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Cobham is forming a £9m joint venture between its FR Aviation subsidiary and Singapore Technologies Aerospace to service commercial airliners at Bournemouth International Airport, which will create 200 jobs over the next 12 months.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Adamatic, the US manufacturer of food manufacturing equipment, for £3.6m.
Chloride has acquired Masterfix Comercio e Servicos, the Brazilian distributor of power protection products, for undisclosed terms.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Millers Bakery Machinery, the Bury-based facilities management and manufacturing company, for £12.8m.
Diploma has acquired Clarendon Engineering Supplies, the distributor of high performance fasteners, for £3m.
Headlam has sold Gradus, the Macclesfield-based floorcoverings manufacturer, to a management buy-out for £32m, as part of a strategy to focus on distribution.
Leeds Group is to sell Langholm Dyeing and Schofield Cloth Finishers to the UK Dyeing Division management team for £6m, as part of a strategy to transform itself from a textile company to a financial services company.
Clan Douglas, the Hawick-based cashmere manufacturer, and sister company Murray Allan of Innerleithen have been sold by Toyoboshi Kogyo of Japan to Birmingham-based investment group Harris Watson for an estimated £5m.
William Baird is to sell its Dannimac raincoats business to Signature Brands of London for £3.1m.
Trelleborg Industrial is to build a £10m anti-vibration systems plant at Bursom Park near Leicester.
Pneumatic Conveying Systems, the Stockport-based manufacturer of vacuum conveying equipment, has been acquired by K-Tron of the US.
SATRA Technology Centre has acquired Hampden Test Equipment, the manufacturer of abrasion test machines and ozone cabinets with annual turnover of £2m.
Marconi has sold its Gilbarco petrol pump business to Danaher of the US for £225m, and is now planning to sell its 50% stake in the Hotpoint domestic appliances business to Merloni of Italy for £130m.
The National Assembly for Wales is providing a £1.2m grant to MCS for the development of a £7m compact disc factory at Ystradgynlais in the Swansea valley, which will create 77 jobs.
Inditherm, the supplier of lagging and thermal blankets, has raised £3.3m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its manufacturing capacity.
TGI, the hi-fi manufacturer, has accepted a £15m takeover bid from TC Group of Denmark.
Enodis is to sell Sammic, its Spanish food equipment manufacturing business, to a management buy-out for £22m.
Copyrite is planning to relocate its office equipment business and 40 staff to Chester or Conway, having been refused permission to expand in Denbigh.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Elgin & Hall, the Ripon-based fireplace manufacturer, for £4m.
BA Components is planning a £1m expansion at its kitchen furniture components factory in Cookstown, with the creation of about 15 jobs.
Silentnight is planning to sell K Raymakers & Sons, the former Cornwell Parker fabric business, for £2.5m.
Frazier International, the Dumfries-based office equipment refurbishing company with 140 staff, has been acquired by MIREC of the Netherlands for £10m.
Delta is to sell Delta Fluid Products of St Helens and Donald Brown of Stretford to management for £5.5m, as part of a strategy to dispose of its plumbing operations.
Yorkshire Forward is setting up the Manufacturing Advisory Service in Leeds, a £2.7m centre for manufacturing excellence that will send experts on trouble-shooting visits to factories.
Pennon Group is to sell its Viridor instrumentation business to Danaher of the US for £103m.
Kocher & Beck, the Coalville-based manufacturer of steel cutters, is moving to a larger £1.5m site on the Stephenson Industrial Estate, with the creation of 15 jobs.
BAe Systems has announced that its Silicon Sensing Systems venture will set up a factory in Plymouth to produce micro machined sensor heads for the new Segway Human Transporter invention in the US, creating 200 jobs.
Headlam has acquired Floorsales, the Northern Ireland-based distributor of commercial floorcoverings, for £0.4m, and the business will be relocated to a new warehouse and distribution facility.
Metalrax has acquired Buncher & Haseler, the Birmingham-based manufacturer of commercial catering products, for £0.6m.
Stadium Group has sold Peachman Refrigeration to Longstore for £0.8m, in order to focus on electronic manufacturing services.
Meggitt has completed the sale of Swindon-based Meggitt Electronic Components to Tyco Electronics UK for £16m.
Smiths has sold five small subsidiaries for a total £10m, with Cambridge Vacuum Engineering going to Aquasium, Woodville Airbag Engineering to Safety Components International, and three former EIS businesses to Harris Watson.
ISS is to acquire two damage recovery companies - Ark & General of Staffordshire and Electromec of Skipton - for undisclosed terms.
Smiths is to acquire Summitek Instruments, the US supplier of interference testing equipment, for £7m.
Chubb has won US approval to sell its Tesa Hardware operation to Assa Abloy for £85m, which completes the disposal of its mechanical locks and door hardware businesses.
Cambridge University is to set up a £10m manufacturing research centre to help local businesses develop new ideas, as part of a £60m nationwide initiative being co-ordinated by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.
Diploma is looking to invest up to £32m in its industrial components distribution business, having completed a programme to dispose of non-core operations.
MediCare Technology, the disabled equipment wholesaler, has undergone a management buy-out, saving 40 jobs, but sister company Ashdale Healthcare has gone into receivership.
Waterman Partnership has acquired Aspen Consulting for £5.5m, as part of a strategy to move into the higher-margin areas of engineering consultancy.
North Norfolk District Council has approved plans from XLFX for the development of a £1m fireworks factory at Tattersett near Fakenham, which will create about 25 jobs.
Southfields Coachworks is to relocate 90 staff from Loughborough to a larger manufacturing site at Langar Airfield next month.
Biddle, the Nuneaton-based heating manufacturer, has been acquired by Carver of Walsall for £13m.
Ferschl has acquired Cleveland Flexible Engineering, the Teesside-based manufacturer of stainless steel flexible hoses, and is now looking to increase capacity at its tubeform division and invest in new machinery and personnel.
Firth Rixson is selling its Enpar alloy and stainless steel distribution business in Germany to Bohler-Uddeholm of Austria for £4.7m.
Rafiki Protection of Cwmbran is planning a new sales and recruitment drive following the launch of a new fire alarm system, and the workforce is expected to increase from 25 to 35 next year.
The Scottish Executive has announced plans to merge Scotland's three water authorities into a new group called Scottish Water next year, which will lead to the loss of about 1,000 jobs and a £2bn investment in infrastructure over five years.
Beldray, the Bilston-based manufacturer of ironing boards and ironmongery, has undergone a management buy-out for a nominal sum, securing the future of 300 jobs.
Tomkins has acquired American Metal Products, the US supplier of residential air systems with almost 1,000 employees, from Masco Corporation for undisclosed terms.
STP Group, the door manufacturer with 300 staff and manufacturing sites in Yorkshire and Coventry, has undergone a £15m management buy-out.
Welsh Water has announced plans to invest an additional £41m in reducing the risk of flooding, improving the environmental performance of waste water treatment works and increasing water resources in certain areas.
Latchways is to acquire HCL Group for £2.4m, in order to expand its safety systems installation business.
Morinoak International is planning to create up to 80 jobs in Great Yarmouth following its recent acquisition by US drilling equipment group Varco International.
Daniel Measurement & Control is to set up a new European headquarters at Stirling University, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Thales has sold Racal Instruments, the manufacturer of aerospace and defence test systems, to a consortium of US venture capitalists led by JF Lehman for £85m.
Laird has acquired R&F Products, the US supplier of electromagnetic interference absorber products, for an initial £3m.
Smiths Group has acquired Bivona Medical Technologies, the US supplier of silicone tubes for medical use, from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for £24m.
Express Reinforcements, the processor of steel bars for the concrete industry, is to invest £1m in a new factory in Neath, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Aluminium Lighting Company has acquired UK Extrusion & Plastic Bag's 36,000 sq ft factory at Cymmer in South Wales, in order to manufacture lighting columns and create new jobs.
Biotrace has acquired Ruskinn Technology, the supplier of microbiology products for the international healthcare market, for about £1m.
Chloride has acquired Continuous Power International, the Bedford-based supplier of power protection equipment, for undisclosed terms.
Sheffield Forgemasters has secured £25m from the US-based Burdale Financial banking group to finance the expansion of the company in the wake of rising demand for forgings and castings for safety critical applications.
Oxford Instruments has acquired CMI International, the US manufacturer of equipment to measure thin metallic coatings, for about £1.3m.
Scapa has acquired Cable Components, the Blackburn-based supplier of cable wrapping tapes, for undisclosed terms.
Eastern Contracting is planning to create about 150 jobs over the next six months, having won a number of new orders for electrical engineering work in East Anglia.
Interserve has sold its Dudley-based fire protection business to Tyco of the US for £12m.
Wyko Industrial Services has sold its Tufthane and PPL polyurethane product operations in Coventry and Retford to management for £3.5m.
AK Holdings is investing £0.7m in a new waste recycling plant near Nottingham, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Boeing is setting up a new office at 16 St James in London for between 10 and 20 UK directors, and will relocate from Jermyn Street in December.
Monotub is planning to raise £3m in a share placing to expand production of the Titan washing machine.
Sita is preparing plans for the development of an integrated waste management facility at Altens in Aberdeen.
Jentique, the furniture manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by Deeside Furniture for undisclosed terms, saving more than 200 jobs.
Oystertec has acquired the plumbing division of Delta for £28m, as part of a strategy to develop its own European pipe-fitting distribution network.
Brockhampton, the owner of Portsmouth Water, is planning to undergo a £71m management buy-out, involving the creation of a special purpose buy-out vehicle called South Downs.
Stoddard International is to relocate its Kilmarnock-based carpet yarn operation to its larger Riverside site, freeing up land in the town centre for Safeway to build a new supermarket.
Senior has sold two industrial businesses to Tyco of the US for £1.6m, and is now looking to sell a further six businesses.
Hartest has acquired Tinsley Group, the Croydon-based manufacturer of cable fault testing equipment, for £1.9m, and is also raising £3m in a share placing.
Fenner is to acquire the Enerka conveyor belt business of Luxembourg-based Unipoly for £47m, in order to become the world's largest supplier of heavyweight belts.
Alba is to acquire Pulse Home Products, the owner of the Breville Europe domestic appliances brand, from the Baxi Group for £12m.
Pennon Group has acquired two waste management companies - Suffolk Waste Disposal Company for £8.6m and Manchester-based Lavelle & Sons for £3.6m.
Leaf Technologies is to create 45 jobs at its factory in Newtownabbey to produce the new Conversor electronic hearing device for the partially deaf.
Synseal Extrusions is planning a £7m expansion at its plastics factory in Huthwaite, Notts, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Bals Electrical Engineering, the Wakefield-based supplier of electricity sub-station services with 170 staff, has been acquired by General Electric of the US for undisclosed terms.
Smiths has sold four vacuum and pressure operations - including Stokes Vakuum, Hibon, Wilhelm Klein and Hick Hargreaves - to BOC Edwards for £13m.
Cromwell Tools has started relocating its industrial supplies business to a new £10m headquarters in Leicester, and is also planning to quadruple its turnover and increase its UK branches to 55 over the next 10 years.
Desk Link, the Tredegar-based office furniture manufacturer, is to move to the Tafarnaubach industrial estate in a £3.4m investment that will create 75 new jobs.
RF Shielding is planning to double the 50-strong workforce at its electronic shielding business in Abertillery over the next year.
Pimpernel, the manufacturer of place-mats, has undergone a £25m management buy-out, and is now seeking acquisitions.
John Fredericks Plastics, the Huddersfield-based window fabricator, has undergone a £12m management buy-out, and now hopes to expand the 174-strong workforce.
Newcastle City Council and other local authorities in Tyne & Wear are asking firms to submit tenders to set up kerbside recycling schemes, in order to meet government waste reduction targets.
Brammer has acquired Grupo Rabinad, the Spanish industrial services group, for £1.8m, and Carl Fischer of Germany for £0.7m.
Cannon & Stokes, the Leicester-based aerospace engineering company with 60 staff, has undergone a £4m management buy-out from Tamworth-based Phoenix Manufacturing.
3M is to create 35 new jobs at its Newton Aycliffe site by relocating the production and development of respiration face masks from London.
Askern has sold its South Yorkshire-based steel reels business to a management buy-out for £1.5m, and the business will be renamed as Zoto Engineering.
Unilever has sold its London-based Myhome home cleaning service to Chores Group for undisclosed terms.
Bellow Machine Company has acquired the SMP sewing machine parts business from British Mohair for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of seven SMP staff from Bradford to Leeds.
Sara Lee Courtaulds has sold its Penn Nyla textiles business, which has 250 staff at sites in Derby and Long Eaton, to the Harris Watson investment group for undisclosed terms.
British Ceramic Tiles is to expand its sales and IT divisions with the creation of up to 30 jobs, and a further 50 jobs will be created when it expands the Devon factory next year.
Schlumberger is planning to relocate its smart card division and up to 100 staff from Felixstowe to its other card base in Fareham.
CW Fletcher is planning to build a new 61,000 sq ft aerospace engineering factory at its site in Sheffield, and Gleeson has been asked to carry out the work.
Torday & Carlisle is to sell its Diesel Marine International business to Valve Technics for up to £7.2m.
Aberdeenshire Council is considering plans from Dundas Brothers for the development of a £10m energy-from-waste plant at an animal rendering site in Kintore, which would create 30 jobs.
Fotolec Technologies has secured £2m in a private share placing to fund the development of a shatter-resistant coating for energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, and expects to create 30 new jobs over the next three years.
Bowmer Bond Narrow Fabrics, the Ashbourne-based fabric manufacturer with 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Whessoe International is creating 20 new jobs at its Darlington-based engineering business, having won a number of contracts to design liquid gas storage facilities.
Diamonite Aircraft Furnishings is creating 50 new jobs at its Bristol factory, having won a £10m contract to refurbish aircraft interiors for the Russian government.
Mueller Industries is to open a new £29m copper tube facility at its Bilston site next month.
Baromix, the manufacturer of concrete mixers, has been acquired by Altrad of France for undisclosed terms.
Northern Rubber is to set up a new research laboratory and clean production unit at its rubber factory in Retford, with the creation of 20 jobs, following its £5.5m acquisition by Icon.
British American Tobacco is planning to build a £100m cigarette factory in Nigeria by 2003, employing 1,000 people.
Cheshire County Council has approved plans from Cleanright Industrial Services for the development of a new treatment centre for water-based waste at Oil Sites Road in Ellesmere Port, which will create 100 jobs.
The Industrial Development Board is supporting a £1m textile finishing joint venture between Samuel Lamont and Valley Dyeworks, which will lead to the creation of 30 jobs at the former Clendinnings site in Lurgan.
Lebus Furniture is to expand production at its furniture factory in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Avec Engineering, the Ripley-based aerospace components manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by Paul Holdings, saving 53 of the 69 jobs.
Smiths Group has sold two non-core businesses for £20m, as part of a strategy to focus on aerospace, medical and industrials.
Three Star Engineering has sold its environmental division out of receivership to Adams Hydraulics of York, saving 16 jobs, and the business will be moved from the Lower Don Valley to new premises in Wath.
Pressfold is investing £1.6m in a new steel products production facility in Lisburn in order to centralise its operations at the Knockmore Industrial Estate, and plans to recruit 18 additional staff over the next three years.
Corporate Graphic Group is planning to relocate its audio-visual services business from Rochdale to a larger £2m office at the Broadway Business Park in Oldham next year, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Time 24, the supplier of advanced wiring systems, is opening a new plant at Cowes on the Isle of Wight with the creation of 40 jobs, and a further 60 staff will be recruited over the next 12 months.
Spirent is to sell its Sensing Solutions division, which makes instruments to measure temperature and pressure and employs 2,000 staff, to General Electric of the US for £152m.
TriVirix has secured £9.3m of funding to expand its Belfast-based medical devices manufacturing business.
Glenfield & Kennedy, the Kilmarnock-based water valve and fittings manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by AVK of Denmark for undisclosed terms, saving 70 jobs.
Baird Group is to set up a £3m linen-based dyeing and finishing plant for its John Hanna subsidiary in Kells, Co Antrim, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Carclo has sold Joseph Sykes Brothers, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of wire products with 200 staff, to Bekaert of Belgium for £5.6m.
Ben Burgess & Co is expanding its agricultural engineering business in East Anglia through the acquisition of three Blyth & Pawsey depots in Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Saffron Walden.
Kidde is looking to spend about £40m on acquisitions to expand its fire protection and safety products business this year, while £3m will be spent on a cost-cutting programme in the UK.
General Electric of the US is to transfer its European headquarters from London to Brussels as part of a strategy to expand in Europe, but some of the 25 staff will remain in London.
Invensys has sold its Hoffman vacuum systems business in the US to Gardner Denver for £31m.
Drinkwater Engineering and The Vehicle Application Centre have merged their neighbouring engineering businesses in Leyland, with the loss of 14 jobs.
Nico is to recruit 20 new toolmakers and maintenance workers at its hinges factory in Clacton.
Lee Colourplan, the Ilkeston-based supplier of fabric sample books with 80 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and there are plans to expand the factory from 25,000sq ft to 36,000sq ft.
Portasilo is seeking permission to build a £1m factory for its materials handling and storage division at Elvington near York.
Kelda is to acquire four New England water supply businesses from American Water Works Company for £162m, as part of a strategy to expand its Aquarion subsidiary in the US.
NSK-RHP Bearings is to relocate about 90 staff from Ruddington to Newark later this year, as part of an ongoing reorganisation of the business.
Andor Technology is planning a £5m expansion at its scientific imaging equipment factory in Belfast over the next three years, with the creation of 75 new jobs.
Pland has acquired Associated Metal, the Glasgow-based stainless steel fabrication manufacturer with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Impress Group has sold its Paterson photographic equipment division to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and the eight staff will be relocated from Telford to Tipton.
Myson Radiators is to invest £18m at its radiator factory in Gateshead over the next three years, securing the future of hundreds of jobs.
AvestaPolarit is to invest £14m at its Shepcote Lane stainless steel plant in Sheffield, which will involve a new continuous caster at the melting shop.
Tribal Group is to acquire GWT Group, the supplier of consultancy services to the local government sector, for £4.9m.
Magnet, the kitchen manufacturer, is to close its Keighley head office and switch 140 jobs to Darlington and Crossflatts, near Bingley.
Bulgin has acquired Powertron, the Cambridge-based manufacturer of power management products, for about £1m.
Intrukt has acquired Office Star Yorkshire, the Ripon-based office supplies company with 15 staff, as part of a strategy to develop a nationwide network.
Sureclean is investing £2m in the expansion of its high-pressure water-jetting and asbestos removal divisions, with the creation of up to 20 jobs a year over the next three years.
WS Atkins is to create dozens of jobs at its Faithful & Gould project management office at Thornaby on Teesside, having won a contract to help decommission the Dounreay nuclear plant.
Relyon, the bed manufacturer with 850 UK staff, is to be acquired by Steinhoff International of South Africa for £37m.
SRS Technology has raised £3m in a share placing to fund the development of wireless domestic devices for people with impaired mobility.
MacLellan Group has acquired Ramoneur Cleaning & Support Services for £5m.
Balli has acquired Klockner from Eon of Germany for £670m, in order to become one of the largest independent steel distributors in the world.
British American Tobacco has announced plans to build a £57m cigarette factory at Sachon in South Korea.
French has sold its Regalead decorative glazing products business to a management buy-out for £2.1m.
Brambles Industries is considering plans to relocate to a new head office following the group's creation from the merger of the Brambles support services business with the industrial services division of GKN.
Myson Pumps has undergone a management buy-out from Baxi Heating, securing the future of 150 jobs in King's Lynn, and the business will be renamed Circulating Pumps.
Survey Supplies, the distributor of surveying equipment, has acquired the Huntingdon office of Californian firm Trimble Navigation, which will involve the transfer of 14 staff.
Waste Recycling Group is to acquire Integrated Waste Management, the operator of four Humberside landfill sites, for £30m.
Sunseeker International is to set up a £10m boat building design and development centre in Poole, which will create 300 jobs and secure the future of its existing 1,100 workers.
Border Circuits is to relocate its circuit boards factory and 47 staff to larger premises at Wilderhaugh in Galashiels, and 15 new jobs will be created.
MFI is to create 90 new jobs in a £2m investment at its Hygena furniture factory in Stockton, but up to 358 jobs will be lost at plants in Hull.
John Wood Group has acquired Lovegreen Turbine Services of the US for undisclosed terms, in order to increase its share of the international heavy industrial turbine market.
ARC Euro is investing £5m at its new IMD Solutions plastics manufacturing facility in Stirling, which could lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs over the next three years.
British Rema is planning to relocate its Sheffield-based powder processing and milling machine business to new premises in Sheepbridge, at a cost of £0.4m.
Hunting is to acquire Performance Drilling Wyoming and Performance Boring Technologies for £2.7m, in order to expand its drilling technology business in the US.
TRW Aeronautical Systems has selected a site in Coleshill to set up a new £12m repair and maintenance centre, which will involve the transfer of 400 staff from Marston Green, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull.
Bailey Caravans is investing £5m to increase production at its caravan factory in Bristol, which will lead to the expansion of its 250-strong workforce.
Coats Viyella has sold its Somercotes-based Branded Menswear Unit to a management buy-out, securing the future of 210 jobs.
Emmerson Industrial Doors is planning to create 12 new jobs following the relocation of its door manufacturing business to larger premises at Sherburn-in-Elmet.
North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from Newlincs for the development of an integrated waste management facility near Stallingborough.
Walker Greenbank has acquired Brushstrokes, the Oxford-based manufacturer of stencils for the decorative trade, for £0.25m, and will transfer production to its site in Loughborough.
Thermo Goring Kerr is planning to relocate the production of metal detection equipment from Windsor to Rugby, which will lead to the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
HSBC Private Equity has sold Mira Showers, the former Caradon division, to Kohler of the US for £301m.
Charnwood Group of Leicester has merged with Tubbs Group, which has operations in Nottingham and Wiltshire, to create a combined elastic manufacturing business called Stretchline with 500 staff.
William Baird has sold its Baird Corporatewear subsidiary to Rainbow Corporate-wear for £11m, in order to focus on womenswear and sportswear.
Chubb is to acquire A-Link USA and Alarm Processing of Texas for £35m, in order to expand its electronic alarm operations in the US.
UCM Group is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of capacity at its zirconia production plants in the US.
The University of Ulster is to create up to 100 jobs at a new £2.5m Technology & Engineering Innovation Centre at the Jordanstown campus in County Antrim.
Ley Rubber, the Liverpool-based manufacturer of rubber stoppers and tubing, has undergone a £1.1m management buy-out and is now planning to double in size and increase exports.
Royal Doulton has sold its Caithness Glass glassware subsidiary in Scotland to Royal Worcester & Spode for £6.1m.
James Cotterell & Sons, the Walsall-based manufacturer of equestrian products and belt buckles, has been bought out receivership by FH Tomkins Buckle, saving 55 jobs.
Hunting has sold its Hunting Engineering defence contracting division to ABN Amro and a management team for £42m, and the business will be renamed Insys.
Yorkshire Water is to invest £60m in improvements to the water supply in Bradford over the next four years, starting with the £10m upgrade of the Chellow Heights water treatment works.
Elequip Projects is planning to create a further 30 jobs at its Leicester-based electrical engineering business, having won a number of new orders to supply train equipment.
Croma Group, the supplier of surveillance equipment, is to acquire Sonic Communications of Bickenhill, in a £9.5m deal.
Avec Aerotool has acquired the ground-support equipment interests of C&F Millier, which will lead to the creation of up to 40 jobs over the next three years.
Crepe Weavers is to invest £1.7m in the modernisation of its nylon and polyester fabrics plant in Newtownards, securing the future of 70 jobs.
Weir has sold its computer division to Maxima of Cheltenham for undisclosed terms, while three units are being closed with the loss of 335 jobs - Tooling Products in Hampshire, G Perry in Leicester and Strachan & Henshaw in Manchester.
Turbo Genset has acquired Intelligent Power Systems, the Gateshead-based designer and manufacturer of power systems, for £1.5m.
Allen & Heath, the Penryn-based manufacturer of audio mixing consoles, has undergone a £9m management buy-out from Harman International Industries.
HW Plastics, the window frames manufacturer, is to open a new distribution centre in Stoke-on-Trent later this year, which will involve 20 new jobs and the relocation of existing staff from Talke.
Enviros, the environmental consultancy with 250 staff, is to undergo a £17m management buy-out backed by ECI Ventures.
Luxury Lifestyles is looking to raise up to £5m to expand its Mackintosh and Chester Barrie clothing brands.
Serco is to acquire AEA Technology's technical consulting division for about £75m.
Laura Ashley is planning to create 120 jobs at its Texplan Manufacturing factories in Powys over the next four years, in order to expand the output of clothing, wallpaper and textiles.
PHS has raised £250m in a flotation in order to reduce debts and fund the expansion of its washroom services business.
Tandem Group has acquired Dawes Cycles, the bicycle manufacturer, for an initial £0.2m, and is now looking to acquire other sports and leisure equipment companies.
Inco Europe is to invest £3.8m in the expansion of its Swansea Valley nickel refinery, which will secure the future of 300 employees and create 30 construction jobs.
IMI has sold six non-core industrial valves businesses, including Bailey Birkett, Amal and Marston Bursting Discs in the UK, to Tyco of the US for £55m.
Corac is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund acquisitions and the development of a new assembly facility for its oil-free compressors.
Haldane UK, the Glenrothes-based manufacturer of timber handrails, has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of 40 jobs.
Airbus UK is planning to recruit 400 design engineers and 500 manufacturing workers at its Filton plant in Bristol, to produce wings for the A400M transporter aircraft.
Apollo Fire Detectors is to restructure its Havant-based business, with the creation of a number of new manufacturing jobs and the loss of 13 office jobs.
Booth Industries is to acquire Jordan Engineering UK and Jordan Fabrications from MacLellan Group for about £4m.
Four D Rubber has undergone a £4.3m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland, and plans to expand its cast latex sheeting business.
Endeva, the electrical appliance installation business created by Boxclever, is to create 25 jobs at its new head office in Swindon.
Bailey Peerless, the Birmingham-based specialist engineering company with 200 staff, has been sold by the receivers of the Edgbaston Group to Marmon of the US.
The National Assembly for Wales is to invest up to £40m in local authority waste recycling projects over the next three years.
Pacson Engineering is looking to relocate its Carnoustie-based valve manufacturing business to larger premises, possibly in Dundee or Angus, and the workforce could grow from 80 to 200.
Premier Farnell is to acquire Buck & Hickman, the industrial product catalogue distributor with 29 UK branches, from Charles Baynes for £65m.
Eliza Tinsley is to acquire ForTeq of Italy for £1.8m, as part of a strategy to expand its off-highway products business in continental Europe.
WR Group has bought Westward Refrigeration Service from Linde Refrigeration of Germany for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to provide full refrigeration facilities to retailers throughout the UK.
North of Scotland Water Authority has launched a £180m project to improve water supplies at 240 locations, which will include 120 new water treatment works, the refurbishment of water storage reservoirs and the laying of 50km of water main.
R Griggs is creating 68 new jobs at its shoe factory in Whetstone, Leicestershire, following the introduction of a new cell system of working.
The National Assembly for Wales has awarded £1.3m for the creation of 112 new jobs at six companies in Tredegar and Ebbw Vale, including Universal Batteries, Dambi, Yajima, Newpress Plastics, Eastern Choice Ingredients and M&J Europe.
Dawson International is opening new premises at the Arbroath Business Centre for its Ballantyne Cashmere business, and will recruit 12 collar binders.
Virotec International, the Australian toxic sludge cleaning company, is planning to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim next month to expand operations into Europe and the US.
FE Aerospace is to create a further 80 jobs at its new £1.5m aircraft components business at Sherwood Park in Nottinghamshire over the next two years.
Basys Technology, the defence contracting company, has been bought out of receivership by Space Technology Systems, saving 130 jobs at the Gosport factory.
Firth Rixson has sold its Chesterfield-based Cromdane Steel & Engineering subsidiary to French-owned International Metal Service for £4.1m.
Boosey & Hawkes has confirmed plans to move its musical instruments factory from north London to Germany, while 120 skilled workers will be relocated to a new site in Watford.
Metalrax has acquired the Classic Housewares division of Frederick Cooper for £0.8m, in order to expand its kitchenware products business.
IMI has acquired 80% of Display Technologies, the US point of purchase manufacturer, for £26m.
French, the Manchester-based textiles company, has sold its Rufflette curtain tape business to Bandex Narrow Textiles of Austria for £7m.
Dimensions Corporatewear is relocating its corporate clothing business and 55 staff from Hinckley to Castle Donington, with the creation of 10-15 new jobs.
Industrial Cooling Systems, the Hampshire-based supplier of cooling equipment to a wide range of industries, has undergone a £22m management buy-in backed by Lloyds TSB.
Rolls-Royce is to acquire Intering, the German developer of marine power systems with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Tribal Group is to acquire Austin Mayhead, the supplier of consulting services to the public sector, for £1m.
DPS Composites Aerospace is to create 50 new jobs at its Pembroke Dock plant following an increase in orders.
Drummond, the textiles company, is to be acquired by Chargeurs of France for £4.5m.
Tomkins has sold its Totectors safety footwear business to UKS Group for £19m.
Bodycote International has acquired Oy Galvano, the Finnish metal treatment company with annual sales of £2.3m.
Headlam has sold Gordon John Textiles, the Salford Quays-based curtain manufacturer, to management for £2m, while Claremont Fabrics and BS Brown of Glossop have also been sold.
BOC is setting up a £5.3m micro cylinder plant in Leatherhead to produce gas cylinders for Powderject's needle-free injection system, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Advantica Technologies has bought US-based Stoner Associates from Severn Trent for £18m, in order to expand its gas pipeline and engineering business in North America.
Heerema is looking to recruit 40 welders and pipe fitters at its Hartlepool yard, having won a contract to provide pre-assembled units for a BP offshore plant.
FKI has acquired Stearns Airport Equipment Company, the US manufacturer of airport baggage systems, for up to £5.2m.
Wadkin, the Leicester-based woodwork machinery manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by management, saving 110 jobs.
Kidde is to acquire Vijay Industries & Projects, the Indian manufacturer of fire equipment, for £2.3m.
Leeds Group is to sell its Strines textile printing business to Walker Greenbank for up to £2.5m, while Sharps Fabric Printers will be sold to management and its Walsden printing branch will be closed.
Charles Baynes has acquired Simone Engineering, the US distributor of industrial valves and process control instruments, for about £6m.
Leicester City Council is to consider plans from Trelleborg Industrial AVS for the relocation of its suspension components factory and 300 staff from Evington Valley to the Bursom Industrial Estate.
Slimma is reorganising its recently-acquired Frank Usher fashion manufacturing business, with the loss of 48 jobs at a factory in Hendon and the creation of 13 jobs at a new warehouse in Etruria, North Staffordshire.
Ordnance Survey is seeking industry partners to help with the development of an aerial photographic image of the whole country, and flights will start later this year.
Alstom is to sell its Cegelec electrical contracting division to management for £477m, and further disposals are expected to follow.
Hillarys Blinds, the manufacturer of window blinds with about 1,000 staff, has been sold to a management team backed by Close Brothers Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
Iceland Drilling Company is setting up a new subsidiary at the Tursdale Business Park near Spennymoor, where it will employ 10 staff initially.
Rolls-Royce has formed a risk-sharing partnership with Volvo of Sweden for the development of the engine for the Airbus A380.
Clayton Glass is planning to create up to 50 jobs at its toughened glass plant in Derwentside over the next three years.
Tomkins is to sell its Smith & Wesson gun division to Saf-T-Hammer of the US for £10m.
WSP is to acquire Jacobson & Widmark, the Swedish engineering consultancy, for £73m, providing expansion opportunities in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
Fenner, the conveyor belt engineer, is planning to invest up to £100m in acquisitions and product development, and is particularly interested in China.
Marconi has announced plans to set up a £5m photonics research centre at Warwick University, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Rehau of Germany is to invest £7m in a new nationwide distribution centre for its Blaenau Plastics operation in North Wales, which will safeguard 300 jobs and create a further 35.
Rentokil Initial is spending £4.3m on five acquisitions in the UK, France, Germany and South Africa, in order to expand its security and tropical plants business.
Trifast is to acquire Special Fasteners Engineering, the Taiwanese manufacturer of industrial fasteners, for about £15m.
Blick has acquired Alfia Services, the Bristol-based manufacturer of car parking control systems, for up to £5m.
NMC UK is considering plans to relocate its thermal insulation business from County Durham to Brynmawr, near Gwent, which will affect 70 jobs.
Simon Group has sold its Simon-Carves engineering division to SembCorp Industries of Singapore for £12m, and some of the proceeds will be invested in its ports and logistics business.
Porvair has acquired 2Fi Holdings, the Hampshire-based specialist filtration company, for £7.3m.
Gyrus is spending about £100m on the acquisition of two US medical equipment companies - Somnus Medical Technologies and the Richards ear, nose and throat business of Smith & Nephew.
Titan Environmental Surveys is to invest £1m in the expansion of its business in South Wales, which will involve 20 new jobs and the acquisition of new equipment.
Pifco, the manufacturer of electrical appliances, is to be acquired by Salton of the US for £50m.
British American Tobacco is planning to build a cigarette factory in China's Sichuan province.
Forest City Signs, the Timperley-based manufacturer of road signs with 70 staff, has been acquired by Signature of Oldbury in the West Midlands for undisclosed terms.
Kidde is to acquire Fire Protection Services, the supplier of fire extinguishers and alarm systems, for £17m.
Doncasters, the engineering group, is being acquired by Royal Bank Private Equity for £181m, and the business will be combined with Ross Catherall of Milton Keynes.
Desmonds is to shed up to 64 jobs at two textile factories in Claudy and Drumahoe in Londonderry, while about 33 workers will be relocated to other sites.
Boxclever, the TV rental group, is planning to spin off its servicing and installation business into a new company called Endeva.
Norman Emerson & Sons is to invest £1.5m in its construction and horticultural products business in County Armagh over the next three years, which will involve a new bagging operation, an expanded distribution network and up to 29 new jobs.
Hull City Council is planning to develop two new household waste recycling plants at a cost of £0.7m, and 20 potential sites are being considered.
Alder King is to market the 16-acre Alcoa plant in Llantrisant, and interest is expected from UK manufacturers wanting to consolidate operations on one site and from foreign companies seeking to expand their facilities into South Wales.
Enodis is selling its Magnet and CP Hart kitchen and bathroom operations to Nobia of Sweden for £134m.
Aerpac UK, the manufacturer of wind turbine blades, has been bought out of administration by NOI Rotortechnik of Germany, saving 90 jobs.
East of England Development Agency is to fund a £2.4m scheme to redevelop a former trailer manufacturer's site in North Walsham, which could create up to 400 jobs.
GKN has announced plans for the £7bn merger of its industrial services division with Brambles of Australia, and is now seeking acquisitions for its automotive and aerospace engineering operations.
Intertek Testing Services is expected to create dozens of new jobs in Leicester, following the recent expansion of its toy-testing laboratory.
BAe Systems is seeking permission to build a £0.5m paint shop at Prestwick Airport, in preparation for development at the site following recent contract announcements.
Steelite International is seeking permission to build an additional 74,000 sq ft tableware manufacturing plant at its Dalehall Works in Stoke-on-Trent.
Moorcroft has started work on a new £3m pottery in Burslem, which will create 180 jobs over the next four years.
LB Plastics is planning to set up a plastic extrusions factory at the former Bridon Ropes industrial site in Ambergate, Derbyshire, later this year, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Dawson International is planning to relocate its cashmere de-hairing operation from Bradford to Kinross, in a £2.5m investment that will create about 70 jobs.
Bodycote International is to acquire K-Tec, the US ceramic coatings manufacturer, for £3.7m.
Mulmuf is to set up a new factory at Killyman in Tyrone to manufacture industrial exhausts, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Hamilton Acorn, the Norwich-based paintbrush maker with 140 staff, has been acquired by ANZA of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
Amtico is setting up a flooring factory at the Solar Park development in Solihull, with the creation of 50 jobs.
BS Specialist Products has acquired Corden Hardware, the Hucknall-based supplier of security and ironmongery equipment, for about £1m.
TRW Aeronautical Systems is to set up a new £12m centre for its national repair and maintenance service in Birmingham, with the relocation of about 400 staff from Liverpool, Coventry, Marston Green, Shirley and Wolverhampton.
AEA Technology is to centralise its battery operations at Thurso, which will involve the relocation of up to 50 jobs from Crawley and the creation of 20 new jobs.
International Rectifier is planning to recruit an extra 400 people at its power semiconductors plant in Swansea over the next five years.
CF Taylor is seeking permission to expand its aircraft interiors factory in Llanelli, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Firth Rixson has sold Bradford-based Osborn Steel Extrusions and Bujon of France to management for £4.2m.
Michelsons is looking to relocate its tie factory to smaller premises in Sittingbourne, with the loss of 50 jobs.
Reckitt Benckiser has sold its Ireland-based firelighter business to Standard Brands for £29m.
Spectrum Technologies has acquired RtMc, the US manufacturer of laser wiring equipment, for £2.1m.
Imperial Tobacco is acquiring a 75% stake in Tobaccor, the second largest cigarette manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa, from Bollore of France for £179m.
Dynex Semiconductor is creating 15 new jobs at its industrial power products factory in Lincoln, and many more jobs are expected over the coming year.
Cleveland Circuits is creating up to 25 jobs at its new electronic components facility at Skelton on Teesside.
Yeoman, the developer of mapping systems, is to raise £10m in a share placing to fund the development of navigation services for mobile phones.
Environmental Resources Management Group, the environmental consultancy, is to undergo a £200m management buy-out backed by 3i, and is now expected to make up to 10 small acquisitions.
Anglian Water has been selected as preferred bidder to build a £140m water treatment plant in Beijing, in partnership with Mitsubishi of Japan.
George Major Skip Hire is setting up a new waste management plant in Birkenhead, which will safeguard 28 jobs and create five new posts.
WM Owlett is to relocate most of its ironmongery business from Dartford to sister company Jaton's site in Staffordshire, with the loss of about 100 of the 175 jobs.
Hawtin is to invest £2m in the expansion of its PowerSport International subsidiary in Bridgend, which will involve the development of a number of new fitness equipment products.
Koch-Glitsch is to shed up to 33 jobs at its distillation equipment factory in North Staffordshire, in order to relocate production to a sister factory in Kirby, Cumbria.
Aga Foodservice is planning to spend up to £150m on acquisitions to expand its cooking equipment business.
Porvair is to acquire Microfiltrex, the manufacturer of filtration products, from Fairey for £12m.
Consafe, the Burntisland oil construction yard, has undergone a management buy-out and will be renamed Burntisland Fabrications.
Kidde, the fire protection and safety products group, is planning to spend up to £50m on acquisitions to expand its distribution network in Europe and North America.
Meyer Prestige, the cookware company, is to set up a £6m office and warehouse complex at the Wirral International Business Park in Bromborough, and 130 staff will be transferred from its existing site in Birkenhead.
Winsol, the blinds and shutters group, is planning to create a further 30 jobs over the next three years at its new manufacturing, distribution and training centre in Eastbourne.
Smythson is expanding its stationery supplies business in Swindon, by combining its distribution arm with the existing production site on the Blackworth Industrial Estate.
Kaye Aluminium has been bought out of receivership by the EXL Group of Spain for undisclosed terms, saving about 140 jobs in Doncaster.
K Home Engineering is to create 50 new jobs in Thornaby on Teesside having opened a new office to house process, structural, instrumentation and electrical engineers.
Weir is looking to spend up to £200m on acquisitions to expand its engineering business.
Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade is planning to build a £3.3m training and support centre at Newbridge, near Edinburgh Airport.
Russ Berrie, the manufacturer of teddy bears, has awarded a £9m contract to Trant Construction to build a new office headquarters and warehouse at Hounsdown Business Park near Southampton.
Clyde Blowers, the boiler cleaning specialist, is being split in two in a £80m deal that will see its main Clyde Bergemann Power business being acquired by US private equity firm Saw Mill Capital.
Green Tyre Company is planning a £1.2m expansion at its Middlesbrough base following a rise in demand for its puncture-proof tyres, and 40 new jobs are being created.
Billiton has announced a £20bn merger with BHP of Australia to create the second largest natural resources group in the world.
Expamet International, the manufacturer of metal products, has received a £69m takeover offer from its own management.
TP Aspinall is to create 30 new jobs in Heysham having won a £8m contract to supply copper foil machinery to Taiwan.
SEP Industrial is selling four manufacturing operations to a management buy-out for £4.5m, including Mercia-Centaur of Birmingham, Component Logistics of Ashton-under-Lyme, WH Fluidpower of Ellesmere Port and Diss Fasteners of Norfolk.
Novar has acquired Albert Ackermann, the German supplier of cable management devices, for £59m, as part of a strategy to focus on building control systems.
Morris Material Handling, the Loughborough-based lifting equipment company, has undergone a management buy-out from its US parent for undisclosed terms, saving 400 jobs.
Chieftain Trailers is planning to double its trailer manufacturing workforce to 100 by 2004, following its move to new premises in Dungannon.
Millbrook Industries is looking to recruit a further 60 staff in Southampton, including joiners, carpenters and decorators, in order to take its workforce to more than 800.
Royal Crown Derby is investing £1m in the extension of its porcelain factory in Derby, in order to increase production by 25% and create 17 jobs.
Rentokil Initial has acquired CPS Security, the US security guarding company, for £3.3m.
Laird has acquired Sash Controls, the US supplier of domestic security products, for £5m.
Spinnaker International is planning to create up to 140 jobs in Saltash over the next three years, following the development of a new security system for cashpoint machines.
FKI has acquired Skoda Electrical Machines, the Czech manufacturer of turbogenerators, for £15m.
Smiths Group is to acquire Barringer Technologies, the US manufacturer of equipment to detect drugs and explosives, for £60m.
Gateshead Council is forming a partnership with One NorthEast and the Express engineering group to develop a £100m Knowledge Campus, which will be a centre of excellence for product development.
Mid Kent Holdings, the water group, is to undergo a £106m management buy-out with the backing of German bank WestLB Panmure.
John Wood Group has acquired H&L Accessory, the US gas turbine company, for about £8m, in order to expand its industrial repair business.
Oxford Instruments has sold its Synchrotron Beamlines subsidiary to Danfysik of Denmark, with the transfer of 22 staff.
BBA is to invest £25m on productivity improvements in its materials technology division, and has also announced plans to shed about 600 jobs in Europe and the US.
Clarks is to acquire Elefanten, the German children's shoe manufacturer, for about £23m.
PHS Group is seeking permission to build a hand-drier factory at Alderman's Green industrial park in Coventry, where it would employ 60 staff.
Labor Ready, the US supplier of temporary manual labour, is planning to set up 28 offices across the UK this year.
Airflow Streamlines has bought T-Mat Engineering, the Loughborough-based supplier of insulation products for machinery and off-road vehicles, for £2m.
Drew Scientific is to acquire Danam Electronics, the US manufacturer of laboratory analysers, for £8.3m.
Porvair has acquired Engineered Ceramics, the US kiln furniture specialist based in Illinois, for £4m.
Parker Hannifin is to relocate its pneumatics business from Carn Brea to smaller premises at nearby Treleigh later this year, with the loss of 30 jobs.
Millflex, the Winchester-based manufacturer of specialist cables, has been bought out of receivership by a new company called Millflex EU, saving 40 jobs.
Simm Engineering has sold Simm Conveyor Services to a management buy-out, which will enable the business to broaden the range of conveyor maintenance services from a new factory in Dinnington.
Birse Building has won a £9m contract from HLC Engenharia to build a materials recovery and energy centre for waste treatment at Port Talbot.
Coats Viyella has sold Stott & Smith, the Bolton-based towel maker, to a management buy-out for about £3m, which should secure the future of 165 jobs.
Chloride Safety Systems is to close its factory in Liverpool later this year with the loss of 100 jobs, and a further 78 jobs will go at its Peterborough site in order to relocate work to Leicester and Basildon.
South Staffordshire Group is planning to expand its Home Services division, which provides emergency plumbing, drainage and utility services, with the creation of 250 jobs in Walsall.
Arriva has sold its MTL Commercial cleaning and security services business, which employs 480 people, to Carlisle Group.
Precision Manufacturing Services has acquired Speedsaws, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of carbon steel saw blades.
Ulster Weavers Apparel is planning to acquire Moygashel Linens in a £3.3m deal that will result in 80 jobs being lost in Belfast, Armagh, Dungannon and Banbridge.
Alps Electric has confirmed plans to close its Arbroath electronic components factory with the loss of up to 180 jobs, although some workers will relocate to Milton Keynes.
Kenwood Appliances, the manufacturer of household electrical products, is being acquired by De Longhi Pinguino of Italy for £46m.
North West Water is planning to invest £120m in cleaning up Cumbria's coastal waters over the next 4 years, including the installation of new disinfection systems and screens to remove litter.
Corus has announced plans to invest £9m in improvements at its continuous steel casting plant in Scunthorpe, and the town will become the new headquarters of both its engineering steels and industrial operations.
Brunel Holdings is selling Dickinson Control Systems to Siemens Holdings for £9m, in order to reduce debt.
Babcock International is to buy the military support services division of Hunting for £61m, while Hunting has announced the £26m acquisition of the US pipe manufacturer Vinson.
Smith & Nephew, the medical devices group, is seeking acquisitions to expand its salesforce, and is interested in the Zimmer business being demerged from Bristol Myers Squibb.
BAe Systems is to sell its Florida-based flight simulation and training business to CAE for £55m.
AL Fuller, the Cambridgeshire-based electrical contractor with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Kalsi Plastics is to open a new injection moulding factory and distribution centre in Derby next month with the creation of 120 jobs, leaving its Birmingham plant to focus on plastic extrusion.
Husky is creating 30 jobs at a new refrigeration factory in Blaby, Leicester, which will also house the sales and service departments and provide warehouse facilities.
Fine Tubes is undertaking a £2m expansion at its Plymouth factory, which will include a new tube production mill, handling equipment and the creation of 10 jobs.
Rolls-Royce is to receive a £250m government loan to fund the development of new jet engines for superjumbo aircraft, which is expected to secure 7,000 jobs in Derby and at component suppliers.
Premier Farnell is to sell Brooks Technology, the US manufacturer of greases and lubricants, to Fuchs Petrolub of Germany for up to £11m.
L Gardner is to sell its Thomas Walter printed circuit boards business to DDi Corp of the US for £20m.
Enterprise has acquired Thomas Bermingham Contractors, the Sheffield-based supplier of gas infrastructure services, for £6.1m.
Aktrion, the Banbury-based engineering consultancy, is planning to create 50 new jobs in order to become a global player in the business services market over the next three years.
Citiraya UK is to create up to 48 jobs at its new computer waste recycling centre in Irvine over the next two years.
Chapelthorpe, the fibres and wallcoverings company, has announced plans for a £66m management buy-out.
William Baird is to sell Van Gils, its Dutch men's wear business, to Vilenzo International for £6.9m.
Cobham has acquired Omnipless, the South African antennae designer, for £38m.
Deritend, the electric motor rewind and repair business, is to undergo a management buy-out from French parent company GTIE.
Raytheon has sold its Portsmouth-based Recreational Marine Products division, which supplies electronic on-board systems for recreational boats, to a management team for £73m, and the business will be renamed Raymarine.
Oxford Instruments has set up a new manufacturing site for its plasma technology division at Clevedon near Bristol, where it will employ 30 workers.
First Technology has acquired HITEC, the supplier of strain gauges, for up to £2.9m.
Coats Viyella is to sell the Naylor Jennings dye works at Yeadon near Leeds to a management team for undisclosed terms, saving more than 100 jobs.
Boeing is to invest £15m in a new aerospace research centre in Rotherham in partnership with the University of Sheffield, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Watts Optronics, the optical engineering company, has been bought out of receivership by Leica Geosystems of Switzerland for undisclosed terms, saving 75 jobs.
Norlec Engineering, the sheet metal components company with 140 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Acertec Engineering of Solihull for undisclosed terms.
FII Group is planning to sell its footwear business to management, leaving the rest of the company as a cash shell.
Stanton Bonna is to create 20 new jobs in Ilkeston having won a £10m contract to provide concrete railway sleepers for a section of the Channel Tunnel rail link.
MC Engineering & Pressing has been bought out of receivership by Charlton Kings Engineering of Cheltenham, saving 100 jobs.
Premier Farnell is to sell part of its North American industrial products business to Lawson Products for about £20m.
Neath Port Talbot Council is to set up a £30m waste recycling plant at Crymlyn Burrows, with the creation of about 70 jobs.
Porvair is to invest £4m in the development of fuel cell technology this year, which will involve adapting metallic and ceramic materials to solve problems associated with heat exchange and emissions.
Knurr has bought Quante Telecom's production facilities at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire for £2.5m, in order to expand the manufacture of racks for the communications sector.
Foster Refrigerator is planning to invest £5m in new equipment and layout improvements at its King's Lynn factory, but 80 of the 500 jobs will be lost.
Chemring is acquiring Alliant Kilgore Flares, the supplier of infra-red decoys to the defence sector, from Alliant Techsystems of the US for £15m.
Glynwed is to sell its core pipes division to Etex Group of Belgium for £786m, and also plans to change its name to Aga Foodservice Group and focus on kitchen equipment.
Cubra Casting, the West Bromwich-based brass foundry, has been bought out of receivership by Heliod, saving 34 jobs.
Sita is to permanently close a tyre recycling site in Wolverhampton, having dropped plans to refurbish the facility.
Thames Water has awarded a £80m contract to Taylor Woodrow and Black & Veatch to build a waste water treatment plant in Reading.
BBA has acquired a Dallas-based aircraft engine repair business from Gulfstream Aerospace and sold four US regional maintenance centres to Gulfstream for a net sum of £43m.
Coats Viyella has sold four non-core textile businesses for £21m, including Straven knitwear, the Ladybird brand, Ewart Liddell table linen and a number of shirt brands.
Weir is planning a major expansion of its engineering business in India and south-east Asia, and has acquired direct control of its Indian pump manufacturing joint venture.
Invensys has sold Oldham Gas, the French manufacturer of instruments to monitor gas emissions, to a management buy-out for £18m.
Beaver & Tapley is relocating its furniture manufacturing business from London to Old Basford in Nottingham with the creation of 50 new jobs.
IMI has acquired BTG, the Swedish manufacturer of large valves for use in oil and gas plants, for £16m.
CAN Group, the repair and maintenance engineering company, is to build a new £1.5m headquarters in Aberdeen.
Mainetti Technology is planning a £1.9m expansion at its plastic ducting factory in Hawick, and expects to double its total workforce to 200 within four years.
IMES has bought Davy Weighting Systems, the industrial processing company, from Kvaerner for undisclosed terms.
Bolton Brady, the industrial doors company, has been acquired by Kone of Finland for £20m.
JCC Lighting Products is recruiting a further 10 workers, having opened a new factory and showroom in Bognor Regis.
Rolls-Royce has sold a number of units from its Vickers Turbine Components business to Royal Bank Private Equity for £74m, including operations in Crewe, Sheffield, Isle of Wight, Shrewsbury and the US with a combined workforce of 1,200.
The Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory in Oban is planning to redevelop its buildings at a cost of £8m, in order to create 15 jobs and benefit from additional research opportunities created with the emergence of new technologies.
Warner Howard, the distributor of laundry systems, has been acquired by Barclays Private Equity for £57m, and is now looking to expand its sales force and offer other products such as air fresheners and soap dispensers.
Claverham, the supplier of flight controls, has been acquired by United Technologies of the US for undisclosed terms.
Hanson has sold its waste management business to Waste Recycling Group for £185m.
Rolls-Royce has sold its UK materials handling operation to Langley Holdings of Sutton-in-Ashfield for undisclosed terms, which should secure the future of 400 jobs.
Weir has sold its Darchem Engineering business at Stillington to a newly formed company backed by Royal Bank Private Equity, in a £28m deal.