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Edinburgh Crystal has acquired Selkirk Glass, the glassware manufacturer with 32 staff.
Adop of France has sold its Norfolk-based blow mould tooling business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, creating a new company called Mouldline.
Cobham has acquired H Koch & Sons, the US manufacturer of life support systems for aircraft, for £225m.
Blackwall, the Leeds-based supplier of container services to local authorities and waste management companies, is to be acquired by Straight for up to £6.7m.
Abbseal, the glass processing company, has gone into administration with the loss of 90 jobs in Gloucester, but 370 jobs have been saved through the management buy-out of its Leeds, Hyde and Peterborough sites.
Chubb has acquired Westcountry Security, the Plymouth-based security firm, for undisclosed terms.
CH Bailey is to acquire Modular Automation International, the Birmingham-based supplier of bespoke machinery for automated assembly lines, for £0.3m.
Polaron has acquired Rossula, the holding company for the Lightfactor and LightProcessor lighting companies, for £0.4m.
Rite-Vent, the Washington-based manufacturer of metal chimneys with 185 staff, has been acquired by Schiedel of Germany for £5m.
Milltech Precision Engineering of Norwich has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of the 20-strong workforce.
Kidde, the fire protection company, has accepted a £1.44bn takeover bid from United Technology Corporation of the US.
Anglian Water is considering plans to relocate its Huntingdon headquarters, in order to consolidate some of its seven local offices onto one site.
The National Assembly for Wales has awarded a £2.5m grant to EnviroWales to help build a car battery recycling plant in Ebbw Vale by 2006, with the creation of 128 jobs.
Wrexham County Borough Council is considering revised plans from HLC for the construction of a £27m waste processing plant at the Wrexham Industrial Estate, which would create about 80 jobs.
Abnormal Load Engineering has acquired the distribution services division of Alstom Power Service UK for undisclosed terms.
Johnson Service has acquired S Yaffy, the Scottish manufacturer of outdoor clothing, for £3.5m.
William Cook is to submit plans to build a steel castings plant at the Houghton Main site near Barnsley, which could create more than 400 jobs.
Thames Water is to expand the 350-strong workforce in its engineering department with 90 new jobs over the next 12 months.
SectorGuard has acquired Choice Security Services, the Stourbridge-based manned security company, for an initial £0.1m.
Tanfield Group is raising a further £3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its County Durham-based technical assembly business, including acquisitions and investment in equipment.
Gabriel-Chemie has acquired the stock and goodwill of Addcolour Plastics, the Wigan-based masterbatch company, out of administration.
Kingfield Heath, the Sheffield-based office products supplier, has undergone a £85m management buy-out backed by Legal & General Ventures.
Carclo is to reduce the workforce at CTP Gills Cables in Lichfield from 220 to 100 and transfer the production of control cables to India, while the remaining technical and logistics operations will relocate to the outskirts of the town.
ALM Products is planning to expand the workforce at its aluminium components factory in Newton Aycliffe from 28 to 42.
Denby, the Derbyshire pottery with 610 staff, is to undergo a £48m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Marley Floors, the Maidstone-based vinyl floor manufacturer, is to be sold by ETEX Group to Tarkett of Germany.
Victrex is planning to expand its UK production capacity for high-performance plastic materials by 1,000 tonnes a year.
Roman Mosaic, the Tipton-based tile importer, has been bought out of administration by Tiles UK of Manchester.
MEDC, the Nottingham-based alarms and PA systems manufacturer with annual turnover of £12m, has been acquired by Cooper Industries of the US for undisclosed terms.
Invest NI is supporting a £3.2m investment by Moyola Precision Engineering at its engineered components business in Castledawson, which will create 27 new jobs.
Fleming Agri-Products has announced a £1m expansion project at its farm machinery factory in Londonderry, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Peak Refrigeration of Wigan and Air Continental of Cannock have been acquired by Auxilia, a new network of air conditioning and refrigeration companies with £6m of backing from Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Egger is seeking permission to expand its chipboard factory in Hexham and create a cluster of timber and forestry companies nearby, at a cost of up to £100m.
Therma-Tru is to invest £7.5m in a new Sentinel doors production plant at Treforest, near Pontypridd, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Flakt Woods is to shed 85 jobs in Colchester early next year, as part of a reorganisation that includes previously-announced plans to relocate its industrial fans business to a new £25m site at Cuckoo Farm.
Baldwin & Francis, the Sheffield-based switchgear products manufacturer with 90 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Aktrion, the manufacturing outsourcing company, has been sold by Bridgepoint Capital to Graphite Capital for undisclosed terms.
James Fisher has acquired three companies in the UK and Norway for £7.3m, including Remote Marine Systems, Nuclear Decommissioning and Reanco Team.
Vp is looking to spend up to £30m on acquisitions to expand its equipment rental business.
Smiths is to acquire Medex, the US manufacturer of medical products, for £478m.
Tweddle Fabrications is seeking permission from Allerdale Council to relocate its steel fabrication business to Kirkbride Airfield, which would create 12 new jobs.
Andor Technology is to expand the workforce at its Belfast-based scientific cameras business from 110 to 170 by the end of 2006.
MacLellan Group has acquired TASS, the supplier of cradles, safety eyebolts and safety ladder tie systems, for an initial £3.2m.
BIP, the Oldbury-based plastic mouldings company, has been bought out of administration by Synthite of Mold for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 170 jobs.
Passenger Lift Services, the Smethwick-based manufacturer of access lifts with 64 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa are to set up an aircraft engine maintenance centre at Erfurt in Germany in 2007, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Bank Bottom Engineering Services of West Yorkshire has been bought out of administration by Hystat Systems of Slaithwaite, securing the future of 21 staff.
Spice Holdings has acquired the water meter installation business of Atlantic Utility Services out of receivership for £0.6m.
Morley Electric Motors, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of electric motors with 125 staff, has been acquired by ATB Austria Antriebstechnik for undisclosed terms.
Kidde has acquired Harden, the French supplier of fire protection equipment and services with 143 staff, for £7m.
Vizor Tempered Glass of Port Talbot and sister company Glass Systems of Swansea have undergone a management buy-out.
Get Group is seeking permission to expand its 300,000 sq ft electrical products distribution centre in West Bromwich by 20% over the next six months.
KC Engineering has acquired Hoyt Engineering of Surrey, as part of a £1.4m expansion programme that will involve the transfer of Hoyt's business to Consett.
Stanley Tools is to set up a new 20,000 sq ft head office for about 100 staff at Sheffield Business Park next year.
Rapra Technology is planning to create 50 new jobs at its Shawbury and Billingham research sites over the next four years.
Cosalt has sold its Knox Fibres carpet yarns business to management for £3.3m, as part of a strategy to focus on workwear, safety equipment and holiday homes.
Carmichael International, the Worcester-based manufacturer of fire rescue vehicles with about 100 staff, has been acquired by the Amdac subsidiary of Pesaka Astana of Malaysia.
Zero Waste Holdings of Port Clarence and Atlantic Waste Holdings of Peterborough have been acquired by shell company Augean for £106m, and the deals are being funded by a £100m share placing.
Osborne Engineering has acquired Turbo Power Services of Loughborough for £0.4m, in order to expand its range of services for the offshore and power generation industries.
BBI Holdings, the rapid testing company, is planning to expand the capacity at its Cardiff factory over the next six months, and is also seeking a manufacturing presence in the US.
Meggitt is to acquire Wilcoxon Research, the US manufacturer of sensors, for £8m.
Spectrum Architectural Coatings is creating 40 new jobs in Tipton, as part of a £2.5m expansion of its powder-coated aluminium frames business.
Hillarys Blinds is to create 26 jobs in Nottingham and ten in Washington, Tyne & Wear, in order to expand its made-to-measure blinds service.
Invest NI is to provide financial assistance to NC Engineering for the £1.5m expansion of its engineering products factory in Armagh, which will create 25 jobs.
Sims Group has acquired MIREC, the waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling company with sites in the Benelux countries, Sweden and the UK.
GKN Aerospace is to create 60 new jobs at its site in East Cowes, having won a £93m military contract.
Melloy Castings of Newport and MCL Engineering of Pontyclun have merged to form a new aluminium components group with 50 staff.
WHS Halo is seeking permission to expand its PVCu windows factory at Minworth in the West Midlands, which would create 140 new jobs.
HBCL Coldstores has acquired Panelform, the Bradford-based manufacturer of panels for cold rooms, for undisclosed terms.
David Nieper has extended its clothing workshops and studios in Alfreton, and hopes to create 100 new jobs eventually.
Cheshire Clothing Company has been bought out of administration by a management consortium, securing the future of 112 staff at its luxury clothing factory in Crewe.
KeyMed is to create 100 extra jobs at its surgical instruments business in Southend, in order to expand into the US market.
Fenner is planning to invest a further £5m in its Chinese conveyor belt operations, in order to benefit from the growth in mining in Asia.
Polatis of Cambridge has secured a £2.5m investment from Prelude, 3i, Alta Berkeley and Eontech to fund the development of its optical switching business.
Scott Health & Safety is to create up to 25 new jobs in Skelmersdale, having won a £40m contract to supply gas masks to the Ministry of Defence.
Raymarine is planning a flotation by the end of the year with a valuation of up to £125m, in order to help expand its navigation equipment business.
Kidde has acquired TTS Electronics, the South African manufacturer of fire detection systems, for an initial £0.7m.
Whatman is to acquire Schleicher & Schuell, the German supplier of laboratory instruments, for £35m.
Mayborn Group has acquired Cotton Bottoms, the Sussex-based supplier of reusable cotton nappies, out of receivership for £0.2m.
Renfrewshire Council has approved plans from Euro Pools to build a swimming pool floors factory at Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Glasgow, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Bridgeport Machines, the Leicester-based engineering company, has gone into receivership with the loss of about 120 jobs, while the sales and support division has been acquired by Hardinge Group.
William Taylor, the Preston-based supplier of swimming pools and saunas with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Centrica has acquired BASE Controls, the Canadian automation and controls company, for £6.3m.
Exel has acquired Waste Hire Services, the provider of waste management collection services with 37 staff in Telford and Bury, in order to expand its Cory Environmental subsidiary.
Tufnol, the Birmingham-based supplier of machined parts for the technical plastics sector with 70 staff, has been bought out of receivership by management.
Hill & Smith is to buy part of Lionweld Kennedy out of receivership, including the flooring, highways and galvanizing divisions, for £2.6m.
Deltron Electronics has acquired Quiller Electronics, the distributor of electromechanical components to the manufacturing industry, for £3.1m.
Cobham has acquired Spectronic, the Danish manufacturer of audio surveillance products with 60 staff, for £21m.
Stannah Stairlifts is to open a new £3.5m factory at Newburn Riverside, near Newcastle, in May 2005, and 160 staff will relocate from four existing sites.
Fibrelux Fires, the Flintshire-based gas fires business with 22 staff trading as Eurotech, has been bought out of receivership by a workers' co-operative backed by Wales Co-operative Centre.
Alurite, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of aluminium windows and doors with 22 staff, has undergone a £0.4m management buy-out.
South Staffordshire, the West Midlands water company, is to be acquired by First Islamic Investment Bank for £143m.
Planet Group is to open a new £2m conservatories factory near Accrington next month, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Lordan UK is to create 70 jobs at its new air conditioning components factory in Caerphilly over the next three years.
Hampson Industries has acquired Texstars, the US manufacturer of aircraft parts with 250 staff, for £22m.
Meggitt has acquired Schreiner, the Canadian manufacturer of military vehicles, for £2.9m.
Close Brothers Private Equity has acquired the showers manufacturing business of Baxi Holdings from Heating Finance for £82m.
Vinci Energies has bought Ford Communications and Arthur Ford out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing 70 jobs at an engineering site in Nottingham.
Hydra Group, the supplier of screens and filters to the water industry, is planning to build a new £2m factory at Indian Queens in Cornwall by next July, with the creation of up to 33 jobs.
Redditch Laser Cutting has been acquired by Advanced Engineering Group of Henley in Arden, and £3m will be invested in expanding the business.
Magnex Scientific, the manufacturer of magnetic resonance imaging equipment with 150 staff, is to be acquired by Varian of the US for £18m.
Northern Venture Managers has backed a £3.7m management buy-out from Firstserve Group of Arleigh International, the Warwickshire-based caravan and narrow board supplier.
Smiths is to acquire Integrated Aerospace, the US-based supplier of landing gear systems, for £61m.
National Assembly for Wales has awarded a £0.2m grant to Overhall Aerospace to establish a new factory to produce aircraft interior equipment in Llanelli, and up to 50 jobs will be created.
Furlong Flooring is to set up a £3m carpet distribution warehouse in Measham, Leicestershire, next year, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Roca UK is seeking permission for a £1m extension at its bathrooms business in Coalville.
James Halstead has acquired Falck Design, the Swedish flooring distributor, for undisclosed terms.
The East Midlands Development Agency has sold a 62-acre site at the former Shirebrook Colliery near Mansfield to Sports World International, and a sporting goods distribution centre will be built with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Bendalls is to relocate its Carlisle-based engineering business to a new £2.7m factory on the Kingstown Industrial Estate next August, and its existing site will be redeveloped as a retail park.
Marshall Specialist Vehicles is to create 40 new jobs in Cambridge, as it is part of a consortium that has been selected as preferred bidder for a £1bn contract to provide support vehicles to the armed forces.
Holloway White Allom has acquired Gibson Music, the supplier of home cinema and control systems with 25 staff.
MacLellan Group is to acquire First Security Group, the London-based security services company with 1,800 staff, for £18m.
Van Leeuwen Precision has acquired M/K Wheeler, the supplier of steel tubes with 50 staff in Brierley Hill and Bury.
Norman & Underwood is to relocate its glazing business and about 120 staff to an undisclosed site elsewhere in Leicester by next summer, to make way for the Shires shopping centre development.
Wellcome Trust and the government are to invest a further £120m in the Diamond synchrotron science facility in Oxfordshire, in order to increase the number of experiments that can take place.
Yorkshire Moulding is to create 20 jobs at its site in Brighouse over the next three months, following the transfer of sister firm Keith Newmark from Burnley later this month.
Auto Extract Systems, the Halifax-based supplier of extraction and ventilation systems, has undergone a management buy-out from Danish owner SM Holdings, and annual turnover is now expected to rise to £1.6m.
Campus Clothing is to relocate its clothing manufacturing business and 17 staff to a larger site in Hinckley later this month.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering is to acquire Eirdata Environmental Services, the Irish provider of utility audit and maintenance services for the pharmaceutical industry, for up to £1.1m.
RPS has acquired BCC, the Dutch environmental engineering consultancy, for £1.6m.
Tanfield Group has acquired SEV, the manufacturer of electric vehicles and aerial access equipment, for £2.2m.
Finnforest UK, the timber supplier, is to move to a newly-redeveloped facility at the port of Hull, as part of a £0.9m expansion programme.
Ivi Metallics, the Leicester-based manufacturer of nails with 29 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Texon UK for undisclosed terms.
Kolfor Plant, the Dundee-based equipment rental company with annual sales of £3.7m, has been acquired by Atlas Copco of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
Landis & Gyr is considering plans to relocate the production of gas and electricity meters and up to 84 jobs from Telford to Stockport.
Renishaw, the precision measurement company, is planning to set up a fourth factory in Stroud, using a 100,000 sq ft building on the Stroudwater Business Park.
Centrica has acquired Dyno-Rod, the drain clearing company with 89 franchises, for £58m.
RPS has acquired Kirk McClure Morton, the Belfast-based environmental consultancy with 140 staff, for £8.4m.
BAe Systems is to acquire Alphatech, the US software engineering company with 322 staff, for £49m.
DeepStream Technologies is to start manufacturing miniaturised 3D digital sensors at Bangor in North Wales next year, and will eventually create 120 jobs.
Chesterfield Cylinders is to relocate its gas cylinders manufacturing business and 40 jobs from Chesterfield to Sheffield in March, following a management buy-out.
James Grove & Sons, the button manufacturer, has awarded a £3m contract to A&H Construction to build a new factory in Halesowen.
Photo-Scan, the closed-circuit security company, is to be acquired by Siemens for £32m.
Armour Group has acquired Hi-End, the London-based developer of home automation systems, for £1.8m.
HLC is creating 60 new jobs in preparation for the reopening of its waste recovery centre at Crymlyn Burrows in Neath Port Talbot.
Alex Smiles is to invest a further £1m in improved composting and recycling facilities in Sunderland next year.
Fife Council has secured a £70m grant from the Scottish Executive to expand its recycling schemes, including four new recycling centres in St Andrews, Tayport, Dalgety Bay and Levenmouth.
Smiths Group is looking to spend up to £1.4bn on acquisitions over the next few years to expand its operations in aerospace systems, medical devices and detection equipment.
Mercury Recycling is to invest £1m in the trebling of its capacity to recycle fluorescent light tubes.
The Ministry of Defence is planning to relocate support services for the Search and Rescue Sea King Helicopters from RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall to Portsmouth, with the loss of 130 jobs.
Headlam Group has acquired Kingsmead Carpets, the carpet supplier, for £0.4m.
Flowtech, the Skelmersdale-based pneumatic and hydraulics company, has undergone a £42m management buy-out backed by venture capital firm Gresham.
Macron Safety Systems is to relocate its fire protection operations and more than 100 staff from three sites to a larger site on the Gapton Hill Industrial Estate in Yarmouth over the next three months.
Shore Recycling, the Perth-based fridge recycling company, has undergone a £19m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
HMD Pumps is to create 20 new jobs at its industrial pumps factory in Eastbourne, having been selected as the European manufacturing base for its US parent company Sundyne.
Eaga Partnership expects to double its 750-strong nationwide workforce over the next five years, having announced plans to launch a commercial solar heating division and roll out its Iguana central heating operation.
The Ministry of Defence is to relocate 340 RAF staff from Lossiemouth to RAF Marham in Norfolk, and 50 civilian jobs will be lost.
Harboro Rubber is planning to relocate its 120 staff to an alternative location in Market Harborough, clearing the way for a £40m homes and offices development on its existing site.
Avingtrans has acquired Stainless Metalcraft, the Cambridgeshire-based supplier of fabricated and machined products for diagnostic imagery, from Ferraris Group for £8.1m.
T Clarke has acquired Anglia Electrical Services, the Kings Lynn-based electrical contractor with 35 staff, for £2.1m.
DDA Lifts of Newton Aycliffe has secured a six-figure funding package from Northern Enterprise to expand its lift manufacturing business.
Oxford Instruments is to acquire Metorex International, the Finland-based instrumentation company, for an initial £3.3m.
Adria, the County Tyrone-based clothing company, is to merge with international textiles firm Quantum.
Qinetiq is to acquire Westar Aerospace & Defense, the US arms testing company, for £72m.
Laird has acquired Home Doors and Houseproud, both parts of the BHD Group, for £3.6m, securing the future of more than 300 jobs in Peterlee.
Celotex, the foam insulation manufacturer, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by ABN Amro Capital.
Offshore Crane Engineering of Aberdeen has been bought out of provisional liquidation by TSI, saving 52 jobs.
Hyder Consulting has completed the acquisition of Marcus Hodges Environment, the environmental consultancy with 40 staff at offices in Exeter, Truro and Bristol, for £1.8m.
Qinetiq is planning to acquire Foster-Miller, the US engineering and advanced materials company, for £92m.
Enterprise is to acquire MRS Environmental Services, the provider of street cleaning and refuse collection services to local authorities in London and the south east, for £14m.
Princess Yachts is creating 56 new jobs at its luxury yachts factory in Plymouth.
Charnwood Borough Council has announced plans to build a £1m recycling centre in Loughborough.
Eurocell Profiles is to build a new £5m plastics factory at its site in Alfreton by early next year, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Owen Mumford is seeking permission to extend its medical equipment factory in Chipping Norton from about 38,000 to 65,000 sq ft.
Wolseley has acquired Klockner, the Austrian steel stockholder, as well as US-based fire equipment company Clark Group and home appliances distributor Cline Contract Sales.
NXT has sold its Cyrus Electronics subsidiary to a management buy-out for £0.7m.
Joseph Dawson, the cashmere textiles company, has undergone a £6.6m management buy-out from Dawson International, and will transfer its headquarters from Scotland to Yorkshire.
Polaron has acquired Ilight Group, the manufacturer of lighting control products, for £1.7m.
Monowa Manufacturing, the manufacturer of movable walls, has been acquired by Accordial Group, and additional staff are being recruited at Monowa's plant in south Wales.
Diperk is planning to set up a UK headquarters in Peterborough with the creation of 100 jobs, in order to supply parts for Perkins Engines.
Robert Prettie & Co, the Nottingham-based plumbing and heating company with 340 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Laird has acquired Advanced Metal Technologies, the US window security company, for £3.1m.
Homeserve has sold Onsite South, the Slough-based plumbing maintenance company, to Waterflow Holdings for £3m.
Northmace has acquired Hendon International, the London-based supplier of equipment to hotels, for undisclosed terms.
Integra Office Solutions is to relocate its headquarters to a new 13,000 sq ft office at the Celtic Springs Business Park in Newport.
Anglo American is to acquire Johnston Group, the aggregates and engineering company, for £53m, having beaten a rival offer from Ennstone.
Thermacore Europe, the electronics cooling specialist, is to create up to 16 jobs at its base in Ashington over the next six months, following a recent investment in a new machining centre.
Select Window & Door Systems is looking to set up a new factory in the Maldon area to make conservatory roofs, but may seek a site in Wales instead due to labour shortages in Essex.
X-Fab UK is to create up to 80 jobs at its site in Plymouth next year, following a recent £20m investment in new equipment.
Multifabs, the Aberdeen-based supplier of survival wear with 115 staff, has been acquired by CHC Helicopters of Canada for £7.2m.
Survitec, the supplier of survival technology, has undergone a £146m management buy-out backed by Montagu Private Equity.
GKN is to sell its 50% stake in Aerosystems International, the avionics and software company with 400 staff, to joint venture partner BAe Systems for £14m.
Babtie, the Glasgow-based engineering consultancy with 3,500 staff, has been acquired by Jacobs Engineering of the US for about £90m.
Senior is to sell five industrial hose operations in the UK, US, Sweden, Holland and France, to Hose Acquisition Company for £8.3m.
Carter Retail Equipment has secured a £11m investment from parent group CTI to relocate its Birmingham-based refrigerated display cabinets factory to Kitts Green.
Timberland Motorhomes is looking to relocate its factory to a larger site, and suitable locations are being sought in North Lincolnshire.
Rolls-Royce has announced plans to invest £45m at its aircraft engine repair plant in East Kilbride, securing the future of more than 1,000 jobs.
Qinetiq is set to acquire HVR Consulting Services, the Hampshire-based defence consultancy, for up to £13m.
Invensys is to sell APV Baker Goldsboro, its US bakery equipment division, to Turkington Industries for £5.4m.
Athlone Extrusions, the plastics manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out from Quinn Group of Fermanagh for an estimated £36m.
Lancashire County Council has announced proposals to build a waste plant at Preston Dock, which would handle up to 100,000 tons of household waste a year.
AWJ Glass is to set up a new £2.1m glass processing factory in Scarborough, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Farago, the knitwear firm, and Apex Dyers & Finishers have been bought out of administration by a new company called Farago Group.
Groupe Pathfinder, the Merseyside-based microwave radio technology company, has been acquired by SIAE Microelectronica of Italy for £1m, and the 25-strong workforce is expected to double over the next two years.
Scottish Water is to invest £152m in improvements to the water infrastructure across the Highlands and Northern Isles over the next three years, including £70m to build new water-treatment works.
SASH UK is planning to create up to 150 jobs in Grimethorpe, having secured a deal to sell conservatories to the US.
Wykeham Farrance, the supplier of geotechnical equipment, has been acquired by Controls of Italy.
Hillarys Blinds, the made-to-measure blinds manufacturer, has been acquired by Change Capital for about £100m.
Aga Foodservice has acquired La Cornue, the French cooker manufacturer, from Nortek for £3.4m.
Hyder Consulting has raised £3.1m in a share placing to fund three acquisitions - Roberts & Partners International of Dubai, Ashact and an unnamed environmental consultancy based in the UK.
Scipher has sold its carbon monoxide sensors business to Invensys for £1.2m.
Johnson Service is to acquire Dimensions Holdings, the corporate wear supplier, from Gresham, for £22m.
Eurogrind, the Pontardawe-based precision cutting tool manufacturer with 39 staff, has undergone a management buy-in, and is now looking to open sales offices in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium.
Caldeira, the Merseyside-based cushion manufacturer, is to open a factory in China.
PDQ Engineering has undergone a management buy-out from Washington Envelopes for undisclosed terms, and is now looking to expand the 45-strong workforce.
Hoval is to relocate part of its pressure vessels manufacturing operation from Newark to Lincoln over the next two years.
British American Tobacco is to sell Etinera, its Italian distribution business, to Altadis for £390m.
British Vita has acquired the remaining 50% of its Canadian foam products business for £15m.
Havelock Europa is to acquire Clean Air, the Bolton-based educational supplies company, for up to £6.3m.
Lewing is expected to close its clothing factory in Nantwich with the loss of 100 jobs, having applied for planning permission to build houses on the site.
Country Artists, the designer and distributor of quality giftware products with 150 staff at sites in Wellesbourne, Stratford upon Avon and the US, has undergone a management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
KPMG has sold Lotus and FII, the Northampton-based shoe manufacturer, out of administration to Jacobson Group of Lancashire, securing the future of 40 jobs.
Electra Partners Europe is to sell Safety-Kleen, the supplier of cleaning equipment, to US private equity firm JP Morgan Partners for £280m.
New Balance, the Cumbria-based sportswear manufacturer, is to create 25 new jobs in product development, design and marketing over the next six months.
Wilshaw has sold its magnet manufacturing operations to a management buy-out for £0.9m.
Advantage West Midlands is in discussions with Telford & Wrekin Council, Polymer Training and Rapra Technology, about the possibility of setting up a National Polymer Innovation Centre.
MFI is to recruit 60 temporary staff at its Hygena furniture factory in Stockton, while 115 temporary staff are being made permanent.
Claro Precision Engineering of Knaresborough has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and the 50-strong workforce is expected to expand.
Numatic has awarded a £2m contract to RG Spiller to extend its vacuum cleaners factory in Chard.
Laird Group has acquired Lindman Group, the supplier of composite entrance doors, for an initial £3.2m.
Ebac is creating 60 new jobs at its water cooler factory in Bishop Auckland.
Eurocopy, the Yorkshire-based photocopier supplier, is to undergo a management buy-out for £18m.
Doughty Hanson is to sell the design and manufacturing division of Dunlop Standard Aerospace to Meggitt for £408m, while the engine repair operations are being sold to US buy-out firm Carlyle.
Mendip District Council has approved plans from Thales, the French-owned communications systems company, for the extension of its building in Wells, which would involve the transfer of work from Weston-super-Mare.
Symphonix, the Huntingdon-based manufacturer of loudspeakers, is to be acquired by Fundamental-e Investments for £0.4m.
Police5, the satellite tracking company, is to set up a new customer service office in Caerphilly, with the creation of up to 17 jobs.
Fitzpatrick Doorframes has merged with FW Watkins to create a combined Birmingham-based industrial doors and shutters business with annual sales of £2.5m.
Heywood Williams is to sell Bristolpipe, the US manufacturer of PVC pipes, to Westlake Chemical for £18m.
RPS has acquired Flow Control Water Conservation, the Liverpool-based water resource consultancy with 300 staff, and the business will relocate to RPS Water Services in Warrington.
Corus Engineering Steels is to invest a further £10m at its specialist steels operations in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Wolverhampton, in order to increase production capacity for the aerospace market.
Heating Components & Equipment, the supplier of central heating components with 24 staff at branches in Gateshead and Glasgow, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Quantum Corporate Finance.
Havelock Europa has acquired TeacherBoards, the Skipton-based manufacturer of display boards, for up to £6.1m.
IMI is to acquire Fluid Automation Systems, the Swiss manufacturer of valves, for £20m.
VT Group is to sell some of the operations of its VT Engine Controls subsidiary to Sareline for up to £2.5m.
OyezStraker, the office supplies company, has been sold by Bridgepoint Capital to Hermes Private Equity for £80m.
Irvin-GQ, the parachute manufacturer, is creating up to 200 new jobs following its previously-announced relocation from Blackmill to a new £5m factory in Bridgend.
Office Depot is creating 100 telesales jobs at its office supplies business in Andover.
Cannon & Stokes is to create 40 new jobs at its aerospace components factory in Leicester, taking the workforce to 110.
Weeks Laboratories has acquired Church Laboratory Services, the Castleford-based materials testing company with 37 staff.
GKN is to sell its German tube connecting systems business to Eaton Corporation of the US for £26m.
Taylor Hobson, the Leicester-based manufacturer of ultra-precision measurement instrumentation, has been acquired by Ametek of the US for £50m.
Kent County Council is to consider plans from Southern Water for a £80m wastewater scheme in Thanet.
Ben Sherman, the fashion and shirts company, has been acquired by Oxford Industries of the US for £80m.
Alderley is planning to double the 35-strong workforce at its recently-acquired SMS hydraulics business in Great Yarmouth over the next three years.
Wilson & Garden, the manufacturer of blackboards, is to be bought out of receivership by Fundamental-e Investments.
James Halstead has sold Belstaff International, the operator of several licensing arrangements for wax cotton jackets and leisure clothing, to an Italian licensee for £10m.
John T Metcalfe is to create 12 new jobs on Teesside over the next three years, due to rising demand for its Metflex waterproofing system.
Domnick Hunter is to create 70 new jobs at its process filtration business in County Durham, as part of a £4.5m investment programme.
CompAir Reavell is planning to relocate its Ipswich-based manufacturing operation over the next two years, having sold its existing site to Fairview Homes.
Morgan Crucible is to sell the auto and consumer business of its electrical carbon division to Energy Conversion Systems of the US for £33m.
Ross Group is to sell its Tadmod battery charger and electrical adaptor business to Queenspark, and the net asset value of the transaction is about £0.2m.
J Barbour & Sons is to invest £1m in the expansion of its clothing warehouse and distribution centre in South Shields, with the creation of 33 jobs.
Sentinel Doors, the Llantrisant-based door manufacturer, has been acquired by Therma-Tru Doors of the US for undisclosed terms.
Rustin Allen, the London-based extruder, has been bought out of receivership by PAL Group, and production will be transferred from Edgware to Wednesbury.
Devon County Council is supporting plans from Bristol-based Compact Power to build a £9m waste-to-energy plant at Marsh Barton in Exeter.
Launa Windows of South Devon is creating up to 50 new jobs in its double glazing business, following the launch of a new division in the Southampton and Portsmouth area.
Beeston Heating, the Belper-based supplier of heating systems with 25 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Ceramic Prints, the Brighouse-based manufacturer of tiles, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
Rolls-Royce has submitted plans to invest up to £70m at its Patchway plant in Bristol, in order to increase production of turbine and engine components.
Victrex is considering plans to set up a new speciality plastics plant in China, and plans for a new UK plant would be dropped.
Grange Interiors, the kitchen manufacturer, is to open an office in Motherwell, and may also set up a factory in Scotland over the next few years.
Parker Hannifin has acquired Mead Fluid Dynamics' UK operations, securing the future of 180 jobs in Cannock.
BAe Systems is to acquire Alvis, the tank manufacturer, for £335m, having beaten a rival bid from General Dynamics.
Avingtrans has acquired Crown, the Bristol-based manufacturer of stands for roadside cameras, for £1.6m.
Pilkington's Tiles has sold all its operating businesses, including the Pilkington's and Quiligotti brands and the 30-acre Corfe Mullen quarry, to a new company called Surface Coatings for £3.1m.
Halma is to acquire Ocean Optics, the US supplier of optical sensing systems, for an initial £14m.
Tomkins has sold Mayfran International, the US-based manufacturer of material handling equipment, to a US private equity fund.
Bioquell has acquired EMC Projects, the provider of electromagnetic compatibility testing services, for an initial £0.2m, in order to expand its Cape Engineering subsidiary.
Thames Water is planning to build a £200m desalination plant in Barking by 2007.
Martin International, the lingerie manufacturer, is to be acquired by Crystal International of Hong Kong for £17m.
Metflex, the Blackburn-based manufacturer of precision rubber components with 89 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
Wirral Engineering Services has established a new fabrication and welding business at the former Birkenhead site of R McIvor & Sons, and the 12-strong workforce is expected to double over the next year.
GKN is to sell its 50% stake in the AgustaWestland helicopter business to Finmeccanica of Italy for £1.06bn, and the proceeds will be used to expand its automotive and aerospace component operations.
Sondex is to acquire Geolink International, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of oil well equipment, for £31m.
Shanks is to sell its 24 landfill sites and related power operations to Terra Firma for £227m, and the business will be merged with Waste Recycling Group.
Kier has won a £12m contract from Shanks Waste Services to build a materials recycling plant at Rainham in Essex.
Seaward is creating 30 new jobs in County Durham by establishing two new businesses to produce biomedical test equipment and database management programmes.
Viking Engineering, the Nottingham-based architectural metalwork company, has undergone a £2m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking.
Celvac Environmental Solutions is to increase the workforce at its environmental engineering business in Tenby from 32 to 52 by the end of the year, following a £1.2m expansion programme.
Primagraphics, the Royston-based supplier of radar displays with 50 staff, has been acquired by Curtiss-Wright of the US for £12m.
Invensys is to sell its Hansen Transmissions gearbox manufacturing subsidiary to Allianz Capital Partners of Germany for £75m.
Brookhouse Holdings, the composites and metals engineering company with 470 staff at sites in Darwen, Tameside and Huntingdon, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity.
Cardiff University has secured £3.2m of funding to set up an Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre.
GZ Media of the Czech Republic is to build a £1m CD and DVD manufacturing facility at Thomson Litho's site in East Kilbride, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Smiffy's is planning a £1m extension at its party goods factory in Gainsborough, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Wynnstay Group is to raise £1.5m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its agricultural supplies business.
Halma has acquired Diba Industries, the US supplier of fluid transfer equipment, for £7.9m.
Welsh Development Agency is planning to set up an aerospace industry centre near West Wales Airport, which will involve the creation of up to 1,000 jobs in the design and construction of unmanned aircraft.
Morgan Advanced Ceramics is to relocate its Rugby-based factory to a new site in Leicester Road in August.
Andaray Engineering has sold its Gateshead-based precision machining business to management for £0.9m, securing the future of 90 jobs.
Weir is looking to spend up to £300m on the acquisition of a clear liquids pump company, and is also planning to double the size of its Chinese operations over the next two years.
Hunting is to sell some of its oil pipe manufacturing operations to Sooner Pipe of the US for £25m.
Sony is to relocate its television set research and development operation and up to 84 jobs from Bridgend to Basingstoke.
Metallink Fluid Power Systems is to expand its rigid steel tubes factory in the Wear Valley, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Airdrome of the US has acquired AF Aerospace, the Rugby-based manufacturer of aircraft hydraulic components with 100 staff.
Tencel, the textile fibres company with 150 staff at a factory in Grimsby, has been acquired by Lenzing of Austria.
Whipp & Bourne, the switchgear manufacturer, is looking to relocate its 210 staff to a new site, and two locations in Rochdale are being considered.
Securitas of Sweden is to acquire Bell Group, the Ilford-based supplier of banking security systems with 800 staff, for £97m.
First Technology is to acquire BW Technologies, the Canadian supplier of portable gas detection instruments, for £106m, and has also announced the acquisition of ATMI's life safety systems division for £6m.
Bio-Antigen is in negotiations with HPS of Germany to secure a licence to manufacture the Bio-whirlwind system for destroying all known water-borne diseases, which could lead to hundreds of jobs being created in Wales.
MacQueen Air Conditioning, which has 50 staff at sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Maidstone, has been acquired by Daikin of Japan for about £3.5m.
Caddick has won a £6.3m contract from Rigid Group of Selby to build a new steel production facility.
Richards is to create 80 new jobs at its textiles factory in Aberdeen this summer.
Headlam has acquired National Carpets, the Rochdale-based carpet supplier, for an initial £3.4m.
AEA Technology is to create a further 40 jobs at its Glengarnock technology centre in Ayrshire.
Merloni has announced that suppliers to its washing machines factory in North Wales are to create 200 jobs, with Technoplast investing £10m in new production facilities at Kinmel Park and Pasell spending £5m at Sandycroft, Flintshire.
Rolls-Royce is to invest £100m upgrading four of its aircraft engine factories over the next three years, including sites in Barnoldswick, Derby, Bristol and Nottingham.
Apollo Lifts, the Romford-based lift contractor, has undergone a management buy-out and is now planning to establish an operations centre in the North of England and expand head office facilities.
Sigma Cryotec is to acquire Universal Vehicle Bodies of Narborough, and the business will be relocated to a larger site with the creation of more than ten jobs.
Kidde is to acquire SPI Fire Engineering, the Farnborough-based supplier of fire protection systems with 26 staff.
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is said to be considering a site in Gillmoss to build one of Europe's biggest waste incinerators.
Cambridge Water has been sold by Union Fenosa to Cheung Kong Infrastructure of Hong Kong for £51m.
Corus is to invest £32m in new equipment for its steel plant in North Lincolnshire, but 236 jobs will be lost at the site and the heavy section mill will close later this year.
Invensys is to sell its Powerware power supply systems business to Eaton Corporation of the US for £313m.
UK Biometrics is planning to create 50 jobs on Tyneside and 150 nationwide, due to rising demand for its biometric security systems.
Smiths is to acquire Trak Communications, the antenna manufacturer with 425 staff in Scotland and the US, from Veritas for £63m.
Laird is to acquire Thermagon, the US-based thermal management products company, for up to £25m.
GE Sontay, the Kent-based manufacturer of machines that measure temperature and humidity with 35 staff, has been acquired by Owner Venture Managers for more than £1m.
Oxonica, the nanotechnology company, has raised £4m of venture capital to expand its sales and marketing activities.
S&P Coil Products of Leicester has undergone a management buy-out from parent company Halma, in a £2.9m deal backed by Northern Venture Managers.
Mason Cash, the pottery manufacturer with 170 staff, has been bought out of receivership by The Table Top Company of Kirkby in Ashfield.
Industrial Building Components, the Hartlepool-based manufacturer of fire doors with 65 staff, has been bought out of receivership by a management buy-out, and has been renamed Bridgman IBC.
Zyro has awarded a £1.4m contract to Severfield-Reeve Projects to build a 30,000 sq ft warehouse and office site for its cycling equipment business at Thirsk Industrial Park.
Babtie is planning to double the size of its engineering and technical services business over the next five years, and the 3,600-strong workforce could also be doubled.
Johnson Service has acquired Enfield-based HSS Event Hire from HSS Group for £1.5m, in order to expand its Johnson Hospitality Services division.
Smiths Group is to acquire SensIR Technologies, the US manufacturer of infrared-based analysers with 110 staff, for £41m.
Ardeth Engineering, the supplier of pressure vessels and process plant with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and has also announced the acquisition of Leeds-based boiler fitter Richardson Mechanical Services.
Rolls-Royce, the aircraft engines manufacturer, is seeking permission to build a £45m factory at its Filton site in Bristol.
ICurie Lab of South Korea is planning to set up a laboratory in the UK to develop a new cooling technology, and has secured a $3m investment from US venture capital firm Hansen Gray.
Densitron Technologies is to sell Densitron Control Systems to Geeplus Components for £0.6m, in order to focus on the production of displays and related products.
Cambrian Engineering, the manufacturer of steel towers for wind farms with sites in Bangor and Stornoway, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Cambrian Caledonian.
General Machine Products of the US has acquired CBS Metals, the Rutland-based cable installation equipment company with 34 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Robotic Technology Systems is to sell RTS Wright Industries, the US-based supplier of laboratory automation for drug discovery, to Doerfer Corporation for up to £8.8m.
Compact Power is to sell its waste processing plant at Avonmouth to a newly formed company called Batneec Waste Services Bristol for £5m.
Dantec, the Wirral-based manufacturer of specialist hose products, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Latchways has acquired WinGrip, the supplier of fall protection products, for £1.2m.
Bombardier Aerospace is to create 400 jobs at a new £33m aircraft manufacturing plant in Belfast.
BAe Systems North America is to acquire STI Government Systems, the Hawaii-based supplier of photonics and IT services with 125 staff, for £15m.
Ensinger is planning to expand its plastic components manufacturing facilities in South Wales at a cost of £5.2m, and 48 new jobs will be created.
Cobham has acquired DTC Communications, the US-based supplier of surveillance equipment, for £26m.
Pennon has acquired Thames Waste Management, the Leatherhead-based provider of landfill and liquid waste treatment services, for £30m.
Domnick Hunter has acquired PTI Technologies of Sheffield and PTI Advanced Filtration of the US from Esco Technologies for £10m.
Salter Housewares, the Kent-based manufacturer of housewares products, has been acquired by HoMedics of the US for undisclosed terms.
Houghton has secured a £45m refinancing deal with Royal Bank of Scotland, to fund the continued expansion of its Manchester-based industrial fluids business.
Polyfence has bought Dale Joinery's Lichfield-based windows manufacturing division out of receivership for undisclosed terms, securing 50 jobs.
Comeleon is to recruit a further 30 staff at its County Durham-based technology business.
First Technology is to acquire 90% of EnviteC-Wismar, the German manufacturer of sensor products, for £8.4m.
Economatics has acquired Durham Filtration Engineers, the Tyne & Wear-based supplier of filtration products to a wide range of industries.
LG Philips is to invest £3m in new equipment at its television screen factory in Durham.
Dee Valley Group is to invest £20m in a number of schemes to improve water treatment works in Chester and Wrexham.
WH Promation, the County Durham-based supplier of equipment to the food and pharmaceutical industries with 35 staff, has been bought out of administration by Ian Shott Enterprises.
Hornby is to acquire Electrotren, the Spanish toy company, for £5.3m, and is also in negotiations to acquire Lima of Italy out of administration.
Fishers, the laundry and textile rental company with 600 staff at sites in Fife, Perth and Aberfeldy, has undergone a £31m management buy-out backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.
PHS is to set up a call centre to sell hand dryers and soap dispensers in Ammanford, with the creation of up to 200 jobs over the next five years.
Sun Coke of the US is considering plans to install a coke facility at the Corus steelworks in Port Talbot, with the creation of up to 140 jobs, but alternative locations are also being considered in France, Germany and Italy.
Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems is to invest £8m in the expansion of its aerospace components factory in Coventry, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
MF Sealing Systems is to relocate its pump maintenance business and 20 staff to a new £0.6m factory at Riverside Park estate in Middlesbrough later this year.
Royal Doulton is to close its Nile Street pottery in Stoke-on-Trent by mid-2005 with the loss of 525 jobs, but has also confirmed plans to open a 20,000 sq ft factory and visitor centre at nearby Festival Park.
Rebus Design & Automation is to create 30 jobs in Flintshire, having won a contract to provide a smoke extraction and ventilation system for Arsenalís new stadium.
Hyder Consulting is to acquire Adamus Consulting Practice, the Australian consulting engineer with 17 staff, for an initial £0.5m.
Tubosider is to relocate its corrugated steel products factory from Warrington to St Helens, and its workforce will double to 44.
TWI has confirmed plans to develop a £18m welding technology research centre at the former Waverley opencast colliery site in South Yorkshire, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Mansfield Shoe Co is to relocate its shoe factory and 50 staff to a smaller site in Mansfield over the next few weeks.
Ferraris is to sell Instrument Technology, the Hastings-based manufacturer of components for vacuum systems, to Bansbury for an initial £3.9m.
First Technology has acquired Thames Side-Maywood, the manufacturer of custom load cells for the crash barrier testing and industrial weighing markets, from Halma.
Advantage West Midlands is in talks with Encapsulated Waste about plans to build a £5m factory to recycle electronic equipment into place mats, coasters and tiles.
Edgar Allen is planning to relocate its Bathgate foundry to a larger site and increase the workforce from 30 to 150, while its existing site will be transformed into a mix of commercial buildings and housing.
Croma Group has acquired Shawley, the manufacturer of surveillance and monitoring equipment, for a nominal sum.
Umeco is to acquire Advanced Composites Group, the Derbyshire-based supplier of aerospace and automotive components, for £44m.
Hampson Industries is to raise £14m in a share issue to fund the expansion of its aircraft components manufacturing business.
Cobham is looking to spend £500m on acquisitions to expand its defence and aerospace engineering business over the next three years.
DPS has sold its aircraft seats factory in Pembrokeshire to a management buy-out, saving some of the 68 jobs, and the business has been renamed United Aerospace.
Severn Trent Laboratories has acquired Aerotech Laboratories, the US air quality testing company with net assets of about £6m.
Chamberlin & Hill is to acquire Russell Castings, the Leicester-based iron foundry, from Elliott for £1m.
Headlam is investing £11m in a new floor coverings distribution centre in Tamworth this year, while its site in Thatcham will be expanded.
Brammer is to sell its equipment rental and calibration operations to a management buy-out operating under the name of De Facto for an initial £10m.
Dawson International is to sell Ballantyne, its Innerleithen-based cashmere factory with 200 staff, to a group of Italian investors for £14m.
Smiths Group is to acquire Dynamic Gunver Technologies, the US manufacturer of aircraft engine components, for £60m.
Nuaire, the manufacturer of industrial fans with a factory in Caerphilly, is to be acquired by buy-out specialist ECI Partners for £38m.
T Clarke has acquired Mitchell & Hewitt, the Derby-based electrical services contractor with 120 staff, for £5.9m.
Polymeric Composites is to relocate to a new £2.1m composite materials factory in Clevedon by the end of the year, and the 21-strong workforce will expand.
Hevertech, the Leeds-based air conditioning and heating company with 22 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Milmega, the Ryde-based manufacturer of microwave amplifier systems with 25 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by the South East Growth Fund for undisclosed terms.
Mayborn is relocating its babycare and household products factory to a larger site in Mansfield, and capital expenditure will rise from £1.3m to £3m this year.
Miba Tyzack is planning to relocate its clutch and brake plates factory and 140 staff to a new site in the Sheffield area, having agreed to sell its Green Lane works to "city living" developer Raven Group.
Home Service is planning to create about 300 jobs at its domestic assistance call centre in Walsall.
Kidde is planning to spend more than £30m on acquisitions to expand its fire safety equipment business this year.
Honeywell is to shed 130 jobs in Redditch later this year, in order to relocate its airframe systems business to its site in Yeovil.
Stora Enso and Associated British Ports are to set up a dedicated import service centre for solid-wood products at the port of Immingham this summer.
Bernstein Group, the kitchen manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a turnaround specialist backed by Enterprise Finance Europe, saving 400 jobs.
M&M Timber, the Kidderminster-based sawmill, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Meggitt is planning to set up a £7m electronic sensors factory in China next year.
Xiros, the medical device company, is to relocate to a new £3m research and manufacturing facility next to Leeds Bradford International Airport next month.
RJ Sheet Metal has been bought out of receivership by Technical Product Solutions, securing the future of 90 jobs at its sheet metal factory in Merthyr Tydfil.
Hockleys Windows is to relocate its Clacton-based windows business to a new site in Valley Road by April.
NEG Micon Rotors is to expand its wind turbine manufacturing facilities on the Isle of Wight by setting up a new factory in East Cowes, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
One NorthEast is in discussions with Shipeng Laboratory of China about the possibility of setting up an office and manufacturing site in the north east to produce large X-ray machines.
Frazer-Nash Consultancy, the defence and aerospace consultancy with 160 staff, has been acquired by Halliburton of the US for about £12m.
Oceanair Marine, the manufacturer of boat blinds and screens, is planning to relocate its two existing sites and 70 staff to a new £1m headquarters at Selsey Gateway near Chichester.
Spectris has acquired Cintex, the Milton Keynes-based manufacturer of inspection systems.
James Holdsworth, the Colne Valley-based card clothing manufacturer, is planning to relocate its 80 staff to a new site in Marsden.
KEB Fabrications, the Smethwick-based windows manufacturer with 90 staff, has undergone a £1.7m management buy-out.
Heatrae Sadia is investing £5m in automated manufacturing equipment at its water heater factory in Norwich, which will lead to the loss of up to 35 jobs.
Kidde is to acquire Gloria KG, the German manufacturer of portable fire extinguishers, for £24m.
NPL Technologies, the Nuneaton-based tooling company with 105 staff, has been acquired by Arrk Product Development Group of Japan.
HM Plant, the machinery importer, is to relocate its headquarters from Somerset to a new £5m site at Hebburn in South Tyneside in the autumn, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Turton Springs has acquired West Bromwich Springs, the manufacturer of springs for the aerospace, agriculture and defence markets with 41 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Fenner is to raise £4.7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its conveyor belt products business in China.
Lister Trade Frames is creating 86 new jobs as it moves into a new £2.5m window factory in Stoke-on-Trent over the next few weeks.
Addis is seeking new premises in Swansea to relocate its houseware products factory, prompting speculation that up to 120 jobs could be lost.
South East England Development Agency is helping SP seek planning permission for a new composites factory in Cowes, which will create 47 jobs.
Aquator, the Trowbridge-based sewage filtration company with 55 staff, has been bought out of administration by Copa.
Falcon Foodservice, the commercial kitchen equipment manufacturer with about 300 staff, is to relocate its factory from Falkirk to Stirling in July.
Dowding & Mills is to sell its electrical operations in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to a management team operating under the name of AGW Benelux Holdings.
Smiles Engineering is to expand its Newcastle-based workforce from seven to 19, having won a contract to supply 70 low-emission diesel engines to bus operator Arriva.
The Natural Environment Research Council is to set up a £6m environmental science centre at the University of Wales in Bangor, and the existing Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will be demolished.
Swan Plant Services has secured a £3m finance package from NatWest and Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity to fund the expansion of its Knutsford-based maintenance equipment business.
FLS Aerospace, the aircraft maintenance company with sites in Stansted, Manchester and Dublin, is to be acquired by Switzerland-based SR Technics for £32m.
Aggreko, the air conditioning equipment supplier, is to set up a national rental centre in Cannock in April, with the creation of 65 jobs.
Pegler, the Doncaster-based manufacturer of plumbing products with 650 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Cobham has acquired Precision Antennas, the Stratford-upon-Avon-based supplier of antennas, towers and microwave devices, for £3m.
Fenner has acquired Indico Europe, the Manchester-based manufacturer of rubber hoses for commercial vehicles, for £2.8m.
Castle Cement is seeking permission to use discarded tyres to fuel its £56m cement plant in Flintshire.
Elektron has sold Milmega, the Isle of Wight-based manufacturer of amplifiers with 22 staff, to a new company called Frameflair for £1m.
Interregnum has acquired Cellular Design Services, the provider of radio frequency engineering services in wireless network design with 46 staff, for £1.5m.
Donald Ward is investing millions of pounds in the expansion of its recycling plant in Ilkeston, and the workforce is expected to rise from 65 to 100 over the next 18 months.
MOS International has acquired NIM Engineering, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of lifting equipment with 40 staff, from LGH Group for £0.7m.
Celsa is said to be considering plans to invest £100m in the development of a new steel plant at its Tremorfa site in Cardiff.
Wolverhampton Council is planning to expand its recyclable waste collection service over the next 18 months, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
School Trends, the Sheffield-based school wear supplier, is to create up to 100 jobs over the next five years, and will relocate to a new £2.5m headquarters near Mosborough in February.
Kingfisher is to reorganise its Screwfix Direct tools business, including the development of a new head office in Yeovil, the opening of a new distribution depot in Stoke-on-Trent and the closure of a depot in Leicester.
Alba is to acquire the Home Intermedia Systems division of Grundig of Germany out of receivership, in a £56m deal with its joint venture partner Beko Electronik.
Tyco Electronics is creating 80 jobs at its Crompton Industrial Instruments plant in Witham, Essex, and £1m will be invested in a new laboratory.
Corus is to invest £1.2m in the expansion of the Shotton Steelworks on Deeside, which will involve the installation of new equipment this summer.
Caledonian Cartridge Company has won permission to set up a two-storey explosives factory in Banchory.
BC Partners is to acquire Baxi, the boiler manufacturer, from Kidde and a number of private equity houses for about £600m.
JCB has acquired a 12-acre site at Church Broughton, Derbyshire, to manufacture diesel engines, and 100 jobs will be created at the newly-formed JCB Power Systems division.
Kail & Co is to relocate its precision engineering business, which has 30 staff, to a larger site in Sunderland in April, and expects to create ten new jobs this year.
Park & Paterson, the Cheshire-based metal recycling company, has announced a merger with a division of Bernhard Metals in Derby, creating an enlarged group with 46 staff.
Kestrel 3D, the developer of laser scanning technology, is seeking a suitable site for a new headquarters in the East Midlands, which would create about 45 jobs.
Spaldings, the Lincoln-based wholesaler of agricultural machinery parts with 140 staff, has undergone a £10m management buy-out from Dutch company Netagco, backed by 3i.
Gilwood Engineering, the Tyneside-based mechanical and electrical contractor, is looking to double its 30-strong workforce following a rise in demand for its services.
Invertek Drives is relocating its electronic variable speed drives business from Llanymynech to the Offa's Dyke Business Park at Welshpool, which will lead to the creation of up to 25 jobs over the next few years.
South West Durham Training is to build a £0.8m Centre of Vocational Excellence for advanced engineering in Newton Aycliffe.
VMS, the supplier of digital road and rail signs, is relocating its 53 Tyneside-based staff to the Monkton Business Park this month, and 17 new jobs will be created.
Peterhouse has sold Anglair, its compressed air and pneumatics engineering operation, to Airchannel for £1.5m.
Amdea, the association of domestic appliance manufacturers, has announced that 13 companies have set up a joint venture company to recycle materials from electrical products, under the name of the Recycling Electrical Producers' Industry Consortium.
Hemsec, the Rainhill-based insulation supplier, has sold its Installations division to a management buy-out.
Temple Knight, the photocopier repair company, is to relocate its head office to Edenbridge in Kent over the next few months, with the creation of up to 10 new jobs.
Alderley has acquired Specialised Management Services, the Great Yarmouth-based supplier of control panels for hydraulics and wellheads with 50 staff, in a £7m deal backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking.
TWI, the welding research organisation, has secured £2.7m in Objective One funding to establish a facility in Port Talbot, where it will employ 14 staff.
Corus is to recruit 85 new staff at its Corus Tubes site in Hartlepool, having won a contract to supply a gas pipeline.
Rotork has acquired Deanquip Valve Automation, the Australian valve actuator distributor, for £0.8m.
Ellis Steel has acquired McArthur Faull, the Swansea-based steel supplier, creating a new group called Ellis Faull Steel Stockholders & Processors.
Birmingham Plastics has been sold out of receivership by PKF to a sister company of HemoGroup, saving 21 of the 49 jobs.
Brita of Germany is to set up a £10m water filter factory in Bicester with the creation of 130 jobs, and production will relocate from Sunbury-on-Thames later this year.
Expro has acquired a wireless telemetry business from Cobham for £3.2m and a US-based well tractoring business from Smartract for an initial £0.7m.
Diamond Chain Company is looking to set up a factory to manufacture industrial roller chains near its existing distribution site in Blaydon, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Corus is to invest £12m in the installation of an additional ladle furnace at its steel manufacturing plant in North Lincolnshire.
Flakt Woods is to relocate its industrial fan factory and about 500 staff to a new site at Cuckoo Farm in Colchester, having won planning permission to use its existing site for housing.
CBL Contractors of Hartlepool is to create up to 200 new jobs, having won a £10m contract to fit the cabling and electrical installations in the new Wembley stadium.
Carlisle Brass is setting up a new £4m window and door fittings factory in Carlisle, with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Sealine is to create up to 35 new jobs at its luxury boat factory in Kidderminster to work on the production of a new yacht.
Specialized Fabrications is to relocate its metal fabricating business from Fareham to a new £1.7m factory in Gosport.
Porcelanosa, the Spanish bathroom furniture and tile manufacturer, is to set up a £3.3m UK headquarters near Wandsworth Bridge in London, and Cirus will complete construction by June.
Corus is in talks with a number of potential joint venture partners for its Teesside Cast Products steelmaking business, and TCP is looking into the possibility of increasing exports by investing £16m in new port facilities.
Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired Interprogetti, the Italian engineering design company, through its joint venture with RINA for £0.9m.
Shepley Window Systems has acquired Interframe, the Devon-based manufacturer of window frames, for an estimated £10m.
Huntingdonshire District Council is considering plans from Turbine Motor Works to set up a jet engine refurbishment operation at RAF Upwood, which would create up to 200 jobs over the next three years.
Sorsky has acquired WG Bingham, the Immingham and Hull-based distributor of workforce clothing and personal protective equipment, for undisclosed terms.
Electrium, the Brownhills-based electrical products group with 800 staff, has undergone a £38m management buy-out backed by private equity provider LDC.
WD Close is to relocate its steel fabrication business and 87 staff from Gateshead to a larger 100,000 sq ft factory in Walker this month, and 30 new jobs will be created.
JP Morgan is to acquire IMO Car Wash Group, the operator of 800 car wash sites across Europe, for £350m, and plans to open more than 40 new sites this year.
Home Service, the provider of domestic assistance and warranties, is to create 80 new jobs at its call centre in Walsall.