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Computers & Electronics - 1997
Micro Focus is acquiring XDB Systems, the US provider of tools for the DB2 database standard, for about £8m.
Skillsgroup is selling Nordic Datadistribution, its Swedish PC distributor, to Atle for £10m, in order to focus on its IT training consultancy.
Bowthorpe has acquired Western Pacific Data Systems, the Californian logistics software designer, for up to £38m.
BCO Technologies, the Belfast-based semiconductor company, is planning to create 100 jobs in a £7.5m investment programme following a recent placing.
Acer Peripherals is planning to build a £25m computer monitor plant in Cardiff, creating 1,000 jobs.
Arlen is acquiring Plasmec, the electrical and electronic components manufacturer, for £11m.
Cadence Design Systems of the US has confirmed plans to build a chip design centre at Livingston in Scotland, creating 1,800 jobs by 2004.
ADI Manufacturing of Taiwan is to set up a £10.5m computer monitor plant at Cramlington near Newcastle upon Tyne, creating 600 jobs.
FI Group is acquiring IIS Infotech, the Indian software house, for £22m.
Racal Electronics is selling its Health & Safety face-masks business to 3M for £43m, as part of a strategy to focus on its core electronics and defence activities.
Kewill Systems is to acquire Exeter Software, the US supplier of warehouse management systems, for an initial £8m.
Matsushita of Japan has announced a £15m expansion at its Cardiff plant, where it will create 160 jobs at a new research and development centre.
Avon Rubber is acquiring Zatec, the US maker of cleaning blades for fax machines and printers, for £7.5m.
Datrontech is acquiring International Computer Products, the Dutch distributor of components and peripherals, for £7.9m.
Cambridge Technology Partners of the US is acquiring Peter Chadwick Holdings, the UK-based IT consultancy, for about £77m.
Computer Associates, the US software group, has chosen Datchet in Berkshire as the base for its European headquarters, where it will create an additional 500 jobs.
BCO Technologies is planning to raise over £7m in a flotation, in order to help fund a Belfast factory that will make its electronics substrate and create 200 jobs.
British Aerospace and Daimler-Benz are linking up to acquire Siemens' defence operations for about £420m, a move which will give BAe a role in the Archer consortium that is developing a new communications system for the armed forces.
Pentland is selling Holmes, its US electrical goods business, to Berkshire Partners for about £104m, and will use the proceeds to invest in branded sportswear and leisurewear.
ADI Corporation of Taiwan is expected to announce plans to set up a computer monitor factory in the north-east of England, creating 600 jobs.
Cirqual is acquiring BWMP, the electronics company that makes a complex multilayer printed circuit board, for up to £36.4m.
BTR is to acquire Exide Electronics, the US supplier of uninterruptible power-supply systems, for £360m.
Deltron Electronics is acquiring Freber Electronik Leasing, the Swedish electronic components distributor, for £4.3m.
NatWest Equity Partners has acquired Starpoint, the supplier of amusement machine parts, from Bowthorpe for £18.5m.
Compel, the computer services company, is acquiring Abtex Systems for up to £4.5m.
Shaker, a subsidiary of the ETI telecoms group, is acquiring Interoute Telecommunications, the telecoms operator, for about £25m.
Metsin, a new company set up by Alchemy Partners, is planning to acquire Instem, the electronics and information systems company, for about £9.8m.
Securicor is to sell the consumer and small business subscriber bases of Securicor Cellular Services to Cellnet, in which it has a 40% stake, for £38m, and has also announced the sale of Securicor 3net to Teltrend of the US for £9m.
Granada has sold its computer services business, Granada Computer Services, to a management buy-out for £89m.
Volex has won a major contract to supply cable assemblies to Ericsson, which will lead to the creation of 100 jobs in Manchester and 100 jobs in Ireland.
4Front has acquired Firstpoint, the computer maintenance business, from Stratagem for an initial £2.5m.
Misys is to acquire Medic Computer Systems, the US medical software company, for £566m, funded partly by a £321m rights issue.
Pointfield is acquiring the Wharfedale loudspeakers business and the Quad hi-fi business from Verity for £4.8m, and Verity will take a 40% stake in Pointfield.
Scottish Telecom, the Scottish Power communications business, is to combine its mobile services operation with the Scottish division of Martin Dawes Telecommunications enabling it to offer integrated fixed and mobile services and giving it access to Martin Dawes' advanced billing system.
Laird Group has acquired Mimtec Electronics, the provider of assembly services to the Scottish computer industry, for £21m.
British Telecom is to set up a £9m telephone-based sales centre in Belfast, which will also offer contract teleservices for other companies, creating 750 jobs.
Toshiba is to expand production of microwave oven components and TV sets at its Plymouth factories, creating up to 100 jobs.
Tatung of Taiwan is to double output at its factory in Telford, where it has started making a combined TV set and computer monitor, creating up to 100 jobs.
GPT has won a £100m contract to support the Ministry of Defence's new fixed telephone system, creating 100 jobs in Coventry.
Altatron of the US is to set up a £4.9m printed circuit board factory at Hamilton in Lanarkshire, creating 300 jobs.
The government has given the go-ahead for a £1.5bn semiconductor plant on a greenfield site north of Birmingham which could create up to 4,800 jobs, and Philips is said to be one of the front-runners to invest at the site.
Dage, the electronics company, has been sold to a management buy-in team with support from the Royal Bank of Scotland, for £23m.
Logica is acquiring Aldiscon, the network systems company, for £51m, in order to help it "deploy repeatable software solutions in the telecommunications sector".
Oki Electric of Japan is to focus production of plain paper faxes at its Cumbernauld factory near Glasgow, creating several hundred jobs.
Onwa Electronics is to invest over £5.5m at its South Shields printed circuit board factory, creating 150 jobs.
AEA Technology is acquiring Hyprotech, the Canadian producer of software for the design of oil and gas rigs, for £34m.
London Bridge Software is acquiring Recovery Management System, the US maker of programs to recover consumer debts, for £21m.
WPI Group of the US has acquired Husky Computers Group, the supplier of hand-held computers, from Peek for £10m.
Microsoft has confirmed plans for a £50m computer science research laboratory in Cambridge, where it will also invest £10m in small high-tech start-ups.
Seagate Technology is to set up a $220m computer disk drive factory in County Cork, Ireland, creating 1,000 jobs.
CRT has acquired Software Design Associates, the IT consultancy, for £17m.
Seagate is to invest £149m in the expansion of its wafer fabrication plant in Londonderry, creating 1,125 jobs.
International Management Resources of Florida is to set up a software development centre in Belfast, creating 311 jobs for software professionals over the next three years.
GPT, the telecoms equipment joint venture between GEC and Siemens, is looking to recruit 400 staff, including analysts, software developers and field engineers, in response to rising demand for advanced transmission systems at its sites in Coventry, Poole, Liverpool and Nottingham.
Microsoft is planning to set up a research centre in Cambridge in collaboration with the university, its first such project outside the US.
Bowthorpe is acquiring Adtech, the Hawaii-based digital test equipment concern, for £31m, as part of a plan to strengthen its telecommunications and power activities.
Lynx Holdings has acquired Apex Computer Group, the provider of manufacturing and financial systems, for £10.6m.
Ericsson, the Swedish mobile phone company, is moving its Business Unit Transport & Cable Networks business from Stockholm to Horsham, West Sussex.
Computacenter, the computer systems and services concern, has announced plans to create a further 400 jobs this year, and it also aims to set up subsidiaries in France and Germany.
Viasystems of the US has acquired Interconnection Systems, the Tyneside-based PCB producer, for undisclosed terms, and has set up a European HQ in London as it attempts to become the world's biggest producer.
Compaq is to set up a £15m telephone call centre in Glasgow, creating 250 jobs.
Scottish Power has sold IT Southern, the computer services division of its Southern Water acquisition, to ICL for £10.8m.
Ionica, the telecommunications company that provides telephone services based on fixed radio links, is to set up a customer call centre in Birmingham with the creation of 600 jobs.
Compaq is to create an additional 200 jobs at its Erskine computer plant near Glasgow.
British Telecom is to set up two new telemarketing centres - in Doncaster and North Tyneside - each employing 1,000 people.
Samsung is launching a recruitment drive to fill 200 new jobs at its three Teesside plants, which make microwave ovens, televisions and computer monitors.
Amstrad is selling Dancall Telecom, its mobile telephone business, to Robert Bosch of Germany for £92m.
Pegasus is acquiring CSM, the supplier of accounting software, from Microvitec for £6.7m.
General Cable has acquired Imminus, the data networking group, for £33m, and aims to win a national telecoms licence in order to expand beyond its franchise areas.
Forward Group, the printed circuit board company, is being acquired by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the US buy-out specialist, for £129m.
Sage has acquired KHK Software, the German accounting software concern, for £40m, giving it immediate leadership of the German market.
Samsung is to extend its microwave oven factory in Teesside creating a further 35 jobs, and expects total employment at the electronics complex to rise from 800 to 3,000 by 2000.
Nokia is to set up a £20m research and development facility in Farnborough, creating 600 jobs.
Bull is launching an apprentice scheme in Norwich for systems engineers and plans to recruit at least 150 this year.
Geoworks of the US has bought Eden Group, the UK software company, for £18m in order to develop its smart phones business.
Cable & Wireless has ended its European telecommunications partnership with Veba by selling its stake in their Vebacom joint venture to the German company for £820m.
Motorola is creating a further 300 jobs at its Swindon mobile communications factory following a rise in worldwide orders.
Datrontech is acquiring RD Trading, the computer product recycling specialist, for £5m, and Xenon Holdings, the supplier of computer network services, for £3.7m.
Olivetti is selling its PC division to Piedmont International, a new company set up for the purpose, for up to £116m, in order to focus on telecommunications.
Computer Associates International is planning to set up a £100m European headquarters in Slough, which should create a "substantial" number of new jobs.