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In Brief

01 October, 2006

In Brief

UK manufacturing demand has continued to improve, with order books now at their strongest for 21 months, according to the CBI`s latest monthly industrial trends survey. The demand is being driven largely by export orders.

• GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is buying Towcester-based Radstone Technology for around £130.4m. Radstone designs rugged embedded computer products, mainly for military and aerospace applications.

• European Capital has bought the Birmingham-based manufacturer of weighting equipment, Avery Weigh-Tronix, for €123m. Avery`s products include load cells, platform scales and software.

• Mitsubishi Electric has joined forces with Dowding & Mills to create an automation service centre for Scotland, near Glasgow. The centre will provide scheduled maintenance servicing (including routine jobs such as tuning, cleaning and program back-ups), as well as rapid repair and emergency call-out services. Once the concept has been proven, similar centres could be established in other parts of the UK.

Schneider Electric has become one of the first companies to adopt Gambica`s recently relaunched Service Classes Scheme, which allows automation companies to define their service levels in accordance with a set of guidelines. The scheme is designed to ensure that suppliers deliver service to a standard, and allows users to make informed decisions about the standard of service to ask for.

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