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24Sep92 UK: BARCOM GROUP ACQUIRES DUDLEY VALE.

Piling equipment hirer Dudley Vale Plant was bought for an undisclosed sum last week by the Barcom Group.Barcom will transfer all of the piling equipment previously hired out through its hire division, Venture Plant, to the new subsidiary Dudley Vale.Dudley Vale's Croydon depot is part of the deal, but the firm's Bath site is not included as the Barcom Group already has a depot nearby at Radstock.Director of Barcom, Brian Thompson, says: 'The purchase makes us pretty dominant in the piling hire market.'Barcom did pre-notify the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) of the potential buyout, as it meant the firm would have a significant share of the hire business for piling equipment.But because it is such a small market, the OFT saw no objections.Venture Plant, the general plant hire firm, was the first company bought by joint directors Brian Thompson and Dick Cameron last year.The two set up the Barcom holding company earlier this year and have since been buying or setting up other plant hire firms, including National Plant and Transport and B-Trac.