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===== INDUSTRY TRENDS =====

>> Manufacturing Grows for the Fifth Straight Month

Meanwhile, the overall economy grew for the 25th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

The manufacturing sector enjoyed its best month since December 1983. The big improvement is in employment as the index rose above the 50 percent breakeven point, indicating growth, following 37 consecutive months of decline.

The momentum is coming from continued strength in New Orders and Production as the indexes are presently at very lofty levels.

ISMís Backlog of Orders Index indicates that order backlogs increased in November, and the Employment Index reversed a long-term trend of contraction as it indicates growth during the month.

ISMís Prices Index indicates that manufacturers experienced higher prices in their purchases. The New Export Orders and Import Indexes continue to grow.

 

===== COMPANY NEWS & BRIEFINGS =====

>> Siemens Forms New Safety Organization

Siemens Energy & Automation has formed Safety Integrated U.S.A., a new organization that brings together multi-dimensional safety teams, technology, and products serving the process and discrete industries.

Safety Integrated U.S.A. was formed to maximize cross-divisional Safety Integrated technology across all U.S. automation product lines, including PLCs, sensors, industrial control products, motion control and drives.

Siemens has committed considerable resources to the Safety Integrated U.S.A. team, including application engineers and safety specialists, plus a network of safety solution providers.

 

===== ACQUISITIONS & PARTNERING NEWS =====

>> Danaher Acquires Accu-Sort Systems

Danaher Corporation has acquired Accu-Sort Systems for approximately $63 million plus an earn out based upon certain performance conditions payable in the future.

Accu-Sort, with approximately $90 million in revenues, makes stationary scanners used most commonly in manufacturing, distribution, and sortation applications.

Danaher has announced that Craig B. Purse, 47, President of Videojet Technologies, has been appointed Vice President and Group Executive, with responsibility for the companyís Product Identification platform and the companyís newest acquisition, Accu-Sort.

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