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Portescap to end UK production

01 February, 2003

Portescap to end UK production

Portescap, the miniature motor specialist, is to stop assembling gearboxes at its UK site in Ringwood, Hampshire. Production is being transferred to company`s main site in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland.

Portescap was acquired by the Danaher Group in 2000 and is now part of the Danaher`s Motion Control Group. According to Portescap managing director, Bernard Lacoste, the UK manufacturing operation is being closed as part of Danaher`s continuing global reorganisation. A sales and marketing operation will remain in the UK.

The Ringwood site has been manufacturing gearboxes both for use with Portescap`s own motors and for external customers. The transfer of the operation has started already, and is due to be completed by the end of June.