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Abbeycrest has acquired Brown & Newirth, the designer and manufacturer of wedding rings, for £4.7m.
United Utilities is to buy the non-regulated water supply and waste water operations of Hyder from Western Power Distribution for £75m, allowing WPD to focus on Hyder's power business.
Marconi is to sell Woods Air Movement to Compass Capital Partners for £53m, and has also announced the acquisition of the Telit Networks mobile radio business in Italy for £11m.
Highland Galvanisers is planning to build a £3m galvanising and powder coating factory at Cumbernauld by August 2001, and a preferred bidder for the contract will be announced next month.
Bredero Price Coaters is to create 220 jobs in Leith to carry out pipeline work on a North Sea contract.
Derbyshire County Council is to install solar-powered lights in its bus shelters.
Slenderella is planning to double its 12-strong workforce in Belper over the next year due to rising demand for its garments.
Racal Survey is planning to set up a new £5m base next to Aberdeen Airport to provide satellite positioning services for the offshore oil industry, and its local workforce will grow from 140 to 170.
Verilab, the newly-formed semiconductor engineering consultancy, is planning to create up to 20 jobs next year.
City Technology has bought Marconi Applied Technology, the Chelmsford-based gas sensors business, for £4.3m and is transferring the work to its Portsmouth site.
Rentokil Initial has sold its Initial GWS mobile crane business to Ainscough for about £10m, which is expected to lead to the closure of the GWS head office in Stockton.
Coats Viyella is to acquire the industrial sewing thread operation of Dollfus Mieg of France for undisclosed terms.
MacKellar Engineering is to create 28 jobs at a new fabrication workshop in Grantown-on-Spey to produce components for sub-sea wellhead systems and offshore installations.
William Baird is negotiating a £88m management buy-out with the support of venture capital group Alchemy Partners.
Bodycote International is to acquire Lindberg, the US heat treatment company, for £70m.
Woo One Corporation is to create 300 jobs in Hartlepool, having won a contract to produce microwave oven doors for Samsung.
Aerospace Systems & Technologies is being bought out of receivership by Celtic Aerospace Ventures, saving 200 jobs in Consett.
ABCO Engineering Hydraulics has bought the franchise and assets of Pirtek Lincolnshire, the on-site hose replacement specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Imperial Tobacco has bought the Mayfair cigarette vending business from TM Group for £38m.
Hymatic, the cryogenics and aerospace engineer, has undergone a £53m management buy-out.
McLeod Russel is to acquire Luwa, the manufacturer of filters for ultra-clean applications, from Zellweger of Switzerland for £18m.
Alenia Marconi is to recruit 50 new staff in Chelmsford having won a £260m contract to supply the tracking radar for the Royal Navy's Seawolf missile system.
Royal Brierley Crystal, the glassmaker, is being bought out of receivership by a management team for undisclosed terms.
Carclo has acquired Alan Group, the Horsham-based precision tooling and moulding company, for £6.9m.
Belleek Pottery is to create 50 jobs in Fermanagh, in a £2.5m investment that will increase production and expand exports.
Wyko is to acquire Lilleshall, the distributor of fasteners, for about £20m.
Brooks Service Group, the linen rental and services company, is to undergo a £26m management buy-out.
Heller Machine Tools is planning to double the output at its Redditch factory, with the creation of 32 jobs for assembly fitters.
Wellman Graham is planning to relocate its heavy engineering business to Oldbury by March 2001, with the loss of up to 80 jobs in Gloucester.
Coats Viyella has sold its contract clothing business to management for £12m, thereby preventing the lossmaking division from being closed with the loss of 3,000 jobs.
Cobham is to acquire an electronic fuel systems business from BAe Systems for £64m, in order to expand its flight refuelling subsidiary.
Martin International has raised £3.7m from the sale of an equity stake to a privately-owned Hong Kong company, in order to fund the expansion of its textiles business into the US and Japanese markets.
William Baird is selling its BMB menswear business to a management team for £19m.
Glen Dimplex has agreed to acquire Stoves, the Preston-based cooker manufacturer, for £12m.
Nomura International is to acquire Hyder Business Services, the supplier of business process outsourcing services to local authorities, from Hyder for £100m.
Marconi is planning to recruit a further 200 engineers and factory staff at its Applied Technologies business in Chelmsford.
Dodd Group is to create 25 new jobs in King's Lynn, having won a £4m contract from a gas supply company to build and install telemetry information panels at 1,500 locations around the UK.
Scapa is looking to spend up to £150m on acquisitions to expand its technical tapes business, and is particularly interested in North America and Europe.
Delta is planning to sell the holding company of its United Power electrical equipment business to Danaher of the US for £70m.
British Wool Marketing Board is to set up a new depot at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle next year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Trifast is to open a £2m industrial fastenings plant in Wednesbury next April with the creation of 50 jobs, and is setting up distribution facilities in Mexico and Hungary and a manufacturing base in central Europe.
Symphony Group is to set up a £2.5m distribution centre next to its furniture factory in Templeborough, Rotherham, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Fibre Reinforced Products has been acquired by Conder Products of Hampshire, which will lead to the creation of 35 new jobs at its glass reinforced products factory in Peterlee.
Frederick Cooper has sold its Latham hinge and locks business in Wolverhampton to Basta of Ireland for £1.5m.
Aldridge Fabrications is to create a further 50 jobs at its two manufacturing sites in Birkenhead and Prenton, having won a number of roof support contracts for mines in the UK and abroad.
McDonald Engineering has been bought out of receivership by Europe Steelcraft of Sheffield, saving about 100 jobs.
Hydra Tools International's mining division has been bought out of receivership by a management team for undisclosed terms.
Chubb is to acquire BBR Security, the South African provider of electronic security services, for £51m.
Quality Machining Services is creating 50 new jobs in Arbroath as part of a £7.6m investment programme, due to rising demand for equipment for the oil industry.
BBA has acquired Aircraft Service International Group, the US aviation services company based in Florida, for £106m.
Georgian Carpets is planning to close its factory in Kidderminster with the loss of about 60 jobs, in order to relocate production to another site in Kendal.
IMI has sold its Australian plumbing and heating operations to GSA Group for £9m.
Invertek Drives is to expand its electric motor drives factory near Welshpool with the creation of up to 30 jobs over the next three years.
SP Systems, the supplier of composite materials to the marine, wind energy and automotive markets, has been sold by Zoltek of the US to a management buy-out for £50m.
Brammer is to acquire a 51% stake in Handel Freudenberg, the German industrial components distributor, for £15m, and has an option to buy the remaining stake in 2003.
Sanderson Kayser, the Sheffield-based tool and die works, is being sold by Timken of the US to a management buy-in team, and the business will be renamed Sanderson Special Steels.
ABM, the Widnes-based manufacturing process automation company, has acquired Control Systems & Services for undisclosed terms.
Welsh Water is to be acquired by a consortium of companies and local authorities operating under the name of Glas Cymru Cyfyngedig in a £2.4bn deal.
ACW Technology is planning to recruit up to 100 more people over the next 12 months for a new circuit board production line in Hampshire, having formed an alliance with Tandberg Television of Hedge End.
Barclays Private Equity has acquired CRP, the Lancashire-based manufacturer of subsea cable equipment, in a £120m deal.
OyezStraker is to acquire Stat-Plus, the distributor of office supplies, for £18m.
Raleigh is planning to relocate its bicycle factory and 600 employees to a new £14m site at Bulwell in Nottingham.
Silentnight has acquired Ducal, the Andover-based wooden furniture manufacturer, for £15m.
Smiths Industries is to sell Lambda Advanced Analog, its US electric power controls business, to International Rectifier Corp for £12m.
Humax is to invest a further £2m at its set-top boxes factory in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 38 jobs.
Yelo, the Carrickfergus-based manufacturer of electronics testing equipment, has been acquired by Mindready Solutions of Canada for undisclosed terms.
Hatt Kitchens, the Kidderminster-based kitchen factory that has just gone into receivership, has agreed a management buy-out that will save more than 60 jobs.
Chloride is seeking acquisitions to expand its power protection business, and is particularly interested in the US.
Ascot is to sell four engineering businesses - WDS, Flotform, Mitchell Cotts Transmissions and Peter Stubbs - to two management buy-out teams for a total of £46m, in order to focus on chemicals.
Darenth, the vending machine manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out and is now planning to expand production at its Sheffield factory.
The Isle of Man Parliament has approved plans for the construction of a £43m waste incinerator at Braddan.
GKN is to buy a military aircraft fuselage and wing parts factory in St Louis, Missouri, from Boeing for £44m, and has also announced plans to create a new Aerospace Services subsidiary and cut the number of plants from 11 to seven.
Wiremold is to close its electrical products factory in Brierley Hill, which employs 110 people, and relocate production to West Bromwich and Scarborough.
Thyssen Engineering has set up a new fabrication workshop in Scunthorpe, where it expects to create up to 50 jobs.
Fullmen is seeking permission to expand its engineering business on Canvey Island, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
NDT Services, the nuclear and aero industry inspection company, is planning to open new testing laboratories in France and the Czech Republic, and may also set up a number of branches around the UK.
Orbit Precision Machinery is planning to create 30 new jobs over the next two years following an investment in a new hi-tech machining centre at its site in Wantage.
Newell Window Fashions, the manufacturer of curtain accessories, has opened a new warehouse and distribution centre in Tamworth, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Peter Miles Engineering has opened a new factory at Tyldesley, near Manchester, to produce spirit levels, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Achilles Group of Abingdon has raised £12m in a share issue in order to expand its internet marketplace for the utilities sector, and is preparing to move to a new headquarters with space for 165 staff.
Stratos Lightwave is seeking 50 new staff at its fibre optics factory in Haverhill, Suffolk, following a big increase in demand.
Frank Usher is to sell its women's evening wear business to management for £6.9m, in order to transform itself into a cash shell called Avingtrans.
Silentnight is to acquire Cornwell Parker, the fabrics and furniture group, for £23m.
General Domestic Appliances is to invest £18m at its Hotpoint washing machine factory near Rhyl, in order to automate all stages of production and secure 1,000 jobs.
KV Rollers is planning a £0.9m extension at its rubber rollers factory in Cwmbran, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
Morgan Crucible is selling Emblem Group, the manufacturer of computing devices for the defence sector, to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Pell Frischmann has bought the water treatment process technology business of BG Technology for undisclosed terms.
Nutec has announced plans for the £1m expansion of its offshore safety and survival training centre in Aberdeen, including a second training tank and additional classroom space.
University of Glamorgan's UGCS health and safety operation has been acquired in a management buy-out, securing 30 jobs, and will trade as Corporate Health & Safety Solutions.
Oxford Instruments has bought Austin Scientific, the US manufacturer of cryopumps and cryogenic coolers, for £4m.
Chloride is to sell CEN Electronics, its battery charger division, to management for £3.1m, in order to focus on its core power protection business.
Birkin International is recruiting 10 new staff at its lace factory in Borrowash, following the recent closure of its Nottingham site.
Cookson is to invest £3.8m at its Vesuvius refractory plant in Sheepbridge with the creation of 60 jobs, while plants at Kings Cliffe near Peterborough and Manuel near Linlithgow will be closed.
Tomkins has sold its UK and US lawnmower operations to Summersong Investment of China for £151m, and the businesses sold include Hayter in Hertfordshire.
Servelec, the control and automation systems company, has been acquired by CSE Group of Singapore for £16m.
West Sussex County Council is considering four potential sites to build incinerators to burn the county's waste.
Waterford Wedgwood is creating 140 new jobs at plants in Hanley and Tunstall, having won a £4m contract to produce tableware products for Williams-Sonoma of the US.
Goring Kerr is to relocate a weighing machine factory from Shoreham, Sussex, to a plant in Parma, Italy.
TI Group is planning to acquire Impervia, the French aerospace sealings company, for £10m.
Chloride is to acquire SAED, the French supplier of power protection equipment, for £12m.
Severn Trent is looking to fill 150 vacancies at its new water supply call centre in Derby.
Toshiba is launching a new Midlands division to provide printer, copier and fax systems through its Electronic Imaging Solutions subsidiary, which will involve the creation of 35 jobs at a new office in Aldridge.
The Welsh Development Agency is planning to invest £50m in Welsh companies, in order to broaden the skill base of workers and increase its focus on knowledge industries.
Sony is planning to relocate the manufacture of a number of consumer electronics products from Japan to Europe in order to avoid currency fluctuations, and will seek an alliance with a European semiconductor company.
Utilitec, the supplier of equipment to the water industry, is to undergo a £13m management buy-out.
Time Products has raised £9m from the sale of its Judith Leiber handbag manufacturing business.
Smiths Industries is to acquire Fairchild Defense, the US aerospace components company, from Orbital Sciences for £69m.
Telemetrix is acquiring ICT Electronics, the Spanish manufacturer of testing equipment, for £19m.
Thames Water is to be acquired by RWE for £4.3bn, as part of a strategy by the German company to create a pan-European multi-utility group.
BAe Systems has completed the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Control Systems for £349m, and expects to complete the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Aerospace Electronics Systems by the end of the year.
Advantage West Midlands has announced that Bidcom, the US engineering, building and e-business services company, is to set up a UK headquarters in Rugby, with the creation of 125 jobs over the next three years.
Mettis Group has acquired High Duty Alloys of Redditch for £42m, in order to strengthen its position in the market for aerospace forgings.
Parsons Brinckerhoff, the US rail engineering group, is considering plans to set up an office in Derby with the creation of 30 jobs, and is also looking at Bristol and Croydon.
Sony is to create 300 jobs in Basingstoke with the £10m redevelopment of its television equipment factory, which will involve converting a warehouse into offices and adding cafes, a shop and fitness centre.
BAe Systems has announced plans to expand its Broughton factory in north Wales with the creation of 1,700 jobs, in order to build wings for the new Airbus.
Cornwell Parker, the furniture and fabrics company, is planning to expand its North American sales by setting up an office in the US.
Lewis C Grant, the Kirkcaldy-based manufacturer of sheet metal enclosure systems, has been acquired by Segerstrom & Svensson of Sweden for £20m, which is expected to lead to the expansion of its 340-strong workforce.
Glen Dimplex has acquired Faber of the Netherlands, as part of a strategy to become a leading player in the global market for gas fires and domestic room heaters.
Weidlinger Associates, the US engineering consultancy, is to create 20 jobs over the next five years at its new European headquarters in Dunfermline.
Leicester City Council has announced plans to build a £200m waste recycling centre by 2004, and will select a site in the next few weeks.
Strainstall Engineering Services, the provider of load measurement and stress analysis services, has undergone a £1.5m management buy-out from parent company TT Group.
Westover Technology Group, the manufacturer of electronic sensors, has been bought out of receivership by Surrey-based Arcolectric Holdings.
Yearntree is to invest £2.3m at its office stationery factory in Newport, with the creation of 44 jobs.
Weatherite is installing new manufacturing equipment worth more than £1m at its Cradley Heath factory, having won a £36m contract to supply air conditioning equipment to British Telecom telephone exchanges.
Stenmar of Aberdeen has acquired Sonavision, the developer of underwater sonar products, for undisclosed terms, and the two companies will move to larger premises in Bridge of Don.
Smiths Industries is to acquire TI Group for £1.77bn, which will expand its aerospace division and give it a new sealing solutions division.
Invensys is to sell its pneumatics business to Parker Hannifin of the US for £27m.
HL Engineering has bought Engineering Diamonds and MA Engineering of Coventry, to create a combined group employing 50 staff in the supply of components to the automotive and defence industries.
James Gilbert, the manufacturer of rugby balls, has been sold to a management buy-in team for £11m.
Halma has acquired Wessex Electronics, the manufacturer of equipment to reduce leakage in the water industry, for £2m.
Integriti Solutions has acquired InterCorr International, the US corrosion testing and research company, for undisclosed terms.
Dunlop Slazenger is planning to expand its tennis balls factory in Barnsley, with the creation of 50 jobs, in order to combine its European manufacturing operations onto one site.
Sirdar has acquired Ryalux, the carpet manufacturer, for £25m, and has also announced the sale of its lossmaking Eversure Textiles division.
Hi-Tec Sports, the footwear manufacturer, is to undergo a £16m management buy-out.
Ash & Lacy, the metals engineer, has accepted a £69m takeover bid from Hill & Smith, but a higher offer is expected from Metnor.
Dyson is to invest £13m in the expansion of its vacuum cleaner factory in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Andaray Engineering, the Gateshead-based manufacturer of industrial nuts and bolts, is considering plans to relocate 40 jobs and part of its production line to Yorkshire, following the acquisition of Sheffield-based firm Cooper & Turner.
Infranor, the Swiss-owned engineering company, is to relocate from Horsham to South Hykeham in Lincolnshire next year, as part of a consolidation that will close sales offices in Harrogate and Bury-St-Edmunds.
Multi Metals, the Belshill-based aluminium stockholder, has undergone a £5m management buy-out.
Invensys is to shed 34 of the 360 jobs at its Hawker Energy Storage industrial battery factory in Tameside, in order to relocate the manufacture of monobloc batteries to eastern Europe.
Monitor Audio is creating 15 new jobs following the relocation of its stereo speakers manufacturing facility to a new site in Rayleigh, Essex.
FG Wilson is creating up to 500 new jobs over the next three years, as part of a £27m investment at its diesel generator factories in Larne, Newtownabbey and west Belfast.
Gallaher is to invest £40m at its recently-acquired Liggett-Ducat business in Russia, in order to increase production to 65bn cigarettes a year.
Anglo Pacific is planning to develop a 40-acre reserve of industrial talcum near Lerwick in Shetland, and expand production at its marble mine in Ledmore, Sutherland.
Walker Greenbank is selling its John Perry and Cole & Son wallpaper operations to a new company called Karen Beauchamp for about £3m.
Express Engineering is planning to recruit more than 100 workers at its special-purpose equipment factory in Gateshead over the next two years, following a £5m investment.
Ercol is planning to relocate its furniture factory from High Wycombe to Princes Risborough next year, as part of a £20m investment.
Bilston & Battersea Enamels, the ceramics company, is to undergo a £3.5m management buy-out.
Enbray Cooper has launched a recruitment drive at its new factory in Workington to cope with rising demand for electricity meter components.
AI Group has acquired the mechanical components operation of Stafford-based Alstom T&D Protection & Control for about £2m, which will involve the transfer of 150 staff.
Corus is to invest £35m in the relining of a blast furnace at its Llanwern steel plant, which should secure the future of the site.
Rentokil Initial is acquiring Tru-Green Interior Plantcare, the US tropical plants business, for £30m.
West of Scotland Water has awarded a £100m contract to Gleeson to build a water treatment plant at Loch Katrine.
Sigma 3 is to create about 20 jobs at showrooms in Cardiff and Swansea, having won the franchise rights for the supply of Ripples bathrooms in Wales.
British Mohair, the textile and engineering company, has agreed a £21m takeover offer from Camellia Investments.
Tandem Group is to acquire Pot Black, the snooker table company, and Two Wheel trading, the distributor of bicycle accessories, for a total £1.6m.
IMI has acquired Flow Design, the US manufacturer of flow control products, for £14m.
Sherman Cooper, the shirt manufacturer, has undergone a £120m management buy-out with the backing of venture capitalist 3i.
Interlube Systems of Plymouth has undergone a management buy-out from Invensys, and plans to create up to 30 skilled engineering jobs.
Madison Filter has acquired Southwestern Wire Cloth of the US for £25m, to create a global industrial screening and separation business.
Billiton has announced a £1.4bn agreed takeover offer for Rio Algom, the Canadian mining group, in order to increase its share of the world copper market.
Qualceram of Ireland is to acquire Shires, the sanitary ware company, for £34m, and the business will be renamed Qualceram Shires.
Magnex Scientific is planning to build a 50,000 sq ft magnet manufacturing plant at Yarnton in Oxfordshire, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
Vacuum Generators is to extend its vacuum equipment factory near Hastings with the creation of 30 jobs.
Luxfer is to sell the bulk of its remaining aluminium operations to Alcoa of the US for £182m, and the proceeds will be spent on acquisitions to increase its focus on gas cylinders, zirconia products and magnesium alloys.
Domnick Hunter is planning to create 100 new jobs over the next year at its industrial filter factories in the North East.
Filtronic is to acquire Sigtek, the US developer of high-speed digital signal processing, for an initial £13m.
Finder, the Staffordshire-based supplier of relays and timers made by its parent company in Italy, is planning to create 20 new jobs following its recent relocation to larger premises at the Stone Business Park.
Mitre Furnishing Group is planning to create up to 67 jobs at a new household textiles factory in Merthyr Tydfil.
Galgon of the US is planning a £1.4m expansion at its electronics design and manufacturing facility in Glenrothes, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Powell Duffryn has acquired Norba, the Finnish manufacturer of parts for refuse vehicles, for £7m.
Optokem has set up a new optronics laboratory at the St Asaph Business Park in Denbighshire, and plans to create up to 20 jobs.
Hyder, the Welsh utility, is expected to be acquired by Western Power Distribution of the US for £565m, as the Takeover Panel has dismissed an attempt by Nomura to stop the deal.
Duke Street Capital has announced a £50m deal to acquire a 51% stake in Hertfordshire-based waste management group Wastepack, and plans to develop up to eight new plastics recycling factories across the country.
East of Scotland Water is supporting plans from the National Engineering Laboratory to develop a supply of recycled water from the Clyde and Forth and Union canals for low-grade manufacturing use.
Pressac is to acquire Smith & Sons (Scotland), the plastic mouldings company, for up to £24m.
Camber International, the Leicester-based textile machinery manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Falmac of Singapore, safeguarding 39 jobs.
Rolls-Royce is forming a £44m joint venture with Chromalloy Gas Turbine that will create 340 jobs at a new turbine components facility in Annesley, although most of the jobs will be staff relocating from factories at Somercotes and Eastwood.
Data Marine Systems, the Aberdeen-based supplier of satellite technology to offshore oil and gas platforms, is being acquired by Schlumberger for undisclosed terms.
IMI has acquired Robimatic, the supplier of plumbing products, for up to £19m.
North Yorkshire County Council is planning to set up a new landfill waste management site at Tancred, adjacent to the existing Yorwaste operation in Scorton.
Laird has acquired Instrument Specialities Company, the US manufacturer of electromagnetic interference shields, for £172m, and is now looking to sell off its automotive businesses.
Sita has acquired City Waste, the Birmingham-based commercial waste-disposal company, for undisclosed terms.
Waterford Wedgwood is planning to acquire Hutschenreuther, the German porcelain and giftware brand, and will transfer production to its existing Rosenthal factories.
Derby Plastics, the Ripley-based plastic products factory, has been acquired by Machall Investments for £1m, and the business will be expanded to create 30 new jobs over the next year.
Lincat is expanding its cooking equipment factory in Lincoln with the creation of 18 new jobs.
GKN has acquired Nissan Motor's driveline factory in Japan for £56m, giving it a 15% share of the Japanese market.
McKechnie, the aerospace and engineering company, is to undergo a £434m management buy-out with the support of the Cinven venture capital group.
Wedeco UV Systems, the Sudbury-based water disinfection company, is planning to set up a new factory and headquarters at the Chilton Industrial Estate.
Arena-Walsall is seeking permission to expand its West Bromwich fabrications factory with the creation of 245 jobs.
First Technology is to acquire Capteur Sensors and Analysers, the manufacturer of gas sensors, for £9.4m.
Dunlop Oil & Marine, the Grimsby-based manufacturer of hoses and pipelines, has been acquired by Phoenix AG of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Royal Doulton is planning to relocate its headquarters and 280 staff from Minton House in Stoke to a new office complex and factory shop at Etruria Valley.
Locate in Scotland has announced that up to 50 jobs are being created in Fife at a recently-launched engineering company called Stone Manganese Marine Services.
Limelight, the kitchens and bathrooms supplier, is planning a £57m management buy-out.
Silvertech is planning to create 14 new jobs at its control and safety systems business in Aberdeen, and will relocate its accounts staff from Horsham and increase its office space at the Aberdeen Science and Technology Park.
Glynwed has acquired Mono, the Swansea-based bakery equipment manufacturer, in a deal thought to be worth more than £11m.
H Roberts & Son, the Leicester-based supplier of precision measuring equipment, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Standard Engineering, the Leicester-based shoe machinery specialist, has acquired rival Whitfield Wylie for undisclosed terms.
Eurocopy has acquired Apex Business Products, the Warrington-based photocopier and fax supplier, for £0.6m.
Wilshaw is to sell its steel powders business to Hoganas for £8m, and the proceeds are expected to be used for acquisitions.
Industrial Control Services, the manufacturer of safety and control systems, is to be acquired by venture capitalist Alchemy for a nominal fee, in order to avoid insolvency.
J&J Dyson has acquired Acme Marls, the kiln equipment company, for £1.9m, and plans to consolidate its business onto the Acme Marls site in Tunstall by the end of next year with an unspecified number of redundancies.
Umeco has acquired Richmond Aircraft Products of the US from MA Hanna for £24m.
Maldon District Council has approved plans from Essex & Suffolk Water for the development of a water recycling plant at Langford.
The University of Aberdeen is to submit plans to build a new £8.9m environmental research centre on a site in Old Aberdeen.
Pland Stainless, the Leeds-based manufacturer of steel fittings, has undergone a management buy-out, securing 37 jobs.
BAe Systems has reached agreement to acquire Lockheed Martin's aerospace electronics business for £1.1bn, and the deal is expected to be completed later this year.
BAe Systems Airbus UK is looking to recruit up to 300 engineers in Derby, Bristol, Portsmouth and other engineering centres, in order to manufacture wings for the new Airbus superjumbo.
Anglian Water is setting up a new company called H2go, in order to offer water, waste and recycling services to large companies outside its operating region.
Linn Products is to expand its home entertainment systems factory in Glasgow, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Collis Engineering is looking to recruit 30 fabricators and welders at its railway engineering factory in Alfreston, and expects to double in size over the next three years to 200 employees.
Medisys is planning to start production of its Futura safety syringe this year, having won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
Wade Furniture Group has sold its consumer division to JDP Furniture for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 850 staff.
Waste Recycling Group is to open a new £2m recycling centre in Haverhill later this month.
ASW is selling its 86% stake in SAM, its French wire rods subsidiary, for £82m, in order to focus on its UK plants in Cardiff and Sheerness.
Courtaulds Textiles has sold Christy, the Cheshire-based towels business, to management for £15m.
South West Water has won the go-ahead to build a £22m sewage treatment works at Kieve Mill near Camborne.
AEA Technology is to build a new 32,000 sq ft office and training facility at the Harwell International Business Centre, in order to expand its engineering software business.
NXT has raised £28m in a share placing in order to fund the development of new technologies, such as speech synthesis.
Yorkshire Water has appointed Gleeson to build its western area wastewater schemes, in a £75m five-year programme.
Duracell is to increase production at its batteries factory in Wrexham, and its workforce will double to 110.
Longbore, the US horizontal drilling specialist, is investing £3m in a new facility in Livingston with the creation of 30 jobs.
Balfour Beatty is planning to acquire Integral Technologies, the US developer of security and surveillance technology, for up to £33m, in order to increase the capabilities of its Andover Controls business.
Charterhouse Group, the corporate clothing manufacturer, is to relocate its warehousing and headquarters from Mountsorrel and Hathern in Leicestershire to Castle Donington in August.
J&J Dyson is acquiring Acme Marls of Stoke-on-Trent for £1.9m, in order to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of kiln equipment.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced that Carneagle Furniture of Ireland is to set a £2.7m pine furniture factory in Caernarfon, with the creation of 60 jobs.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans for the development of a £20m waste treatment plant in Stallingborough, which would create 20 jobs.
Clyde Marine, the Glasgow-based manufacturer of boating equipment, is to sell its Simpson Lawrence UK distribution business to Dorset-based Sowester for £4m, which will involve the transfer of 90 employees.
Shinei Sangyo, the Singapore-based manufacturer of precision tools, is to set up a European headquarters in Livingston, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Munster Simms Engineering is investing £1.6m at Bangor, Northern Ireland, to produce plumbing systems for boats and caravans, with the creation of 25 jobs over the next three years.
Oxford Instruments is looking to recruit 80 new staff at its superconductivity subsidiary near Abingdon, including 40 specialist engineers and 40 manufacturing technicians.
Stead McAlpin is to invest £6.2m in new machinery at its textile printing mill in Cummersdale near Carlisle, while the warehouse will be moved from Cummersdale to Kingmoor Park.
Baldor, the US electric motor specialist, is setting up a new European headquarters in Bristol with the creation of 25 jobs.
Lumination, the light fittings manufacturer, is being acquired by Steeple for £28m.
Optical Coating Laboratory is planning a £2m expansion at its Dalgety Bay opto-electronics plant in Fife, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Platignum, the Royston-based pen manufacturer, has been acquired by Universal Writing Instruments of Italy for undisclosed terms.
The National Assembly for Wales is to help fund a new factory being set up in Bangor by Cycle Citi of Taiwan, which will produce up to 350,000 units a year and create 160 jobs.
CTC Marine Projects is relocating its undersea cable installation and maintenance business from Middlesbrough to Darlington, where it expects to create up to 200 jobs.
Crown Eyeglass, the Aim-listed spectacles company, is to undergo a £1.4m management buy-out.
Trifast, the industrial fastenings company, is planning to set up a £0.25m warehouse and office complex somewhere in the Midlands.
Rentokil Initial is acquiring Bilger Schwenk, the German textile service company, for £40m, and has also announced six smaller acquisitions in Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong and the US.
Impact Fork Lifts, the Immingham-based Toyota forklift dealer, has been bought by Saficon Industrial Equipment of South Africa, and a £16m expansion programme will result in more depots being opened across the country.
Kelda is planning to sell Yorkshire Water's physical assets to a customer-owned mutual company for about £2.4bn, in order to help it finance a large investment programme.
Berisford has acquired Merrychef, the manufacturer of commercial microwave ovens, for £17m.
APW is creating a further 80 jobs its factory in Dundee, which produces sheet metal and mechanical and electronic assemblies.
WF Electrical, the electrical products distributor, is to be acquired by Hagemeyer of the Netherlands for £85m.
Corus is to close its steel operation in Brierley Hill and relocate the 38 jobs to Wednesfield, while 28 jobs will be axed at its distribution centre in Blackburn.
Rentokil Initial is selling its international container business to Yardbrace for £75m and its US personnel services business to an equity investor for £43m.
Blackburn Starling, the Nottingham-based manufacturer of motor control units, is creating 50 new jobs following a £1.5m investment programme to increase capacity.
Duke Street Capital has bought a £15m majority stake in Wastepack, the waste management company, and the proceeds will be used to invest in new recycling plants.
Freedom Group has acquired VIP Bin Cleaning, the international franchise company offering wheely bin cleaning from 80 depots, for undisclosed terms.
Group 4 is looking to recruit about 300 people for the new Rye Hill prison on the outskirts of Rugby, including prison officers and teaching, healthcare and catering staff.
Deeside Furniture is planning to set up a furniture factory at the former Laura Ashley site on Gresford Industrial Estate in Wrexham, with the creation of an initial 25 jobs.
Royal Doulton is to sell its Royal Crown Derby subsidiary to a management buy-out team for £16m, securing 250 jobs.
Volex, the cables company, is looking to expand into eastern Europe, India and China, either through acquisitions or by building new plants.
AC Gill is to relocate its Nottingham textiles business and 45 jobs from the Lace Market to a new unidentified site.
N-S Eurowire, the Kidderminster-based manufacturer of tyre bead wire has been bought out of receivership by Romwire, saving 180 jobs.
Cambridgeshire County Council has approved plans from Donarbon for the development of a waste processing plant outside Waterbeach, capable of dealing with 120,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Umeco is seeking acquisitions in Europe and the US, in order to develop a global aerospace and defence distribution business.
Severn Trent is to acquire UK Waste for £380m, and will combine it with Biffa to create the country's largest waste management group.
Dyer Structural Steelwork of Oxford is considering plans to set up a new steelworks operation in Wolverhampton, where it would create about 200 jobs.
BBA is planning to acquire Lynton Aviation of the US for £37m and Osprey Aviation of Southampton for £2.5m, as part of a strategy to develop a global airline maintenance business.
Ring, the Leeds-based lighting distributor, has been acquired by Group Catalina International of the US for £22m, and is also looking to expand into continental Europe.
DML is to relocate its Bath office to Durley Park in Keynsham next month with the transfer of more than 100 jobs, in order to manage the Submarine Support Management Group contract for the Ministry of Defence.
Bombardier is planning a £100m expansion at its Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing business in Northern Ireland over the next three years, with the creation of about 1,200 jobs.
Shanks is planning to introduce new waste recycling technologies to the UK following its recent acquisition of Waste Management Nederland, including the production of fuel pellets and the creation of combustible gases.
Emess is selling its three international lighting operations to SLI of the US for £81m, in order to reduce borrowings and focus on its UK business.
GoIndustry.com has secured £24m of private funding in order to develop its internet market for surplus plant and equipment.
Pifco has acquired DH Haden, the Staffordshire-based electrical appliances company, for £3.2m.
Flow Industries has acquired Shipham, the Hull-based manufacturer of valves for the oil industry, for undisclosed terms.
MJS Contact Lenses is to create more than 100 jobs at its contact lens production units in Fareham and Hamble, due to a rise in demand.
Wrexham Council has proposed a deal with waste management firm HLC to build a £20m waste disposal plant, which would create 70 jobs.
Lochcarron of Scotland, the Galashiels-based producer of tartan textiles, is expanding its output due to a rise in export demand, and up to 18 new jobs are being created.
British Alcan is to close its Kinlochleven Smelter in June with the loss of 51 jobs, although some employees are being relocated to its sister plant at Fort William.
J&J Dyson has bought the kiln furniture business of Hewitt Refractories for £1.4m, and plans to consolidate operations on its existing Diamond Gimson site in Stoke-on-Trent.
Cleveland Test Equipment Company is to recruit about 12 new staff following the relocation of its cable testing business to Preston Farm Business Park in Stockton.
Smiths Industries is to close its Quartz air conditioning factories at Ferndown and Wimborne, Dorset, in order to transfer the work to Roof Units Engineering in Dudley, where up to 95 jobs will be created.
IAE, the manufacturer of farming materials and gates, has submitted plans for an office, storage and industrial facility at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, in order to bring all its 360 staff into one site.
TransTec, the engineering group that went into receivership in January, has sold Earby Light Engineers to management for £7m.
JCB is investing £10m at its new factory in Cheadle to produce heavy dump trucks for the construction industry.
Southern Water is planning to invest £125m over the next five years, in order to expand its water grid to cope with the expected growth in new housing in the south-east.
The government has announced a £5bn package of defence orders, including a contract for the supply of Meteor missiles that will create or safeguard 1,200 jobs in Bristol, Stevenage and Stanmore.
Valeport, the Devon-based manufacturer of marine instrumentation, is planning to relocate from Dartmouth to Totnes, with the creation of 30 jobs.
United Engineering Forgings is selling its Lincoln-based aerospace division to Precision Castparts Corporation of the US for £22m, in order to focus on its automotive and cylinders operations.
Caradon has acquired Eltek Fire & Safety of Norway for £22m, in order to expand its security and building controls business.
TI is linking up with US software company Ariba to develop its own e-commerce procurement system, and expects to make initial savings of 5-7% on non-manufacturing purchases.
Alcan Smelting & Power has completed a £115m investment programme to expand aluminium capacity at its plant near Ashington, and is taking on 85 new workers.
Kingston Somerset is considering plans to close its dairy equipment warehouse in Reading, and some workers could be relocated to a Shropshire site of its new parent company Fabdec.
Fenner is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its conveyor belt business.
Galliford has won a £30m contract to build 3,000 radio base stations across the country for British Telecom, as part of a scheme to provide communications for the police.
Toshiba is planning to invest £0.5m at its Plymouth factory in order to step up production of wide-screen TVs, despite speculation that its Japanese parent has considered closing the site due to the strong pound.
Weir has sold its Bristol-based Strachan & Henshaw bulk handling division to Svedala Industries of Sweden for £2.5m.
Kernan Timber Products is to create up to 15 new jobs, following a £3m investment at its Gilford-based timber windows business in Northern Ireland.
Romac Gloucester Rewind, the Gloucester-based electric motors and transformers company, has been acquired by the Nottingham-based Ford Group for undisclosed terms.
Cookson is selling its two telecoms businesses for £98m, with Neptco going to a venture capital consortium and Focas to Alcoa Fujikura.
Rossendale Group, the lifting gear manufacturer, is planning to expand into new premises in Lincoln with the creation of about 12 jobs.
Stag Holdings is to relocate its furniture factory from Nottingham to Scunthorpe, and many of the 300 staff will be offered the chance to move.
Fairey is acquiring Spectris AG Sensoren und Systeme, the German controls company, for £125m, partly funded by a £55m rights issue.
Group 4 is being acquired by Falck of Denmark for £550m, in order to create one of the world's leading security groups.
Williams is planning to reduce the size of its Derby headquarters following the sale of its Yale locks business, and some staff will be relocated to offices in Sunbury and Slough.
BAe Systems is to acquire the US-based control systems business of Lockheed Martin for £320m, and is also interested in a number of electronics operations being auctioned by Lockheed.
Ogihara, the Japanese tooling maker, is to set up a £10m engineering centre in Telford, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Art Forma is creating 25 jobs at its new £1m furniture showroom and factory in Castle Donington.
Techserv Engineering Services is expanding its profile machine cutting business, following the recent relocation of its administration centre from Leeds to join its mill premises in Dewsbury.
Rotolok is to invest £2m in new workshops and offices in Tiverton, and expects to employ 50 staff at the site.
Charter has accepted a £471m takeover bid from Lincoln Electric, the US welding manufacturer.
Premier Aspects is creating 50 jobs at its new cable harnessing site at Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley.
Invensys has sold Westinghouse Brakes, the rail industry supplier, to Germany's Knorr-Bremse for £65m.
Cooperheat, the Southport-based thermal engineering company, has set up a new facility in Darlington, in order to get closer to the petrochemical, shipbuilding and offshore industries of the north east.
Alstom has bought Norweb Contracting from United Utilities for £25m, as part of a strategy to develop a one-stop shop for electrical services.
Orbit Precision Machining is to create 25 new jobs following an investment in new machinery at its machining services site in Wantage.
WR Group, the Leicester-based refrigeration company, has bought NRC's supermarket services and maintenance business in Wellingborough from Stratagem Group, for undisclosed terms.
Quasar Microwave Technology is planning to expand its microwave components factory in Teignbridge, as part of an ongoing expansion that has created 30 new jobs in recent months.
Marlow Ropes has acquired Whitely Products, the Daventry-based cord manufacturer, and will transfer production to Mossley near Manchester with the loss of 34 jobs.
Hyder, the water and electricity supplier, has agreed to a £402m takeover offer from Nomura International, and Nomura has pledged to keep the group headquarters in Cardiff.
Gai-Tronics, the manufacturer of telephones and public address systems, is setting up a new factory at Stretton Park in Burton, and expects to create 50 jobs over the next five years.
Corus is planning to take a 30% stake in a joint venture with Wupperman Industrie to build a steel galvanizing plant at Moerdijk in the Netherlands.
Samsung is planning a £2m expansion at its computer monitor and microwave factory near Billingham with the creation of 300 jobs, while its nearby printed circuit boards factory will be converted into a distribution hub for monitors.
William Hare is to relocate the headquarters of its steel manufacturing business from Bolton to Brandlesholme House in Bury, with the transfer of 180 jobs.
AK Holdings, the utility industry supplier, is planning to relocate to a £3m site at the Baker Brook Industrial Estate near Nottingham, where it will build a new waste recycling centre and create 150 jobs over the next three years.
Silentnight is to invest £3m at its Sunderland furniture factory, in order to improve efficiency and safeguard the 774 jobs.
Mainetti Technology is seeking permission to expand its fibre optic factory in Hawick, where the workforce has more than doubled to 90 since the new plant opened last year.
Pro-Veneers is to set up a specialist sheet veneering centre at the Newstead Industrial Park near Nottingham, with the creation of 18 jobs.
John Tams, the Stoke-based pottery, has had its mug division bought out of receivership by a management buy-out, saving 340 jobs, and buyers are now sought for two other parts of the group.
Carpenter Engineered Products has set up a new factory in Derby to produce ceramic cores for aero engine turbine blades, and expects to create 30 jobs over the next few years.
Alvis is selling a division that manufacturers bomb disposal robots to Northrop Grumman of the US for £1.4m, and job losses are expected among the 31 Coventry-based workers.
Pattern Equipment Company, the Leicester-based tooling business, has undergone a management buy-out, and is now looking to invest in new facilities.
Delta is considering plans to set up a new electronics factory in Holyhead that could create 1,000 jobs, and has applied for a £20m regional assistance grant from the Welsh Assembly.
Morgan Crucible is selling its Laser Diode subsidiary, which makes equipment for the fibre-optic communications industry, to Tyco International for £16m.
Spring Ram is selling three Scunthorpe-based kitchen divisions to Design Academy, securing the future of about 70 jobs.
J&J Dyson is acquiring the ceramic fibres business of Wade Ceramics for £1.5m, and will relocate the business from Stoke-on-Trent to Burton-on-Trent.
Britax International is to acquire Bellingham, the US aircraft interiors business, from Hexcel for £73m.
Havant Borough Council is to consider plans from A&J Bull for the development of a new industrial waste sorting station.
RPS Group is raising £16m in a share placing, in order to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its business support services across Europe.
Yorkshire Water has announced plans to invest £450m improving water quality and updating the sewage system of Yorkshire, including a new £75m sewage treatment plant at Selby.
Daniel Europe is to shed 45 of the 120 jobs at its measuring equipment factory near Falkirk, while other workers will be relocated to other sites.
Courtaulds Textiles is to be acquired by Sara Lee of the US for £150m plus debt, which will double the size of Sara Lee's European clothing business.
Appleyards Plastics is creating 172 new jobs in Middlesbrough, following a £3m investment in new plant to spray paint domestic appliances, car components and mobile phones.
Fenner is selling its polymer engineering business for £2m to a new company called United Polymers, in which Grove Industries will take an 80% stake.
Bodycote International, the metal processing group, is planning to build about 100 new plants worldwide over the next five years, including 20 in China and Taiwan.
Coflexip Stena Offshore is acquiring the US pipeline engineering company RJ Brown of Houston from Kvaerner for undisclosed terms.
Royal Doulton is planning to invest £6.5m in its three Stoke-on-Trent factories, in order to introduce state-of-the art manufacturing technology and improve efficiency.
Indespension is to relocate its trailer factory to a new site at Horwich near Bolton, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Welsh Development Agency has announced that A&J Enterprises of Taiwan is to set up a bicycle factory in Newtown, Powys, creating up to 125 jobs.
MJ Technologies is to create a further 20 jobs at its factory in Coalville, having won a £6m contract to supply process equipment to the US aerospace industry.
Premier Stamping is planning to build a £4m factory and forge in Cradley Heath.
Terex is planning a £10m expansion at its construction equipment factory and offices in Motherwell.
Wednesbury Tube is to invest £25m at its copper tube factory in Bilston, securing the future of about 200 workers.
Cochran Boilers, the Dumfriesshire-based boiler manufacturer, has been sold by Rolls-Royce to the Lincolnshire-based BIB Group.
Glen Dimplex is investing £5m at its Chilton Electric plant in Dunleer, to create the group's sole factory for the export of electric fan heaters.
NSD is seeking permission for a £4m expansion plan at its steel distribution business in Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Haden MacLellan has sold its industrial services division for £15m, as part of a restructuring programme to focus on industrial fasteners.
Dynacast is to relocate its engineering business from Northampton to Alcester in August, with the loss of up to 120 jobs.
Smiths Industries is looking to spend up to £750m on acquisitions, in order to expand its aerospace, engineering and medical businesses.
Philips is to build a new glass furnace at its television screen factory in Simonstone, which will secure the future of the 300-strong workforce.
Greenway Holdings of Leeds is to be acquired by OSS Group, the Liverpool-based waste oils recycling group, for £7.6m.
Heywood Williams has acquired Pioneer Plastics, the US supplier of plastic pipe products.
The Ninth Floor is acquiring Farsight Surveillance Technologies and a 60% stake in its software development division IO MM Software, for £5.6m.
Taylor Valves, the Huddersfield-based engineering company, has been bought out of receivership by Wordsworth Holdings of Grantham, securing 51 jobs.
Shanks is to acquire Waste Management Nederland, the Dutch waste disposal company, for £208m.
Oxford Instruments is to close two sites in Abingdon which employ a total of 200 people, and relocate the operations to High Wycombe and Old Woking, Surrey.
UK Safety, the Bristol-based footwear and workwear company, has acquired Romford-based corporate clothing manufacturer Rex Regal.
Texon, the Leicester-based supplier of materials to the footwear industry, has acquired Crispin Dynamics, the computer-aided shoe designer, for £2.5m.
SignCorp, the corporate signage company, has gone into receivership, blaming the cost of relocating production from Leeds to Sussex.
Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water is planning to build a £5.5m pumping station in Wimborne.
Williams is selling its Yale locks business to Assa Abloy of Sweden for about £900m, and has also announced plans to split itself into two separate companies - Chubb Security Services and Kidde fire protection.
Manthorpe has acquired Huthwaite-based Acrumac Precision Engineering for undisclosed terms, in order to strengthen its expertise in the gas turbine sub-contract manufacturing industry.
P&B Metal Components is to relocate its electrical products business to larger premises in Sheffield, with the creation of a number of new jobs.
Frederick Crowther is to relocate its metal engineering business from Halifax to the Guards Road Industrial Estate in Coldstream, where it expects to create 10 new jobs.
Charter is to relocate its Howden Sirocco heaters and fans business to a new site on Queen's Island in Belfast.
First Technology is to acquire City Technology, the maker of gas-testing equipment, for £100m.
Steel & Alloy of West Bromwich is linking up with French steel company Solac Usinor to set up a new hi-tech laser-welding works in Smethwick, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Renold is acquiring Jeffrey Chain, the US manufacturer of industrial chains, for £34m.
Ash & Lacy has acquired Imas Technology, the Birmingham-based supplier of water filtration systems, for undisclosed terms.
Amchem, the West Midlands-based machine tool division of TransTec, has been bought out of receivership by MP Industries for undisclosed terms.
William Baird is to close its clothing factories in Sri Lanka and Europe, in order to cease manufacturing and focus on the development of a branded business.
West of Scotland Water Authority has awarded a £55m contract to Miller Civil Engineering for the development of a new sludge treatment plant at Daldowie.
Cameron Holdings, the Bristol-based manufacturer of hot air balloons, has bought Sky Balloons International of Wrexham for undisclosed terms.
Chamberlain Doors is planning to expand its garage doors business in Bolton with the creation of at least 12 jobs.
Gyrus is to acquire Everest Medical Corporation, the US manufacturer of surgical equipment, for £32m, which will give it access to a 105-strong US salesforce.
Severfield-Reeve has started work on a £3m expansion at its structural steel factory near Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
UKae, the Sutton Coldfield-based supplier of double glazing parts, has undergone a £8m management buy-out.
Matra BAe Dynamics has won a £378m contract to supply Seawolf missiles to the Ministry of Defence, which will secure or create up to 300 jobs at sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Bolton.
Smiths Industries is to acquire Actuation Systems, the US-based aircraft utilities business, from BAe Systems for £63m.
TRW Aeronautical Systems is to invest £10m in new machinery at its Huyton Business Park factory on Merseyside.
Courtaulds Textiles is to sell its Standfast and Weavestyle furnishings operations to Walker Greenbank for £9m, and is now looking to sell Zorbit nursery products and Christy towels.
Williams Fasteners has acquired Dunning's Fasteners, the Teesside-based supplier of heavy-duty nuts and bolts, for undisclosed terms.
Morgan Crucible is to sell its power industry products business to Tyco International of the US for £44m.
Dyson is planning to build a vacuum cleaner factory in east Asia, and is considering sites in China and Malaysia.
Dawson International is to sell its Pringle knitwear business to Fang Brothers Knitting of Hong Kong for about £5m.
Malton Clothing is planning to close its factory in Norton, North Yorkshire, and aims to relocate some of the 87 employees to another site in Driffield.
The Ministry of Defence is to close the Defence Aviation Repair Agency avionics unit at the Fleetlands helicopter repair yard in Gosport, and aims to relocate the 75 staff to other sites.
Wassall, the industrial conglomerate, has agreed to a £627m takeover bid from an investment vehicle owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Royal Brierley Crystal is to move to a site next to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, in a £5m redevelopment that will involve the relocation of 200 jobs and the creation of 25 new jobs.
Hampson Industries is expanding its Bellhouse Hartwell aircraft parts factory in Westhoughton at a cost of £1m, and 60 jobs will be created.
RPS Group is acquiring Environmental Engineering Limited of Ireland for £7.3m.
ADT is planning to double the size of its security business in Sheffield over the next year with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Middlesex Holdings is forming a joint venture with Gazprom of Russia to set up an internet-based trading platform for steel.
Cleveland Waste Management is planning to build a new £30m incinerator at Haverton Hill on Teesside, to burn more domestic waste and increase capacity of the plant by 30%.
Shop-Equip is to create 90 jobs at its shop equipment factory at Whaley Thorns in Derbyshire, and is building new manufacturing and telesales premises.
BAe Systems has dropped plans to form a joint venture between its Royal Ordnance business and Rheinmetall of Germany, and will instead build up its own position in the European munitions sector.
ADI Treatments, the West Bromwich-based metal treatment company, has been acquired by Hulvershorn of Germany for £0.3m.
Thames Water is to invest £122m improving the quality of drinking water in Jakarta, having renegotiated a contract with the Indonesian capital's city council.
The Dolls House Emporium is to relocate its factory and 50 staff to a larger site on the Codnor Gate business park in Ripley, Derbyshire, and expects to create 10 new jobs.
Renishaw is looking to recruit 70 staff in a £5m expansion programme at its high precision measuring equipment business in Wotton-under-Edge.
Hidden Hearing, the Kent-based manufacturer of hearing aids, has agreed to a £23m takeover offer from William Demant of Denmark.
Explorer Group is to set up a new £3m caravan factory in Consett, in order to consolidate production onto one site.
FKI is to acquire SNE Systems, the US supplier of control systems to the materials handling industry, for up to £24m.
Grampian Holdings has sold its Glenmuir golfwear business to management, in order to focus on its Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Malcolm Group operations.
FKI is to relocate the head office of its engineering business from Halifax to London.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is planning to relocate the council-run Linear Way Industries factory from its Bath premises, due to potential fire and safety hazards.
Motherwell Bridge is to relocate its Fielding & Platt hydraulic press factory from Gloucester to Leeds, with the loss of up to 40 jobs.
Herbert Green, the Silsden-based furnishing fabrics company, has undergone a management buy-out from Lifestyle Furnishings International, with the backing of Euro Sales Finance of Leeds.
Marwin Production Systems, the Wednesfield-based machine tools division of TransTec, has been sold by the receivers to Marbaix Group for undisclosed terms.
NXT has sold its Mission division, which makes conventional hi-fi speakers, to a management buy-out for £5.2m.
Motherwell Bridge has sold its information systems division to a management team led by venture capital group 3i, in a £75m deal.
Thames Water is looking to generate more than 30% of its profits from operations outside the UK water industry within the next five years, by investing up to £500m a year.
Smiths Industries is to acquire EMC Technology, the US manufacturer of high-performance connectors, for £26m.
Trade Mark Textiles, the Derbyshire-based textiles wholesaler, is planning to set up a factory in Morocco in March, employing up to 100 people.
LG Electronics is to expand production at its Washington-based microwave ovens factory with the creation of 60 jobs.
Sunderland Council is providing assistance to Connor Solutions in the development of a new factory at Houghton to make products for household appliances, with the creation of up to 140 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced that Sun Ya Shoes of China is to set up a shoe factory in Milford Haven, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Cambridgeshire County Council is to consider plans from the Dickerson Group for the development of a new recycling centre at Waterbeach, in order to reduce the amount of waste being put into the region's landfill sites.
Bristol Water has acquired Operational UK, the supplier of energy and environmental engineering services, for £4m, as part of a strategy to build up its non-regulated business.
Southern Water has awarded a £10m contract to Dean & Dyball to build two pumping stations at Newport on the Isle of Wight.
Villiers is to sell its engineering business for £0.7m, in order to transform itself into an internet-based healthcare company called Ultrasis.
Schmitz Cargobull is planning a £5.5m expansion at its trailer factory in County Durham in order to add curtain-sided trailers to its output, and 50 jobs will be created.
Palm Equipment International, the manufacturer of watersports equipment, is relocating its headquarters and 50 staff to purpose-built premises at Clevedon to accommodate plans for expansion.
Ruberoid, the protective coatings group, has accepted a £66m takeover bid from IKO Sales of Canada, in order to gain access to more customers and a wider product range.
Otis is to set up a £1.5m customer care centre for its Express Evans Lifts business in Leicester, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Ferraris is to acquire Univak, the manufacturer of components for pressure vessels, for £5.7m.
Trent Insulations of Burton has merged with Orion Insulations, and the combined business is planning to open two new insulation distribution centres with the creation of 20 jobs.
Sherwood has sold its sock manufacturing business to Trident International Textile Group for £2.9m.