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01 September, 2012

♦  Siemens Drive Technologies in the UK has delivered its 25,000th Sinamics motion control drive since the modular system was launched in 2004. Global sales now total more than one million.

♦  Betech of Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, is now supplying Nema motors made by Marathon Electric and is holding an extensive stock of the cast-iron motors for rapid delivery. It can also source less common machines direct from the US on short lead times. The Marathon range (shown above) includes AC and DC motors rated up to 1,250 hp, as well as high-efficiency models in the range 3–75 hp. Marathon, which is part of the Regal group, has been making motors and generators since 1913. Betech’s MD, Chris Benson, points out that there is considerable demand for Nema motors in the UK from US companies for use in their European plants, as spares for imported US-built equipment, and by UK OEMs exporting to US-influenced regions.

♦  The materials-handling and automation specialist Exmac Automation has relocated to a new, purpose-designed 4,090m2 facility at Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. MD Gary Sweeney says relocation was necessary to build on its success since its acquisition by MacDonald Humfrey Automation in 2010, and to manage future growth. The company – which claims to be Britain’s largest manufacturer of conveying, materials-handling and logistics systems – has expanded to employ 65 full-time staff, supported by a similar number of contractors for major projects. Its new telephone number is 01905 773851.

♦  In the past six months, the membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has risen by 5% to reach 105,000. Corporate memberships are growing at double-digit rates. The IMechE has eased its application process to attract more members, especially those based outside the UK.




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