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Computers & Electronics - 1996
Arrow of the US has acquired Premier Farnell's volume electronic components distribution business for £180m.
Misys is to acquire Summit Systems, the New York-based financial derivatives trading software company, for £37m.
Racal Electronics has sold Racal-Decca Marine, the navigation systems business, to Litton Industries of the US for £29.5m.
Logica, the computer services company, is acquiring Axime Ingenierie of France for £18m.
Vodafone has acquired Peoples Phone, the distributor of telephone handsets, for £77m, in order to reduce its dependence on independent retailers.
Azlan, the computer products distributor, has acquired Akam International Holding, the Dutch computer training concern, for £30m, in order to speed up its expansion into Europe.
Cedardata, the commercial software supplier, has acquired Teleconnect Systems, the supplier of call centre management systems, for £4m.
Misys has acquired Frustum, the US designer of software that enables banks to monitor activities such as foreign exchange trading, for £37m.
Align-Rite International of the US is to double production at its Bridgend plant which makes photo-masks for the semiconductor industry, by investing £11m and creating 200 jobs.
British Telecom has announced a £12bn merger with MCI, the US long-distance carrier, in which it is acquiring the remaining 80% stake it does not already own, thus creating a new entity called Concert which will be the world's fourth-largest telecoms company.
Seagate Technology of the US is to set up a £68m factory to make substrates for computer disk drives in Limavady, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 759 jobs.
4Front has bought Hammer Distribution, the Basingstoke-based distributor of Micropolis and Sony storage products, for £1.8m.
Sanderson Electronics is buying Alpha Microsystems (Great Britain) from its US parent for £1.4m.
Financial Objects has acquired Ibis, the Italian banking software concern, for £4m.
Bermo of the US is planning a £4m electronic components factory in Glenrothes with the creation of 100 jobs.
Sema Group is buying Syntax Processing, Olivetti's facilities management business, for about £64m.
Mercury Communications has sold Mercury Paging to a US management team for £60m, in order to focus on long-distance telephony and specific business sectors.
LG of South Korea is to build a £1.6bn electronics complex in Newport, south Wales, to manufacture semiconductors and television parts and create 6,100 jobs.
Vodafone is to acquire the remaining two-thirds of Talkland, the service provider, from Compagnie Generale des Eaux of France for £30m.
The Lite-On Technology Corporation of Taiwan is to set up a £40m computer monitor factory in Lanarkshire, creating over 1,000 jobs.
Cookson Group has bought Camelot Systems, the US electronic components maker, for up to $100m.
Brammer has acquired Hamilton Rentals Nederland, the computer hire concern, for up to £6.8m.
Philips Telecom-PMR, the mobile radio business, has been bought from Philips Electronics by management for £60m.
British Telecom is setting up a new telemarketing centre in Warrington which will provide 1,000 part-time jobs from next January.
Seagate of the US has bought Holistic Systems, the London-based software developer, for £55m.
The government is to soon announce plans to set up a national microelectronics institute in Scotland, to improve technical training in the manufacture of semiconductors.
Interconnection Systems is planning a £120m printed circuit board plant in north Tyneside, creating 1,000 jobs.
ADT of Bermuda is to acquire Automated Security (Holdings), the electronic security concern, for $250m.
McDonnell Information Systems, the computer services concern, is to sell its New Zealand and Australian operations to Continuum Australia for £7m.
Intek Diversified Corp of the US is acquiring Securicor's Radiocoms division, which includes narrowband wireless technology and manufacturing operations, in return for 25m Intek shares.
Williams Holdings' electronics division, SAIA Burgess Electronics, is being sold to a management buy-out for £71m.
Standard Platforms Holdings, the computer supplier, is planning a reverse takeover of DSI Data Systems International, which trades as Action Computer Supplies.
Datrontech is buying Connectivity Group, the communications products specialist, for up to £6.4m.
Kewill Systems has bought Scott-Anglia Holdings and its Meadowhouse Bar-Laser subsidiary, which provides EDI systems to retailers, for £3.3m.
Shinho Electronic Telecommunications of South Korea is to build a £8.2m plant to make computer monitors in Fife, creating 280 jobs.
Kalamazoo Computer Group has conditionally agreed to buy the European automotive dealer systems operations of Datapoint Corp of the US for $33m.
Tenma of Japan is to expand its printer components plant near Glasgow, creating 119 jobs.
Kohdensha of Japan is investing £6.5m in a circuit board factory in Dunfermline, creating 87 jobs.
Softbank PSC, the provider of computer technical support, plans to expand its Watford HQ, creating over 200 jobs.
Kingston Communications has bought out Yorkshire Electricity's 50% stake in their Torch Telecom joint venture for £24m.
Simple Technology, the Californian computer company, is to set up a European HQ in East Kilbride, creating 360 jobs.
Seagate Technology of the US is planning a £50m expansion of its Londonderry video heads plant, creating 300 jobs.
Fujitsu is planning a £7.4m expansion of its Belfast telecommunications switching gear plant, creating 100 jobs.
Ericsson is buying out Vodafone's share of Orbitel Mobile Communications, their mobile equipment manufacturing joint venture, for undisclosed terms.
Infogrames Entertainment of France is buying Ocean International, the UK-based computer games concern, in a deal worth about $100m which will result in one of the five biggest such companies in the world.
Mitsubishi Electric is to increase Apricot computer production at its Glenrothes factory in a £200m investment programme and expand its research facility in Birmingham, creating 300 and 100 jobs respectively.
Daewoo Electronics of South Korea has confirmed it will spend £14.8m expanding its VTR plant in Antrim, creating 300 jobs.
Datrontech, the computer component distributor, has bought Summit Peripherals, the computer storage distributor, for £1.6m.
Photronics of the US is planning a £47m photomasking development in Manchester, creating 270 jobs.
Daewoo of South Korea and Texas Instruments of the US are discussing a possible $1bn investment in a semiconductor plant in Northern Ireland.
Interconnection Systems is planning a £100m printed circuit board factory in North Tyneside, creating 1,000 jobs.
Three South Korean companies - Sung Kwang Electro Mechanics, Fine Electromechanics and Poong Jeon - are to invest in facilties in south Yorkshire to supply parts to Samsung, creating 184 jobs.
Lynx Holdings is acquiring Tesoft, the Spanish automotive software concern, for £6.4m.
IBM is buying Data Sciences, the computer services spin-off from Thorn EMI, for £95m, which means that the company's planned stock market flotation has been cancelled.
QPL International of Hong Kong is planning a £230m semiconductor plant at Newport, south Wales, creating 768 jobs.
McDonnell Information Systems has sold International Banking Systems to Management Technology, the US banking software concern, in a deal worth about $3m.
Integrated Micro Products is investing £2.2m in a new plant at Annfield Plain, County Durham, to increase production of computer systems for the telecoms sector, creating 114 jobs.
Sema Group is acquiring Datashield, the computer disaster recovery concern, from Sogeris.
Torex Hire, the tool hire company, is acquiring Smart Terminals, the developer of computer-based management systems for retailers, for £4.8m.
Weyrad Electronics has been bought from Racal Electronics by a management buy-in team for £3m.
Time and Data Systems International, the card-based payment systems company, has been bought by management for £3.5m.
P&P is selling Principal Distribution, the computer peripherals and software distributor, to a "buy-in management buy-out", for an undisclosed sum.
Telecom Sciences Corporation, a new company, has bought Philips' Scottish telecoms equipment activities.
Motorola is planning a £116m European headquarters in Swindon, creating 700 jobs.
Johnson Matthey is buying Cray Research's US printed circuit boards operation for $40m.
Kewill Systems has bought Process Computing, the warehouse management systems company, for £3.1m.
Roxboro Group has acquired Pressure Systems, the US instrumentation company, for £4.9m.
Panasonic is planning a £40m warehouse in Northampton which will create up to 100 jobs.
Oxford Molecular, the developer of software for the drugs industry, has bought three US companies - Chemical Informatics, MacVector and Health Designs.
Siemens Nixdorf has bought ICL's medical business for £15m, which should give it 25% of the health care market.
Farnell Electronics is buying Premier Industrial Corp, the US electronics distributor, for $2.8bn.
Sema Group has bought Goya Services Telematicos, the Spanish internet provider.
PolyGram is acquiring the PDO compact disc production plant in Blackburn from Philips.
Bull UK & Ireland has bought a majority stake in Cara Group, the Irish computer services concern.
Xyratex of Hampshire has sold its flexible circuit division to Adflex Solutions of the US for $56m.
Fujitsu is setting up a R&D centre in London, employing 20 staff to work on advanced computer design.