News in Brief

US buyer for Ling

Ling Dynamic Systems, a Royston, Hertfordshire-based manufacturer of vibration test systems, has been acquired by United Dominion Industries of North Carolina for an undisclosed sum. LDS will become part of the US firm’s Test Instrumentation Segment that includes Lunaire, manufacturer of environmental test chambers and heat process equipment.

ISA hots up

County Durham-based ISA Controls, a temperature measurement firm serving the oil, gas and petrochemical markets, has set up a new division, ISA Temperature Measurement. The division, which has a factory at Wythenshawe, Manchester, will be headed by Kevin Kelly.

CTD gets picked

Picker International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Company which makes medical imaging systems, is to buy the US firm Elscint’s Ohio-based Computed Tomography Division (CTD) for $275m (£170m).

Courtaulds renamed

Courtaulds and all its operating businesses, which were bought by Dutch giant Akzo Nobel in July, is to be renamed Akzo Noble UK.

Metal mergers

Bury-based Excelsior Group International is to merge aluminium tooling manufacturer Crossfield Patterns of Rochdale with Bury-based sheet-steel tooling firm Excalibur Metal Products. Next month’s move will create a new firm, Crossfield Excalibur.

Butler bought

Brownhills-based Butler Manufacturing, a private aluminium casting firm, has been acquired by Canadian Grenville Castings, part of Tritech Precision. Dave Gorman, president of Grenville, will be chairman of Butler Manufacturing. Jeremy Butler will continue as managing director.