January acquisitions

Eriks

Eriks will acquire the Diamond Gear Company (DGC), a manufacturer of industrial worm gears, bevel gears, and declutchable worm gears, and the exclusive North American representative and master distributor for a high-technology line of pneumatic rack and pinion actuators, used for valve automation. Located in Houston, Texas, DGC supplies its products and services to valve manufacturers, valve distributors and valve repair shops in the Gulf region. The Eriks flow activities in the USA now consist of Rawson Inc, the Newdell Company and the Diamond Gear Company.

In a significant expansion in fluid control technology in Germany, Eriks is also to acquire pneumatic valve actuator supplier AMG Pesch, of Koln, Germany, who supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and end users in the chemicals, energy, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, food technology and pump and plant construction sectors.

FCX Perfomance Inc

FCX Performance Inc has acquired some leading regional distributors operating in the USA. FCX has bought the Solares Controls Division of Solares Florida Corporation and the Baro Companies based in Stafford, Texas, which includes Baro Controls and Baro Process Products. Baro serves the large and Gulf Coast market and is a recognized leader in valve automation, pumps, mixers and related products & services for the chemical, petro-chemical, oil & gas pipeline, refinery, power and other process markets. Charles Simon, President and CEO of FCX Performance, commented that “the combination of these businesses will not result in any outside changes and the company’s names will not be changed”. FCX has 16 offices serving 30 states and over 235 employees

Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering has acquired Acusim Software (Mountain View, California), a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and technology, and will incorporate Acusim into the Altair HyperWorks computer aided engineering (CAE) software operations. Unlike other commercial CFD applications, the Acusim  AcuSolve is a finite-element based, allowing it to be tightly integrated with other technologies to solve complex fluid-structure interaction and multi-physics problems – both of which are rapidly emerging trends in the global simulation market.

Emerson Process Management

The power and water solutions division of Emerson Process Management, from Pittsburgh, who supply the Ovation control systems designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of the power industry, have acquired Pittsburgh based  Turbine Control Service Associates (TCSA) , a provider of generator excitation control systems for power plants. TCSA helps power plant operators improve generator performance and reliability by replacing aging controls. Their Digital Generator Controller system currently controls generation of thousands of megawatts at nuclear, fossil and hydroelectric power plants. Last June Emerson acquired Innovative Control Systems (ICS) of New York, who provide turnkey solutions — including planning, engineering, configuration, installation, and commissioning — for turbomachinery automation retrofits. Plants using Emerson’s control technology represent approximately 725GW of the world’s total generating capacity.

Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation is to purchase Hiprom, a process control and automation systems integrator, with 100 employees and headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hiprom customers include the top global mining firms with precious metal and coal operations in the Sub-Saharan region, and the acquisition is expected to expand the Rockwell presence in the global mining and mineral processing market.

Telit Wireless Solution

Telit Wireless Solutions is to purchase the M2M modules line of products from Motorola Solutions, and various Motorola associated employees will join Telit. This combination would have made the Telit sales revenues $180m in the year to December 2010, equivalent to a market share of approx 20%, based on recent Beecham research on the worldwide cellular M2M modules market. M2M applications rationalise business processes by enabling machines, equipment and vehicles to communicate with each other via mobile networks.

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