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Hall Automation of Watford, maker of robots
1977 BOC purchased 30 percent of the company as part of a joint endeavour to develop robots for welding
New factory established in Watford
1979 BOC sold its stake and GEC acquired the company
1980 Claimed to be Europe's largest maker of industrial robots
1981 Douglas Hall left the company.
1981 Became part of GEC-FAST
By the end of the year was making 20 robots/week
1982 The Watford factory was closed and the work transferred to Rugby - see GEC Robot Systems. GEC's strategy for robots concentrated on licencing Japanese and other robots.