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British Technology Group established a company, Compeda Ltd, to exploit software developed and owned by the government; they took over the marketing and user support of PDMS, while the software continued to be developed by the CADCentre, with funding from Compeda.

1982 Compeda was the largest UK-owned firm in the fast expanding market of computer science.[1]

1982 When the UK government decided to privatise (sell) anything that did not need to be government-owned, Compeda Ltd was sold to Prime Computer Inc. for a net negative sum of money (the government having prevented a sale to Computervision, said to have been at a higher price[2]). Prime Computer decided that PDMS had no commercial value or future and returned the marketing rights for the product to CADCentre.[3]

CADCentre was later privatised

2001 CADCentre changed its name to AVEVA.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1982/04/22
  2. The Times, Dec 13, 1982
  3. Wikipedia