14 March 2008

Web exclusive: March Industry Newz, 2nd edition

Liaison Technologies, Inc., a data management and business-to-business integration services provider, and Anilinker Oy, a European integration services provider, combined operations to create a global enterprise serving multinational customers. The combined company will operate internationally as Liaison Technologies, with headquarters remaining in Atlanta, and European headquarters in Tampere, Finland, and a regional sales and professional services office in Amsterdam.

Tecumseh Products Company, formerly of Tecumseh, Mich., plans to move to the Valley Ranch Business Park in Pittsfield Township, near Ann Arbor in June, with the majority of corporate functions moved by July and the balance completed by the end of the year.

AutoForm Engineering GmbH, a global supplier of software solutions, formed a software partnership with a provider of 3D and product lifecycle management, Dassault Systèmes component application architecture, to deliver sheet metal forming solutions integrated with computer-aided three dimensional interactive applications.

Advanced Technology Services, Inc., (ATS) is sponsoring a team to build robots for the international FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology) robotics competition. ATS provides managed services for production equipment maintenance, IT infrastructure support, and industrial parts repair for manufacturers. More than 37,500 students from 1,500 teams worldwide compete in the event with mentors to help design, build, and test robots.

Quintiq, based in The Netherlands, a provider of advanced planning and scheduling and supply chain solutions, opened a new office in Wayne, Penn., to serve the company's growing U.S., Canadian, and Mexican markets. The office will act as a local point of contact for project implementation and customer support to existing as well as new partners and customers.

A Siemens-led consortium, comprising Austrian Energy & Environment and the Japanese company IHI will build a coal-fired combined heat and power plant in Mainz, Germany. The supervisory board of the purchaser, Mainz-Wiesbaden AG, signed a contract with Siemens covering planning, supply, erection, and commissioning of the main components for the power plant. The consortium is valued at nearly $1.56 billion (€1 billion), with the Siemens share amounting to around half. Completion date is set for 2013.

ABB contracted with Energy Power Resources Limited to upgrade the plant control systems at its 38.5 MW poultry litter fueled power station in Thetford, Norfolk, U.K., for improved control and energy efficiency.