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Sims Recycling Solutions is creating 60 jobs at its new electrical products recycling plant at its site in Newport, South Wales.
Booth Dispensers, the manufacturer of cooling and carbonating equipment, is looking to create about 30 jobs at its new site in Blackpool.
Johnson Service has sold part of the business of Johnson Hospitality Services to Surrey-based Spaceworks Furniture Hire for £0.8m, and the remainder will be closed by the end of the year.
Cookson is to sell its US-based Monofrax fused-cast refractories business to RHI of Austria for £23m.
WFEL, the Stockport-based manufacturer of military bridges with 160 staff, has undergone a £48m management buy-out from Kidde Group with the backing of Dunedin Capital Partners.
Leyden Kirby Associates is to create up to 20 jobs at its Liverpool-based environmental consultancy, and is seeking contaminated land specialists, asbestos consultants and environmental scientists.
Goodrich Actuation is to create up to 150 new jobs at its aircraft engineering factory in Wolverhampton.
Rentokil Initial has acquired the Campbell Brothers pest control business in Australia for £19m.
BSS Group is to acquire AHED, the Wakefield-based distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products, for £14m.
Cosalt is to acquire the Maritime Safety Division of the Bofort Group for £8m, including operations in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.
Gallaher, the cigarette manufacturer, is to be acquired by Japan Tobacco for £7.5bn.
Langley Holdings has acquired ARO Group, the French welding equipment company with 600 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Optical Disc Service is to set up a DVD factory at the 300,000 sq ft Spectrum building in Swindon by June 2007.
Johnson Matthey is to sell its ceramics division to Pamplona Capital Partners for £153m, including manufacturing operations in the UK, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, India, China and the US.
Scafftag, the Barry-based industrial safety products company with 45 staff, has been acquired by Brady Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
AEA Technology is planning to create up to 100 new jobs to cope with rising concerns about energy security and climate change, with most being located at its environmental division in Harwell.
Caledus has acquired Brunel Oilfield Services UK, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of engineered polymer thermoplastic casings, for undisclosed terms.
Spice is to acquire ParGas, the public sector gas and heating services company with about 150 staff in London and the South East, for an initial £9.5m.
Amec is planning to relocate about 20 staff and 100 contractors from Wallsend, North Tyneside, to a new office in Darlington by March 2007.
Browns Furniture Company of Glasgow has merged with Satelliet UK of London, creating a new furniture group called Satelliet Browns with 30 staff.
Wykes, the Leicester-based yarn manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Stoke-based pottery firm Taylor Tunnicliff, securing the future of 57 jobs.
Derwent Pencils is to relocate its pencils factory from Keswick to the Lillyhall Industrial estate near Workington in 2008.
John Haggas has acquired KM Group, the Stornoway-based manufacturer of Harris Tweed textiles with 80 staff.
Laird Group has acquired Steward, the US manufacturer of ferrite-based products, for £26m, as well as Coolab, the Swedish manufacturer of thermoelectric modules, for £9m.
The National Assembly for Wales is in discussions with Stratospheric Airship Technologies of Malaysia about proposals to develop an airship manufacturing facility at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, which could create up to 1,500 jobs.
NSG Environmental is to relocate its research and development business and up to 40 staff from Leyland to the Matrix Park scheme in Chorley, which is due for completion in June 2007.
Eaga Group has acquired Heat, the central heating company with 320 staff at offices in Belfast and Leeds, for undisclosed terms.
James Halstead is planning to invest up to £18m in the expansion of its flooring factory in Radcliffe over the next four years.
Supreme Group, the Blackpool-based promotional products manufacturer with 200 staff, has been acquired by 4imprint of Trafford Park for £12m.
Hertel is planning to create about 300 new jobs at its industrial services business on Teesside over the next three years, having just acquired the workshop and maintenance section of Aker Kvaerner.
Glasgow University is linking up with the universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian and Paisley to set up an engineering research partnership, with £16m from the Scottish Funding Council being used to recruit 25 research staff and purchase equipment.
Hampson Industries has acquired Composites Horizons, the US manufacturer of aircraft composite materials, for £12m.
Helesi has raised £11m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its plastic waste container manufacturing operations in Bradford and Greece.
TIS Manufacturing and TIS Hydraulics are to relocate 40 staff to a new £2m office and workshop complex at the Kirkhill Industrial Estate in Aberdeen in summer 2007.
Classic Furniture, the Shropshire-based furniture supplier with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Halma has acquired Tritech Holdings, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of underwater asset monitoring equipment, for an initial £8m.
Alex Stewart Assayers, the metals and minerals testing company with 130 staff at its Knowsley headquarters and 50 global offices and franchises, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.
Revolymer is planning to create 50 jobs its new research and development centre at the Warwick International site in Mostyn, Flintshire, over the next three years.
Wastechnique is considering plans to expand its electronics recycling business, which currently employs 60 staff in Rhondda Cynon Taf, into the North East, Kent, Devon and North Wales.
Spice has acquired Apollo Heating, the Manchester-based supplier of domestic and commercial heating systems with 180 staff, for £10m.
Wagon is to sell five metal stamping plants to SONAS for £10m, including the transfer of 948 staff at sites in Tyseley, Wantage and France.
Photostatic Anglia, the Norwich-based office equipment supplier, has undergone a management buy-out.
Listawood, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of promotional gifts, has been bought out of administration by AT Promotions, securing the future of 245 jobs.
WR Refrigeration has acquired the UK service and contracting operations of Hussmann Europe, including 180 staff at a head office in Glasgow and four branch offices, for undisclosed terms.
Severn Trent is to recruit a further 60 staff to tackle leaks in its water network this winter.
GKN has acquired Liuzhou Steel Rim Factory, the Chinese manufacturer of off-highway wheels with 550 staff, for £4m.
Unispec, the Evanton-based pipeline inspection company with 30 staff, has been acquired by CRC-Evans Pipeline International of the US for undisclosed terms.
Boalloy, the Congleton-based trailer and vehicle body manufacturer, has been acquired by JMF of Northern Ireland for undisclosed terms.
The University of Liverpool is to set up a Centre For Materials Discovery, having secured £8.2m of funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the Merseyside European Objective One programme and others.
DCC has acquired a 90% stake in Realpower, the holding company of Nottingham-based waste management company Wastecycle, for an initial £5.8m.
Ferraris has sold its respiratory products division and ZAN Messgerate to a new company called NSpire Health for £2m, in order to focus on IVD Controls and its Oxford Cryosystems business.
C&M Group, the Aberdeen-based electrical engineer with 70 staff, is planning to undergo a multi-million pound management buy-out.
Corus is to invest £6m in the expansion of its Shotton steel works on Deeside by 2008, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Golder Associates is planning to expand the 41-strong workforce at its ground engineering and environmental consultancy in Tadcaster to 70 within three years.
Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council are considering plans to jointly proceed with proposals to build a multi-million-pound waste disposal plant.
Hornby is to acquire Humbrol, the Hull-based manufacturer of Airfix model kits, out of administration for £2.6m, and production could transfer to China.
Lavendon is to acquire Gardemann Group, the German supplier of powered access rental equipment with 250 staff at 23 depots, for £31m.
CEM Systems is to create 100 jobs at a new £17m security equipment engineering and research centre in Belfast over the next three years.
Hunter Diving, the Dumfries-based manufacturer of diving suits, has been acquired by Trelleborg of Sweden, and production will transfer to Lithuania in early 2007.
Envair, the Haslingden-based supplier of laboratory cleaning products, has been bought out of administration by Bassaire of Southampton, securing the future of 26 jobs.
Vitec Group has acquired Tomcat Global Corporation, the US manufacturer of aluminium structures for live events with 140 staff, for an initial £7.6m.
Electrocomponents is to relocate its Oxford head office and up to 70 staff to a smaller site at the Oxford Business Park North in December.
SeaVation, the Aberdeenshire-based provider of subsea excavation services with 12 staff, has been acquired by Ability Group of Norway for about £5.5m.
Vp has acquired MEP Hire, the Scottish supplier of press fitting, electro fusion and pipe threading machines, in order to expand its Hire Station tool hire subsidiary.
Halcrow is planning to create 100 new jobs at its engineering consultancy in Glasgow over the next two years, having just moved to new premises in City Park.
Aptec Technologies, the County Durham-based textiles manufacturer with 35 staff, has been bought out of administration by Dean Street for £0.3m.
TT Electronics has acquired Apsco, the US prototype development and testing company, for £15m.
Expanded Metal Company, the Hartlepool-based manufacturer of expanded metal mesh components with 225 staff, has been acquired by Gibraltar Industries of the US.
Hill & Smith has acquired Metnor Galvanizing, the Chesterfield-based provider of galvanizing and related services, for £6.5m.
James Fisher has acquired Gjerde Lofteteknikk, the Norwegian marine services company, for £0.6m.
Waterman has acquired a 51% stake in AHW Consulting Engineers of Australia for £1.6m.
RD Industries is to relocate its stationery factory and 100 jobs from Saltash to sites in Plymouth and Bristol.
CB&I, the US engineering and procurement company, is to expand its London headquarters with an additional 47,000 sq ft at Eastbourne Terrace, SW1.
Process Combustion, the Harrogate-based supplier of heat transfer equipment with 60 staff, has been acquired by Roberts-Gordon of the US for undisclosed terms.
Brulines is planning to expand the 174-strong workforce at its Teesside-based pub equipment business with about 20 additional management and central support staff over the next 18 months, having just raised £19m in a flotation.
Fastalloys is to relocate its metal processing business from Bradford to a larger site in Dewsbury by the end of November.
Day & Zimmermann is planning to expand the workforce at its new engineering office in Billingham from 55 to 100 over the next year.
Analox Sensor Technology is to relocate its gas monitoring equipment business to a new site at the Stokesley Industrial Park on Teesside in summer 2007, and the workforce will double to 90.
Vibtech, the Larbert-based developer of seismic testing technology with 12 staff, has been acquired by Sercel of France for £32m.
Cory Environmental is planning to develop a multi-million pound recycling plant to transform household waste into fertiliser and energy at Stanway Hall Quarry near Colchester.
UK Biometrics, the supplier of biometric security systems, is to set up a nationwide network of 32 franchised offices, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Spartan UK is planning to invest a further £10m at its steel plate manufacturing plant in Gateshead over the next two years.
Tanfield is to raise up to £20m in a share placing to fund the development of its Durham-based electric vehicles business.
Iicorr is to create 20 new jobs at its corrosion-management services business in Aberdeen, having won contracts worth £20m from North Sea oil and gas operators.
Matchtech is planning a £72m flotation on Aim to fund the development of its engineering and technical recruitment business.
Chloride is to acquire Cener, the Spanish power protection company, for £6m.
MJ Gleeson is to sell its engineering division, the Leatherhead-based water services business with 950 staff throughout the country, to Black & Veatch of the US for £36m.
Cape is to acquire DBI Group, the industrial cleaning company, for an initial £12m, including the DBI Industrial Services and DBI Offshore Services subsidiaries.
Harkness Hall, the Stevenage-based manufacturer of PVC screens, has undergone a £6.7m management buy-out from Allen McGuire & Partners.
Goodrich is to expand its aerostructures repair facility at Prestwick airport from 120,000 sq ft to 250,000 sq ft, with the creation of 285 jobs.
The Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC) has secured a £10m grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council to develop driverless vehicles and collision avoidance systems over the next five years.
Portmeirion has bought Pimpernel, the Consett-based tablemat company, out of administration for £0.3m, but may not retain the remaining 20 staff.
Devon County Council is to consider plans from GH Newbery & Son for the development of a scrap metal recycling plant at Bakers Yard in Exeter.
Ramon Hygiene Products, the Leicester-based textiles manufacturer with 140 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
WW Group, the Leeds-based clothing supplier with 140 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new management-backed company called Star Garment.
Thames Water, the water company with more than 13m customers in London and the South East, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Macquarie of Australia for £8bn.
Waterline Group has acquired Brian Donaldson Distribution, the Glasgow-based kitchen distributor, for up to £0.5m.
Haden Young, the building services contractor, is to expand its factory in West Bromwich by 20,000 sq ft, with the creation of 35 jobs by December.
Flowserve is seeking permission from Newark & Sherwood District Council to build a new £12m pump factory at its site in Balderton, in order to secure the future of 280 jobs.
Burdon Engineering is planning to expand its 75-strong workforce in Stokesley to 200 over the next five years, dependent on securing planning permission for a new factory nearby.
Suffolk Coastal Council is considering plans from Infinity to develop confidential storage units at Bentwaters near Woodbridge, which could create up to 30 jobs.
Diploma has acquired CBISS, the Tranmere-based supplier of environmental monitoring equipment with 54 staff, for an initial £5.3m.
Headlam Group has acquired Concept Midlands, the West Bromwich-based commercial flooring distributor, for £1.7m.
AAP Metal Fabrication Services has undergone a management buy-out, and will now expand its factory in Jarrow from 8,000 sq ft to almost 16,000 sq ft .
James Fisher has acquired Strainstall Group, the Cowes-based supplier of safety and productivity monitoring systems with 145 staff, for £7m.
Fenner has acquired EGC, the US manufacturer of seals and precision components, for £8m.
Caithness Glass has been bought out of administration by Devon-based Dartington Crystal, securing the future of 45 jobs in Perth.
FR Shadbolt & Sons is to relocate its door manufacturing business from East London to a £2.7m site in Braintree by the end of the year.
Norman Hay has sold BK Engineering, its Leighton Buzzard-based precision machine and sheet metal business, to management for £0.1m.
CTC Marine Projects of Darlington is planning a "very substantial" recruitment programme over the next 12 months, in order to expand the 250-strong workforce following its recent acquisition by DeepOcean.
Kaytu Systems, the Tyneside-based sheet metal company with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and now plans to create ten new jobs.
Umeco has acquired Antavia, the French aerospace maintenance company, for up to £8.6m.
DeepStream Technologies has raised £8.1m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its intelligent embedded sensors business in North Wales.
Chemring has acquired BDL Systems, the Poole-based manufacturer of radio frequency initiators and electronic countermeasure equipment, for £9m.
Aberdeenshire Council is supporting plans from Keenan Recycling for the £2m expansion of its recycling facilities at Hillhead of Auchreddie, in order to recycle food waste from schools, hospitals and restaurants.
South East Water has been sold by Macquarie to Australian banking group Westfield for £665m.
Braemar Seascope has acquired Hi-Bar, the Gatwick-based environmental services company, for up to £0.3m, in order to expand its DV Howells subsidiary.
Tyre Genics is to set up a £4.2m factory to recycle car tyres into artificial sports surfaces in Baglan Bay next year, with the creation of 23 jobs and the backing of BOC Gases, RTI Cryogenics, Credential Environmental and Field Turf Tarkett.
AWG, the owner of Anglian Water, has agreed to a £2.2bn takeover offer from a consortium led by Colonial First State, but a bidding war could develop.
Chieftain Group has acquired Bringover, the Stockton-on-Tees-based machinery maintenance company with ten staff, and the business will relocate to a larger site in Middlesbrough.
Empresaria has acquired a 51% stake in EU Resource, the Nottingham-based recruitment company specialising in temporary labour for the manufacturing sector, for an initial £0.2m.
Rainford EMC, the St Helens-based supplier of electromagnetic equipment, has undergone a £2.5m management buy-out backed by the Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
Aggreko has acquired General Electric's energy rentals division for £112m, in order to expand its portable power generators business into new markets around the world.
Severn Trent is to sell Severn Trent Laboratories, its US analytical environmental testing business, to TestAmerica Holdings for £85m.
William Cook is to sell its defence engineering plant at Stanhope in County Durham to a management buy-out, with the transfer of 230 staff.
Corus is investing £16m in the expansion of steel production at its site in Port Talbot.
Pearl Fittings, the plumbing products supplier with 200 staff at Europower in Leeds and 1,000 staff at IBP in the West Midlands, has sold a majority stake to US private investment firm Sun Capital Partners.
Group 4 Securicor has acquired Strategic Technologies EM, the Canadian electronic curfew monitoring company, for £1.5m.
Hallcalm, the Hartlepool-based steel fabrication company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and now plans to double the 19-strong workforce over the next three years.
BAe Systems is planning to create up to 1,000 new jobs at its Lancashire plants in Warton and Samlesbury by 2007, due to rising demand for Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
Senior is to acquire Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, the US manufacturer of aircraft parts, for £59m.
Avingtrans is to acquire B&D Patterns, the Hinckley-based manufacturer of jet engine components with 155 staff, for up to £10m.
FSG Tool & Die is setting up a new 45,000 sq ft tool factory at the former Electronic Harnesses site in Llantrisant, as part of a £2m expansion programme.
Metsec is to invest £8.5m in the expansion of its metal processing factory in Oldbury, with the creation of 40 jobs over the next three years.
Dreams is to set up a new 84,000 sq ft bed factory on the Granada Trading Estate in Oldbury, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Thames Water has unveiled plans build a new £1bn reservoir near Abingdon by 2018.
Meggitt has acquired Keith Products, the US supplier of compact air conditioning systems, for an initial £16m.
Hudson Global Resources has sold its Scottish industrial division, including 16 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, to a management buy-out for more than £1m, as part of a strategy to focus on professional services recruitment.
Certex UK has bought Global Defence Procurement out of administration, securing the future of nine jobs in Plymouth and Portsmouth.
North Cornwall District Council is considering plans for the development of a £1m recycling centre at Bodmin Business Park, which would involve ReZolve Kernow repairing unwanted furniture for resale to the public.
Hill & Smith is to raise £28m in a share placing to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its infrastructure products business.
Finning has sold its West Midlands-based materials handling division to Sammons Enterprises of the US for £85m, and the 986 staff will be transferred to the Briggs Equipment UK subsidiary of Sammons.
Joloda International is creating 20 jobs at its new loading, handling and logistics systems factory in Anglesey.
Motherwell Bridge, the engineering group with 1,100 staff, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by JO Hambro Capital Management.
Bloxwich Engineering has sold its Walsall headquarters for £5.7m and will relocate the engineering business and 160 staff to its Fryers Road site.
Heywood Williams is to acquire Carlisle Brass Group, the architectural hardware distributor with sites in Carlisle, Blackburn and Preston, for £48m.
Wilcare Wales, the Llandow-based electric reclining chair supplier with 27 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Recticel is to submit plans to build a £20m polyurethane insulation factory in Stoke-on-Trent, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Courtaulds is to create 80 jobs at its hosiery factory in Belper, after winning back work from sites in continental Europe.
Schneider Electric has acquired GET Group, the electrical accessories manufacturer with sites in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, for £44m.
BAe Systems is to acquire National Sensor Systems, the US supplier of electro-optical sensor systems with 20 staff, for £4.6m.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Amana Commercial Microwaves of the US from the Whirlpool Corporation for £26m.
Advantage West Midlands and the DTI have announced grants of £7m for the creation of a national nanotechnology centre at the University of Birmingham under the name of Materials Solutions, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Cornwall County Council has approved plans from BaseResult to restart the South Crofty tin mine near Redruth, which could create 200 jobs over the next few years.
Murray Metals Group has acquired Tipton & Mill Steels of the West Midlands for undisclosed terms.
Aitchee Engineering Associates of Surrey has been acquired by the Fire Testing Technology subsidiary of Judges Capital for £0.2m.
Felix Group is to acquire the digital kiosk business of 4Kiosk Solutions for £0.1m.
CTC Marine Projects, the Darlington-based marine trenching contractor, is to be acquired by DeepOcean ASA of Norway for £76m.
NES Group, the Altrincham-based engineering recruitment company with 275 staff, is to undergo a £80m management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital.
Hargreaves Services is to acquire Norec, the Barnsley-based provider of contract management services to the power generation, utilities and minerals industries with 510 staff, for £5.5m.
BSS Group is to acquire Spendlove C Jebb, the plumbing and heating merchant with branches in Belfast, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Leeds, for £13m.
Hornby has acquired Heico Modell, the German distributor of model railway accessories, for a nominal sum.
Easco has expanded its metals recycling business with the acquisition of Essex-based SB Wheeler & Sons for £15m and Norwich-based Peruzzi's Metals for undisclosed terms.
Stadium Group has acquired KRP Power Source, the Newbury-based distributor of power supplies, for £0.7m.
Batley Foundries, the Batley-based iron products manufacturer with 14 staff, has undergone a £1.5m management buy-out.
Studsvik UK is planning to build a recycling plant at Lillyhall in Cumbria, in order to decontaminate and recycle scrap metal from Sellafield and other nuclear sites, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Meggitt is to acquire Firearms Training Systems of the US for £76m.
Keronite has secured a £10m investment to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based metal coating business.
Swansea University has secured more than £30m in research funding, which will lead to 500 new jobs and the university growing by 20% over the next three years.
Bodycote is looking to expand its materials testing business by spending up to £40m on acquisitions this year.
Robinson Cleaning & Support Services is to acquire Waveney Laundry in Ballymena for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 65 staff.
Hamworthy has acquired Serck Como, the German supplier of desalination equipment and heat exchangers, for £5.3m.
Bergstrom Europe is considering plans to relocate its automotive heating systems factory and 160 staff, due to concerns about the effect of a £20m waste processing plant being planned by Caerphilly Council.
Chortex, the Lancashire-based towel manufacturer, has undergone a £2.6m management buy-out backed by GE Commercial Finance.
Keston Boilers, the Bromley-based boiler manufacturer with a factory in Romania, has been acquired by Caradon Plumbing for undisclosed terms.
Rack Industries, the Bingley-based supplier of storage systems and mezzanine floors, has undergone a management buy-out.
Nation Water Treatments has acquired W4, the Bury St Edmunds-based water treatment company, for undisclosed terms.
RE Cooke is to open a new 22,000 sq ft sheet metal and engineering factory in Burton next February, and 50 staff will relocate from its site in Shobnall Road.
Metalysis has secured a £2.7m investment from Yorkshire Forward to fund the development of a factory for its patented metal processing technique, which could lead to the creation of 130 jobs.
Acumen Waste Services, the Teesside-based waste consultancy with 48 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Lloyds Development Capital for undisclosed terms.
The Harwell Science & Innovation Campus near Didcot has secured a £26m government grant for the development of four new laboratories, to be operated by the Medical Research Council.
Velosi is to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its engineering business, which helps to maintain oil rigs, refineries and pipelines.
James Holdsworth & Brothers is to open a new 28,000 sq ft card clothing factory at West Slaithwaite early next year, and up to 30 staff will relocate from its existing site in Mirfield.
Palmer Environmental is creating 16 new jobs at its Cwmbran-based factory over the next two years, in order to increase production of equipment to detect leaks in water pipes.
Yorkshire Forward is to invest £6.5m at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham, including the development of a "factory of the future" to benefit the region's engineering and materials sectors.
CTC Marine Technology of Darlington is planning to expand its 250-strong workforce with 80 new jobs, having just launched a new underwater pipeline plough.
Rykneld Tean has acquired APB Products, the Telford-based manufacturer of straps and fastening devices, taking its total workforce to 100.
Johnsons Photopia, the Staffordshire-based distributor of photographic equipment with 70 staff, has undergone a multi-million pound management buy-out.
Redhall Group, the engineering services group with 400 staff across the country, is to set up a new headquarters at the Paragon Business Village in Wakefield.
Polymers Direct, the polymer distributor with offices in Newbury and Warwick, is to be acquired by Chance & Hunt.
Vernaware, the Bolton-based insulation products manufacturer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Cohort is to acquire MASS Consultants, the defence systems house with about 100 staff at sites in St Neots and Lincoln, for an initial £12m.
GKN has acquired Stellex Aerostructures of the US for an estimated £90m, as well as US-based Rockford Powertrain for £26m.
Avery Weigh-Tronix, the Birmingham-based scale manufacturer with 1,000 staff, is planning a £84m management buy-out backed by European Capital.
Amtico, the Coventry-based manufacturer of floor coverings with 700 staff, has been acquired by ABN Amro Capital for about £100m.
Proven Energy has secured £5m of venture capital funding to expand its Ayrshire-based wind turbines manufacturing business, with the creation of an initial 30 jobs.
Lincolnshire County Council is considering sites in North Hykeham and Wyberton for the development of two multi-million pound waste-burning plants over the next five years.
Sondex has acquired Bluestar Tools, the Canadian manufacturer of drilling instrumentation, for up to £11m.
Terra Firma is to sell the waste disposal business of Waste Recycling Group to FCC of Spain for £1.4bn.
NTR has acquired Wastelink and RU Recycling for undisclosed terms, in order to create the UK's largest recycling-led waste management business.
Severn Trent is to create 70 new jobs at its Raynesway billing centre in Derby.
Freeplay Energy, the research and development company, is planning to merge with its US-based distributor Dixie Sales Company, and will also raise £2.5m in a share placing.
Scott Tod, the Powys-based cash machines manufacturer, is to be acquired by a fund part-owned by Rutland Trust for £7.4m.
Equalizer International is to relocate its engineering tools business and 11 staff from Newburgh to the Aberdeen Science & Energy Park in October.
Danwood Group has acquired Swan Office Systems, the Newcastle-based office equipment supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Genesis APS, the North Yorkshire-based manufacturer of equipment for the flooring industry with 31 staff, has undergone a £4.5m management buy-out.
James Bros, the Poole-based fabricated steel company with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
British Ceramic Tiles is to more than double production capacity at its tile factory in Newton Abbot by 2008, with an increase to the 245-strong workforce.
The James Dyson Foundation is to help fund the development of a £22m Dyson School of Design Engineering in Bath by September 2008.
Low & Bonar is to acquire Colbond Investments, the Dutch non-woven textiles manufacturer, for £72m.
PGI Group is to sell Chillington, its Walsall-based wheelbarrow manufacturing division, to Bescot Construction Tools for £0.8m.
Homelux Nenplas, the Ashbourne-based plastic extrusion and tile accessory supplier, has undergone a management buy-out.
Spirax-Sarco has acquired an 80% stake in UltraPure Group, the US manufacturer of pure steam generators, for £2.7m.
Office2office has acquired Alpha Office, the East Grinstead-based office products supplier, for £2.4m.
Christy, the Cheshire-based towels manufacturer with 464 staff, has been acquired by Welspun of India for about £15m.
Land Instruments International, the Dronfield-based temperature measurement specialist with 180 staff, has been acquired by Ametek of the US.
Waste Recycling Group is seeking permission from Hull City Council to build a £100m incinerator and waste recycling plant at Saltend by 2010.
Ipeco Holdings is to create 50 new jobs at its aircraft parts factory in Southend, having won a number of contracts to supply cockpit seats.
Chubb, the security equipment company, is looking to set up a 100,000 sq ft office in the Blackwater Valley area near Camberley.
Brambles has sold Cleanaway UK, its waste disposal business with 7,500 staff and two recycling facilities in Greenwich and Rainham, to Veolia Environnement of France for £595m.
Shanks has acquired Smink Beheer, the Dutch waste management company with 170 staff, for £59m.
Rio Tinto is to set up a 107,000 sq ft headquarters at the new Telstar scheme due for completion in July 2007 at Paddington in London.
Linear Composites, the West Yorkshire-based composites manufacturer with 32 staff, has been acquired by Macceferri Group of Italy for undisclosed terms.
Clyde Materials Handling, the supplier of conveying and injection systems with 110 staff in Doncaster, Brazil, the US and elsewhere, has been acquired by Process Handling in a £7.3m reverse takeover.
Worthington Nicholls has acquired Project Air, the Rugeley-based installer of air conditioning systems with 23 staff, for £4.6m.
Mavinwood is to acquire Independent Inspections, the upholstery restoration company, for an initial £10m, funded by a £12m share placing.
Asfare has acquired Collins Youldon, the Harlow-based manufacturer of hose reels and cable drums with 28 staff, for £0.9m.
Avacta is to raise £1m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its York-based laser detection technology business.
Caunton Engineering is investing £4m in the modernisation of its Nottinghamshire-based steel fabrication business, including a new £2m paint plant and improved computer-controlled production facilities.
Shaw Group is creating up to 200 jobs for fitters and welders at its pipes factory in Derby, having won a number of new contracts.
Sykes Group has acquired Bennetts Typewriter & Office Supplies to create a combined Nottingham-based office products business with more than 70 staff.
Avingtrans has acquired a 75% stake in Sigma Precision Components, the provider of services to the aerospace industry with offices in Tamworth and China.
A&G Moulding of Hull has acquired the sign component moulding business of Aston Designs of Exeter for undisclosed terms.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from Sita UK for the development of a waste incinerator at Binn Farm near Glenfarg.
Nautronix, the Aberdeen-based underwater acoustic specialist, is planning to expand its workforce from 60 to 100 over the next three years, and has just sold its international defence business to L-3 Communications of the US for £35m.
Alstom Energy Recovery Systems, the Ealing-based manufacturer of heat exchange equipment, has undergone a management buy-out from Alstom Group.
Wensum Company has sold its menswear business to a new company called Wensum Tailoring for £0.5m, in order to focus on its Wensum Corporate uniforms business.
Hymec Industries is seeking permission to relocate its precision engineering business from Plymouth to Newton Abbot, and also wants three of its local suppliers to move to the 12-acre site.
Babcock International has acquired the ABB high-voltage power lines and mobile telecoms business in South Africa for £4.5m.
Thorn Lighting is planning to relocate its Spennymoor factory to a new £20m 40,000 sq ft site on Green Lane by 2008, securing the future of 700 jobs.
Regency Carpets is to invest £3.8m in the expansion of its carpet factories in Bangor and Newtownards over the next three years, with the creation of up to 64 jobs.
Tanfield Group is planning to transfer UpRight Powered Access production from Ireland to the 250,000sq ft former LG electronics plant in Washington, which could lead to the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Spice Holdings has acquired Breval Technical Services, the Glasgow-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, for £8.4m.
Metal Castings has been bought out of administration by US-based Marathon Asset Management, securing the future of more than 200 jobs at its Worcester-based aluminium die-casting business.
Haani Cables is seeking permission to expand its Hartlepool factory, including new manufacturing, storage and office space, with the creation of up to 24 jobs.
Rixonway, the Dewsbury-based kitchen manufacturer with 285 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by private equity firm August Equity.
Scott Wilson Group is to acquire Roscoe Postle Associates, the Canadian mineral resources consultancy, for up to £2.4m.
Portapig is to invest £1.4m in the expansion of its pig housing factory in Strabane, with the creation of 20 jobs, and has also announced the acquisition of Integrated Piggery Systems of Yorkshire.
Chemring is to sell its McMurdo marine lights business to Daniament of Denmark for £2.8m, as part of a strategy to focus on countermeasures and energetics.
Montracon is to invest £5m in the expansion of its trailer manufacturing facilities in Mallusk, Market Weighton and Doncaster.
Acal is to sell its air conditioning and refrigeration business to Parker Hannifin International for an initial £8m, including sites in the UK, France, Germany and the US.
Augean has acquired Credential Hazardous Waste, the hazardous waste collection and transfer company with sites in Hinckley and Worcester, for £8.1m.
Dyson, the Wiltshire-based vacuum cleaner company, is to recruit 100 additional research and development staff, in order to accelerate the launch of new products.
Charterhouse Development Capital has sold Avent, the Suffolk-based baby products company, to Philips of the Netherlands for £460m.
Acergy UK is to create 100 new jobs at its Aberdeen-based offshore engineering business over the next two years, and will relocate to a larger site at the Westhill Business Park by the end of 2007.
Amec is to sell Spie, its French engineering services business, to private equity firm PAI for £708m, as part of a strategy to focus on project management.
Carlisle Companies of the US has acquired the heavy vehicle off-highway brakes division of ArvinMeritor, which will involve the creation of 30 new jobs at the 50,000 sq ft Omega factory at Mamhilad near Pontypool.
Brulines is planning to raise £15m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Teesside-based dispense monitoring systems business.
TVAC is setting up a new 51,000 sq ft site in Leyland with the creation of 90 jobs, having won a £10m contract to supply fire engines.
Archibald Young has acquired the goodwill and order book of the aluminium sand casting foundry business of Edinburgh-based Charles Henshaw & Sons for undisclosed terms.
Pentagon Protection, the supplier of specialist window films, has sold its GlassTech automotive division to management for a nominal sum.
DCC has acquired a 50% stake in William Tracey Group, the Glasgow-based recycling and waste management company with 255 staff, for £16m.
Viridor Waste Management has acquired Wyvern Waste Services, the landfill, power generation and recycling business, from Somerset County Council for £25m.
Cummins Power Generation has agreed a deal with Astral Developments to set up a 171,000 sq ft factory and office at Manston in Kent.
Frontline Image, the Plymouth-based clothing supplier, is to create 14 new jobs, having just transferred its 49-strong workforce to a larger £1.4m site in Estover.
Severn Trent has sold its Biffa waste management business in Belgium to Veolia of France for £30m.
IMI is looking to spend up to £100m a year on acquisitions to expand its Birmingham-based engineering business.
JCC Lighting is to set up a £3m 46,000 sq ft showroom and distribution centre at Stonebridge Cross in Droitwich, with the creation of 20 jobs.
AKW Medicare, the supplier of disability aids, is to set up a £4m 54,000 sq ft facility in Droitwich.
Lloyds British Testing has acquired Rota Handling, the Dudley-based lifting and handling specialist, for undisclosed terms, and will relocate the business to its site in West Bromwich.
Fenner is to invest £18m a year expanding the manufacturing capacity at its conveyor belt factories, with at least one new site being built in China.
Work Inc has acquired Steelcase, the Warrington-based office furniture manufacturer, for more than £1m.
Sara Lee of the US has sold Courtaulds Textiles, its clothing manufacturing business with 1,000 UK-based staff, to PD Enterprises of Hong Kong for undisclosed terms.
Babcock International has acquired Alstec, the Leicestershire-based nuclear and airport services company with 1,200 staff throughout the country, for £45m.
TASC Diamond Drillers and TASC Fire Protection Services have been acquired by management, which will affect about 60 Sheffield-based staff.
Reebitex Fabrics, the Ilkeston-based textiles supplier with 55 staff, has been acquired by Whitaker Services of Rochester for undisclosed terms.
PowerKut has acquired the Coventry-based operations of Nanson Engineering & Metrology and associate company Rugby Instruments for £0.3m, creating a combined tools and components business with 30 staff.
Armstrong World Industries is to invest £2m at its vinyl flooring factory on Teesside over the next three years, in order to improve efficiency and secure the future of 184 jobs.
Stovax, the supplier of fireplaces, cookers and tiles, is seeking suitable sites to open two new distribution centres in the Exeter area over the next 18 months.
Snugpak, the West Yorkshire-based insulated clothing supplier with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Gascoyne & Beever, the Sheffield-based architectural metal worker, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Co-operative Bank.
Express Recycling & Plastics is looking to open four more plastics recycling facilities in the UK, having just opened its first £2m site in Rainham.
Tanfield Group is seeking a suitable site in the north-east to consolidate its operations following the acquisition of aerial platform maker UpRight, which could create up to 500 jobs.
Hunter Rubber Company, the Dumfries-based boot maker, has been bought out of administration by a consortium that includes Pentland for about £3m, securing the future of 64 jobs.
Sanken Power Systems has sold its 60,000 sq ft factory and office in Abercynon to Hawtin for £2.2m, in order to relocate to an alternative site.
Interface Fabrics, the textiles manufacturer with 120 staff at its Meltham factory and 100 at its Mirfield office, has undergone a £16m management buy-out from US parent Interface Inc.
Craemer Group of Germany is to set up an injection moulded waste bins factory at its site in Telford this autumn.
TEG Environmental is to acquire a site in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, for £2m, in order to set up a Build Own & Operate project using its Silo Cage composting system.
Carclo is to sell CTP Gills Cables, the Tamworth-based cables manufacturer, and its 50% stake in CTP Suprajit Automotive of India to Suprajit Engineering for £2.2m.
Whitestone Weavers has bought the intellectual property rights of the Gaskell Mackay luxury carpets business out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Bristol Water, the supplier of drinking water to more than 1m customers, is to be acquired by Agbar of Spain for £165m.
Kestrel Furniture, the Norwich-based kitchen and furniture maker with 22 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Circle Technical Services has acquired Ramstud, the US portable friction-welding technology company, for undisclosed terms, and has also announced plans to relocate to a larger site in Kintore.
Kennametal Sheffield, the cutting tools manufacturer with 170 staff, is to be acquired by Suncraft International Corporation of China, and will revert to its former name of Presto International.
FKI has acquired Harrington Generators International, the Derbyshire-based supplier of specialist generators, for £6m.
Halma has acquired Mikropack GmbH Aufbautechnik in der Sensorik, the German manufacturer of photonic accessories, for £1.5m.
CPL Heating & Plumbing has acquired Halsall Heating, the Southport-based heating, plumbing and electrical contractor with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
City Dispense Services, the St Helens-based supplier of dispense equipment, has undergone a management buy-out from City Refrigeration Holdings.
Credential Environmental has acquired Tyre Collection Services, the Wednesbury-based tyre recycling company, for undisclosed terms.
Cobham has sold Precision Antennas, the Stratford-upon-Avon-based supplier of telecoms antennas with 500 staff, to Andrew Corporation of the US for £15m.
Alab Environmental Services is looking to invest £3.5m in the development of new recycling facilities on Teesside, and is currently seeking suitable sites.
John Pring & Son, the Cheshire-based wire manufacturer with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for an estimated £4m.
Shanks has acquired Eden Recycling, the materials recycling company with 27 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from Murray International Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Amec has acquired ATM Enterprise, the French nuclear engineering company with 620 staff, for £14m.
Polaron has sold Oxford Nanoscience to Imago Scientific Instruments of the US for £2.5m.
Dyson Insulations, the insulation contractor with 100 staff, is relocating to a 40,000 sq ft office and warehouse at Armytage Road Industrial Estate in Brighouse.
Babcock International has sold three businesses to management buy-outs, including IETG, the manufacturer of flow monitoring equipment, EPS, the German site services company and Eve Trakway, the site access equipment supplier.
EADS is creating an additional 100 jobs in Newport through the £35m expansion of its aerospace facility at Celtic Springs.
Aquabeau of Halifax has sold its three bath brands out of administration, with Plumbing Imports taking the Airbath and Appollo brands and a private investor taking Aquarius.
Eliza Tinsley, the manufacturer of chains, ropes and hardware, has been bought out of administration by the Atlantic Group of India, securing the future of up to 90 jobs at Cradley Heath.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Edgar Allen, the rail track products manufacturer, from Carillion for £9.5m.
Spirax-Sarco has acquired AFTCO, the US flow measurement company, from AMJ Equipment Corporation for £1.6m.
Berco is investing £4.5m in a new undercarriage components factory at the Riverside Park Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Swan Plant Services, the Knutsford-based maintenance equipment supplier with 60 staff, has been sold out of administration by DTE Leonard Curtis to a management buy-in with financial backing from Cattles Invoice Finance.
Eaga Group is to create 400 new jobs at its home heating operations in Newcastle and Gateshead, with vacancies for fitters, IT staff and call centre operators.
Trelleborg Industrial AVS is to create 75 jobs at its factory in Leicester, having won a £30m contract to provide rubber products for tanks.
Rapra, the plastics and rubber research company with 118 staff, has been bought out of administration by Smithers Group of the US.
Trianco, the Sheffield-based central heating manufacturer with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
SLI Glass, the Doncaster-based manufacturer of glass light bulbs, has been bought out of administration by Glazteknology, securing the future of 165 jobs.
Qinetiq is to acquire Ocean Systems Engineering of the US for £30m, in order to expand its Apogen Technologies division.
S&B UK, the Salford-based manufacturer of laboratory furniture, has undergone a management buy-out from its Dutch owners, securing the future of 50 jobs.
Traltec UK of Welshpool has acquired TP Moulding of Telford, creating a combined injection moulding group with 300 staff.
Bekaert of Belgium has acquired Cold Drawn Products, the West Yorkshire-based shaped wires manufacturer with 170 staff, for £12m.
Polaron has sold the Vacuum Chamber business of Oxford Nanoscience to Weltonbridge for £0.2m.
FG Wilson is to invest £47m in the expansion of its engineering plants in Larne, Springvale and Monkstown, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Eliza Tinsley has sold its MH Berlyn tools manufacturing operation in Cradley Heath out of administration to H&E Knowles, securing the future of 60 jobs.
InspecVision is planning to create 12 jobs at its new precision engineering measuring equipment factory in Larne, Co Antrim, by March 2008.
Spooner Industries, the Ilkley-based oven supplier with 105 staff, has undergone a £0.3m management buy-in, and is now looking to set up a new £3.5m facility next to the current site.
First Technology has sold its crash test dummies business to private equity firm HgCapital for £50m, as parent company Honeywell plans to focus on First Technology's gas sensing and automotive operations.
Bodycote International is to acquire Saab Metech of Sweden, ACT Laboratories of the US and Warrington Fire Research of the UK for a total £29m, in order to expand its testing division.
Orion Group, the engineering recruitment company, is extending its Inverness headquarters with the creation of 35 new jobs by the end of the year.
Cobham has completed the sale of Wallop Defence Systems to Esterline Technologies Corporation for £44m.
Metalrax has acquired Advanced Handling, the material handling equipment manufacturer with 160 staff in Peterborough and Romania, for up to £2.2m.
MJ Gleeson is to sell its rail engineering business to Morgan Sindall for £23m, with the transfer of 143 staff.
Belden CDT has sold its Manchester-based cables factory to management for £16m, securing the future of 230 jobs, and it will trade as B3 Cable Solutions.
Braemar Seascope has acquired DV Howells, the pollution response company with 27 staff in Milford Haven, Harlow, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Falmouth, Didcot and Perth, for an initial £0.4m.
Flowcrete has acquired Ivory Industrials, the South African resin flooring company with annual turnover of £5.5m, for undisclosed terms.
Beta Technology, the Doncaster-based technology funding company with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Loose's, the Norwich-based catering equipment supplier with 20 staff, is to be acquired by Alliance Disposables of Crewe for undisclosed terms.
Halliburton is planning to sell KBR Production Services, its engineering unit with 2,500 Aberdeen-based staff, to management for about £100m.
Corus is planning to sell most of its aluminium operations to Aleris International of the US for £570m, including sites in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.
Laird Group has acquired RecepTec Holdings, the aerials supplier, for £51m, and has also announced a £118m rights issue to fund further acquisitions.
Coopervision, the contact lens manufacturer, is to relocate its European headquarters and distribution centre to a £17m site at the Delta Park near Fareham this autumn.
Baxi Heating is planning to relocate its head office from Preston to its site in Warwick, with the loss of up to 80 jobs.
Amec is looking to recruit up to 200 new staff at its oil and gas engineering operations in Newcastle, Darlington and Humberside, with vacancies for electrical, project, contract and maintenance engineers.
Quality Roofing Systems is planning to expand the 43-strong workforce at its bespoke roofing factory in Hartlepool by ten over the next three months.
RPS Group has acquired Ecos Consulting, the Australian provider of environmental consultancy services to the energy and minerals industries with 15 staff, for £0.5m.
North Sea Ventilation, the Hull-based heating and ventilation equipment company with 80 staff, has been acquired by Hastie Group of Australia for £0.9m.
Petards has acquired European Innovation Manufacturing Centre, the camera technology company, for up to £1.8m.
BSS Group has acquired Price Tools Sales, the Birmingham-based supplier of hand-held power tools, for £8.5m.
Laird Group has acquired Antenex, the US manufacturer of wireless communications antennae with 80 staff, for £8.6m.
Vp has acquired Bukom General Oilfield Services, the supplier of compressors, boilers, heat exchangers and other equipment, for £5.7m, in order to expand its Airpac division.
Addis is planning to relocate its household plastics factory from Swansea to the former Sony site at Bridgend later this year, with the loss of 52 jobs.
Fintec Crushing & Screening is planning a multi-million pound investment programme to develop a new range of mobile crushers, which will create at least 75 new jobs in Northern Ireland over the next two years.
CT Glass, the Bradford-based glass and mirror supplier, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 114 jobs.
IMI has acquired Truflo, the valve manufacturer, for £120m, and is now looking to spend a further £80m on bolt-on acquisitions over the next few years.
Polaroid has sold Wideblue, its Vale of Leven-based design development department with 15 staff, to management for undisclosed terms.
Lupus Capital has acquired Schlegel, the manufacturer of window seals, for £84m in a reverse takeover.
Tomkins has acquired Selkirk Americas, the US manufacturer of venting and air products, in order to expand its Air Systems Components business.
Laird Group has expanded its security systems business with the acquisition of Balance UK for £3.5m and US-based Bandlock Corporation for £10m.
Low & Bonar has acquired Geo-Tipptex, the Hungarian manufacturer of non-woven geotextiles, for £10m.
BBA Group has acquired Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing, the US supplier of aviation parts, for £37m.
Halma has sold its high-power resistors business to Telema of Italy for £13m.
Tyrone Crystal, the Dungannon-based crystal glass company, has been acquired by two Northern Ireland-based businessmen, securing the future of 35 jobs.
Ulogistics is to create 25 new jobs at its site in Derby, having won a contract to supply aircraft parts to Goodrich.
Co-operative Group has sold Syncro, its engineering division with 400 staff in Salford, Manchester, Gateshead, Paisley and Bristol, to Aston Ventures for undisclosed terms.
Worthington Nicholls is planning to raise up to £15m in a flotation in April, to fund the expansion of its Wilmslow-based heating and air conditioning business.
Grosvenor Wilton, the Kidderminster-based carpet manufacturer with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Pilkington, the St Helens-based glass manufacturer, is to be acquired by Nippon Sheet Glass of Japan for £2.2bn.
Kelda is to sell its Aquarion water business in the US to Macquarie Bank for £491m.
JCB is planning to set up a £2m engineering and manufacturing academy for up to 540 pupils at its Rocester headquarters by 2009.
Morgan Crucible is to acquire the ceramic fibres business of Cookson for £13m, including production sites in Poland and the US.
UHV Design, the East Sussex-based manufacturer of instruments used to manipulate objects in ultra-high vacuum chambers, has been acquired by Judges Capital for an initial £0.7m.
Alstom is recruiting up to 75 apprentices at its power generators factory in Stafford.
Balmoral Group is establishing a new division called Balmoral Offshore Engineering with the creation of a significant number of jobs in Aberdeen, in order to return to the buoyancy market.
Morris Furniture Group has acquired Homestyle Kitchens & Bedrooms, the furniture manufacturer with 450 staff in Cumbernauld, for undisclosed terms.
Axeon Holdings is to acquire ABL, the Dundee-based manufacturer of custom battery packs with 19 staff, for £0.5m.
Hill & Smith is to acquire Counters & Accessories, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of traffic data recording equipment, for £5m.
RBA Plastics has staged a management buy-in at the plastics manufacturing business of Rolinx, securing the future of 200 staff in Wythenshawe and Wrexham.
Thomas William Lench, the Rowley Regis-based manufacturer of nuts and bolts with 42 staff, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor.
Kelvin Bedroom Systems is planning to expand its Cumbernauld-based workforce from 50 to 92, having secured a £1m Regional Selective Assistance grant.
Mayflower Technology, the Sheffield-based laser cutting company with 133 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Cheshire County Council is considering plans from Peel Holdings for the development of a 100-hectare waste incinerator and "sustained resource recovery park" at Ince Marshes.
RD Industries is looking to relocate its stationery factory and 92 staff from Saltash to Plymouth in October.
MacLean Electrical, the electrical wholesaler is to set up a £2.5m warehouse and office facility for 40 staff at Peterseat Park in Aberdeen by December 2007.
Whittan Storage, the Telford-based shelf manufacturer with more than 1,000 staff, has been acquired by Stirling Square Capital Partners for about £90m.
Peters Door Systems, the Braintree-based bus door manufacturer with 32 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company for undisclosed terms.
IP2IPO has formed a partnership with the University of Surrey to invest up to £5m in spin-out companies from the university.
Deloro Stellite, the Swindon-based supplier of wear-resistant alloys, is to be acquired by private equity firm Duke Street Capital for about £160m.
Dawson International has bought the John Laing textiles business out of receivership, but the future of the remaining 43 Hawick-based staff remains unclear.
Nutec is to invest £1m in the expansion of its safety training centre at Aberdeen Airport, and hopes to create 18 new jobs this year.
Gooch & Housego has acquired ChromoDynamics, the US developer of hyperspectral imaging systems, for £0.7m.
Meltham Mills Engineering, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of precision-engineered steel parts, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland and Euro Sales Finance.
Wraith is to acquire Gamble Kitchen Rental, the Leicester-based kitchen equipment hire company with 80 staff, for £4m.
Spice Holdings has acquired Maintenance & Technical Services, the Ipswich-based power networks company with offices in Downham Market and Birmingham, for an initial £2.1m.
Armour Group is to acquire Alphason Designs, the supplier of audio visual furniture to the consumer electronics market, for an initial £9.5m.
Hyde Group is to create a further 75 jobs at its new £2m aircraft parts factory in Manchester, having secured a £12m contract from Airbus.
Smiths Group has acquired Lorch Microwave, the US microwave filter technology company with 155 staff, for £14m.
Oceaneering Multiflex is to invest £9m in a new sub-sea cable research and development facility in Rosyth, with the creation of 40 jobs.
ECG Group, the Lanarkshire-based heating installation company, has gone into receivership through KPMG Corporate Recovery, with the loss of 224 jobs.
V&A Marketing, the South Wales-based manufacturer of baby feeding products, has been bought out of administration by Amadeus Associates International, securing the future of most of the 45-strong workforce.
Croma Group has acquired Vigilant Security, the Scottish security company, for up to £3m.
Scott Wilson is planning to raise £70m in a flotation, in order to fund acquisitions for the expansion of its engineering and design consultancy.
Bodycote International has acquired Norwest Soil Research of Canada and West Coast Analytical Services of the US, in order to expand its environmental and pharmaceutical testing services business.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Eloma, the German oven manufacturer with 150 staff, for £7m.
Paddock Fabrications, the Walsall-based lock manufacturer with more than 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Enodis has acquired Frau Group, the Spanish distributor of food and beverage equipment with 76 staff, for £5.6m.
Chemring is to acquire Technical Ordnance, the US pyrotechnics company, for £39m, as well as Leafield Engineering and Leafield Marine of Wiltshire for £5m.
RF Shielding is to recruit ten new staff at its Blaina-based coating products business in South Wales over the next six months.
Cummins is creating 25 new jobs at its Darlington factory, due to rising Chinese demand for bus engines.
BAe Systems has sold its aerostructures business, which is based in Prestwick and employs 830 people, to Spirit AeroSystems of the US for £80m.
Senior is to acquire Sterling Machine, the US manufacturer of precision machined parts, for £21m.
Accura Support Services, the engineering services group with 300 staff in Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Pershore, Willenhall and Rotherham, has undergone a £12m management buy-in backed by Barclays Ventures.
Northrop Grumman, the US defence contractor, is looking to set up a business development office in London.
Airbus is to create more than 600 jobs at its aircraft wings factory in Broughton, Flintshire, having secured £5.1m in regional selective assistance from the Welsh Assembly.
Inflexion Private Equity has backed a £22m management buy-out at Viking Moorings, the developer of mooring systems.
Intertek is to acquire AKZO Nobel's electro magnetic compatibility business in Japan for £9m.
Lawrence Skip Hire is seeking planning permission to build a £5m waste recycling centre in Kidderminster, which would create an initial 100 jobs.
Steinhoff UK Upholstery is to invest £3.2m in a new household goods design and manufacturing facility on the Bridgend Industrial Estate, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Metris of Belgium has acquired LK Tool, the Castle Donington-based measuring company with 120 staff.
Spirent is to acquire SwissQual, the Swiss provider of test and measurement solutions for wireless telecoms, for an initial £28m.
Acteon has acquired Mirage Machines, the Derby-based machine tools company with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Romtech, the manufacturer of prefabricated steel reinforcement cages, is to invest £2m in a new facility in Craigavon, with the creation of 49 jobs.
C&M Group, the electrical engineering company, is planning to relocate to a new £1m 24,000 sq ft headquarters in Aberdeen, and the 60-strong workforce is expected to rise to 100.
Princess Yachts is planning to expand its luxury yachts factory in Plymouth with a new building on the west side of Millbay's inner basin by late 2007, creating up to 200 jobs.
Automotive Applied Technologies is to acquire Lander Carlisle, the Birmingham-based injection moulder, which is expected to lead to some job losses among the 150 Birmingham-based staff.
Spice Holdings is to acquire Baineport Engineering Services, the Ely-based electrical services company with 170 staff, for up to £5m.
Rotork has acquired Omag, the Italian gears manufacturer, for £1m.
Ensinger is creating 48 new jobs at its new £5m plastic components headquarters in Tonyrefail.
R&D Tool & Engineering is to relocate its PET tooling business to a larger 26,000 sq ft site in Mansfield this summer.
Dialight has acquired Lumidrives, the North Yorkshire-based supplier of lighting fixtures, for £2.5m.
Steelite International, the Stoke-based pottery company with 750 staff, has undergone a £43m management buy-out.
Measurement Devices is to relocate its sales department to a new 6,000 sq ft office in York in August, with the creation of up to 22 new jobs over the next two years.
Cobham is to acquire Flight Precision and Aerodata Flight Inspection from Aerodata of Germany for £7.7m.
FKI has bought the marine and offshore ropes business of Marlow Ropes out of administration for £1.1m.
Vitrium is in negotiations to acquire the former NEG site in Cardiff Bay to build a virtrification plant to convert waste into glass products, and sites are also being considered in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the North Midlands.
Indesit is to shed up to 172 of the 1,000 jobs at its cookers factory in Blythe Bridge, and the spares and repairs unit is to relocate to its site in Peterborough.
Wolseley is looking to expand its electrical products business across the country through organic growth and acquisitions, following its acquisition of William Wilson in Scotland.
Straight has acquired Cloudburst, the supplier of rainwater containers and home composters, from Titan Environmental for £0.2m.
Umeco has sold the components division of its Compstock Electronics subsidiary to a new company called Flightspares Electronics for £0.4m.
Eurocell Building Products has acquired Brunel Plastics, the PVC profile distributor with six depots in the south-west.
Trelleborg of Sweden has acquired CRP Group, the marine polymers company with 500 staff at sites in the UK and the US, from Barclays Private Equity for £71m.
Island Steel is planning to expand its 36-strong workforce over the next 12 months, following a £3m investment in new facilities and equipment at its site in Newport, Gwent.
Hampson Industries has acquired Coast Composites, the US precision tools manufacturer, and Lamsco West, the US manufacturer of laminated aerospace components, for a total £61m.
BAe Systems has sold Atlas Elektronik, the German defence electronics business, to Thyssen-Krupp and EADS for £100m.