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January news in brief

01 January, 2007

• Matrikon, the Canadian specialist in production data processing, has bought Matlock-based Industrial Control Software (ICS) for £1.78m in cash. ICS supplies process control, alarm monitoring and analysis software. It activities are said to complementary to those of Matrikon, which wants to boost its presence in Europe.

• RS Components and Omron have joined forces to create the first "brandshop" on the RS Web site. The shop provides technical information and animated demonstrations of Omron products such as drives, PLCs, HMIs, relays and sensors. It will be updated quarterly.

• The Independent Power and Energy Europe (IP & EE) show is joining the line-up of exhibitions alongside the Drives & Controls and Electrex shows at the Birmingham NEC in April 2008. The IP & EE show will focus on stand-by and power generation equipment.

• After 20 years with Monitran, Chris Hansford has set up his own company, Hansford Sensors, to design and manufacture vibration sensors. As well as standard products, the company will design custom sensors for specific applications..

• Gibbs Gears, the gear and transmission component producer, is moving to a new factory in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and investing in CNC machinery and extra staff. The factory will help to meet an increasing demand for gear blanks. Gibbs recently won a three-year contract to supply Molins with new transmission parts and spares, worldwide.

• Compressor manufacturer CompAir has won the "Private Company Turnaround of the Year 2006" award from the Society of Turnaround Professionals. Since current chief executive Nick Sanders arrived at the troubled CompAir four years ago, its fortunes have changed and it is now achieving double-digit growth.

• Lenze has appointed four UK drives and automation integrators to be its "Engineering Partners". The companies will offer services including site evaluations, as well as building and commissioning equipment including PLCs, HMIs, industrial PCs, industrial networks and I/O.

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