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Wood Group buys ATG to expand into manufacturing

22 September, 2015

The oil, gas and power generation services company Wood Group has acquired Automated Technology Group (ATG), one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of control and power systems for industrial automation. Financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.


£2m IMechE fund will help to launch new technologies

10 September, 2015

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has launched a fund to help engineering companies to overcome the investment hurdle between research and development and bringing a product to market. It is thought to be the first investment fund of its kind from any UK engineering institution.


Gambica moves in with Beama and forms a partnership

04 September, 2015

Gambica, the UK trade association for the automation, control, instrumentation and laboratory technology sectors, has moved its London office to share premises with Beama, the trade body for manufacturers of electrical and related equipment in the UK. The two organisations have formed a “strategic partnership” and will share back-office administration in their offices next to the River Thames in Westminster.


ATB merges UK motor-making businesses

28 August, 2015

The Austrian motor-maker ATB is merging three of its UK subsidiaries – Laurence Scott, Morley and Special Products – into a single organisation called ATB Group UK. Ian Lomax, who served as managing director of Morley for almost ten years before becoming chief operating officer of ATB in Austria, has been appointed chairman of the new business.


2016 Drives & Controls Show is more than 70% full

11 August, 2015

The 2016 Drives & Controls Show – which takes place in Birmingham, UK, from 12–14 April, 2016 – is on track to have 50% more stands than at its previous outing in 2014. “With eight months still to go, we are over 70% full, even after increasing stand space by 40%,” says exhibition director, Doug Devlin.


UK start-up raises £2m to develop high-temp piezo materials

11 August, 2015

A British start-up company specialising in novel high-performance piezoelectric materials and devices has raised £2m of funding to accelerate the commercialisation of a range of devices for applications such as condition monitoring, actuation and flow measurement in extreme environments.


Aerospace technology will help to monitor earth-based machines

11 August, 2015

A new British company called Senseye is developing a technology for predicting the health of industrial machinery, based on concepts that are already being used in the aerospace and defence sectors to help cut operations and maintenance costs by 20%. The company says that the technology, which “costs less than a pump”, could be affordable for smaller manufacturers and machine-users for whom this type of condition-monitoring has previously been too costly.


Delphi buys HellermannTyton for £1.07bn

30 July, 2015

Delphi Automotive is buying the UK-headquartered cable management specialist HellermannTyton Group in a deal that values the business at around £1.07bn ($1.67bn). Delphi’s main interest is thought to be in HellermannTyton’s automotive portfolio, but the deal will also strengthen Delphi’s position in the electrical architecture market, while providing a platform for it to expand in HellermannTyton’s other industrial end-markets, including aerospace, defence, alternative energy and mass transit.


Vipa UK distributor is reborn as Gapp Automation

23 July, 2015

The UK automation distributor Vipa has changed its name to Gapp Automation, reflecting the wide range of products and services from a variety of manufacturers that it now supplies.


Martin will drive Danfoss’ integration with Vacon in the UK

06 July, 2015

John Martin, sales director for Danfoss’ drives business in the UK, has been appointed country manager of Danfoss Drives UK, the new business that combines the activities of Danfoss and Vacon. He will oversee the merger of the Danfoss and Vacon operations to create what is expected to be the UK’s largest dedicated drives team.


Network aims to boost UK’s robotics capabilities

29 June, 2015

The work of robotics experts in the UK will be coordinated nationally for the first time following the launch of a network that will encourage academic and industry collaboration to accelerate the development and adoption of robotic and autonomous systems.


O’Carroll succeeds Bangs as MD of SMC in the UK

29 June, 2015

Kevin O’Carroll has been appointed managing director of SMC Pneumatics (UK), succeeding Steve Bangs who has stepped down after leading the company for 17 years. O’Carroll, who has been with SMC for 28 years, was previously assistant MD.


Drive systems tour hits the road in England and Scotland

12 June, 2015

Siemens is taking a custom-built exhibition truck on a three-week tour of the UK in July, starting in Cambridge on 2 July and finishing in Aberdeen 22 July. The Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) roadshow is designed to demonstrate how the company’s integrated drive systems can improve productivity, reliability and efficiency across many sectors.


Exico motors name is reborn after a 10-year absence

10 June, 2015

The Exico name is returning to the UK motors and inverters market after an absence of ten years. Jerry Hodek who ran the business previously, is back as managing and technical director of the reborn Exico, with Lucie Hodkova as sales director.


Motion specialist takes control at ultrasonics firm

09 June, 2015

The Basingstoke-based motion technology specialist, LG Motion, has acquired a controlling interest in the Dorchester-based ultrasonic measurement equipment manufacturer, Precision Acoustics.


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