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July 23, 1987

NORSK DATA FORMS NORSCOM INDUSTRIAL COMPUTING JOINT VENTURE WITH S-COM LTD

By CBR Staff Writer

Having established a strong presence in the French and German markets by joint ventures and acquisitions, Oslo minimaker Norsk Data A/S is making 1987 the year when it builds a base to achieve as strong a presence in the UK market, and following its move to acquire Wordplex Information Systems Plc, in process of being completed, Norsk has formed a joint venture company with Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire software house S-Com Ltd to penetrate the UK industrial computing market. The new company, Norscom Solutions Ltd will initially be 67%-owned by S-Com, 33% by Norsk Data, and its mission will be to develop integrated solutions for manufacturing, transport and distribution. It aims for UKP1m turnover in the first year, over UKP5m after five years, and is intended to be self-financing. S-Com has 140 employees and looks for sales of over UKP5m for its current fiscal year to August 31.

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