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Aida Group Takes Over Manzoni, Rovetta

Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Italian press builder Manzoni Group S.p.A. has sold its Manzoni and Rovetta business to Aida Group, concluding talks that began in May 2004 and had resulted in a preliminary agreement on September 25. The move completes Aida’s mission to establish production and sales bases in the four poles—Japan, America, Europe and Asia. The new company will be named Aida S.r.l., but will continue production under the Manzoni and Rovetta brands.

Pepperl+Fuchs Acquires Product-Identification Firm

Friday, October 29, 2004
Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, supplier of factory- and process-automation products and services, has acquired Omnitron, a German-based supplier of Data Matrix 2D optical-coding readers for product identification and online data recording. Data Matrix technology allows detailed information to be imprinted, by any printing process, on the smallest of products, with feature size as small as 0.25 mm. For more information, log on to

Horizon International Taps Plexus Online for ERP

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Horizon International Group, a Taylor, MI-based producer of machined and formed parts for a variety of industries, has selected Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, to provide enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software. Horizon International, a Tier One automotive supplier, now can consolidate inventory tracking, quality management, quoting, data capture, accounting and human resources under a single ERP program, Plexus Online. “Plexus Online provides a complete, fully integrated information-technology solution that is designed specifically for manufacturers,” says Heather Gardner, Horizon International CEO, commenting on the decision to replace all existing systems throughout the company with the ERP software. For more on ERP products and services from Plexus Systems, visit


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