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In brief

01 May, 2003

In brief

• A management team has bought Adan, the Lincolnshire manufacturer of hydraulic motors, from its former owners, the Percival family. The three new owner-directors are Doug Kenworthy, David Pickbourn and Steve Plaskitt. The company supplies high-torque, low-speed hydraulic motors, gearboxes, brakes and ancillary products.

• The British Mechanical Power Transmission Association (formerly the British Gear Association) has produced a CD-ROM containing a statistical profile of the European mechanical power transmission industry. The production and trade data on 39 product classifications are said to be more accurate than the figures in the earlier Current Market Outlook reports. The CD is free to BMPTA members; non-members must pay £150. Details on 01283 515521.

Hirschmann Electronics has moved its UK headquarters and training centre from Bedford to a business park near the Birmingham NEC. The move to a more central location follows last year`s decision to focus on the industrial networking and connection markets. The company first set up in Thetford, Norfolk, in 1990, before moving to Bedford in 1997. The new phone number is 0121 329 5000.

• The Manufacturing Technologies Association (formerly the MTTA), is publishing a revised set of Codes of Practice for various types of machine tool. The new documents, which will replace the "yellow books" that have been in use for 25 years, are the result of more than a year of research. They emphasize modern machine tool safeguarding practices, consistent with the latest UK and EU legislation. Details at or on 020 7298 6400.

Ultra Electronics Precision Air Systems, the Gloucester-based supplier of miniature high-pressure air compressor systems, has won one of this year`s Queen`s Awards for Enterprise. Transdek of Retford, Nottinghamshire, has won a Queen`s Innovation Award for its hydraulically powered system for loading goods into vehicles.

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