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Brambles Industries has sold its Northern Hemisphere industrial services business to Harsco Corporation of the US for £133m.
Orchard Toys, the educational games developer, is to relocate its headquarters and 13 staff from Nottingham to Wymondham in January, with the creation of about 30 new jobs.
SAS International is to relocate up to 97 jobs to a new £8m 90,000 sq ft industrial ceilings factory in Oldbury in October 2006.
Weir is considering plans to relocate up to 740 production and sales staff to a new purpose-built site in the Glasgow area over the next two years, while the 30 head office staff are currently being moved to the Clydesdale Bank Exchange.
Now Kitchens is seeking permission to double the size of its kitchens factory in Preston, with the creation of 70 new jobs over the next three years.
Portmeirion is to set up a new 60,000 sq ft pottery distribution centre at Trentham Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent by early 2007.
Dowding & Mills, the engineering services group, is to be acquired by Rydenor Investments for about £30m.
Thomas Walker has acquired Leslie Group, the Birmingham-based manufacturer of stamped brass and aluminium components, for £1.3m.
Dewhurst is to acquire Traffic Management Products, the Surrey-based supplier of parking and traffic control products, for up to £6.5m.
Intertek has acquired KPMG Quality Registrars in India and the Middle East for £4.5m, in order to expand its systems certification business.
Lloyds British Testing, the West Midlands-based inspections and certification group with 250 staff, is to undergo a £3.8m management buy-out.
Arrk Product Development Group has acquired Jordans, the Havant-based automotive toolmaking company.
TEG Environmental is planning to create about ten new engineering jobs in Preston next year, in order to manage the opening of new composting sites across the country.
Darchem Engineering, the aerospace company with about 600 staff in Stockton and Gloucester, has been acquired by Esterline Corporation of the US for £70m.
First Technology, the Surrey-based safety device engineering company, is to be acquired by Honeywell International of the US for £207m.
Amec has acquired Domec, the French heating, ventilation and air conditioning services company with 60 staff, for £0.4m.
Spirent is to sell HellermannTyton, the supplier of fastening, identification, protection and connectivity solutions for electrical and communications networks, to funds controlled by Doughty Hanson for £289m.
Cookson Group is to sell its Laminates business, which supplies substrate materials for the manufacture of printed circuit boards, to Isola Group for £51m.
Johnsons Apparelmaster is expected to set up a new office for its corporate hospitality division at the former Sigma Coatings site in Buckingham, which could lead to the creation of hundreds of new jobs for the area.
Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner is to open a new office in Stockton in January, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council are planning to build a £50m waste treatment plant in Derby over the next three years, but a suitable site has not yet been selected.
Sondex is to acquire AES, the US wireline toolmaker with 40 staff in Louisiana, for £7.9m.
Doncasters, the engineering and aerospace group with 25 factories and 4,500 staff, is to be acquired by Dubai International Capital for £700m.
Norfolk County Council is considering plans from Waste Recycling Group for the development of a £90m waste incinerator scheme at Costessey.
Waterman Group has acquired JP Envirosystems, the environmental management consultancy with offices in Sheffield and London, for an initial £0.3m.
Unidare is to sell Eland Cables, the electrical cables distribution company with sites in London and Doncaster, to a management team operating under the name of Codetrade for £4m.
Sandvik Hard Materials has secured a £1.8m government grant to fund the expansion of its metalworking tools research and development centre in Coventry and to secure the future of 260 jobs.
Worldwide Environmental Technologies is relocating its steel frames business and 15 staff from Tanfield Lea to a larger 40,000 sq ft site in Newton Aycliffe, and more than 80 new jobs could be created.
Dunlop GRG, the Manchester-based manufacturer of tanks for transporting fuel and water with 50 staff, has been acquired by Trelleborg of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
Mulberry, the luxury leather goods supplier, is looking to expand its production facilities in Somerset by 50% next year.
Bodycote International has acquired Arthur Gordon Environmental Evaluators of Canada, in order to expand its environmental division.
United Utilities is creating up to 24 new jobs for engineers in its gas emergency service in the north-east, Yorkshire and northern Cumbria.
Gooch & Housego, the Ilminster-based optoelectronics company, is planning to set up a new £4m factory by next November.
Titan Europe is to acquire NewCo SpA and Italtractor ITM, the manufacturers of frames and components for undercarriages with operations in Europe, North America, South America and China, for up to £20m.
Century Subsea, the Aberdeen-based supplier of survey, positioning and subsea services with 90 staff, has been acquired by Geo ASA of Norway for about £12m, and is now planning to create 30 new jobs.
Browns is investing £0.5m in the expansion of its coachworks near Lisburn, including a 6,000 sq ft extension and the creation of more than ten new jobs.
IP2IPO has agreed to invest an initial fund of £5m in the commercial development of inventions and discoveries made at Bristol University.
Electrium, the Cannock-based manufacturer of electrical installation systems with 700 staff, is to be acquired by Siemens of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Murray International Metals, the metals trading firm with 60 staff in Scotland, is to be sold to US private equity group Jefferies Capital Partners for £112m.
Sarnatech BNL, the plastic bearings manufacturer with 127 staff and a factory in Knaresborough, has been acquired by Plastics Capital for undisclosed terms.
Danwood Group has acquired Grampian Business Products, the Aberdeen-based supplier of digital printers, for about £4m.
Hull City Council is to consider plans from WRG to build a waste-burning incinerator on a 21-acre site near Saltend by 2010.
Dewhirst Accessories, the Blyth-based gift pack manufacturer with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
Diploma has acquired HKX, the US supplier of hydraulic system kits with 27 staff, for up to £7m.
Wiltshire County Council is considering plans to build a £12m mechanical biological treatment plant in Westbury, in order to deal with 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year.
William Halley Group, the Dundee-based textiles supplier with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Rolls-Royce is considering plans to set up a jet engine factory in the US, as part of a strategy to expand its global manufacturing base.
SEAC, the Leicester-based fasteners manufacturer with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Halma.
Exacta of Chester is to recruit a 5,000-strong workforce for the collection of empty toner cartridges from homes and offices across the country, in order to send them to Switzerland for recycling.
Croma Group has raised £0.25m in a share placing to fund the development of is surveillance equipment business.
Hamworthy is to raise £17m in a share placing, some of which will fund acquisitions to expand its offshore fluid handling systems business.
IMI has acquired GT Development Corporation, the US supplier of pneumatic and electronic controls, for about £15m.
Pumptools has acquired Strata Oil Tools, the Aberdeen-based supplier of downhole systems and tools, for undisclosed terms.
Rolls-Royce is planning to create hundreds of new jobs for engineers and IT specialists in Derby over the next 18 months, to meet rising demand for aircraft engines.
Synseal is to extend its PVC-u profile extrusion site at Sutton-in-Ashfield with a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse and picking facility by spring 2006.
Tunstall, the Yorkshire-based personal alarm manufacturer, is to relocate its Response monitoring centre from its Whitley Bridge headquarters to Doncaster, with the creation of 30 jobs.
GKN has acquired QDS Henschen, the US manufacturer of wheel hubs with 110 staff, from the Lakin Manufacturing Corporation for £6m.
Herman Miller, the office furniture company, is to relocate its finance, marketing, HR and administration departments and up to 75 staff from Bath to Chippenham in February.
Express Recycling & Plastics is to set up a £2m plastics recycling plant at Rainham in Essex by February 2006.
Spice Holdings has acquired Kemac Services, the Leicestershire-based water services company, for £6.2m.
Umeco has acquired Aeromedic Innovations, the Uxbridge-based supplier of on-board medical kits and therapeutic oxygen equipment, for £2.1m.
Geometric Furniture has secured planning permission to set up a new wooden furniture storage and distribution centre in Middleton, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Halma has acquired Texecom, the Manchester-based manufacturer of security sensor and alarm products, for £26m.
Trelleborg of Sweden has acquired Dunlop GRG Holdings, the Manchester-based manufacturer of large flexible containers with 50 staff, as well as bearings manufacturer Andre Structural Bearings.
Dawson & Son, the Leeds-based industrial brush manufacturer with 40 staff, has been acquired Koti Group of the Netherlands.
Porcelanosa, the manufacturer of ceramic tiles and bathrooms, is to open a new £10m showroom and office at Braehead in autumn 2006, one of two new Scottish showrooms that will create more than 50 jobs.
Northern Ireland Water Service is to invest £10m in the upgrade of water and wastewater infrastructure in the Newtownabbey area over the next two years.
Bryson House Recycling has won a £5m waste recycling contract from 11 councils in Northern Ireland, which will create 22 jobs.
Whitecroft Lighting, the Manchester-based lighting company with 280 staff, has been acquired by Fagerhult of Sweden for £21m.
Polymer Laboratories, the Shropshire-based scientific instruments company with 160 staff, has been acquired by Varian of the US for £24m.
Asfare Group has acquired Todd Research, the Chelmsford-based supplier of x-ray equipment to intercept suspect mail, for an initial £1.7m.
Screenprint Promotions of York is to relocate its screenprint business and 30 staff to a 27,000 sq ft mill in Easingwold next year.
Bervin Tool & Die is planning to double the size of its 20,000 sq ft toolmaking site in Wolverhampton and create 25 new jobs over the next six months.
Wolseley has acquired William Wilson, the plumbing and heating products distributor with 600 staff at 45 branches in Scotland and the north of England, for £81m.
Egger is to proceed with plans for the £120m expansion of its chipboard factory in Northumberland, and work will start next February.
Umeco is to raise £48m in a rights issue to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its aerospace parts factories and warehouses, and has also announced the acquisition of Provest of Italy for £14m.
Alexandra has acquired de Baer, the supplier of tailored corporate clothing, and its UK-based subsidiary Rimac for £4.5m.
Trutex, the Clitheroe-based supplier of school wear with annual turnover of about £14m, has undergone a management buy-out.
East Sussex County Council is to consider plans from Onyx for the development of a composting facility at the Woodland Centre in Whitesmith, which would process 46,000 tonnes of garden waste a year.
Bioquell has acquired Laboratory Accreditation Services and TRL Compliance Services for £0.3m, in order to expand its Cape Engineering testing services business.
Laird Group has acquired Melcor Corporation, the US supplier of thermoelectric modules, and its Chinese subsidiary Melcor Hua Yua from Fedders Corporation for £10m.
National Assembly for Wales has announced a £1.9m funding package to expand recycling and composting facilities at the Bryn Pica landfill site in Aberdare.
Advanced Composites Group is investing £7m in the expansion of its Heanor factory in Derbyshire, with 30,000 sq ft being added by September 2006.
Abacus Group is to acquire Deltron Electronics, the supplier of electromechanical components, for £28m.
Airbus is considering plans to set up a design engineering centre in the Midlands, which could provide employment for up to 100 former MG Rover staff.
Profile Group of Companies, the glazing and seating company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms and will now relocate ten staff from Derby to Castle Donington.
Acordis, the Grimsby-based fibre manufacturer with 235 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team and a consortium of private investors for £12m, and the business will be renamed Worldwide Fibres.
Thales Avionics is to relocate up to 120 jobs from its Merton factory to Leicester over the coming year.
Low & Bonar has bought assets of Threshold Floorings, the manufacturer of flooring products, out of administration for £0.1m.
Elementis is to sell Linatex, its Yateley-based industrial rubber belting business, to Navis Capital Partners for £18m.
ATC Lasham and TES Aviation are to set up operations at the Aerospace Wales park at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
British Vita is to relocate its UK headquarters and up to 25 staff from Middleton to Accrington.
Support in Sport has acquired Palmyra, the Cumbria-based synthetic carpets manufacturer, creating a new group called SIS Manufacturing.
Select Hardware has acquired Cardiff-based Basic Hardware and Maxi-Pax for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its hardware products wholesaling business.
National Assembly for Wales is to provide a grant to Greenwood Services to build a £1m materials recycling facility at Grove Quarry near Bridgend, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Damart is planning to expand the workforce at its West Yorkshire-based clothing business from 680 to up to 780 over the next four years.
Eborcraft of York is to relocate its wood furniture manufacturing business to a new 28,000 sq ft factory at Chessingham Business Park some time next year.
Norville, the spectacle and lens manufacturer with 200 staff, is to close its Paul Street site in Gloucester and relocate the work to its main Magdala Road site over the next six months.
Asahi Glass is to build a £15m ETFE melt processable fluoropolymer plant at its Thornton Cleveleys site in Lancashire by early 2007.
John Huddleston Engineering is planning to create 46 new jobs, following a £6.7m investment at its aerospace components business in County Down.
HIE Moray is to fund the development of a new £2m factory with clean manufacturing conditions at the Forres Enterprise Park by next spring, and a potential tenant is already in negotiations.
Group 4 Securicor has acquired Holzinger, the Austrian supplier of security systems with gross assets of £0.4m.
BSI Inspectorate, the global inspection and testing group with 3,800 staff, has been sold by BSI Group to Inspicio for £52m.
Northumbrian Water is to sell Entec UK, the environmental and engineering consultancy, to management for £30m.
Doncasters is expected to create 100 jobs in Blaenavon over the next two years, having established a new "centre of excellence" for the manufacture of precision components.
Lebus has been bought out of receivership following a multi-million pound bid from a businessman, securing 200 jobs at its furniture factory in North Lincolnshire.
IMI is to acquire the control valves business of ABB KK of Japan, including 70 staff, for £20m.
Shanks is to sell most of its hazardous waste operations to Onyx for £28m, while a separate £6m transaction with Waterfront Edinburgh will involve the closure of a liquid waste processing plant.
Spode is to shed up to 80 jobs at its Stoke-based pottery business early next year, and its distribution facilities will relocate to an alternative site in the city next year.
Morgan Crucible is to sell Magnetics, its magnetic materials business with 4,000 staff, to One Equity Partners for £300m.
Oldbury Aluminium Alloys, the Halesowen-based manufacturer of aluminium ingots, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Tomkins has acquired NRG Industries, the US manufacturer of commercial building accessories, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Air Systems Components business.
Aigis Blast Protection has secured a £2m cash injection from Foresight Venture Partners to fund the international expansion of its blast-resistant materials business.
Quadnetics is to acquire Protec, the Watford-based security specialist, for about £10m.
Smiths Group has acquired Millitech, the US manufacturer of millimetre wave components and assemblies, for £18m.
York International is to close its air conditioning factory in Basildon over the next 12 months with the loss of 250 jobs, and the remaining 200 staff will relocate to a new office nearby by the end of 2006.
John Letters, the Glasgow-based golf club manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Direct Golf UK for an estimated £0.5m.
Metalrax has sold MRX Plastic Moulders, its Burnley-based plastic products business, for undisclosed terms.
Trifast is to acquire Serco Ryan, the Kidderminster-based fastener distributor with eight sites, for £18m.
TFS Derby, the Derby-based manufacturer of specialist screws with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Yorkshire Forward and the White Rose University Consortium have secured outline planning permission for the development of a science centre at Burn Airfield near Selby, which could house the £1bn European Spallation Source facility.
Mark Elliot Furniture is to relocate its Norfolk-based furniture factory and 47 staff from Oulton Broad to the Beccles Business Park in October.
Penman Engineering, the Dumfries-based manufacturer of armoured vehicles with 170 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Olaer, the Chester-based parts maker with 300 staff and sites in France, Scandinavia, Switzerland and the US, is to be acquired by Gresham Private Equity Solutions for £40m.
SectorGuard has acquired Asset Protection, the security solutions firm, for £1.8m.
Baylis Recycling is to build a PET reclamation plant at its site in Slough, and has also announced plans to open a sorting facility in Leeds by the end of the year.
Cobham is to sell its Fluid & Air division companies to Eaton Corporation of the US for £150m, including sites in Dorset, Devon, France and the US.
Special Metals Corporation has been acquired by Precision Costparts Corporation of the US for £300m, which will mean new ownership for the 680 staff at the Special Metals Wiggin subsidiary in Hereford.
AEA Technology is to sell a number of businesses to Coller Capital for £40m, including its battery plant in Thurso, AEA HK, QSA, nCode, Accentus, Engineering, Safety and Risk, Safeguard, EASA and Lexware International.
John G Russell has bought Norfrost, the Caithness-based manufacturer of freezers and refrigeration equipment, out of administration, securing 94 jobs.
Laird Group has sold Permacell Finesse, the Essex-based supplier of window profiles, to Synseal Holdings for £10m, and has also announced the acquisition of Builders Hardware of the US for £5.5m.
BAe Systems and the North West Development Agency are working on plans to set up a 47-acre aerospace business park at the Samlesbury plant near Preston, which could create thousands of jobs over the next ten years.
Dudley College has unveiled plans to build a new £18m manufacturing centre at its Broadway campus, in order to offer students the latest techniques in testing materials and producing parts for machinery.
Airborne Systems has acquired Advanced Inflatable Products, and production of balloons and other inflatables will relocate from Southend-on-Sea to its Irvin-GQ factory near Bridgend.
FMC Technologies is to expand its subsea engineering, procurement and construction operations in Dunfermline and Aberdeen, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Bryken High Speed Turnings, the Knowsley-based engineering company with about 100 staff, is to undergo a £3m management buy-out backed by NatWest Commercial Banking.
Meggitt is looking to expand its Dorset-based engineering business by making a series of bolt-on acquisitions of up to £100m each.
IMI has sold its Polypipe plastic pipes division to Castle Harlan of the US for £239m, and is now looking to spend up to £400m on acquisitions.
Protomold is planning to create 40 jobs at its new £0.5m injection moulds factory in Telford by the end of next year.
Britax International has sold Britax Childcare, the manufacturer of children's car seats and pushchairs, to private equity firm Carlyle for £230m.
Bowman Windows is planning to spend £1.5m expanding its windows factory at Banbridge in Northern Ireland by 25,000 sq ft.
Waterline Group has acquired Coolectric, the importer of Liebherr kitchen and commercial appliances, for £0.9m.
Chemring Group has acquired Troon Investments, the Ardeer-based manufacturer of pyrotechnic and propellant devices, for £22m.
Cegelec UK, the electrical maintenance company, is to relocate its Swansea operation to the Forest Fach Industrial Estate, securing 42 jobs and creating six new ones.
Mangar International has acquired MFC Survival, the Tonypandy-based supplier of safety and survival equipment with 69 staff, for undisclosed terms.
United Utilities has awarded a £50m contract to a consortium of Amec and Lurgi UK to expand the Mersey Valley sludge processing plant near Widnes by 2008.
Qinetiq is planning to acquire Verhaert Design & Development, the Belgian satellite manufacturer with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Augean has acquired Proactive Waste Solutions, the Cannock-based hazardous waste treatment operator, for £8m.
Bioganix is planning to build a 48,000-tonne composting plant at Parham for Suffolk County Council.
Nordic Holdings, the waste recycling, port terminal and document storage company with sites in Southampton, Chatham and Corby, has undergone a £13m management buy-out.
Pegler Holdings, the Doncaster-based plumbing products manufacturer with 500 staff, has been acquired by Dutch group Aalberts Industries for an estimated £40m.
Wagon has sold Hawtal Whiting, the US-based engineering consultancy, to Acro Service Corp for £0.4m.
Roxboro is to sell its Solartron measurement instruments business to Ametek of the US for £42m, and has also announced plans to change its name to Dialight.
Umeco has acquired Aviation Windings, the Luton-based supplier of wound components for use in electric motors and generators with 30 staff, from The Deritend Group for £1.6m.
TES Aviation Group has secured a £1.4m investment to fund the expansion of its aircraft engine maintenance business in Abercynon.
Hammond Heat Treatment, the Darlaston-based heat treatment company, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of about 60 jobs.
Mueller Europe has acquired Brassware Sales and Instox, two Birmingham-based plumbing product suppliers, from KX Group.
Icon Polymer Group is to spend £1m relocating the vibration control part of its recently-acquired Silvertown business in Burton-upon-Trent to a nearby site, securing the future of 75 jobs.
Superglass, the Stirling-based loft insulation maker with 211 staff, has undergone a £40m management buy-out backed by NBGI Private Equity.
TEG Environmental is to raise £3.4m in a share placing to fund the development of a composting plant in Perthshire.
Hamworthy Combustion Engineering, the Poole-based combustion burners manufacturer with 500 staff in 15 countries, has appointed Altium to consider plans for a £30m sale or flotation.
Corus is to set up a new £10m automated distribution centre at its site in North Lincolnshire by autumn 2006, which will result in the loss of about 20 jobs.
Sheffield Forgemasters is to undergo a management buy-out, securing the future of 600 jobs.
BSW Timber is investing £3m in the expansion of its Scottish sawmills at Fort William and Boat of Garten, which employ 140 staff.
Quinn Radiators of Ireland is to set up a £133m domestic radiators factory and research centre at the former LG Philips Displays facility in Newport, South Wales, over the next three years, with the creation of 460 jobs.
Airotech Holdings and John Gladstone Dyers & Finishers of Huddersfield have undergone a management buy-out from the Uniworth Group of India, securing the future of 60 jobs.
Racal Acoustics, the Harrow-based communications equipment manufacturer, has been acquired by private equity firm ECI for £52m, and £50m will be invested in the expansion of the business over the next two years.
Weir has acquired Pompe Gabbioneta, the Italian supplier of petrochemical pumps, for £69m.
Voltek Automation, the supplier of security equipment, is to be acquired by Digital Cybermasters Group in a £2.8m reverse takeover.
Fastflow Pipeline Services is planning to expand its Washington-based waterworks business into the gas and electricity markets, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next year.
Bosch, the German electrical products company, is looking to set up a new headquarters of more than 100,000 sq ft in the Thames Valley, but may still decide to retain its existing site in Uxbridge.
Northrop Grumman has won a £665m contract to maintain radar aircraft for the Ministry of Defence, which will lead to 50 new jobs at RAF Waddington near Lincoln.
Scott Wilson Pavement Engineering is to relocate its Nottingham office and 110 staff to a new £3m office and research centre at Chilwell.
Christie Tyler has sold its West Midlands-based Ultra Furniture business out of administration to a management team, securing the future of 220 jobs.
Truflo Air Movement, the Tipton-based cooling fans manufacturer with more than 100 staff, has been acquired by Phillips & Temro Industries of the US for undisclosed terms.
Lancashire County Council has approved plans for the development of a waste recycling plant in Preston's Docklands by 2009.
Filtronic is to sell its LK Products handset antennae division to Technitrol of the US for £47m.
Petards has acquired PI Vision, the Surbiton-based supplier of networked digital video recording systems, for up to £1.6m.
BES Consulting has agreed a £25m financing deal with private equity firm LDC to fund the expansion of its Huddersfield-based asbestos risk management business, and 40 surveyors will be added to the 190-strong workforce over the next 12 months.
Williams Fasteners, the Sheffield-based fastener manufacturer with 74 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Zerographic Systems has acquired Document Systems, the Wakefield-based office equipment company with 25 staff, for £1m.
Jarvis has sold its Techspan road signs business to Hill Smith for £0.9m.
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is planning to build a new £4m recycling centre at Stonebridge Lane in Liverpool, in order to transform kitchen and garden waste into compost.
Sunquest Tanning Systems, the Tameside-based sunbed manufacturer with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Alfred Steel, the Sheffield-based steel castings company, has been acquired by a joint management team from BAS Castings and HI Quality Steel Castings for undisclosed terms.
Domnick Hunter, the filtration specialist, has accepted a £215m takeover bid from Parker Hannifin of the US.
Northumbrian Water has sold Fastflow, its Washington-based pipeline contracting business with 240 staff, to management.
Polar Electro, the manufacturer of sports instruments, is to create 25 jobs at its new headquarters in Warwick over the next six months.
Smiths Group has acquired Sevit, the Italian medical device distributor, for £3.5m, as well as Hi-Tech Hose of the US for £9m and Farnam Custom Products of the US for £3.5m.
E2V Technologies has acquired Gresham Scientific Instruments, the High Wycombe-based manufacturer of X-ray detectors, for £5.1m.
Chemring is to acquire Comet, the German manufacturer of military and marine pyrotechnics, for £6.7m.
Flintstone Technologies is to acquire InnoCleaning Magma and OspreyDeepClean in a £31m reverse takeover, and will change its name to Proventec.
Vp has acquired ESS Safety Services and Pivotal Training from Babcock International for £4.5m, in order to expand its Hire Station safety products business.
Polaron has acquired DMS Controls, the supplier of intelligent building control systems, for up to £3.5m.
Kingspan has acquired Albion Water Heaters, the Halesowen-based manufacturer of hot water systems with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Daryl Industries, the Merseyside-based shower enclosure manufacturer with more than 200 staff, has been acquired by Kohler Mira of the US for undisclosed terms.
Ty Europe, the Gosport-based distributor of soft toys with 35 staff, has been bought out of administration by Ty UK for undisclosed terms.
Doughty Precision Engineering, the Nottingham-based company with 30 staff, has been acquired by Nasmyth of Pinxton for undisclosed terms.
Semiplas, the Staffordshire-based plastics distributor, has been acquired by Centroplast Engineering Plastics of Germany.
Low & Bonar is to sell its Bonar Plastics division, which has a network of 12 rotational moulding plants, to the Promens subsidiary of Atorka Group of Iceland for £26m.
KMF Precision Sheet Metal is creating about 40 new jobs as part of a £2m expansion programme at its factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Deeside Furniture has been bought out of administration by Westbridge Furniture Designs of Deeside Industrial Park, securing the future of up to 250 jobs.
Brannams Pottery of Barnstaple has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of at least 35 jobs.
Peerless Plastics & Coatings has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of 28 jobs in Thetford.
Invensys has sold its Lambda power supply business to TDK of Japan for £134m.
Rolls-Royce has submitted plans for a new £45m aircraft engine factory in East Kilbride, while a separate planning application will cover an engine test facility.
Industrial Cooling Systems, the Hampshire-based supplier of industrial process chilling equipment with five branches, has been bought out of administration by Cool Energy.
Low & Bonar has acquired Xirion, the Belgian manufacturer of artificial grass, for £9.4m.
Artisan Windows is considering plans to relocate its window manufacturing business and up to 70 staff from Shipley to Leeds, as the council is to demolish its Perseverance Mills site.
Weir is to sell the water treatment operations of its Techna division to Veolia Water Systems for £28m.
PHS Group, the washroom services company, is to be acquired by Charterhouse for £600m.
Corus is to invest £6.8m in equipment for its steel tube manufacturing plant in Corby, with the creation of about 70 new jobs over the next two years.
Laplace Electrical has acquired RE Dew, the Reading-based controls company with 15 staff, for about £0.6m.
NG Bailey has sold its switchgear and instrumentation business, which is based in Bradford and employs 275 staff, to Powell Industries of the US for undisclosed terms.
Precision Micro, the engineered components manufacturer with 160 staff, is planning to relocate to Fort Dunlop in Birmingham by the end of next year.
Amec has acquired PK SAS, the French electrical engineering company with 35 staff.
Rowlinson Knitwear, the Stockport-based school knitwear company with 74 staff, has secured a £4.5m cash injection to fund the development of a warehouse next to its site on the Woodbank Industrial Estate.
Brighton & Hove Council is creating 50 new jobs through the expansion of its doorstep recycling service, and some of the vacancies are for HGV drivers.
Arrk Product Development Group has acquired the engineering and technical staffing service operations of MSX International UK, including 150 staff in Basildon and Coventry.
Wakefield Acoustics, the Cleckheaton-based supplier of noise control products with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Brulines, the Teesside-based pub equipment company with 110 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
RDL, the Paignton-based electrical goods manufacturer with 48 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Mitie has acquired The Watch Security, the Warwick-based provider of manned guarding and electronic security services, for £6m.
PTM, the Stockport-based engineering company with 38 staff, has undergone a £2m management buy-out.
Ravenscroft Plastics of Tewkesbury has been bought out of receivership by Flamstead Holdings for undisclosed terms, and will be renamed HL Ravenscroft.
Johnson Service Group is to relocate its Bootle-based headquarters and 200 staff to a new site near Switch Island next spring.
ALHCO, the heating installation and maintenance service provider, is considering plans to consolidate its Westbury, London and Scotland offices at a new site in Westbury.
Goodmarriott & Hursthouse, the electrical contractor with more than 200 staff in Nottingham and Leeds, has been acquired by Imtech of the Netherlands.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired EMCO Flow Systems, the US flow measurement company, for £2.5m.
Meggitt is to acquire Avery-Hardoll, the Dorset-based manufacturer of fluid handling products with 52 staff, from Cobham for £8m.
SIG has acquired LS Group, the commercial interiors manufacturer with 560 staff at sites in Barnstaple, Langley Mill and Sheffield, for an initial £45m.
Quinn Plastics has acquired Polyex, the Derbyshire-based polycarbonate extruder, and Victoria Plastics of Hull for undisclosed terms.
Omya UK, the Swiss minerals firm, is setting up a new office for up to 80 staff at the Wyvern Business Park in Derby over the next six weeks, and offices in Matlock and Dorking are being closed.
Spooner Vicars, the Merseyside-based manufacturer of production lines for the food industry with 111 staff, has been acquired by Avalanche Holdings of the US.
Labtech Modular Engineering is to create 24 new jobs in Aberdeen, having won a new contract from US oilfield services firm MI Swaco.
Tomkins has acquired Eifeler Maschinenebau, the German manufacturer of hydraulic tube fittings with annual sales of £19m.
Pennon is to acquire Brett Waste Management, the operator of landfill and power generation sites in Kent and Essex, for an estimated £50m.
Sigma 3 has acquired Hammonds & Co, the Sussex-based supplier of kitchens and bathrooms with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Electrolux is investing £7m in the expansion of its factory in Spennymoor, in order to produce a new range of free-standing cookers.
Ratcliff, the Welwyn Garden City-based tail-lift manufacturer with 220 staff, has been acquired by Palfinger of Austria for undisclosed terms.
Sovereign Group is planning to double the size of its PVC windows factory in Nelson to 150,000 sq ft, with the creation of an unspecified number of new jobs.
WS Atkins is to create 30 jobs at its engineering consultancy business on Teesside, taking the local workforce to 300.
Avon Rubber has acquired International Safety Instruments, the US breathing apparatus manufacturer, for £13m.
Cobham has acquired Vector Fields, the Oxfordshire-based supplier of software for the design of equipment which involves electromagnetic fields, for £1.2m.
Roxboro is to sell its Mobrey process measurement and control equipment business to Emerson of the US for £26m.
Smallbone is to acquire Mark Wilkinson Furniture, the Wiltshire-based manufacturer of kitchen furniture with 290 staff and eight showrooms, for up to £5.6m.
The Royal Navy is to create about 200 helicopter servicing jobs at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.
Agco, the agricultural equipment supplier, is to set up an 81,000 sq ft European operations centre at Abbey Park in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, and 500 staff will relocate from Coventry in autumn 2006.
Precision Antennas is seeking permission to expand its factory in Stratford-upon-Avon with the creation of 150 jobs, which would mean that Stratford Town would have to relocate to a new football stadium in Tiddington.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired Actuators & Controls and Proportional Control Technology of South Africa for £2.3m.
Tanfield Group is to acquire the assets of Norquip, the supplier of lifts and ramps, and Saxon, the supplier of specialist vehicles, for a total £0.3m.
Yorwaste has won a new ten-year contract from City of York Council to manage household waste recycling centres, which will include the development of a new site at Hazel Court and the revamp of two other sites.
Invensys has sold most of its Advanced Building Systems business to Schneider Electric of France for £81m.
Rhyal Engineering is expected to create 130 new jobs, having won a £14m contract to build storage facilities for the £184m Dragon LNG import terminal at Milford Haven.
Fairline Boats is seeking permission to set up a new 40,000 sq ft factory in Oundle, with the creation of 150 jobs.
FG Wilson is to create 170 new full-time jobs at its engineering plants in Larne, Monkstown and Springvale, and the positions will be offered to existing agency workers.
Hyder Consulting has acquired Weathered Howe, the Australian engineering consultancy with about 100 staff, for an initial £1.6m.
Aga Foodservice has acquired Waterford Stanley, the Irish manufacturer of cast iron cookers, for £9.3m.
Cannon Avent, the supplier of baby care products, is to be acquired by Charterhouse Development Capital for about £300m.
BSH Home Appliances is planning to move into a 427,500 sq ft distribution centre at ProLogis Park near Kettering by the end of the year, with the creation of warehousing jobs, call centre jobs and ancillary jobs.
Stag Furniture has undergone a management buy-out from Silentnight for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 650 workers at its Sunderland factory.
Truma UK, the Burton-based manufacturer of products for caravans and motorhomes, is planning to relocate to Dove Valley Park at Foston by early next year.
Bureau Veritas has acquired Casella Consulting, the environmental health consultancy with 490 staff at 17 offices, for £30m.
VT Group has sold VT TSS, the supplier of sensors, navigational aids and detection equipment with offices in Watford, Aberdeen and the US, to a management buy-out.
Sonaptic of High Wycombe has secured an undisclosed investment from Motorola to fund the development of audio technologies for the mobile device market.
PlastxWorld, the Bedfordshire-based ancillary equipment supplier, has gone into administration through FA Simms of Lutterworth.
Fairline, the Northamptonshire-based powerboat manufacturer with 1,100 staff, has undergone a £40m management buy-out backed by 3i.
Mavinwood has acquired Ansa Holdings, the provider of drainage services, for £17m.
SLR has acquired Waste Management Engineering, the environmental engineering consultancy, in order to extend the range of waste management services offered to industry and local government.
Infast, the component services company, is to be acquired by Anixter for £39m.
Hydro International has acquired Vexamus Water, the Ely-based supplier of water treatment equipment, for under £0.2m.
Carclo is to sell its ECC Card Clothing business, including operations in the UK, France, Italy, Turkey, Canada, India, China and the US to NV Bekaert for up to £8.6m.
Chameleon Skaife has acquired Concorde Tape Solutions of Bradford for £1m, creating a combined spool winding contractor with 37 staff.
Window World is planning to increase the workforce at its Carlisle-based windows business from 45 to about 65 over the next two years, as part of a £2m investment programme.
Melloy, the die-cast aluminium and zinc products company, has secured financial backing from Finance Wales to set up a new £1.3m headquarters at the Treforest Industrial Estate.
DDD Security Systems of Coventry has undergone a £0.7m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland, and the 15-strong workforce is expected to increase.
Southend Council is planning to build a £9.5m waste facility in Eastern Avenue, and a further £10m will be spent on two dustcart depots.
Langham Glass is to seek permission to relocate its Norfolk-based glassware business and 15 staff to the Tattersett Business Park by early next year.
Taylor & Jones, the Huddersfield-based tooling manufacturer with 35 staff, has undergone a £1m management buy-in.
Komatsu has announced plans for the multi-million pound expansion of its excavator factory on Tyneside, which will involve 28 new jobs and a 50% increase in the floor space.
Labtech Modular Engineering, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of accommodation units with 80 staff, has been acquired by a new company called ABZ, backed by Aberdeen Murray Johnstone.
Freefoam Plastics of Ireland is to set up a £3m plastic building products factory in Northampton.
Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, is planning to set up a 12,500 sq ft office at Heathrow House, Heathrow.
Smiths Group has acquired ETI Technology, the US specialist in the detection of harmful biological agents, for £2m.
Mouchel Parkman has acquired ServiGroup, the rail signalling, telecoms and power engineering group, for £15m.
Haddon House, the conservatory furniture manufacturer, is to relocate from Wirral to a new assembly and distribution centre at the Sandycroft Industrial Estate on Deeside, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
NSK is to invest £16m at its bearings factory in Peterlee over the next few years, but 85 of the 600 jobs will be lost by next February.
Glamal Engineering is planning to relocate its carbon and stainless steel stockholding operations and 180 jobs from six Teesside warehouses to the former Samsung site at Wynyard.
Infratec has acquired RT Masts, the Wellingborough-based cable installation company with more than 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Alltools has acquired Worcester Tools & Fixings, creating a combined group with 40 staff and four branches.
Red Spider Technology has secured a £0.4m funding package to fund the expansion of its Aberdeen-based tool design and manufacturing business.
Glasgow University has secured a £4.2m grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council to set up a new electrical engineering centre, while the University of Strathclyde gets £3.8m to research power generation.
Laird Group has acquired Securidor Holdings, the supplier of GRP doors, for an initial £1.5m.
Kingspan has acquired Advanced Thermal Composites, the Warrington-based manufacturer of composite sandwich panels, for £20m.
Ferrabyrne, the Littlehampton-based rubber components manufacturer, has undergone a £3m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
T Clarke has acquired Waldon, the St Austell-based electrical contractor with 80 staff, for £1.75m.
Warburg Pincus, the private equity firm, has acquired Caradon Plumbing, the central heating group, for £227m.
FKI is to sell certain Certex lifting product distribution businesses operating in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland and the Baltic States to ABT Allsafe for £16m.
Airedale International, the Leeds-based air conditioning company with 450 staff, has been acquired by Modine Manufacturing Company of the US for £20m.
Tangent Plastics has acquired Impress, the Witham-based injection moulding company, for undisclosed terms.
Jilland Engineering, the Doncaster-based railway engineering firm with about 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out after being forced to call in administrators last week.
Mitie has acquired Intruder International, the Bishop's Stortford-based supplier of electronic security systems, for £4m.
DH Jones Hardware, the Stourbridge-based architectural ironmongery company with 25 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Judges Capital is to acquire Fire Testing Technology, the manufacturer of fire testing equipment, for £3.7m.
Baxi Group has acquired Roca Heating, the Spanish heating equipment manufacturer, for £135m.
Bede, the supplier of X-ray instruments, is to raise £9.3m in a share placing to expand its sales and marketing operations.
Saville Tractors has acquired Tana UK, the supplier of waste compactors, for undisclosed terms.
Alexandra has acquired Prima Corporate Wear, the London-based corporate clothing company, for £4m.
FKI has sold Laurence Scott & Electromotors to a new company called Gothic Works for £4m, securing the future of most of the 250 Norwich-based jobs.
CRC is to create 270 jobs at its television equipment repair business in Glenrothes, having secured a £1m Regional Selective Assistance grant.
Velux Company, the roof window manufacturer, is to create 30 new jobs at its sales and technical support centre in Fife.
Broxap has acquired CEL Products, the Tyneside-based manufacturer of cloak room furniture, for £1m.
Cummins is planning to expand the 800-strong workforce at its engines factory in Darlington with 30 new jobs.
PJH, the Bolton-based kitchen and bathroom distributor with 700 staff, has been acquired by Lloyds TSB Development Capital for £33m.
Dudley Inkwell has acquired TBS International Office Supplies of Washington, and has transferred the business to its site in Gateshead.
Strix, the manufacturer of kettle components with 1,000 staff in Chester, the Isle of Man and China, is to be acquired by ABN Amro Capital for an estimated £300m.
Rentokil Initial, the support services group, is considering plans to relocate its headquarters to a more-suitable site in the East Grinstead area, and there will also be a small head office in central London.
Cinven is to sell its McKechnie aerospace and engineering business and its Dynacast die-cast components business to Melrose for £429m.
WSP has acquired PHB Group, the United Arab Emirates-based firm of consulting engineers, for an initial £0.5m.
Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms has won permission to build a £1.7m showroom, warehouse and office complex in Peterborough, and plans to relocate the 68 staff from its existing site by the end of the year.
The Environment Agency is considering an application for the installation of a third furnace at the Eastcroft incinerating plant in the centre of Nottingham.
Fenner is to acquire Wellington Holdings, the polymer seals manufacturer, for £45m.
Crane Fruehauf's assets have been bought out of administration by Wordsworth Holdings, and the trailer production lines will be transferred from Norfolk to Grantham.
Chloride has acquired Harath Engineering Services, the supplier of critical power protection services with a nationwide branch network, for £10m.
Manor Direct is to create 20 new jobs at its kitchen design and fittings business in Hull this month.
Nicholsons Sealing Technologies is to relocate its aircraft and automotive seals business and 130 staff from three sites to a new 50,000 sq ft site near Stanley later this year, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
Corus is to invest £4.4m in the modernisation of its beam mill in Redcar, but this will result in the loss of 98 jobs.
Deritend has acquired East Midlands Industrial Rewinds, the Ashby-de-la-Zouch-based motor repair company.
Paddock Fabrications has acquired Millenco Hardware of Wolverhampton for undisclosed terms, creating a combined architectural hardware business with 375 staff.
Avon Group Manufacturing has acquired P&D Manufacturing, the Corsham-based toolmaker and injection moulder with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Automotive Technik, the armoured vehicle manufacturer, is to be acquired by Stewart & Stevenson Services of the US for £25m.
Amec has acquired Game Nucleaire, the French nuclear engineering company with 620 staff, for £14m.
Waterman Group has acquired Quadrant Consulting, the Cardiff-based consulting engineer specialising in civil and structural engineering projects, for an initial £0.25m.
Renown Engineering, the Cramlington-based welding and precision machining company with 75 staff, has undergone a management buy-in backed by GE Commercial Finance.
Partech Instruments is to merge with EauxSys, creating a combined Cornwall-based water testing equipment group with 24 staff called Partech.
Bullen, the road, rail, water and environmental company with 500 staff, has been acquired by Aecon Technology, the US-based parent of Faber Maunsell.
Oxford Instruments is to acquire HKL Technology, the Danish manufacturer of Electron BackScatter Diffraction systems, for an initial £2m.
Tanfield Group is to relocate its recently-acquired Smith's Electric Vehicles division from Gateshead to its County Durham headquarters by the end of next month.
Enterprise has acquired ESBI Engineering, the power distribution and transmission network contractor, for up to £12m.
Sure Maintenance has secured a multi-million pound investment package from Graphite Capital to fund the expansion of its Liverpool-based domestic heating systems business.
Sanyo UK is seeking permission to double the size of its premises at the Gapton Hall industrial estate in Yarmouth to 60,000 sq ft.
First Engineering is to relocate its headquarters from Glasgow to purpose-built premises in Hamilton next year, which will involve moving more than 450 staff from four sites in the west of Scotland.
Hepworth Building Products, the Sheffield-based pipe manufacturer with 1,400 staff, has been acquired by Wavin of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
MTL Instruments has acquired GeCma, the German manufacturer of operator display units for use in hazardous industrial areas, for an initial £6.9m.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire the US-based aerospace cockpit instrumentation business of Horizon Aerospace for £2.4m.
IDT of Gateshead has acquired the message signs business of Basingstoke-based street lighting company Urbis for undisclosed terms.
South Shropshire District Council has secured a £1.2m government grant to build a BioDigester plant in Ludlow, in order to convert gas from household waste into energy.
Vindon Healthcare is planning to raise £0.3m in a share placing to fund the development of its environmental control products.
Yorkshire Water is to invest £1.5bn in upgrading its water mains and treatment works over the next five years.
British Thornton ESF is to relocate its Leeds-based educational furniture manufacturing business and 135 staff from Burley to a new site in Keighley, and 25 new jobs will be created.
BAe Systems is to create 100 new jobs in Barrow, having won a £463m order to supply field guns to the US Marine Corps and the US Army.
Utek, the US-based technology transfer company, is planning to raise £8m in a secondary listing on Aim, in order to expand its operations in the UK.
Homeserve has sold its remaining commercial outsourcing operations, with Middleton Maintenance Services going to management for £1.2m and Onsite South and Onsite Central to South Staffordshire for £4m.
Plymouth City Council is to build a £2m waste transfer station at Chelson Meadow, in order to move waste out of the city when the tip closes in 2007.
Essex County Council is considering plans from Cleanaway to set up a waste treatment plant at Pitsea.
Delcam has acquired Engineering Geometry Systems, the US-based supplier of specialist machining software and associated services, for £1.6m.
Now Group is to open a new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms factory in Preston this summer, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Yorkshire Forward is to invest £9.6m in the region's advanced engineering and metals industry, which should help to create about 500 jobs, and grants will be offered to companies and universities for research projects.
RU Recycling has identified three potential sites in Derby to build a £5m recycling plant, in order to handle a contract to process the city's waste for the next ten years.
Godfrey Syrett of Newcastle has won a £20m contract to supply office furniture to the Department for Transport and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which will create up to 30 new jobs.
Yorkshire Forward is providing a £2.1m grant for the development of the country's first manufacturing base for nanotechnology-based consumer products, which will be operated by scientists at the University of Leeds.
Middle Level Commissioners has announced plans for the development of a new £40m pumping station at St Germans near King's Lynn, to prevent flooding in the Fens.
Southern Water is to seek permission for the development of a £200m waste water plant and sludge recycling centre at Peacehaven, Sussex.
Ainscough Engineering Services has acquired Vanguard Industrial out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Cordell Group has bought IPM Industries, the Teesside-based engineering and pump maintenance company with 30 staff, out of administration.
Hardy & Greys has acquired Chub, the Essex-based supplier of carp fishing equipment, for more than £1m.
Smiths Group has acquired US Seals, the US-based manufacturer of mechanical pump seals, for £6m.
Morgan Marine is to create 20 new jobs at its fibreglass composite and steel housings manufacturing business near Ammanford this year.
Glen Dimplex has acquired Lec Refrigeration, the Bognor-based fridge and freezer manufacturer with 300 staff, from Sime Darby for undisclosed terms.
Thomas Smith & Co, the Peterhead-based textiles manufacturer with 56 staff, has been bought out of receivership by a new firm called Smiths of Peterhead.
Portaramp is to relocate its ramp manufacturing business and 41 staff from Thetford to a 43,000 sq ft factory in East Harling over the next two weeks, which could lead to the creation of up to 60 new jobs.
Mayborn Group has acquired Tube Plastics, the Stourport-on-Severn-based supplier of children's outdoor play equipment, for an initial £10m.
Centurian Hose & Couplings of Preston has acquired Glasgow-based Nethermayne and Spiraflex, in a deal backed by Cattles Invoice Finance.
National Britannia, the Caerphilly-based health and safety group with 550 staff, has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by West Private Equity.
Lewis Spring Products is to create 50 new jobs at its factory in Redditch, having agreed to amalgamate with fellow manufacturer Pre-Met of Kent.
Carillion is to acquire Planned Maintenance Group, the provider of mechanical and engineering maintenance services with 1,200 staff at its offices and a further 1,100 mobile technicians operating from 15 service centres, for £40m.
Aerogistics has acquired King & Fowler, the Merseyside-based metal coatings company with 45 staff, from Bodycote for undisclosed terms.
Complete Office Solutions has acquired Printout Supplies of Wakefield for undisclosed terms, creating the largest privately-owned stationery group in the North of England.
Paul Moy Associates, the Liverpool-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineer, is creating nine new jobs at offices in London and Manchester.
Amec has acquired Environmental Advice Centre, the ecological surveys company with 25 staff in Mold, Flintshire and Richmond, Yorkshire, for £1.4m.
Hanson has acquired Thermalite, the manufacturer of aerated concrete blocks with 390 staff at production sites in Newbury, West Thurrock and Sutton Coldfield, for £120m.
Express Electrical Distributors, the Wigan-based electrical wholesaler with 120 staff at 15 depots, has undergone a £2.3m management buy-out.
BAe Systems is to acquire United Defense Industries, the US combat vehicle manufacturer, for £2.1bn.
Kayfoam, the Paisley-based foam manufacturer with 56 staff, has undergone a £1.2m management buy-out from Kay-Metzler.
Hardide is planning to raise £1.7m in a flotation on Aim next month to fund the expansion of its Oxfordshire-based surface engineering technology business.
Zenith Hygiene has acquired Quantum Hygiene, the Orpington-based supplier of cleaning, hygiene and ancillary products, for £1.8m.
Intelek has sold Pascall Electronics, the manufacturer of power supplies and radio frequency components, to Xcel Corporation for £4.7m.
Roballo Engineering is investing £1.2m in new machinery at its bearings factory in Peterlee, securing the future of 55 jobs and creating 15 new ones.
Rotork has acquired PC Intertechnik, the German fluid systems company, for £6.7m.
Jiskoot Autocontrol, the Kent-based supplier of measurement solutions, has undergone a management buy-out.
White Young Green has acquired Robert Long Consultancy, the environmental consultancy with 38 staff in Lyndhurst, St Ives and Huddersfield, and WynThomasGordonLewis, the Cardiff-based town planning consultancy with 40 staff.
Scottish Water is to invest £75m in improvements to its drinking water infrastructure in Ayrshire.
Hospital Metalcraft is seeking permission to build a new £10m furniture and equipment factory in Blandford, in order to consolidate operations from seven existing sites.
Airbus has confirmed plans to create 650 jobs at its aircraft wings factory in Broughton over the next two years.
Hodgson & Hodgson has acquired Salex Acoustic Materials, the Braintree-based supplier of acoustic components with 50 staff, from Wellman Engineering for undisclosed terms.
Pimpernel International, the Consett-based tablemat manufacturer with 187 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Thompson Plastics Group has bought Polymer Engineering, the Crewe-based manufacturer of vehicle mouldings with 50 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Severn Trent Water is to invest £2.3bn in improvements to the quality of drinking water across the Midlands over the next five years.
Baltic Pine, the timber conservatory manufacturer, has been acquired by West Country Investments, and more than 150 new jobs will be created by setting up a telesales call centre in west Cornwall.
Status Windows of Staffordshire is to cease trading, with the loss of ten jobs and a reduction in work for 16 contracted installers and ten self-employed agents.
A&J Scott is to start work next month on the development of a new £5m sawmill at its site in Northumberland.
RingProp is to raise £3m in a share placing to fund the development of its range of propeller designs.
Ennstone is planning to sell its Johnston Engineering operations to Bucher Industries and a North American management team for a total £26m.
Kigass Electronics, the West Midlands-based manufacturer of spark ignition electrodes, is to be acquired by Buckland Group for £1m.
Cadillac Plastic, the Swindon-based plastics company with 24 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from GE Advanced Materials Speciality Film & Sheet for undisclosed terms.
Smiths Group is to acquire Farran Technology, the Irish developer of detection systems, for £13m.
Frank Sutton is investing £1.5m in a new tractor and farm equipment dealership near Pencoed.
M&P Metalcraft, the Teesside-based metal fabrications company with 11 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Fruehauf Parts & Service has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 268 jobs and 17 branches across the country.
Infast is to sell Infast Philidas, the Pontefract-based manufacturer of metal fasteners, for up to £0.7m.
SectorGuard is planning to acquire SectorAlarm, the electronic security systems installation and maintenance company, for up to £1.2m.
Paul Holdings has undergone a £5.3m management buy-out, and is planning to relocate its Paul Fabrications business and up to 125 staff from Draycott to a purpose-built site this year.
Alphaform, the German prototyping and tooling company, is to set up a production site in Newbury by the end of March.
Avon Group Manufacturing has acquired Precision Cut Rubber of Corsham, Wiltshire, out of administration, as well as its sister company in the Czech Republic.
Mid Kent Water is to be sold by WestLB to Hastings Fund Management, which is controlled by Westpac, for about £230m.
IMI is to acquire Syron Engineering & Manufacturing, the US provider of press tooling solutions, for £18m.
JMW Aluminium is to create more than 20 new jobs at its Newcastle-based aluminium fabrication business.
Osma Underfloor Heating of Exeter has been acquired by Wavin Group of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
Cobham has acquired WA Systems of Exeter from Emblem International for an initial £1m, in order to expand its Chelton Defence Communications business.
Michelin has pledged to invest £5m in the modernisation of its tyre factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Atraverda is to set up a £4m battery components factory at the Roseheyworth Industrial Estate near Abertillery, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Hyder Consulting is to raise £10m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its management consultancy and engineering design business.
Enodis has sold its Vent Master ventilation equipment business to Halton Group of Finland for £3.2m.
Viridor Waste Management has acquired Mac Glass Recycling, the glass processing company with 25 staff, and Viridor will now relocate its existing unit at Wishaw in North Lanarkshire to Mac's site in Midlothian.
Eurocut is planning to almost double the size of its precision instruments factory in Sheffield, and the workforce is rising by 15% to more than 100.
Expro International has acquired Read Matre Instruments, the Norwegian supplier of subsea sensor and monitoring technologies, for £7m.
BSW Timber is to invest £15m in the expansion of its sawmill at Newbridge-on-Wye over the next three years, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Parkwood has acquired Ecological Sciences, the organic waste recycling specialist, for £0.7m, in order to expand its public sector outsourcing operations.
Marstair has acquired the Quartz water fans manufacturing business from Vent Axia Group for undisclosed terms.
Homeserve has sold Doorman Services, the supplier of manual and automatic doors, to Assa Abloy of Sweden for £6.6m.
City Refrigeration Holdings is to receive a £2.4m Scottish Executive grant to help set up a new £15m headquarters in Glasgow, securing the future of 352 jobs.
Stirling Square Capital has acquired two aerospace components suppliers - Permaswage of France and Designed Metal Connections of the US - for a total £79m.
First Technology has sold RDI, its French component distribution business, to Axess Technology for about £3m.
Tomkins has acquired Milcor, the US-based air systems company with 350 staff, from Gibraltar Industries for undisclosed terms.
Cambridge Glasshouse Company, the supplier of glasshouses with 30 staff, has undergone a £1.8m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
United Polymers, the manufacturer of rubber and plastic products with 140 staff, has been bought out of administration by Aberdare-based UK-Euro Group and has been renamed Crosslink.
The Department for Environment has awarded £100m to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority to help fund the development of up to five large waste recycling centres.
BAe Systems has reached agreement on a £648m deal to sell most of its avionics business to Finmeccanica of Italy.
Interregnum has acquired Audio Visual Machines, the audio visual solutions provider, for £0.5m.
Bentleys Industrial Services of Hull is to sell its workwear rental division to Johnson's Apparelmaster, its linen rental business to Leeds-based Brooks and its NHS laundry business to Hampshire-based Sunlight Service.
GRP Laminates, the Cowes-based boatbuilder with about 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by Oxford-based Seighford Investments.
Caterpillar, the US industrial equipment group, is to set up a £1m financial centre in Larne, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Dinkie Heel has acquired Friedman's, the Manchester-based distributor of lycra-based materials with annual turnover of £2.6m.
Corus Tubes is to relocate a steel pipe mill and 73 staff from Stockton to its site in Hartlepool by August, and the Stockton site will be sold.
Gaskells is to set up a new £2.5m waste transfer and recycling plant in Bootle later this year, with the creation of at least ten jobs.
Thamesdown Software Fulfilment has acquired SDC GB, the CD manufacturer, which will lead to the creation of 60 new jobs in Swindon.
Torex Retail has acquired Flexiline Forecourt Services, the Hertfordshire-based supplier of equipment to petrol filling stations, for £2.1m.
Standard Wool, the Bradford-based wool merchant and processor, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Airbus is to create 800 new jobs at its aircraft wings factory at Broughton in Flintshire.
Beal Group has acquired Bradford-based companies Bradford Cover & Tent and Garden Marquees, in order to expand its Dundee-based JT Inglis textile processing business.
Scottish & Southern Energy has acquired Business Power & Systems, the electrical contracting operation with 200 staff in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Peterborough and Bridgend, from Alfred McAlpine Utility Services for £3m.
Metalrax has acquired Cooper Coated Coil, the West Bromwich-based metal coatings company, for an initial £3.8m.
Gravatom Engineering Systems is to set up a £0.5m factory in Workington to develop systems for the nuclear, pharmaceutical and medical industries, and 30 staff are being recruited.
James Fisher has acquired Harsh Environment Systems, the Cumbria-based supplier of monitoring solutions to the nuclear decommissioning industry, for £1.6m.
Gooch & Housego is in negotiations to acquire the Clarks site in Ilminster, in order to set up a new precision optoelectronics factory and headquarters.
Viridor Waste Management has submitted plans to build a new composting centre near Cullompton, in partnership with Devon County Council and Devon Waste Management.
Workwear Express, the County Durham-based supplier of corporate clothing, is planning to double its 20-strong workforce over the next two years.
CompAir Reavell is planning to relocate its Ipswich factory and about 100 jobs to the Landmark Business Park this summer, while its existing site has been sold to housing developer Fairview.
Knauf Drywall is planning to expand its plasterboard factory in Immingham by 50%, including a new production hall, warehouse and trailer park.
Dawson International is to acquire Dorma, the bed linen manufacturer with two plants in the north west, from Coats for £10m.
S Lyles is to sell its Jilling Ing Mills textiles site in Dewsbury and relocate the workforce to its nearby Calder Bank factory.
CRC Glenrothes is to create up to 100 new jobs at its Fife-based television equipment repair business, having won a new £9m contract from NTL.
RPL, the Birmingham-based manufacturer of repetition turned parts with annual turnover of £3m, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Komatsu UK is to create 20 new jobs at its excavator manufacturing plant in County Durham over the next two months.
T Clarke has acquired Smith Contracting Services, the electrical and mechanical contractor with 170 staff in Falkirk and Aberdeen, for £4.2m.
Laird has acquired Cateron Corporation, the supplier of EMI shielding fabric over foam gaskets with sites in Taiwan and China, for £13m.
Deepdale Solutions is relocating its walling, doors and glazing manufacturing business and 22 staff from Thirsk to Hartlepool, and 19 new jobs are being created.
Certex UK, the Doncaster-based lifting equipment manufacturer with 150 staff, has undergone a £5.2m management buy-out from FKI.
TSF Retail Solutions, the shopfitting company, is planning to create about 60 jobs at its new headquarters in Washington, Tyne & Wear, over the next six months.
Icon Polymer Group has acquired Silvertown UK, the Burton-upon-Trent-based manufacturer of rubber bearings with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Astropol has acquired Portwood Colour, the Bury-based PVC powder colouring company, for undisclosed terms.
Johnson Service has acquired the corporate wear business of Dewhirst Group for £22m.
Teknor Apex of the US has acquired the engineering thermoplastics compounding business of Chem Polymer, which includes 150 staff at plants in Oldbury, Cinderford and the US, for undisclosed terms.