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Modular Automation is saved for a second time

21 July, 2009

Modular Automation International, the Birmingham-based automated machinery manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by the Coventry-based Expert Group, and been renamed Expert Modular Automation.

Modular, established in 1975, had installed more than 1,200 assembly machines by the time it was put into administration in February this year with the potential loss of 35 jobs, by its 79% owner CH Bailey. In the year to March 2008, Modular made a pre-tax loss of £0.2m on revenues of £5.9m.

In its heyday in the early 1980s and 1990s, Modular Automation was one of the UK’s leading automation systems builders. But in 2003, it went into receivership and was resurrected a few months later by Bailey as Modular Automation International.

All operations and 11 staff have now moved from Modular’s Small Heath site to The Expert Group’s Coventry headquarters. The group’s managing director Angelo Luciano (below) wants the new business to play a major part in his growth plans.

“Modular Automation had a very high quality reputation in its field,” he says. “By bringing it into the Expert fold, we believe we will be able to build its customer base and make it a successful concern. This will also allow us to move into new sectors and open fresh markets.

“We have a strategic growth plan to become a leading supplier within Europe and, with Modular now part of the Expert Group, it is the largest independent supplier of production line automation across a broad range of industrial sectors in the UK,” Luciano adds. “The acquisition and relaunch of Modular Automation is a considerable step towards that target and represents a very exciting development for The Expert Group.”

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