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Caerphilly County Council has announced plans to build a waste transfer station on the Pant Glas industrial estate.
Bunzl has acquired Thomas McLaughlin, the Irish distributor of catering equipment with annual sales of £14m, in order to expand its outsourcing services business.
Sigma 3 is investing £0.5m in the expansion of its kitchen manufacturing business in Llantrisant.
Westinghouse Brakes is planning to build a new factory in Chippenham to replace its outdated premises in Foundry Lane, securing the future of 400 jobs.
Lyle & Scott is to merge with Clan Douglas, creating a combined knitwear manufacturing company with 300 staff under the name of Hawick Knitwear.
Aircraft Materials is considering plans to relocate its aviation engineering business and up to 93 jobs from Newton Abbot to another site owned by parent company Airborne Systems in South Wales.
Graphite Capital is to support a £25m management buy-out at Tom Smith, the manufacturer of Christmas crackers.
Vertex Panel Products, the County Durham-based chipboard factory, is planning a management buy-out to secure the future of 180 jobs.
AVK of Denmark has acquired the large valves business of Derbyshire-based St Gobain Pipelines, and has also disclosed that its Glenfield division is looking to build a new 100,000 sq ft factory in Kilmarnock.
Alcoa is investing £12m in new processing equipment at its aluminium plant in Swansea, which will secure the future of all 287 jobs.
Caldeira is to open a new £1.5m cushion factory on the Knowsley Business Park in January with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
MKW Engineering is planning to form a joint venture with a Chinese company to manufacture advanced medical equipment in the Gateshead area, which could lead to the creation of 200 jobs.
Dyson, the developer of the bagless vacuum cleaner, is looking to recruit 50 additional scientists and designers in Malmesbury.
Pvaxx, the Wiltshire-based developer of a new process to convert waste products into pellets for manufacturing, is to announce a £170m reverse takeover of shell company Worldsec.
Frederick Pollard has acquired the UK machine tool assets of Hitachi Seiki of Japan, in a £2.8m rescue deal that saves more than 30 jobs in Surrey.
RPS Group has acquired Ecoscope Applied Ecologists, the Cambridgeshire-based ecological consultancy with 16 staff, for £2.8m.
Caldwell Hardware is considering plans to expand the 80-strong workforce at its recently-opened £2m window components factory in Coventry.
DPS Composites is to create 30 jobs at its aerospace components plant in Pembroke Dock, having won a new £18m contract.
PHS Group is looking to spend a further £50m on bolt-on acquisitions to expand its workplace services business.
PressTech Controls, the Hemel Hempstead-based controls manufacturer, has been acquired by QuadTech of the US for undisclosed terms.
Centrica is to raise £289m from the sale of the recently-acquired Enbridge water heaters business in Canada to The Consumer's Waterheater Income Fund, and some of the proceeds may be used for further acquisitions in North America.
Delta is to sell its Birmingham-based electrical division, which has 3,400 staff, to Eaton Corporation for £130m.
Firth Rixson, the manufacturer of aerospace and automotive components, has accepted a £50m takeover offer from Forgings International, an investment vehicle backed by Carlyle Group.
Kidde is to acquire the Norwegian fire protection business of Kongsberg Maritime for £4.8m.
Irvin-GQ is to relocate its parachute factory from Blackmill in Bridgend to a larger £5m site at nearby Llangeinor, with the transfer of 220 jobs and the creation of 200 new jobs.
Smiths Group has sold its Vent-Axia fans and Elkay cables operations to a management team backed by HSBC Private Equity for £125m.
Bullough has sold its Boulter boiler manufacturing business to Buderus Heiztechnik of Germany for £8.5m.
Holders Technology is to acquire the PCB materials business of Cimatec of Germany for £0.7m.
Kinpars Industrial Plastics is to relocate its glass fibre housings business from Easthouses to a 20,000 sq ft factory at Lauder in January, and the 39-strong workforce is expected to double in three years.
Boden is to relocate its clothing warehouse and call centre from London to Braunstone's Meridian Business Park in Leicestershire early next year, with the creation of up to 350 jobs over the next five years.
Pennon is seeking further acquisitions to expand its Viridor waste management business.
Invensys has sold Fasco Motors to Tecumseh Products of the US for £266m, as part of a strategy to focus on product management and energy management.
Kawasaki Precision Machinery is considering plans to invest £3m at its manufacturing plant in Plymouth, in order to safeguard 150 jobs and create up to 20 new jobs.
Time 24 is to relocate its Derby-base cable connectors factory to the former Empire Works in Rowditch next March, with the creation of 70 new jobs.
The Aluminium Training Alliance is to set up ten centres of excellence around the country, in order to improve aluminium installation and fabrication skills.
Norfolk County Council is to receive revised plans from Peterborough-based Global Olivine for the development of a £150m waste incineration plant at Thetford.
AEA Technology is planning to open a £3m technology centre at Glengarnock near Glasgow, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
AEA Technology is to sell Forensic Alliance, the provider of forensic services to police forces, to a management buy-out backed by Close Brothers Growth Capital for about £5m.
Northern Precision Engineering has acquired Stevens Rowsell, the Hastings-based metal engineering company, for undisclosed terms.
West Sussex County Council has approved plans for the development of a major new waste compacting plant at Runcton near Chichester.
Bodycote International has announced the £8m acquisition of two Italian businesses - materials testing company Centro Triveneto Ricerche and heat treatment company Gamma.
William Sinclair Holdings has sold its SAHC pet products business to management for £6.2m, including 130 staff at sites in Gainsborough and Wickenby.
William Baird is to sell Lowe Alpine, its Kendal-based outdoor sportswear business, to Aspen for £13m.
Meggitt has sold Wayfarer Transit Systems of Poole and Systech Solutions of Croydon to a management buy-out for £15m.
Lightnin Mixers is to close its industrial fluid mixers factory in Poynton with the loss of 50 jobs, as parent company SPX wants to relocate production to its Bran & Luebbe site in Northamptonshire.
Lincat has acquired Britannia Kitchen Ventilation, the Warwickshire-based manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation canopies, for up to £1.4m.
Start-rite, the shoemaker, is looking to set up a new £3m headquarters and distribution centre in Norwich, and is considering sites at the Broadland Business Park and Longwater retail park.
Leicester City Council and Biffa have announced plans to build a £30m waste recycling depot at the Bursom industrial park in 2005, as part of a £300m deal to recycle 70% of household waste.
Porter Lancastrian, the manufacturer of products for the engineering and electronics sectors, is to relocate its Bolton and Bamber Bridge operations and 120 staff to a new headquarters in Chorley.
Eastman Kodak is to set up a new camera packing factory at the Oakham Business Park in Mansfield, with the creation of up to 200 seasonal jobs.
General Dynamics is to create up to 250 new jobs at its UK headquarters in Blaenau Gwent, having won a contract to supply battlefield information systems to the British Army.
The Welding Institute is planning to set up a £17m welding research and technology centre in South Yorkshire, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Tyne Tube is planning to create more than 150 new jobs with the expansion of its engineering operations in the north-east, including a £1m upgrade at its Hartlepool factory.
Arrow Group, the Hull-based industrial doors group, has undergone a £5m management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers.
Leicestershire County Council is seeking a suitable site to set up a waste incinerator, as part of its long-term household waste management strategy.
Corus is to acquire Precoat International, the steel pressings company with 250 staff at two Welsh plants in Cardiff and Cross Keys, for £7.2m.
Range Cooker, the supplier of upmarket kitchens, has accepted a £22m takeover offer from Britannia Living and Graphite Capital Management.
Meggitt has acquired Lodge, the supplier of aerospace sensors and transducers with 100 staff at sites in Basingstoke and Rugby, from Smiths Group for £33m.
Corus is to relocate its cut-to-length steel processing work from Leeds to Teesside, with the loss of 17 jobs and the transfer of a further 15 jobs to other parts of the Leeds plant.
JCM Group is planning to create up to 70 jobs at its new refrigerator recycling centre in Billingham.
Viridian is to create 50 new jobs at its NIE Powerteam electrical contracting business in Northern Ireland, having won a number of new contracts.
Grange Fencing is to set up a garden products factory in Hull next year with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Headlam Group has acquired Wolff Contract Carpet Mills of County Durham, and the business will be relocated to Headlam's floorcoverings distribution centre in Tamworth.
General Dynamics, the US communications group, is to set up a £4m research and development centre at its Oakdale site in Gwent, with the creation of 40 jobs for technologists and engineers.
SZ Gears, the Risca-based gear-cutting equipment company with 16 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales.
Fieldens is to acquire CamAxys, the Cambridgeshire-based supplier of health and safety management systems, for £1.5m.
Headlam Group has bought GAAS Flooring of Watford and GAAS Flooring Distributors of Cambridge out of administration, and will relocate the operations to its distribution centre in Bedford.
Judane is planning to relocate its Shetland-based knitwear factory from Lerwick to its former premises at Holmsgarth.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Bongard, the French bakery equipment manufacturer, from 3i for £34m.
Pennon has acquired Parkwood Holdings, the Sheffield-based landfill, recycling and liquid waste treatment company, for £21m.
Dyer Engineering, the general engineering company with 86 staff, is to relocate to a £0.8m site on the Morrison Road Industrial Estate in Derwentside in November.
WR Refrigeration, the Leicester-based air-conditioning and refrigeration company with 500 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Corus is to sell its downstream aluminium operations to Pechiney of France for £540m, including sites in China, Germany, Canada and Belgium.
Dunlopillo, the manufacturer of pillows and beds, is to sell its consumer products business to Hilding Anders of Sweden for £12m, and up to 80 jobs will be transferred from Harrogate to Oldham.
Crown Graphic is setting up a new £1m headquarters in Totnes, which will involve the creation of 30 new jobs and the relocation of 50 staff from existing sites in Totnes and London.
BOC has acquired Environmental Management Corporation, the US water services company, for £32m.
Cleveland Circuits is creating a further 11 jobs at its Teesside factory, having won a £0.5m contract to supply printed circuits boards to Victor Products.
John Wood Group has acquired the generator repair division of Sheffield-based Rotary Electrical for up to £1.4m.
Halma is to acquire BEA, the Belgian supplier of automatic door sensors, for £46m.
Carbo has acquired Ekamant UK, the distributor of coated abrasives, and will relocate the business from Birkenhead to the Carbo site at Trafford Park, Manchester.
Schneider Electric is to close its electrical products factory in Wolverhampton next April with the loss of 120 jobs, while up to 30 jobs will relocate to its site in Telford.
Carmarthenshire County Council has approved plans for the development of a £2m pottery training centre in Llandeilo, which is expected to create 20 jobs.
Carclo has sold Francis W Birkett & Sons, the non-ferrous castings business, to Westley Group for £2.4m.
The RAF is creating up to 100 new jobs at RAF Valley on Anglesey, having awarded an aircraft maintenance contract to Brown & Root and Marshall Aerospace.
Inkcycle, the Lincolnshire-based supplier of recycled ink cartridges, is to create up to 12 new jobs to add to the existing 18, including telesales staff and recyclers.
Invensys has sold Drive Systems, the Littlehampton-based manufacturer of AC inverters and DC drives, to a management buy-out for £94m.
Victoria has acquired Munster Carpets, the Irish supplier of contract carpeting, for £0.4m, and will transfer the plant to its site in Kidderminster.
Glomoco, the developer of the Spacetrac mobile plant tracking system, is relocating from Manchester to St Helens with the creation of 30 jobs, having raised up to £1m of venture capital.
The Ministry of Defence is to transform the Derring Lines military base in Brecon into a centre of training excellence for the British Army, with the creation of 20 jobs.
IMI is to sell its remaining Kirkby-based copper tube business to KM Europa Metal of Germany for £13m.
Smiths Group has acquired Heimann Systems, the German manufacturer of x-ray detection systems, from Rheinmetall for £235m.
Senior has sold four expansion joint businesses to KE-Burgmann for £4.3m, and the proceeds will reduce borrowings.
Air Trembath Hire, the supplier of heating and air conditioning equipment, is planning to set up a nationwide network of about 15 hire centres over the next three years.
Dudson is planning a £7m expansion at its ceramic tableware factory in Tunstall, which could lead to the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next five years.
Hyder Consulting, the engineering design consultancy, is to undergo a reverse takeover by Firth Holdings in a £15m deal.
Invensys has sold Rexnord, its US power transmission components division, to private equity firm Carlyle Group for £575m.
ABB Power T&D is to close its power technology plant in Ellesmere Port with the loss of up to 140 jobs, in order to relocate the work to a site in Daresbury.
Clearex Plastics, the County Durham-based injection moulding company, has been bought out of administration by Formould for undisclosed terms, saving 23 jobs.
Warmseal is expanding its Tyneside-based double glazing business and creating 30 jobs by setting up a new factory unit at the Westway Industrial Park in Throckley.
BAe Systems has awarded a £25m contract to Mowlem to build a new office and research centre at the Capability Green business park in Luton.
Flakt Woods is to make its Colchester site a centre of excellence for fan production, which will lead to more work for its 514-strong workforce and the redevelopment of its existing factory or the creation of a new factory.
Bridgeport Machines, the Leicester-based engineering company, has been acquired by American Capital Strategies for £11m, as its former US parent has gone bankrupt.
Corus is to create 80 new jobs at its pipelines business in Hartlepool, having won a number of new contracts.
Kidde has acquired Ajax Group, the Dutch provider of fire protection products and services, for £12m.
Aga Foodservice has bought HC Troldahl, the Newcastle-based provider of refrigeration and air conditioning services, out of administration for £2.3m.
Lochcarron of Scotland is considering plans to relocate its knitwear production from Galashiels to Hawick, following the acquisition of Hawick-based Barker Douglas Knitwear for undisclosed terms.
Sellotape Company, the manufacturer of adhesive tape with 200 staff, has been sold by Verdoso Investments to Henkel of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Headlam has sold four trading companies in its window coverings business to Hunter Douglas for £12m, including Eclipse Blind Systems of Glasgow, OPM of Sweden, Vertika of Glasgow and O'Hanlon's of Powys.
Maguires Wholesale Carpets is creating ten new jobs following the £0.7m expansion of its floor coverings distribution centre in Darlington.
Weardale Steel, the County Durham-based steel company with 90 staff, has been acquired by Eastwood Industries of Birmingham for undisclosed terms.
Simons Reeve, the Nottingham-based materials handling equipment manufacturer with 75 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
United Glass has won permission to build a new £9.3m warehouse at its site in Harlow, and the plans also include two new retail units.
Tanfield Group is to create more than 60 new jobs at its machine factory in County Durham, having won a number of outsourcing contracts from manufacturers.
Intertek is looking to spend up to £60m on acquisitions to expand its testing services business.
ITM has acquired Soil Instruments, the Uckfield-based manufacturer of geotechnical instrumentation.
The Defence Science & Technology Laboratory is considering plans to leave Malvern and relocate up to 250 jobs to sites in Kent, Portsmouth and Porton Down.
Hill & Smith has acquired Mallatite, the Manchester-based manufacturer of street lighting with 105 staff, for £5m.
John Wood Group has acquired Industrial Repair Services, the US electrical generator services company, for £5.9m.
Warwick Manufacturing Group is to set up an advanced manufacturing institute in Kuala Lumpur, in order to boost Malaysia's research and development programme.
Calcarb is planning to build a second thermal insulation materials factory in the west of Scotland, with the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next five years.
Domnick Hunter is to invest £2m in new equipment for its gas filter and dryer factory in Birtley, with the creation of more than 60 jobs.
Gaskell has sold Mid-Wales Yarns, its Powys-based yarn-spinning business, to Fred Lawton & Son for a nominal sum, securing the future of 100 jobs.
Hagemeyer, the Dutch electrical materials and maintenance company, is to open a £16m national distribution centre in Runcorn next month with the creation of 250 jobs.
Adamsez is planning to double the size of its baths and showers factory in Belfast, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Johnson Radley, the Leeds-based foundry, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 30 jobs.
Invensys has sold its industrial sensors division to Honeywell for £267m, as part of an ongoing strategy to reduce debt.
White Young Green has acquired Cuthbert Associates, the Irish mechanical and electrical consultancy, for up to £2.6m.
Newmark Technology is to acquire Grosvenor Technology, the developer of security systems, for up to £6.8m, and has also announced the acquisition of the remaining 49% of Vema of the Netherlands.
Counterline, the Knowsley-based manufacturer of food display units with turnover of £12m, has undergone a management buy-in.
AWG has acquired Power Services, the Bedfordshire-based electrical contractor with 30 staff, in order to expand its Morrison Utility Services division.
Sirdar has acquired William Pownall & Sons, the Lancashire-based manufacturer and distributor of wool carpets, for £5m.
Balfour Beatty is to create 50 new jobs at its Barnsley-based Kentons business, having won a £30m contract to provide utility services for South East Water.
Acal has acquired ScanOptic, the German distributor of document imaging and management products, for an initial £1.5m.
Thames Water is to build two sewage works in Buckinghamshire at a cost of £40m, and Interserve and Amec have been selected to carry out the work.
Applied Materials has awarded a £2.2m contract to Morgan Lovell to refurbish its offices in Horsham.
Pland Stainless has acquired Santric, the washroom equipment firm, and the business is expected to be relocated from Havant to Leeds.
Lister Shearing, the Dursley-based manufacturer of sheep shearing equipment, has been acquired by Wahl of the US for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 45 jobs.
Alvis is to acquire the Vickers Defence tank manufacturing business from Rolls-Royce for £16m, which will involve the transfer of 1,300 staff at sites in Newcastle, Wolverhampton and South Africa.
Multi Group has acquired Westminster Event Hire, the Oxfordshire-based industrial catering equipment hire company, for £0.4m.
Watermark Group is to acquire Update International, the Hong Kong-based supplier of customer service items to airlines, for £2.4m.
Zytronic is expected to increase its 100-strong workforce in Gateshead, having won two new orders worth £5m to supply touchscreens.
E&F Composites is creating 25 new jobs at its composite products factory in Hartlepool, taking the total workforce to 55.
Cape is to sell Cape Calsil, the manufacturer of passive fire protection and insulation products, to Promat Glasgow for £9.2m, which will involve the transfer of staff at sites in Glasgow, Caerphilly, Uxbridge, Washington and Wellingborough.
IMI is to sell its copper fittings business to Aalberts Industries of the Netherlands for £65m, in order to focus on fluid controls and beverage dispensing.
Alexander Technologies Europe is creating 12 new jobs at its rechargeable batteries plant in Peterlee, having attracted the support of County Durham Development Company.
Spectris is to acquire Philips Analytical, the Dutch-based analytical instruments business of Royal Philips Electronics, for £96m, partly funded by a £40m share placing.
Corus is to acquire Companhia Sideurgica Nacional, the Brazilian steelmaker, for £2.7bn, which will provide access to cheaper supplies of iron ore.
The Welsh Development Agency is providing support to Visual Designs to set up a new paving tiles factory in Blaenau Gwent, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Polar Recycling is opening a new £3m fridge recycling plant in Birkenhead, and expects to create a further 60 jobs as the workload increases and new contracts are secured from local authorities.
Smiths Group has sold its Fans & Spares distribution business, which includes 18 branches throughout the country, to R&S Cartwright (Manchester) Engineers for £6.5m.
BAe Systems is to sell its Electronic Warfare Passive Expendables Division in the US to Esterline Technologies for $67m.
Hill & Smith has acquired Brifen, the Mansfield-based manufacturer of wire rope safety fences, for £1.4m.
Pennon has expanded its Viridor Waste Management subsidiary with the acquisition of Roseland Plant, the Cornish waste management and plant hire company, for £9.5m.
Leaf Technologies, the developer of electronic hearing devices, has been bought out of administration by SenseSonic of Macclesfield for £1m, saving 170 jobs.
Low & Bonar is to invest £1m expanding the capacity at its carpet yarns and artificial grass factory in Dundee.
Precoat International is to sell its CSI steel processing subsidiary in Canada to Color Steels Holding Corporation for £6.2m.
BVG Airflo, the Brecon-based media and manufacturing operation, is expanding its warehouse and office space on the Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate with the creation of 35 jobs.
Lionweld Kennedy, the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer of engineering-based products, has undergone a £7.5m management buy-out from Australian parent Pacifica.
AWG has sold Repairline to Build Assured for undisclosed terms, while its 85% stake in Kaldnes Miljoteknologi of Norway has been sold to Anox AB for £5.7m.
PipeHawk has acquired Adien, the supplier of subsurface radar surveying systems, for an initial £0.3m.
Saint Gobain Pipelines is investing £6m at its ductile iron plant at Risca in South Wales, in order to expand production of access covers, gullies and grates.
Cluff Mining is to raise £19m in a share placing, and is forming a joint venture with Anglo Platinum to develop the Sheba's Ridge project in South Africa.
Skip Units Group is creating 20 new jobs at its recently-acquired Castle Container Services business in Chesterfield, having acquired a new factory unit.
Oxford Instruments is to set up a new laboratory with the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University to collaborate on the development of detectors based on superconductors.
Tricorn Group has acquired Integrated Statistical Solutions, the provider of data capture and analysis services to the utilities industry, for an initial £0.7m.
Premier Farnell has sold D-A Lubricant, the US-based manufacturer of speciality lubricants, to Mecom Acquisition Corporation of Indianapolis.
Altecnic, the Stafford-based plumbing component supplier with more than 40 staff, has been acquired by Caleffi of Italy for undisclosed terms.
Meggitt has acquired a number of military aerospace product lines, including air data transducers, engine management units and flight data recorders, from BAe Systems for £15m.
RPS Group has acquired MCOS, the Irish engineering and environmental consultancy with 350 staff, for £12m.
Gliderol International of Australia is to open a new 46,000 sq ft garage doors factory in Peterlee in November, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
General Domestic Appliances, the manufacturer of Hotpoint white goods with 6,000 UK staff, is being acquired by Merloni Elettrodomestici of Italy in a £179m deal that involves the sale of General Electric's 50% stake.
Elkstone's Beauvale Furnishings business in Ilkeston has been bought out of receivership by a local businessman, saving 250 jobs.
TRW Aeronautical Systems is to be acquired by Goodrich of the US for about £1bn, resulting in new ownership for plants in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Merseyside, Hemel Hempstead and Belfast.
AI Welders is looking to relocate its welding machine business to smaller premises in Inverness, and some of the 45 jobs will be lost.
Signs & Labels has acquired Focal Signs, the Surrey-based sign maker with 74 staff, for undisclosed terms, and most of Focal's manufacturing operation will be relocated to Stockport.
Jasmin, the Nottingham-based developer of IT-based products for the transport, defence and security markets, is planning to create 30 new jobs to add to the existing 100.
Roll Formed Fabrications is planning a £2m expansion at its bathrooms factory in Magherafelt, Londonderry, with the creation of 110 jobs over the next three years.
Newell Window Fashions, the home decor products group, is setting up a new £18m distribution depot and head office at Fradley Park in Lichfield by next March, which will house up to 300 staff.
Georgian Goodacre Carpets has undergone a management buy-out, saving 160 jobs at its carpet factory in Kendal.
Oxonica has raised £4.3m to fund the expansion of its nanoparticles business, which will enable it to double staff from 11 to 22 by the end of the year and find partners to help with the commercial development of the technology.
Forkway Group, the forklift truck supplier, has started work on the development of a new multi-million pound service, parts and hire centre in Dewsbury.
Adria, the hosiery manufacturer with 1,300 staff, has been sold by Charnos to a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Amicus Partners, while the Charnos lingerie business is being sold to Premoda Group.
Pall Europe has acquired Filtration & Separations Group, and will relocate up to 30 jobs from FSG sites in Herefordshire and Derbyshire to the Portsmouth headquarters of its filtration products business.
Wagon is to sell its storage systems business to private equity group Whittan Investments for £60m, in order to focus on the manufacture of large vehicle structures.
ICI is to sell its Security Systems operations to US private equity firm Lincolnshire Management, which will involve the transfer of 135 staff.
Leeds Group has sold Sharps Fabric Printers to a management buy-out for £0.7m, completing its withdrawal from textile manufacturing.
Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to build a £85m turbine components factory at Inchinnan near Glasgow Airport, securing the future of 1,000 jobs, and construction work is expected to start this summer.
Gaskell has sold the Crucial Trading business of Tomkinsons to Headlam Floorcovering Distributors for £1.8m, as part of a strategy to focus on its contract carpet tile and broadloom activities.
The Engineering Business is to set up a new base next to its Northumberland headquarters to help with the expansion of its gas pipelines business, and more than 50 new jobs are expected to be created.
Glen Dimplex is planning to set up a factory in north-east China to manufacture electric night storage heaters.
GET Group has sold the forged products business of its Worcester-based Tower Manufacturing subsidiary to Floform of Welshpool for £1.8m.
FKI is to acquire DeWind, the German manufacturer of wind turbines, for £12m.
Schneider Electric, the manufacturer of electrical equipment, is to shed 150 jobs in Swindon later this year, in order to relocate production to its site in Telford.
Ferraris has sold its specialist engineering division, which includes Jenaer Gewindetechnik in Germany, Jena Rotary Technology in the UK and Jena-Tec in the US to Avingtrans for £3m.
Metal Treatments, the Birmingham-based electropaint and powder finishing company with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and is now creating 30 new jobs and investing £2m in a new production line.
Keepmere Engineering, the manufacturer of precipitators with 20 staff, has been acquired by US-owned Environmental Elements UK, for undisclosed terms.
Pressac is to sell 51% of its Interconnect wiring and circuit board business to management for £4.6m.
Joloda International has bought the assets of Transpotech, the Anglesey-based pneumatic roller systems manufacturer, out of receivership, saving about 60 jobs.
Tyne Tube Services is to create more than 30 jobs at Aln Maritec, the boatbuilding business recently bought out of receivership.
Cleanright Environmental Services has been bought out of receivership by the DBI Group, securing the future of 150 jobs.
Cornwall County Council is to consider plans from County Environmental Services for the development of a recycling plant capable of dealing with up to 120,000 tonnes of household waste a year, on a 15-acre site by the Victoria Business Park near Roche.
De La Rue has acquired an 85% stake in Sequoia, the US supplier of voting equipment, from Jefferson Smurfit for £24m.
Glen Dimplex has acquired two distributors of electrical equipment - Brownbrook of Craigavon and Dimco of Dublin, which together employ around 100 people.
Tomkins has sold Lasco Composites, the manufacturer of fibreglass reinforced panel products, to Crane Co of the US for £30m.
Enodis, the kitchen equipment manufacturer, is to sell its Aladdin meal delivery systems business in the US to Ali of Italy for £27m.
Cookson & Zinn is considering plans to relocate its industrial storage tanks business and 70 staff from Hadleigh to Ipswich over the next two years.
Ambermist could create up to 40 jobs at its new site on Bridgend's Brynmenyn Industrial Estate, depending on the success of its Protectapost electronic parking bollard.
The Water Service has announced plans to invest about £12m in water and sewerage projects in the Larne area over the next three years.
Linn Products is planning a £7m expansion at its hi-fi factory in Glasgow, with the creation of 140 jobs.
Unimerco has won permission from Lichfield District Council to relocate to a new £4m tool manufacturing base in Fradley, which could create up to 100 jobs.
Milton Keynes Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a £160m recycling centre called the Green MK Centre, which could create up to 1,200 jobs by 2006.
WS Atkins, the support services consultancy, is to set up a new regional headquarters at the Thorpe business park in Leeds, and 350 staff will relocate from two existing sites in the city.
Art Pattern, the Leicester-based manufacturer of moulds and patterns, is expected to be bought out of administration by a management team for under £1m, saving 60 jobs.
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.
H Goodwin Castings, the Walsall-based engineering company, has undergone a management buy-out from the receivers of Garton Engineering, saving 50 jobs.
Doncasters Precision Machining is planning to close its Crewe site with the loss of up to 250 jobs later this year, in order to relocate the aero-engineering business to Shrewsbury.
Comeleon is planning to create 150 jobs at its site in County Durham by the end of next year, due to rising demand for photo-quality images on domestic appliances.
The University of York is linking up with Sheffield and Leeds universities to bid to host a £1bn neutron scattering research facility, which could lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs at a site near Selby.
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot has started recruiting engineering and administration staff for the £235m Diamond synchrotron project for investigating biological structures, which is due to open in 2006 with 200 staff.
Invensys has sold its CompAir compressed air and gas business to Alchemy Partners for a nominal sum.
Synoptics is relocating its scientific imaging business and 35 staff from Cambridge to a larger site in Oakington.
Cogent Defence & Security Networks is setting up a £3m headquarters for 100 staff at Cleppa Park in Newport, with the creation of 25 new jobs, having won additional contracts from the Ministry of Defence.
Hartlepool Steel Fabrications has been bought out of receivership by Tyne Tube Services of South Shields for undisclosed terms, which will involve saving 80 jobs and creating 70 new jobs.
Audience Systems is creating a number of marketing, sales and production jobs, in order to expand its 80-strong workforce in Wiltshire to handle new contracts for the supply of seating to international arenas.
AEA Technology is to sell Hyprotech, the Canadian engineering software business with an office in Harwell, to Aspen Technology for £67m.
Druck, the Leicester-based manufacturer of control systems, is to be acquired by GE Industrial Systems of the US for £229m.
Rainham Steel has announced plans to set up a £5m steel distribution depot at Dragonby Vale in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
GKN is to acquire Astech, the US manufacturer of titanium components for aircraft, for £22m.
ASD Batchelor is to relocate its steel processing operation and up to 30 staff from Haverhill to its Tividale site in the West Midlands in September.
MacLellan Group is to acquire Broadreach, the Hatfield-based cleaning and support services company with over 5,000 employees nationwide, for £17m.
Derwentside Industrial Development Agency has announced that Matzen Schlaugh-Technik of Germany is setting up a £0.3m silicon rubber fabric factory in Consett, which could eventually create up to 30 jobs.
Cyclone Mobility & Fitness is relocating its wheelchair manufacturing business and six staff from Ellesmere Port to Wirral, and hopes to create up to 10 new jobs.
Raleigh, the bicycles company, is to relocate its office, warehouse and 110 staff from Nottingham to the former Havelock Europa site in nearby Eastwood by the end of the year.
Southern Water is to be acquired by Vivendi Environnement of France for £2.05bn, taking Vivendi's share of the UK water market to 10%.
UPF's receivers have sold Homer Pressings of Walsall and UPF Congleton of Cheshire to management for undisclosed terms, saving 235 jobs.
MV Sports has acquired Water Waiter, the Kettering-based water dispensing machine rental company, for £2.2m.
Sector Skills Development Agency, the government initiative to improve industry skill levels, is to be based at the Callflex business park in Rotherham, with the creation of 50 jobs.
British United Shoe Machinery is to relocate its Leicester-based machine factory and 65 staff to a new £1.3m 25,000 sq ft building at Warren's Industrial Estate later this year.
Glasgow City Council is planning to expand its Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries kitchens factory in Springburn, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Spirent has sold the business and certain assets of Switching Systems International for £6.3m.
Scheerheat is setting up a production facility at Pembroke Dock to manufacture ceramic insulating materials for energy-efficient heaters, with the creation of 20 jobs.
HC Troldahl has sold its kitchen design business to management for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on refrigeration and air conditioning.
Tecan Components is hoping to create 100 jobs at a new factory in Weymouth over the next 10 years, where it is developing new high-density circuit fabrication technology.
Headlam has acquired DJ Hann, the regional distributor of floorcoverings, for an initial £0.5m, and will relocate the business to Headlam's distribution centre in Newbury.
Newlife Cleaning Systems is planning to expand its nationwide office cleaning business with the creation of more than 100 jobs over the next 12 months, and there will also be 15 new jobs at its South Shields head office.
Pechiney Aviatube is to invest £1.9m upgrading its aerospace components plant at Distington in Cumbria later this year.
CF Taylor is to close its aircraft interiors factory in Llanelli next February with the loss of 270 jobs, in order to relocate the work to Bedfordshire.
Acal is to acquire ATMParts, the Hampshire-based distributor of spare parts for cash dispensers, for £8m.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Belshaw Brothers, the US manufacturer of doughnut equipment, from Enodis for about £16m.
Valve Engineering is to create six new jobs having won a £2m contract to supply valves for the oil and gas industry, and is seeking larger premises in Leicestershire.
Pell Frischmann has acquired Morgan Horne, the water and sewage consulting engineer, for undisclosed terms.
Radamec has sold the surface mount assemblies and hybrid microsystems business of Radamec Electronic Systems to Sascal of Hayes for £0.25m.
Delta is to sell Sourdillon, the manufacturer of gas burners in France, Mexico and the US, to Burner Systems International for £18m.
Yorklyde is to close a fabric factory in Langholm on the Scottish Borders with the loss of 30 jobs, in order to relocate production to its site in Peebles.
Densitron Technologies has bought Ferrograph, the Tyneside-based manufacturer of public information display systems, out of receivership for £0.3m.
T Clarke has acquired WE Manin, the Sittingbourne-based electrical contractor with 60 staff, for £1.6m.
Rolls-Royce is planning to build a new £85m compressor components factory at an unnamed site in western Scotland, in order to replace the existing Hillington site near Glasgow and secure the future of 1,000 jobs.
Guardian Industries of the US has announced plans to set up a £115m glass plant in Goole by 2004, with the creation of more than 300 jobs.
McLeod Russel has acquired two Danish air filter companies - Industrifilter and Synsafe Danmark - for up to £0.5m.
Brooke Industrial's receivers have sold the Brooke Cutting Tools business to a management buy-out, saving 90 jobs in Hellaby, Yorkshire.
RPS Group has acquired Indepth Surveys of Bristol for up to £3m and JR Stansfield & Associates of Warrington for £0.5m, in order to expand its water services and risk management divisions.
Beck Electronics is to close its Yarmouth factory with the loss of 80 jobs, as parent company Oxley wants to relocate production of electronic optical systems to its Ulverston site.
Frederick Cooper is to sell its Cooper Coil Coating subsidiary in the US to a newly-registered Florida-based company for £2.1m.
Rolls-Royce is to invest £2.5m at its Sunderland factory to expand production of aircraft parts for the Airbus and Eurofighters.
LB Plastics is creating 50 jobs at its new plastic doors factory in Ambergate, Derbyshire, which is due to start up next month.
Acco UK is to close its office products manufacturing and warehouse site in Eastbourne in May with the loss of 90 jobs, in order to relocate to Peterborough.
Decor Frame is to relocate its picture frame business to a larger site in Bridgend next month, and the workforce will rise from 105 to 200.
Hoover is to invest £1.2m at its Glasgow factory to produce a new vacuum cleaner model, securing the future of 400 jobs.
Pennon has acquired Richardson, the St Helens-based glass reclamation company with a nationwide network of depots, for £12m, in order to expand its Viridor Waste subsidiary.
BOC Edwards is to sell its US glass coating business to Von Ardenne Anlagentechnik of Germany, which will involve the transfer of about 70 staff.
Spence Bryson, the Portadown-based handkerchief factory with 27 staff, has been bought out of receivership by a management team.
Inditherm, the heating products manufacturer, is to create 30 new jobs over the next 12 months at its new premises on the Houndhill Business Park in the Dearne Valley.
Semple Cochrane has sold its Aberdeen-based marine electrical business to management for £0.1m.
Thales has sold its Somerset-based fisheries vessel monitoring systems business to a management buy-out under the name of BlueFinger.
Seaward Electronic, the Peterlee-based manufacturer of electrical testing and measuring instruments, is investing £1m in a new venture to diversify production into the medical sector.
Arcolectric is to acquire Otehall Switches, the Haywards Heath-based manufacturer of micro switches, and related company Otehall Tooling for a total £1.7m.
Tyneside Safety Glass is investing £4m in a new furnace to manufacture curved glass for tractor cabs at its factory in Gateshead, with the creation of 25 jobs.
AEA Technology is to create 200 jobs at its battery plant in Thurso, having won a £47m Ministry of Defence contract to supply batteries for battlefield communications, and a further 100 jobs will be created at a new facility.
Wessex Water, the water company owned by failed US energy trader Enron, is to be acquired by YTL Corp of Malaysia for £1.24bn.
De La Rue is to acquire the banking automation business of Papelaco, the Portugal-based manufacturer of self-service banking technology, for £16m.
The Health & Safety Executive has selected a 3-acre site at St Albans Road in Bootle to build a new headquarters by 2004, in order to replace six existing offices nearby that house up to 1,400 staff.
Invensys is to sell its flow control business to Flowserve of the US for £376m, in order to focus on factory automation and energy management.
Shanks has been selected as preferred bidder for a 25-year waste management contract for East London Waste Authority, and will set up a £100m recycling facility in the area.
Halyard has acquired Sabre Fabrications, the Poole-based manufacturer of marine exhaust components, for undisclosed terms.
New Balance is to increase production at its running shoes factory at Flimby in West Cumbria, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Jessgrove of Bradford has merged with London-based UK Linings to create a combined £20m textiles business with 60 staff at offices in Bradford, Leeds, London and Austria.
Johnstons is recruiting 40 new staff at its textiles manufacturing business in Elgin, with vacancies for scarf folders, fabric pickers and warehouse staff.
Aga Foodservice is to acquire Domain Home Fashions, the US supplier of home furnishings, for £18m, in order to expand sales of its cookers in East Coast retail markets.
Hunting has acquired Roforge, the French manufacturer of industrial valves, for £4.2m.
Advantage West Midlands has announced proposals for the development of a £80m national centre for microsystems and nanotechnology in Birmingham, which could lead to the creation of about 3,000 jobs.
Aga Foodservice is to sell its Leisure and Flavel cooker brands to BEKO UK for up to £5.4m.
Transworld Trophies is to relocate its trophy distribution business from Nottingham to a new £2m warehouse and office complex at Long Eaton in Derbyshire in July, and expects to increase the workforce from 22 to 40 by next year.
Eley Metrology has acquired Crown Windley, the Ripley-based manufacturer of measuring equipment, for undisclosed terms.
Fabdec, the Ellesmere-based dairy equipment manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out from US parent DEC International.
Bede Technology is planning to create 25 jobs at a new £1.6m electronics manufacturing site on Doxford Park in Sunderland.
Turton Tonks, the Sheffield-based spring maker, has been bought out of receivership by a management team, saving 45 jobs.
Wyko is to close the FPT ball bearings factory in Blackburn later this year with the loss of up to 150 jobs, and the business will be relocated to its Halesowen site.
Hillarys Blinds is setting up a new window blinds factory in Washington this year, with the relocation of 300 jobs from its existing site nearby and the creation of 200 jobs over the next five years.
IMI has sold its Eley Hawk cartridges business to Union Explosivosos Espanol of Spain for £1.6m, and is now looking to sell its building products and plastic pipes division to management for up to £300m.
Hartest has acquired the instrumentation business of HW Wallace for £0.1m, in order to expand its Sheen Instruments division.
Advantage West Midlands is planning to set up a £1.5m centre of excellence for manufacturing in order to provide resources, training and research services to firms throughout the region, and a suitable site is being sought.
Richards has agreed to sell two subsidiaries out of receivership, with the Spence Bryson handkerchief packing operation in Portadown going to a management team and the Yorkshire-based High Quality Contracts floorcoverings subsidiary going to Claremont Fabrics.
Scottish Power has announced plans to sell Southern Water to a newly-created investment vehicle called First Aqua for £2.05bn, which is expected to lead to a follow-on sale to Vivendi of France.
Silentnight is closing a cabinet factory in Keighley with the loss of 220 jobs, in order to relocate production to its site in Sunderland.
Buko, the Glenrothes-based supermarket trolley maker, has been bought out of receivership by a management team backed by Bank of Scotland.
Imperial Tobacco is to acquire Reemtsma, the German cigarette manufacturer, for £3.5bn.
French has sold its curtain styling business to Hallco 707 for £0.3m.
MFI is to invest £4m in the expansion of its Hygena furniture factory in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Unite Group, the provider of student accommodation, is planning to relocate its bedrooms factory and up to 20 staff from Bristol to Stroud.
Mitchell & Hewitt, the electrical and mechanical engineering company with 150 staff, is planning to build a new £1m head office in Derby this year.
Rotex Europe has acquired Locker Process Solutions, the manufacturer of screening, feeding and conveying machines, and is seeking new premises in Warrington to expand the business.
Biotrace International has announced plans to expand its rapid hygiene-testing equipment factory in Bridgend with the creation of 50 jobs, including a new 20,000 sq ft facility for production, research and development.
Morinoak International has announced plans to create 100 jobs in Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen, having won a number of offshore engineering contracts.
The Ministry of Defence has selected Paradigm Secure Communications as the preferred bidder to develop a satellite communications system, which will create 240 jobs in Corsham.
Stadium has sold its Stadium Plastics injection moulding business to management for about £7m.
Omega is planning to double the size of its kitchen furniture factory in Doncaster at a cost of £2.8m, with the creation of 100 new jobs over the next three years.
The Industrial Development Board is backing plans from Naturelle Consumer Products for a £1m expansion at its textile factory in Omagh, with the creation of 27 jobs.
Fluke Precision Measurement is to build a £0.3m temperature measurement laboratory in Norwich, and will create 20 jobs through the relocation of sister firm Robin Electronics from Watford.
Brook Crompton is to stop manufacturing electric motors in Huddersfield with the loss of up to 450 jobs, in order to relocate production to Poland, Guiseley and Birmingham.
Heatrae Sadia is to relocate the production of electric showers and immersion heaters from Norwich to the Far East, with the loss of a number of jobs.
Quiltex has acquired Early's, the Witney-based blanket manufacturer, and is shedding 12 sales and administration jobs in order to leave a workforce of 70.
RPS Group is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions to expand its environmental consultancy business, and is particularly interested in Ireland and the Netherlands.
Norman Hay has acquired PMD Engineering from the PMD Group, and will relocate some of the business from Coventry to its Plasticraft division at the Cannock Process Engineering Centre.
United Industries has sold its components and systems division to OSL Group for £6.2m, in order to focus on technical plastics.
Teignbridge Propellers is planning to expand its marine propulsion business and create new jobs in Newton Abbot over the next two years, following its acquisition by Mercury Marine of the US.
Range Cylinders, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of hot water cylinders with 112 staff, has been sold by the Baxi Group to RCM for undisclosed terms.
Stafford Borough Council is considering plans from Screwfix Direct for the development of a DIY products distribution centre at the new Prime Point 14 business park, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Spirent has sold its aerospace components business to Curtiss-Wright of the US for £42m, in order to reduce debt and focus on its network technology operations.
VIP-Heinke, the Huntingdon-based manufacturer of rubber and plastic seals with 200 staff, has been acquired by a consortium including Close Brothers Private Equity and the management team of Grove Industries.
Stanley is to close its Woodside tools factory in Sheffield later this year with the loss of up to 200 jobs, although some of the jobs will be relocated to its Rotherham site.
Warwickshire College is planning to build an engineering training centre in Leamington, and most of its engineering department will relocate next year.
Harrier is recruiting 200 extra staff at its photo processing operations in Newton Abbot, to cope with a seasonal increase in demand.
Stadium Group has sold its Consumer Products Division, which distributes branded automotive and furniture products, to management for £1m.
East Midlands Development Agency is considering three potential sites in the St George's area of Leicester for the development of a £1m resource centre for the textile industry.
Oystertec is to acquire Europower, the manufacturer of fluid and gas hoses, for £12m, funded by a £10m share placing.
Lowdham Leisure has acquired the Countrywide caravan dealership in Huddersfield from Hull-based Adam Dale Industries for undisclosed terms.
Balmer Lindley Environmental Engineering Services, the manufacturer of power generation products, has acquired collapsed engineering business Service Welding of Sunderland, and plans to create 16 new jobs.
J Durrance is to open a new fire doors and roller shutters factory at the Royal Industrial Estate in Jarrow, with the creation of 12 jobs.
Molins is to acquire Arista Laboratories, the US analytical company with a smoke testing facility in Virginia, for up to £3m.
Frappe Vending is to create up to 30 jobs at its new dispensing machine factory in St Helens.
HBG has won a £8m contract from Diamond Trading Company to extend its Charterhouse Street headquarters in London.
David Webster has acquired Parkersell Highway Lighting Services of London for undisclosed terms.
Denco, the Hereford-based air conditioning company, has acquired Amec's mobile services operation, which has 107 staff, for under £1m.
Midas Metal Finishes has bought the assets of CR Plating, the recently-closed Coventry-based plating company, for undisclosed terms, saving some of the 20 jobs.
Headlam has acquired the trading assets of the UK floor covering distribution business of Rikett AS of Norway for an initial £0.3m.
Exitech, the manufacturer of high-power pulsed lasers, is to relocate 70 staff from Long Hanborough to the former JDS Uniphase factory at the Oxford Industrial Park in Yarnton over the next few weeks.
Brook Crompton has sold Crompton Controls, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of electric starter motors, to management for undisclosed terms.
BOC has reached agreement to acquire Seiko Instruments' turbo molecular pumps business in Japan for about £70m.
Bendalls is planning to relocate its Carlisle-based engineering business to a new 77,000 sq ft factory and office complex at Kingmoor Park, clearing the way for the possible development of a B&Q store at its existing London Road site.
Dyson is to relocate the production of its bagless vacuum cleaner to Malaysia, with the loss of 800 jobs in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, although the UK site will continue to employ 1,000 in research, marketing and the production of washing machines.
Mouchel has acquired Metro Consulting, the London-based rail engineering company with 140 staff.
Case New Holland is to recruit about 40 short-term manufacturing staff at its tractor plant in Basildon, in preparation for the launch of two new models.
Trace Elliot has shed 44 jobs at its amplification equipment factory in Maldon, in order to relocate production to parent company Gibson Guitars Corporation in the US.
Unidare is to sell its 80% stake in Oerlikon Welding Group, the distributor of welding products, to KoZo and Celtweld for £2.4m.
Penlon is considering plans to relocate its medical equipment factory and up to 120 staff from Abingdon to a new site in Grove or Witney in 2003.
Chester Barrie is planning to relocate its Crewe-based clothing factory and 250 staff later this year, and has identified three potential sites nearby.
Smiths Group has sold its John Crane-Lips marine propulsion division to Wartsila of Finland for £215m, and has also announced the £17m acquisition of a US-based epidural kits business from Abbott Laboratories.
British Vita has acquired Nolato Elastoteknik, the Swedish thermoplastic elastomer compounding company, for £5m.
Glenaden Shirts is to invest £2.4m at its clothing factory in Londonderry with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Norman Hay has acquired three Oldbury-based engineering businesses from ERG Environmental Resource Group - Lancy Water Engineering, ERG Process Plant and Ardox Engineering.
Fabricom Contracting is to acquire Caxios, the Chester-based engineering subsidiary of Enron, out of administration for undisclosed terms, saving 135 jobs.
Steam Plant Engineering is to create 25 jobs in Antrim having won a contract to provide pipework for Premier Power's £200m power station development.
Tandem Group has acquired Ben Sayers, the East Lothian-based golf equipment manufacturer, from The Caledonian Golf Group for £1.1m.
East Sussex County Council has awarded conditional planning permission to Lloyds Environmental Waste Management to build a liquid waste treatment plant at Hamsey Brickworks and to attract £2m of investment in new business units at the site.
PII Group, the Cramlington-based provider of pipeline inspection services with 1,000 staff worldwide, has been bought from HgCapital by GE Power Systems of the US for undisclosed terms.
Interserve has sold West's Engineering Design of Darlington to a management buy-out for £3m, securing the future of 150 jobs.
SR Gent is said to be considering plans to create up to 200 jobs in Doncaster having won a new contract to supply children's clothing, although an alternative site near Barnsley is also being considered.
IAE is planning to build a £10m agricultural equipment factory at the Mossfields Industrial Estate in Stoke-on-Trent, with the relocation of 370 jobs from Leek, Cheadle and Milton, and the creation of 30 new jobs.
Aggreko has acquired Compressores Esteve, the Spanish generator rental company with net assets of £0.3m.
LG Electronics is to expand production of microwave ovens at its plant in Washington, Tyne & Wear, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Eaton Hydraulics is to close its hydraulic engineering plant in Glenrothes with the loss of 72 jobs, in order to relocate production to other sites in Havant and the US.
Sheraton of Politura is planning to expand the workforce at its furniture factory at Hetton on Wearside from 50 to 100.
TYM Seals & Gaskets is planning to relocate its business from Basildon to the Hopton Industrial Estate in Devizes over the next few months, with the creation of about ten jobs.
Kenton Utility Service Management is creating more than 100 jobs in Scotland having won a series of contracts from the local water companies.
Recycled Waste has raised £0.7m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of technology to produce energy from recycled tyres and charcoal.
KYE is to create 600 jobs at the former Odebrecht offshore fabrication yard in Middlesbrough over the next year, prior to moving to a new £6m site in Hartlepool in 2003.
Corus is to collaborate with Sumitomo Metals of Japan in the development of advanced steels for car manufacture, construction and engineering.
Invensys has sold the Integral Horsepower Motor division of Brook Crompton to Lindeteves-Jacoberg of Singapore for £17m.
Promanex Group has raised £8m from Sovereign Capital to expand its industrial support services business, and has also announced the acquisition of Jefco Services.
Rotork has acquired Jordan Controls, the US supplier of valve actuators, for £7.2m.
Invensys is selling its power storage business, which includes 5,000 employees in nine countries, to EnerSys of the US for £348m.
Arthur Wood has acquired the Pristine Pottery Company of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, for a small sum, and will transfer the manufacturing operation to its Longport factory.
Eaga Partnership, the provider of home-heating advice to the general public, is to relocate its Newcastle call centre and up to 100 jobs from Eldon Square to Archbold Terrace, Jesmond.
Headlam has acquired the trade, stock and distribution rights of Georgian Carpets, the carpet supplier with annual turnover of £3m, and will relocate the business to its West Midlands distribution centre.
PMG, the sportswear distribution company, is to close its Lancaster office with the loss of up to 20 jobs, and relocate the operation to the Umbro headquarters in Manchester at the end of March.
British Vita has acquired Fabex, the Blackburn-based thermoplastic sheet manufacturer, for £3m, and will relocate the business to its site in Redhill.
Babcock International has sold its cement handling business to Langley Holdings for £0.5m, and is now negotiating the sale of its AKI plasterboard drying equipment business.
Brambles Industries has sold its US equipment rental business to National Equipment Services for £84m, and the proceeds will be used for bolt-on acquisitions and to boost capital spending.
Cookson has sold its plastic moulding operations to four separate buyers for £38m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
PHS Group has acquired The UK Water Group, the supplier of plumbed-in drinking water systems, for £6.4m.