Racal reshuffle pays off with landmark ATE deal

Racal reshuffle pays off with landmark ATE deal
Richard Wilson Racal Instruments is in the middle of a restructuring programme which has resulted in a landmark automatic test equipment (ATE) contract and the signing of a distribution deal. The test arm of the Racal Group is bidding to re-establish itself as a significant supplier of production test equipment with the signing of an order for its VXIbus-based ATE systems from Smiths Industries for use on the Nimrod programme. Coupled with an earlier contract from Smiths for its Apache Longbow defence work, the business is worth ?1.8m to Racal. Colin Robertson, MD of Racal Instruments, viewed the contracts as significant in re-establishing the firm as a supplier of military ATE systems. “It is important because ATE has not been perceived as a major strength for Racal,” he said. Racal, a leading supplier of GSM basestation test systems, is in the middle of a programme to broaden its product offerings. Last month it took on the English calibration system business of Fluke and has signed a distribution deal with US test probe and fixture firm Huntron. “We are setting ourselves up as major distributor of production equipment, not just test systems,” said Robertson.


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