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Tomkins, the engineering group with 25,000 staff in 23 countries, is to be acquired by a consortium of US private equity firm Onex and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for £2.9bn.

Tomkins has acquired Trion, the US manufacturer of indoor air quality products, from Fedders Corporation for £12m.

Tomkins has sold Stant Corporation, its US-based fuel systems manufacturing business with annual sales of £90m, to private equity firm HIG Capital.

Tomkins has acquired AE Hydraulics, the Singapore-based provider of hydraulic and industrial hose services with annual sales of £7m.

Tomkins has sold Trico Wipers, the US-based manufacturer of automotive wipers, to affiliates of Kohlberg & Company for £55m.

Tomkins has acquired Selkirk Americas, the US manufacturer of venting and air products, in order to expand its Air Systems Components business.

Tomkins has acquired NRG Industries, the US manufacturer of commercial building accessories, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Air Systems Components business.

Tomkins has acquired Eifeler Maschinenebau, the German manufacturer of hydraulic tube fittings with annual sales of £19m.

Tomkins has acquired Milcor, the US-based air systems company with 350 staff, from Gibraltar Industries for undisclosed terms.

Tomkins has sold Mayfran International, the US-based manufacturer of material handling equipment, to a US private equity fund.

Tomkins has started recruiting 200 extra staff for its Schrader Electronics business in Antrim, in order to increase production of tyre pressure detectors.

Tomkins is to acquire Stackpole, the Canadian manufacturer of power train components, for £143m.

Tomkins has sold Milliken Valve, the US-based valve manufacturer, to the Henry Pratt Company for about £5m.

Tomkins has sold Fedco Automotive, the US manufacturer of automotive heater cores, to TransPro for about £5m.

Tomkins has sold Lasco Composites, the manufacturer of fibreglass reinforced panel products, to Crane Co of the US for £30m.

Tomkins has sold its GCI rubber products business to Rutland Trust for £24m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt and fund small acquisitions for its automotive engineering business.

Tomkins is to create 200 jobs at its Schraders Electronics operation in Northern Ireland over the next three years, having won a £50m contract to supply remote tyre pressure monitoring systems hardware to General Motors.

Tomkins has acquired American Metal Products, the US supplier of residential air systems with almost 1,000 employees, from Masco Corporation for undisclosed terms.

Tomkins has sold its Totectors safety footwear business to UKS Group for £19m.

Tomkins is to sell its Smith & Wesson gun division to Saf-T-Hammer of the US for £10m.

Tomkins has sold its UK and US lawnmower operations to Summersong Investment of China for £151m, and the businesses sold include Hayter in Hertfordshire.

Tomkins has agreed to sell its Ranks Hovis McDougall food business to private equity firm Doughty Hanson for about £1.1bn, in order to focus on its engineering business.

Tomkins is to sell Red Wing, the US manufacturer of grocery products, to Ralcorp for £88m.

Tomkins has acquired Hayden's, the Wiltshire-based patisserie maker, for undisclosed terms.

Tomkins has acquired ACD Tridon, the manufacturer of windscreen wiper systems, from Devtek of Canada for £63m.

Tomkins is to sell four Spillers flour mills to Archer-Daniels-Midland of the US for undisclosed terms, in order to comply with a ruling by the Monopolies & Mergers Commission.

Tomkins has acquired Aquatic Industries, the US supplier of whirlpools, for £7.8m.

Tomkins has sold the FH Tomkins Buckle Company to a private investor for undisclosed terms, and is considering plans to sell its garden and leisure products division.

Tomkins has agreed to sell the toe cap business of its Firth Cleveland Engineering division to Dinkie Heel, the footwear component company, for £1.5m.

Tomkins has acquired Le Pain Croustillant, the part-baked frozen bread company, for £44m.

Tomkins has sold Axis Resources, its IT subsidiary, to management for £18m.

Tomkins has sold its Carriage House Fruit retail operation in California to New West Foods, and the price is expected to exceed the asset value of £8m.

Tomkins has acquired Golden West Foods, the producer of hamburger buns, syrups and ketchup, for £70m.

Tomkins is acquiring Stant Corporation, the US car parts maker, for £372m.

Tomkins has bought Gates Rubber, the US auto components concern, for $1.4bn.