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Miniature project's big boost.

COVENTRY firm Gas Data Ltd has been given a pounds 19,000 grant to help develop a project to miniaturise gas detection equipment.

The company, in Binley Road, was given the grant by European-backed scheme Montage which is aimed at encouraging small and medium sized companies to be innovative.

Gas Data's project is being carried out in a laboratory in the engineering department of Coventry University.

The company was formed by managing director Chris Dakin in 1993 and was one of the first in the world to produce infra-red gas detection systems.

It now has a turnover of more than pounds 500,000 with half of its products going overseas.

Mr Dakin said: "The Montage grant is absolutely tremendous for us.

"It makes the difference between something which sits on the back-burner and a live project which will deliver major improvements in the speed of bringing new technology to market.

"This is vital in today's competitive environment."

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SMALL WONDER: Gas Data boss Chris Dakin (centre) with research student Graham Wales (left) and Montage project officer Gerry Russell
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2000
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