint venture between GEC, Reyrolle & Brush, in Finchley London
1969 VIL produces VI for 132kV AEI VCB
1976 VIL Licences Vacuum Interrupter technology to Siemens, Berlin
1978 Dr Leslie Falkingham joins VIL
1982 VIL invents “One-Shot Seal Off” techniques for VI Production
1983 VIL patents “Folded Petal” Arc Control Geometry
1984 VIL produces worlds first “Shieldless” power VI
1988 VIL wholly owned by GEC. Vacuum Interrupter Factories set up by Dr Falkingham in Africa and later in India
1990 VIL becomes part of GEC Alsthom
1992 VIL moves from London to Rugby and the ‘World Centre of Excellence’ is created by Dr Falkingham
1994 VIL produces world’s smallest 12kV and 20kA VI
1999 Areva acquire Alstom T&D
2001 VIL World Centre of Excellence closed and technology moved to France
2005 VIL reformed as an independent company in the UK
2006 VIL R&D Centre reformed in the UK with former members of the World Centre of Excellence Team
2010 Dr Falkingham opened the VIL Vacuum Technology Laboratories
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