GERMANY: Specialist supplier of train and ship toilets, water pumps and waste disposal systems Hugo Vogelsang Maschinenbau has taken a 51% stake in Prometheus, which has supplied it with control and monitoring systems since 1999.

'This takeover enables us to offer railway companies a much broader range of technology', said managing partner Harald Vogelsang. 'Vogelsang can now provide a one-stop shop for vacuum technology and controllers, in addition to communications electronics used in the supply and disposal systems. Our customers also enjoy the benefits of our greater expertise in the development of vacuum system solutions, passenger information systems and passenger counting devices.'

Löningen-based Prometheus will continue to be managed by Karl-Heinz Block and Paul Flerlage, who said the deal means the firm 'is now in a position to offer our products internationally via an outstanding distribution network.'