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The refrigeration and air conditioning specialist BITZER and the automation expert Wurm have paved the way for a successful future together through a joint venture agreement in which BITZER will be the majority shareholder of the newly established Wu more

The Sika Group has acquired the global Concrete Fibres business from Propex Holding, LLC, which includes a US plant manufacturing synthetic fibres for use in concrete reinforcement, sales operations in Sika's three geographical regions, and a strong more

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a specialist in 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. more

Stora Enso has increased its ownership up to 100% in the Swedish company Cellutech AB. The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components. more

Epiroc, a Sweden-based productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has acquired part of ASI Mining, LLC, a U.S.-based company that provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles more

Chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, with its UK headquarters in Bradford, has acquired Derbyshire based Clover Chemicals, strengthening its position in the professional cleaning and hygiene sector. more

FRAMOS Group, a manufacturer of imaging products, custom vision solutions and OEM services, has fully acquired Croatian company Smartek Vision, effective October 22. more

LKAB Minerals has signed an agreement to acquire UK-based industrial mining company Francis Flower, subject to merger clearance. more

Global technology leader Smiths Group has entered into an agreement to buy United Flexible Inc, a US-based producer of aircraft engine parts, from private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners for an enterprise value of $345 million. more

Italian coffee producer, Lavazza Group, has entered into an agreement to buy Mars Inc.’s coffee unit, Mars Drinks. more

BASF and LetterOne have reached an agreement to merge their oil and gas businesses, Wintershall and DEA, to form a joint venture operating under the name Wintershall DEA. more

The operational integration of FAMUR SA and KOPEX SA has been completed. The formal merger of both companies will make it possible to use the potential of synergy and scale effects. more

Akzo Nobel N.V. has acquired decorative paints and woodcare company Xylazel S.A., a 100% subsidiary of Pharma Mar S.A. (PHM). more

Siemens, through its Siemens PLM Software division, has entered into an agreement to buy UK-based Lightwork Design, a computer software and technology licensing company specialising in 3D rendering software development and virtual reality (VR). more

Axel Johnson International’s Fluid Handling Solutions business group, AxFlow, has acquired Brown Brothers/Kelair, the market-leading distributor of positive displacement and centrifugal pumps in Australia and New Zealand. more

Vygon Group, a France-based specialist in single-use medical devices, has acquired a 20% stake in OxyNov, a young Canadian company focused on innovative oxygen therapy and respiratory assistance medical devices. more

BOFA International Ltd (BOFA), world leader in industrial fume and dust extraction technology, has announced it is to be acquired by Donaldson Company, Inc. more

Atlas Copco has acquired Reno A/S, a manufacturer and distributor of compressed air solutions. The company has a large equipment distribution and aftermarket network, and operates in several segments of the compressed air business. more

Japanese Nidec Corporation is set to invest around 50 billion yen ($450 million) in the acquisition of give German robotics companies, in line with the continued global shift towards automated manufacturing. more

Vodafone has announced a major new merger that will see the UK company’s Australian operations, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and TPG Telecom combine to form a new telecoms giant, TPG Telecom Limited. more

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