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01 August, 2011

♦  Jim McColl, chief executive of Clyde Blowers, has told the BBC that he is planning to manufacture transmission systems for wind turbines at his David Brown works in Huddersfield, which he acquired when he bought Textron’s Fluid & Power division for $1bn in 2008. The site will produce transmissions for a 7MW turbine being developed for Samsung.

♦  The Surrey-based instrumentation and controls company Spectris has bought US-based Omega Engineering, which makes process measurement and control instrumentation, for $475m. Omega, which has a portfolio of more than 100,000 measurement and data acquisition products, had sales worth $168m last year and employs 700 people.

♦  Thorite has introduced a service to repair faulty pneumatic cylinder seals which, it says, are responsible for 93% of cylinder problems. For a cost starting at just over £100, it will collect leaking cylinders, refurbish them, and return them within ten working days. A similar service is available for hydraulic and rodless pneumatic cylinders.

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