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Lex Service is investing £20m in new technology to increase the cross-selling of products in its motor services business this year.

Lex Service has sold its Lex Autocentres network of 96 vehicle servicing sites to Nationwide Autocentres for £4m.

Lex Service has launched a nationwide recruitment drive for its recently-acquired Auto Windscreens business, and is looking for at least 100 extra mobile fitters.

Lex Service has acquired Auto Windscreens for £122m, which will add a fleet of 800 vans to its RAC roadside recovery business.

Lex Service is planning to invest up to £250m in motoring-related services, including the RAC breakdown service, the BSM driving school and Lex Autocentres.

Lex Service has sold its powered access division to Lavendon for £3.9m, in order to focus on support services.

Lex Service has sold the Lex Autosales network of used car sales centres to Mercedes-Benz for £18m, which will involve the transfer of seven sites and 176 staff.

Lex Service is to acquire RAC Motoring Services for £437m, and will use the RAC brand on its Autocentre servicing outlets and its Autosales used car chain.

Lex Service is expanding its mechanical handling business with four acquisitions, including Birchwood's contract hire and servicing operation for £3.5m and Liftright Powered Access for £1.4m.

Lex Service has acquired two subsidiaries of the collapsed Leeds-based Peterhead Group - forklift truck dealership Birchwood Mechanical Services and forklift rental firm Birchwood Mechanical Sales.

Lex Service is acquiring Havelange of Belgium and Hydraulic Services of Ireland for £7m, in order to expand its vehicle distribution business in the EU.

Lex Service is to set up a £50m national network of 50 vehicle accident repair centres that will work on a production line basis, in a move that will create 3,000 jobs.