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GEC Industrial Controls

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Produced electrical drives and control systems, including for the machine tool industry using GEM 80 microprocessor-based control systems.

1980 Acquired the high technology systems subsidiary of Alfred Herbert making GEC the only British-owned producer of numerical control for machine tools; manufacturing of the systems would move to GEC's Kidsgrove factory; the design and development staff would move from Coventry to Rugby[1]

1981 Became part of GEC-FAST when the Factory Automation Systems was formed

1983 GEC had been moving into the sectors of microprocessor controls and process instruments, through GEC Industrial Controls and the Factory Automation Division. The previous foray into this area, a share of Fisher International, was sold to Monsanto[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 03, 1980
  2. The Times May 4, 1983