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01 April, 2010

♦ Sir James Dyson has announced that he is doubling the number of engineers employed at his Wiltshire headquarters to 700, with a particular aim being to develop a new generation of motors. He plans to recruit 350 engineers in a variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, design and acoustic engineering. Sir James says his company has had “a good recession”, taking market share in both the UK and the US.

Following Parvalux’s 2009 acquisition of EMD Drive Systems and the subsequent integration of the businesses at its Bournemouth site, Parvalux EMD has decided that its future lies in designing and building increasingly bespoke products. It has recruited two more design engineers and invested in software and hardware to achieve this goal. The company currently produces more than 250,000 items a year and claims to be the UK’s leading manufacturer of small geared motors.est. 

♦  The Tyneside engineering and repairs company Houghton International is pushing into the North American market with the aim of taking its sales to £5m in less than two years and creating 40 jobs. The company, founded in 1984, has recently moved into new 930m2 manufacturing and office premises and has an order book worth £6.5m for the next four years.

♦  Curvaceous Software has renamed itself PPCL to support its expansion into North America and Asia. The British company, a subsidiary of Process Plant Computing, specialises in a technology called “geometric process control”.  The PPCL brand will replace Curvaceous in Europe and C-Visual in the US.

♦  Coventry-based NDE Clarke Transmissions, which specialises in universally jointed flexible driveshafts, has merged with its sister company, Pitchline Transmissions, which makes gear-type flexible couplings, to form a business called NDE Clarke Pitchline.

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