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Precycle is to create about 100 jobs at recycling depots across the country and at its Reading headquarters over the next few months, with new depots due to open in Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Falkirk and Newcastle.
Desklink Office Furniture of Blaenau Gwent has been bought out of administration by the Staffordshire-based Business Fort Group, securing the future of 120 jobs.
Metalrax has sold the assets of its MRX Automotive engineering supplies business in Smethwick to Sertec Birmingham for an initial £0.2m, with the transfer of 120 staff.
Pendle Doors Group has bought the Castleford-based doors division of Palgrave Brown out of administration, securing the future of 23 jobs.
Diploma is to acquire RT Dygert International, the US supplier of seals and machined parts with 50 staff, for up to £13m.
Fishers Services is to create up to 79 jobs at a new £3m laundry and textile rental warehouse due to open on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate in North Shields in January 2009.
Matrix Engineered Systems, the Brechin-based manufacturer of steel assemblies with 70 staff, has been bought out of administration by Kelman Engineering.
LG Ball Valves, the Aldridge-based valve manufacturer with 17 staff, has been acquired by the holding company of Aberdeen Valve Supplies.
Peterborough City Council is planning to build a 100,000-tonne capacity waste management facility at the former Ray Smith site in Fengate.
Dunham Engineering Services has announced a £3m merger with Gill & Wilkinson to create a combined Leeds-based electrical engineering group with 138 staff.
TTI Testing is to set up a 3,000 sq ft industrial fibres laboratory at Arbroath Enterprise Park by early 2009.
United Utilities and Interserve have been selected as preferred bidders for a municipal waste treatment contract for Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council, including the development of a new plant.
Spirax-Sarco is planning to build a new £12m factory in Cheltenham, in order to consolidate steam systems production from three existing sites.
International Safety Products, the Bootle-based marine lifejackets manufacturer with 95 staff, has undergone a £4m management buy-out.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Siemens Radmon, the Poole-based nuclear sensors company with 48 staff, for about £5m.
Brulines has bought Vianet, the Dunfermline-based supplier of data capture systems to the vending industry, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
CMC UK is to set up a 187,000 sq ft steel recycling facility at Trident Park in Cardiff.
Romax Technology is planning to expand its 80-strong workforce in Nottingham by 25% over the next six months, having agreed a deal with Chongqing Wangjiang Industrial of China to develop wind turbine gearboxes.
Shanks has unveiled plans to build a £20m household waste recycling plant at Hespin Wood near Carlisle by 2012, with the creation of 23 jobs.
Jay-Be, the Dewsbury-based bed manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a management team.
Forest Garden is investing £2.5m at a new 77,500 sq ft garden fencing production site on the Hartlebury Trading Estate near Kidderminster.
Jacuzzi UK is to relocate its bathroom distribution, customer service and administration operations from North Staffordshire to Bradford in January, affecting an estimated 41 staff.
Agrivert has won planning permission from Oxfordshire County Council for the £6m expansion of its food composting plant in Ardley by September 2009.
Wensum is to acquire Crown East, the workwear supplier trading as Faithful, Rainbow and Monarch, for about £3m.
Invisible Heating Systems, the Ullapool-based supplier of building heating and cooling systems, has been acquired by private equity firm Beltrae Partners.
John Wade Group is planning to build a new MBT waste treatment plant at Aycliffe in County Durham by April 2009.
Rimara is to create 24 jobs at a new £5m steel coils production plant opening at the Cookley Wharf Industrial Estate in Brierley Hill over the next year.
Dudley Associates, the Lutterworth-based manufacturer of precision plastic mouldings with 29 staff, has been acquired by Peterstow Holdings of Swaziland for undisclosed terms.
Icon Office Furniture is looking to double the 40-strong workforce at the former JF Nott furniture factory in Witham, Essex, over the coming months.
The European Space Agency has agreed to set up a space robotics and climate change research centre at the Harwell innovation campus in Oxfordshire.
Johnson Matthey has sold its ceramic insulators and alumina operations in Germany, Poland and Romania to Lapp Insulator for £17m.
Broxap has acquired BollardTech, the Wigan-based street furniture manufacturer, and will transfer production to Broxap sites in North Staffordshire and Southport.
Express Engineering is to invest £3.2m in the expansion of its precision components factory in Gateshead, and the 125-strong workforce will rise by 40 over the next two years.
Viridor Waste Management has submitted plans to build a £2.4m waste recycling facility at Hurstwood Court in Bolton.
Aggreko has acquired the Cummins power rental business in India for £3.9m and sold its European oil-free compressed air business to Atlas Copco for £12m.
Hill & Smith is to sell its Express Reinforcements steel reinforcing bars subsidiary to Celsa Steel Service for £13m.
Payne Timber has been bought out of administration by Duchy Timber of Cornwall, securing 34 jobs at its timber operations in Ottery St Mary and Torquay.
Stenca of Denmark is planning to set up a pipe insulation factory in the North East, with the creation of up to 200 jobs over the next five years, while sales and technical staff are currently being sought for its new office in Wallsend.
Pyeroy of Gateshead expects to expand its 1,000-strong workforce with up to 200 new jobs if it wins a £35m contract to provide coatings for Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Weed Instrument, the US instrumentation manufacturer with 100 staff, for £21m.
Williams Industrial Services is to invest £3.3m in the expansion of its aerospace and water treatment engineering operations in County Antrim, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Torque Tension Systems has secured £5m of bank funding to expand its Northumberland-based tool-making business, including new offices in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Kinetic Technical, the Manchester-based engineering recruitment firm with 21 staff and annual turnover of £20m, has undergone a management buy-out.
DTS Environmental of Barnsley is to invest a further £3m in facilities to reduce the amount of untreated waste sent to landfill sites.
Lucite, the Southampton-based acrylic products manufacturer with 1,800 staff in ten countries, has been acquired by Mitsubishi Rayon of Japan for £1bn.
Avon Rubber has sold its Westbury-based rubber mixing facility to ATR Compounding for £2m, with the transfer of nine staff.
Krantech Holdings of Chesterfield has acquired Rotary Machining and Bessemer Precision Engineering of Sheffield, increasing its total workforce from 26 to 49.
Argo Group is to relocate its tractor distribution business to a new £2m site at Harworth near Doncaster early next year.
Amec has acquired OEST Associates, the US engineering and architecture services firm with 102 staff, for £5.9m.
Ebac, the water cooler and dehumidifier manufacturer with 300 staff, is considering plans to relocate its Bishop Auckland factory to a new £7m site.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired PAK Machinery, the supplier of peristaltic aseptic filling systems, for £0.5m, in order to expand its Watson-Marlow subsidiary.
Global Armour, the Lisburn-based armour manufacturer with 45 staff, has been acquired by Amicus Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
Advantica is to create 100 jobs in its oil and gas engineering business over the next year, including at least 70 at its Loughborough head office.
Greenbank Materials Handling has acquired the industrial weighing division of Mansfield-based H&H Services for undisclosed terms.
Dickies is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its Midsomer Norton-based workwear supply business, including new distribution and office facilities and the creation of 50 jobs.
Stadium Group has acquired Zirkon, the Rugby-based industrial instrumentation firm with 84 staff, for £2.5m.
Hamworthy has acquired a 79% stake in Baltic Design Centre, the Polish ship design firm, for £0.5m.
Biogen UK has acquired Greenfinch, the Shropshire-based operator of an anaerobic digestion facility to treat municipal waste, creating a combined group called BiogenGreenfinch with 43 staff.
The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) is to recruit 12 manufacturing specialists, in order to provide advice to companies on waste minimisation and productivity improvements.
Marshall Aerospace is to create 15 new jobs at its Cambridge-based engineering business, having won a £97m military aircraft maintenance contract.
Norcot Engineering, the aircraft parts manufacturer with 82 staff in Ashton under Lyne and Bedford, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Acorn Capital Partners.
Ham Baker has acquired Adams of York, the water industry equipment supplier with 120 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Jackson Keay has acquired APS Cellar Gas, the Southwell-based supplier of gas cylinders, for undisclosed terms.
Afonwen Laundry is to create a further 50 jobs at its laundry operations in Pwllheli and Cardiff early next year.
Bombardier is recruiting a further 200 staff at its aerospace factory in east Belfast, in order to manufacture the new CSeries jet.
DeepStream Technologies is planning to increase the workforce at its Bangor-based energy sensors business from 80 to 150 by 2010, and also plans to build a new factory at the Parc Menai site.
Hamer Goodlad, the Sheffield-based recycling and metals processing firm, has gone into administration through Barber Harrison & Platt, and its Inmans steel stockholding operation has been sold to a former employee.
Cambridgeshire County Council has approved plans for the development of a £3m indoor recycling centre on the Cromwell Road Industrial Estate in St Neots by autumn 2009.
Menai Electrical has gone into liquidation with the loss of 50 jobs at its Anglesey-based electrical installations business.
NP Aerospace is to create 50 new jobs in Coventry, having won a £80m Ministry of Defence contract for a new armoured vehicle.
Cookson Group is to sell its Hi-Tech Ceramics filters business, which has annual sales of £5m, to Sud-Chemie, in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of Foseco.
XJF Plastics is creating ten jobs at its new plastic products factory at Barlborough, near Chesterfield.
Servis UK, the Darlaston-based washing machine repair firm with about 150 staff, has gone into liquidation, and staff will be offered the chance to relocate to its parent company site in Birmingham.
Saint Gobain Crystals is to sell its quartz products factory in Wallsend to Heraeus Quarzglas of Germany, securing 125 jobs, but a further 23 jobs in the industrial testing products department will be lost.
Aggreko is to build a £20m power generators factory in Dumbarton by 2011, securing the future of about 230 jobs.
Parvalux is considering plans to relocate its recently-acquired Electric Motor Development wheelchair and caravan parts manufacturing business from Essex to Bournemouth next year, with the possible loss of up to 80 jobs.
CPM Group has acquired Hughes Concrete, the Leek-based concrete pipes manufacturer with about 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
WEC Group has acquired 5750 Components, the Knowsley-based laser engineering firm, for undisclosed terms, and will relocate its own laser division to a new 26,500 sq ft site in Darwen over the next few months.
Orchid Environmental is to submit plans to Flintshire County Council to build a £15m waste recycling centre at a former steelworks on Deeside, with the creation of 32 jobs.
AWS Eco Plastics is planning to expand the 30-strong workforce at its plastics recycling plant in Hemswell Cliff, Lincolnshire, with 30 new jobs over the next year.
Arco is to set up a telemarketing department at its Hull-based protective clothing business in January, with the creation of an initial six jobs.
Spice has acquired Morrel Consulting, the water industry consultancy, for up to £5.2m.
Allerton Engineering is to open a new steelworks factory at Tursdale, near Bowburn, this month, with the creation of 17 jobs over the next year.
CG Rees, the Cardiff-based metals supplier, has undergone a £1.3m management buy-out backed by Finance Wales, and will now be renamed Fromstock.
Glamal Engineering is opening a 27,000 sq ft carbon and stainless pipes stockholding facility in Runcorn, with the creation of seven jobs.
EnerMech has acquired A1 Safety, the Yarmouth-based safety training consultancy with 35 staff, as well as Specialist Maintenance Services, the Aberdeen-based lifting contractor with 130 staff.
Chemring is to acquire Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology, the US developer of robot and vehicle-mounted mine detection systems, for an initial £17m.
Scotia Linen Services is to be sold out of administration by Tenon Recovery, securing the future of 76 jobs at its Aberdeen-based laundry and dry cleaning business.
Surrey County Council has approved plans from Surrey Waste Management for the development of a 110,000 tonnes-a-year energy-from-waste plant at Clockhouse Brickworks.
Weir has sold the former Mather & Platt stainless steel foundry in Newton Heath to Westley Group of Cradley Heath, securing the future of almost 200 jobs.
K2 Conservatories and Cestrum Conservatories have been sold by the administrators of Burnden Group to management, securing the future of 280 jobs.
Greenview Environmental has unveiled plans to build a £4.5m organic waste treatment facility in Corby by April 2009.
WS Atkins has acquired MG Bennett & Associates, the Rotherham-based engineering design company with 30 staff, for £2.5m.
Proventec has acquired a 60% stake in CryoJet Industrial Services, the Dutch supplier of cryogenic cleaning equipment with annual turnover of £1.5m.
Ambic is to relocate its school furniture manufacturing business to a new £1.8m 24,000 sq ft factory being built next to its existing site in Chester-le-Street.
Calder Colours, the Ashby-based craft materials manufacturer with 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by its managing director for undisclosed terms.
Nicolson Engineering is planning to expand the 29-strong workforce at its Caithness-based oil and gas fabrication business with 50 new staff.
Clearwater Collection has merged with Reva Industries of Hull, securing the future of about 60 jobs at its Bradford-based bath manufacturing business.
Filtrona is to acquire Lendell Manufacturing, the US foam products supplier, for £20m.
PHSC has acquired Inspection Services UK, the provider of equipment testing services, for £0.2m.
Plymouth City Council has secured government funding for the development of a £95m waste-to-energy plant and recycling facility, and the site will be chosen by the successful bidder.
Crane is to relocate its remaining valves and fittings operations in Ipswich to a 20,000 sq ft unit at the Ransomes Europark estate by the end of the year.
The Ministry of Defence has unveiled plans to set up a £25m Defence Equipment & Support office with 600 staff at Filton in Bristol within two years.
Edmund Bell, the Bradford-based supplier of fabrics to hospitals and universities, has been acquired by Redwood Distribution of Skelmersdale, creating a combined group with 125 staff.
Phoenix Dynamics is creating about ten new jobs in Kidsgrove, having won a £1.7m contract to manufacture equipment for the US Army.
TQ Recycling has won permission to build a £1m waste sorting plant at Kingsbridge in Devon.
Stadium Group has acquired Fox Industries, the Leicester-based distributor of power supplies and electronic equipment, for £0.1m.
Apex Wiring Solutions is planning to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Durham-based cabling systems business to 150 over the next six months.
Spectris is to acquire LDS Test & Measurement, the Royston-based manufacturer of instruments and controls with 277 staff, from SPX for £58m.
Intertek has acquired HP White, the US protective equipment testing firm with 40 staff, for an initial £20m.
Bonds has acquired Precision Products (Cumberland), the Alston-based steel castings manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 65 jobs.
Laminates is planning to expand the 45-strong workforce at its Sheffield-based laminated work surfaces business to more than 200 and open up to 50 franchised outlets over the next two years.
Bombardier is looking to recruit up to 50 technical staff at its train manufacturing operations in Derby.
AESSEAL is to transfer production of some mechanical seals from India to Rotherham following the acquisition of Standard Seals of India, and it has also acquired Mechanical Seal & Service of the US and a Norwegian distributor.
Oxford Instruments has sold its Molecular Beam Epitaxy service and support business to RIBER of France for £0.3m.
West Sussex County Council is to consider plans to build a fuel-from-waste processing plant at the Langhurstwood Road landfill site near Horsham, and Biffa is expected to run the site.
Home Insulation Services, the Preston-based heating supplier, is to be taken over by its 200-strong workforce over the next 12 months, and the buy-out is being supported by the Baxi Partnership.
Jesse Brough Metals International has secured a £10m equity investment from Barclays Ventures to fund the expansion of its Staffordshire-based aluminium processing business, and is seeking a suitable site for a new factory.
PDM Group has won planning permission to build a £25m food waste-fuelled fluidised bed combustion facility at its site in Widnes by 2010.
RPS Group has acquired Mountainheath Services, the Letchworth-based environmental services firm, for up to £1.9m.
Optical Fibres, the Morecambe-based cabling systems installation firm, has been acquired by Optech Fibres of Barrow-in-Furness.
Invensys has acquired Quantum Engineering, the US rail signalling and controls supplier, for £21m.
Aircelle is to expand its Burnley-based aerospace systems manufacturing business into a former Michelin warehouse, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Kelman, the Lisburn-based power services firm with 300 staff, has been acquired by GE Energy of the US for undisclosed terms.
Connaught has acquired Lowe Group, the Rotherham-based electricity services firm that trades as Necta, for £7.5m, as well as MSF, the Crawley-based fire compliance firm, for £6.5m.
Cory Environmental is to start work later this year on the development of a new 84,000 tonnes-a-year materials recycling facility at its Smuggler's Way site in Wandsworth, London.
Closed Loop Recycling is to build a £12m plastic bottle recycling plant at the Deeside Industrial Estate in Flintshire by autumn 2009.
Baylis Recycling and Plastics Sorting are to set up a plastic bottle recycling plant at Ebbw Vale in South Wales by 2010.
GKN is to acquire the Airbus aircraft wing components factory at Filton near Bristol for £136m, and the government is providing £60m in repayable aid.
Rolls-Royce has applied to Derby City Council for outline permission to invest an unspecified amount in the replacement of some of the buildings at its marine power site in Raynesway, which employs 1,400 staff.
Clyde Blowers is to acquire the fluid and power division of US-based Textron for up to £370m, including David Brown Gear Systems of Huddersfield and David Brown Hydraulics of Poole.
John Wood Group has acquired MCS, the Irish subsea engineering consultancy with 200 staff in Galway, Aberdeen, Australia, France, Brazil, Malaysia and the US.
The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has unveiled plans to invest £150m in the manufacturing sector, including the creation of 1,500 apprenticeships and a new manufacturing technology centre in Coventry.
Mills Manufacturing Technology, the Leamington-based machine tool distributor with 60 staff, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by Barclays Leveraged Finance.
Leggett & Platt is to relocate its Barnsley-based bed components factory and 120 staff to a new £12m site at Grimethorpe early next year.
Bede Group Services is planning to increase the workforce at its Jarrow-based vending machines business from eight to 50 over the next three years, and will relocate to a 20,000 sq ft unit at Team Valley in Gateshead later this year.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from a new company called Mayberry Properties to invest £4m in the development of five bed factories totalling 25,000 sq ft in Queenslie over the next two years, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
BevEx, the Coalville-based supplier of pub equipment with 12 staff, has been acquired by L'Isolante K-Flex of Italy for undisclosed terms.
Hiflex Fluidpower has sold its hose distribution and service assets out of administration to BMI Hose Europe, including 125 staff at 14 depots nationwide.
Halma has acquired Fiberguide Industries, the US optical fibre manufacturer, for £8.2m.
Veolia Environmental Services has submitted plans to build a materials recycling facility on the Old Kent Road in London, as part of a £665m waste management contract with Southwark council.
Revolvo Precision Products is to employ 60 staff at a new 40,000 sq ft metal bearings factory at Yorks Park in Dudley.
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is to submit plans to Liverpool City Council to build a £20m waste recycling plant at Stonebridge Lane in Gillmoss.
Acertec has sold the steel reinforcement operations of its BRC subsidiary and its 50% stake in BRC McMahon Reinforcements to Celsa Steel Service for £25m.
Oxfordshire County Council is considering plans from Viridor to build an energy-from-waste incinerator at Ardley, while an alternative scheme from Waste Recycling Group is being considered at Sutton Courtenay.
Endress & Hauser is planning to expand the 200-strong workforce at its new £6m engineering headquarters in Manchester with 50 new jobs over the next few years.
Weir is to sell Weir Process Equipment, the Canadian distributor of industrial equipment with 125 staff, to Wajax Income Fund for £13m.
Eastlake Group has acquired the Wakefield-based furniture manufacturing facility of Greenwood & Wood, and will relocate its Leeds-based Burdew division to the site.
Becker Acroma is to relocate its Haverhill-based wood finishing factory to the Homefield Road Business Park by the end of the year, but up to 60 jobs will be lost.
Anglian Group, the Norwich-based home improvements company, has been acquired by a consortium of banks.
Cyclamax is to submit plans to build six more waste management resource parks across the country by the end of next year, following its £35m gasification project at Sheepbridge near Chesterfield.
Watson-Marlow is to invest £7.3m in a new silicone tubing plant for its pump manufacturing operation in Falmouth by the end of the year, securing the future of 32 jobs.
Charter is to relocate the headquarters of its engineering business from London to Ireland for tax reasons.
Hallin Marine Subsea International has acquired Prospect Flow Solutions, the engineering consultancy to the energy sector with 40 staff in Aberdeen, Derby, Norway and the US, for an initial £3m.
Bodycote is to sell its Testing Strategic Business Unit to Clayton Dubilier & Rice for £417m, including 130 laboratories in more than 25 countries worldwide, in order to focus on thermal processing.
Proventec has acquired a 60% stake in Frank, the German manufacturer of hygienic products and high pressure washers with 25 staff.
Melrose has acquired the Canadian and Welsh operations of Fishercast Global Corporation, the manufacturer of high-precision zinc and magnesium components with a site in Welshpool, in order to expand its Dynacast division.
Prosper Distribution is setting up a new 40,000 sq ft unit at its bolts and fasteners distribution operation on the Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford, with the creation of up to 25 jobs.
Triton Group has acquired VisualSoft, the Aberdeen-based subsea services firm with nine staff.
Zytek Engineering has won planning permission from South Derbyshire District Council to expand its electric-powered engines business, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Les Engineering, the Grimsby-based project management and fabrication company with 700 staff, has been acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group of the US for undisclosed terms.
Kelan Circuits has acquired the assets of MI Watson, the Leicestershire-based supplier of electric motor components, for undisclosed terms.
Dunelm Mill is creating 20 new jobs at its curtain factory in Leicester.
Hill & Smith is to acquire Creative Pultrusions, the US manufacturer of glass-reinforced plastic products, for about £10m.
Vitec Group is to acquire Litepanels, the US manufacturer of low-powered lights, for £7.8m.
Enzone Plastics has expanded its Bilston-based polyurethane mouldings business with the acquisition of Styleguard for undisclosed terms.
Langholm Dyeing Company has been bought out of administration by a new company called FTS, creating jobs for 15 former staff at the Dumfriesshire-based textiles factory.
Anaco Systems, the Wirral-based manufacturer of aluminium building facades, doors and windows with 70 staff, has undergone a £1.8m partial management buy-out.
Centristic, the South Devon-based engineering firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by Waldegrave of Twickenham for undisclosed terms.
Cobham is to acquire GMS, the US supplier of surveillance equipment with 50 staff, for £14m.
Aggreko is to acquire Power Plus, the Canadian power equipment rental company, for up to £20m.
Vetco Gray is to invest £2.7m in the expansion of its oil production equipment operations in Montrose, but up to 78 jobs will be lost when some of the manufacturing is transferred to other sites.
Henton Engineering is planning to relocate its Hinckley-based precision engineering business and 60 staff and create ten new jobs by the end of the year, following its acquisition by Nasmyth Group of Milton Keynes.
Heavylift Technical Services, the Stansted-based aircraft engineering services firm trading as HTS Worldwide, has undergone a management buy-out.
Aker Solutions is to create about 70 new jobs at its Teesside-based engineering business over the next few months.
Global EPP, the Leicester-based engineering plastics company, has been bought out of administration by Schwartz Technical Plastics of Germany, securing the future of 80 jobs.
Prestige Industrial, the Blackburn-based baking equipment manufacturer with 103 staff, has been bought out of administration by Fluorocarbon Holdings.
Total Laminate Systems, the Thame-based panelling manufacturer, has undergone a £1.7m management buy-out.
TES (NI) is to invest £4.4m in the expansion of its electrical control panels manufacturing business in Cookstown, County Tyrone, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Fluor Corporation, the US engineering company, is in negotiations to set up a 200,000 sq ft distribution centre at Segro's IQ scheme in Farnborough by 2010.
Qinetiq Group is to acquire Dominion Technology Resources, the US supplier of intelligence products with about 100 staff, for £53m.
Hilden Manufacturing, the Accrington-based textile manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Vision Support Services, saving about 40 jobs.
Glazewing, the Norfolk-based metal recycling firm with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Glasgow City Council is planning to invest £135m in the development of three autoclave waste treatment plants across the city.
Siemens VAI is to create up to 50 jobs at its Teesside-based blast furnaces business over the next six months.
SITA UK is seeking permission to build a £120m energy-from-waste facility in Stockton by 2012.
Low & Bonar is to sell its Bonar Floors contract flooring business to Forbo Holding of Switzerland for £123m, with the transfer of up to 760 staff.
South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland councils have been awarded a £73m government grant to build a waste treatment plant at an undisclosed location, and options include an energy-producing incinerator, composting and sterilising waste with steam.
ESP Plastics, the County Durham-based manufacturer of plastic moulded coverings for car parts with 18 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for almost £1m.
Silvergate Plastics, the Wrexham-based plastics manufacturer with 54 staff, has undergone a £1.2m management buy-out from the Vita Group.
Unifix is said to be planning to relocate its fixtures and fastenings manufacturing business and up to 65 staff from Smethwick to Leamington Spa.
PSL Worldwide, the Washington-based supplier of pharmaceutical, beverage and dairy plants with 28 staff, has merged with Prelude Engineering of Berkshire, creating a new group called PSL Prelude.
PEI-Genesis, the distributor of military connectors, is to set up a 65,000 sq ft European headquarters at a former Pratt & Whitney site near Southampton.
Intelect UK is to set up a new £3m headquarters for its electrical and mechanical engineering business at the Riverside Park Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, with the creation of 21 jobs.
Merseyside Metalworks, the Liverpool-based manufacturer of ductwork for heating and ventilation systems with 120 staff, has undergone a £0.9m management buy-out with funding from Alliance Fund Managers.
GSH Group has acquired Utilitec, the Dutch mechanical and electrical installation firm, for £1.9m.
UK Pipelines is planning to relocate the headquarters of its pipeline equipment business from Sheffield to Waterthorpe, in order to convert its existing premises into a training centre.
Norman Hay has acquired Advanced Surface Treatments, the Coventry-based zinc alloy plating firm, and its Chinese subsidiary.
The Ministry of Defence has announced plans to relocate the acquisition activities of Defence Equipment & Support and 1,600 jobs from Bath to Bristol by 2012.
Solex Manufacturing is to expand its aluminium doors and shop fronts factory in Washington and add ten jobs to the 22-strong workforce.
Airbus and GKN are planning to create 400 jobs at a new aircraft wings plant at Easter Compton near Bristol.
Alfred Cheyne Engineering is to relocate its hydraulic winches business and 110 staff from Banff and Turriff to the former Howegarden factory at Pitdoulzie, with the creation of 80 jobs over the next three years.
Spice has acquired British Power International, the Colchester-based electrical engineering firm with 70 staff, for up to £10m.
Viridor Waste Management has won planning permission to build an anaerobic digestion plant at the Beddington Integrated Waste Centre near Croydon.
Scotgold Resources is to start drilling for gold at Tyndrum in central Scotland, and hopes to create 60 jobs.
Rolls-Royce is to set up a new division in Derby to develop components for the next generation of nuclear power stations, with the transfer of staff from its existing nuclear submarines business and the recruitment of more engineers.
Bombardier Aerospace is planning to build a new 400,000 sq ft aircraft wings factory in Belfast, and two potential sites near its existing Shorts plant are being considered.
Newburgh Engineering is to expand its components factory in Rotherham with a new 35,000 sq ft building due to open in October, and the 140-strong workforce will also expand over the coming months.
Fine Tubes is planning a multi-million pound investment in new machinery and equipment for its metal tubes factory in Plymouth, and 20 new production jobs will be created.
Sheppee International, the York-based supplier of glass handling equipment with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Vp has acquired the Lincoln-based tools and telehandler fleet of UCS Plant for £0.9m.
Cumbria County Council has agreed a £400m deal with Shanks Waste Solutions to build and operate waste treatment plants in Carlisle and Barrow, while transfer stations will be created in Penrith, Distington and Kendal Fell.
Porvair has acquired Seal Analytical, the West Sussex-based manufacturer of water quality analysis equipment, for £3.8m.
Siemens VAI Metals Technologies is seeking a suitable site on Teesside to relocate its 150 permanent and 70 temporary staff from two existing offices, due to rising demand for its blast furnace systems.
North Lanarkshire Council is to consider plans from Airdrie North to build a £250m energy-from-waste plant near Airdrie, with the creation of 65 jobs.
ID Support Services, the Manchester-based CCTV and air conditioning group with 230 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm Penta Capital Partners for about £25m.
Rolls-Royce is to acquire Scandinavian Electric Holding, the Norwegian supplier of diesel-electric marine propulsion systems, for £43m.
Four Seasons Group has acquired HM Air Cooling, the High Wycombe-based air conditioning firm, for undisclosed terms.
Bunzl is to acquire A&E Russell, the Glasgow-based supplier of personal protection products with 11 sites nationwide and estimated gross assets of £10m.
Gooch & Housego is to acquire General Optics, the US optical components manufacturer with 87 staff, from GSI Group for £10m.
Arada has acquired Villager Stoves, the Axminster-based fire manufacturer with 30 staff, and will relocate the business to its site in Bridport next year.
MarineTrack, the West Sussex-based telematics firm with 12 staff, is to be acquired by XSN in a £1.5m reverse takeover.
Rolls-Royce is to expand its training centre on Tyneside, increasing the number of apprentices from 115 to 160 next year.
Gardner Energy Management, the Bristol-based steam traps manufacturer, has been acquired by Thermal Energy International of Canada for £2.7m.
Moyola Precision Engineering is to invest £4.5m in new equipment for its factory in Castledawson, County Londonderry, with the creation of 22 jobs.
Fleming Agri-Products is to invest £2m in the expansion of its agricultural machinery factory in County Londonderry, with the creation of 11 jobs.
CTC Marine is planning to expand the workforce at its Darlington-based marine engineering business from 200 to 300 by 2012, having just been acquired by Trico Marine Services of the US.
Wavin has acquired Warmafloor, the Fareham-based supplier of under-floor heating systems with 56 staff, for undisclosed terms.
FSG Security has acquired Guardian Facilities for an initial £1.2m, in order to expand its guarding services, event management and CCTV operations in London and the South East.
Smiths Group has acquired Triasx, the Australian wireless communications components manufacturer with 160 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Peter Brotherhood, the turbine manufacturer with 300 staff in Peterborough, has been acquired by Dresser-Rand of the US for £31m.
Chem Resist, the Dewsbury-based manufacturer of thermoplastic storage tanks with about 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Cartographical Surveys, the Worcester-based provider of topographical and aerial surveying services, has been acquired by 40Seven of Leeds for undisclosed terms.
Eco Sustainable Solutions is seeking permission to build a £3m anaerobic digestion composting plant at Piddlehinton in Dorset, and is also awaiting approval for a £10m biomass generator in Parley.
Goodwin has acquired Specialist Refractory Services, the manufacturer of powders for the investment jewellery casting market, for £6m.
Spartan UK is to invest up to £20m in the expansion of its Gateshead-based steel business over the next three years, following its acquisition by Metinvest of the Ukraine.
Spiro-Gills, the Stafford-based engine cooler manufacturer with 55 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team for £1.5m.
Sims Group has acquired Evans & Mondon, the Halesowen-based metal recycling merchant with 16 staff.
Cosalt has acquired Myhre-Maritime, the Norwegian marine equipment supplier, for £12m.
Renold is to acquire a 75% stake in LG Balakrishnan, the Indian chain manufacturer, for £5m.
Greenstar UK has bought Leicester Paper Processors, the Coalville-based recycling firm, and is now planning more acquisitions and developments.
Chemring has acquired Martin Electronics, the US manufacturer of pyrotechnically-activated devices, for £35m.
Ashtead has sold Ashtead Technology Rentals, the supplier of subsea equipment with 14 sites in the UK, North America and Singapore, to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for £96m.
WM Lawrence & Sons, the Chorley-based textiles manufacturer, has been acquired by Apex Textiles of Haslingden.
North View Engineering, the Darlington-based machining and fabrication firm, has undergone a management buy-out and is now planning to expand its workforce from 50 to 65.
Plumbstop has acquired Mannington Supplies, the supplier of plumbing products with branches in Swindon and Weston-super-Mare, taking its total chain to nine.
VT Group has acquired Estech Europe, the West Midlands-based waste management firm with projects in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Wakefield, for £1.6m.
Tomkins has acquired Trion, the US manufacturer of indoor air quality products, from Fedders Corporation for £12m.
Hampshire County Council is to consider plans from SCA Recycling to build a £15m Materials Recovery Facility in Totton, which would create 80 jobs.
Uponor of Finland has sold its UK-based thermoplastic pipes business, including 470 staff in Derbyshire, County Durham and Northern Ireland, to private equity firm 3i for £100m, and the business will be renamed Radius Systems.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Schreck-Mieves, the German rail engineering firm, for £28m.
Tomkins has sold Stant Corporation, its US-based fuel systems manufacturing business with annual sales of £90m, to private equity firm HIG Capital.
Bedmax is to open a new horse bedding factory near Andover this autumn, in order to produce dust-free wood shavings.
Euromec, the Market Harborough-based suppler of cleaning machines, has been bought out of administration by one of its directors, securing 19 of the 23 jobs.
Keltbray Hunt has acquired Barham Waste Services, the Dagenham-based waste recycling firm, for undisclosed terms, and will now trade as Hunts Waste.
AT Group, the Haydock-based electrical engineering company with 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Capita Symonds has acquired Pearce Buckle Design, the Sheffield-based engineering consultancy with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
CMD, the Rotherham-based cable management systems firm with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RBS Corporate.
Independent Lifts, the Chesterfield-based lift manufacturer, has been acquired by Orona Group of Spain.
Brookhouse Holdings, the Darwen-based aerospace manufacturer with 465 staff, has been acquired by Kaman Aerospace Group of the US for £43m.
AEA Technology is to acquire Project Performance Corporation, the US environmental management consultancy, for £33m.
Novatec, the Kent-based window blind manufacturer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from parent company Silent Gliss.
James Walker Group has acquired a 59% stake in Devol Engineering, the plastics moulding firm with sites in Greenock and Edinburgh.
Outokumpu is to invest £8m in the expansion of its steel products factory in Sheffield, with the creation of up to 15 jobs.
Sylmar Technology, the Newport Pagnell-based supplier of kitchen work surfaces with 40 staff at a factory in Somercotes, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Tenon.
Greenberg Glass is to relocate its Liverpool head office and about 100 staff to a new 33,500 sq ft site at Wellington Employment Park.
Durham Scientific Crystals is preparing to start the manufacture of airport scanning machines in County Durham with the creation of up to 100 jobs, and its name will change to Kromek.
Scotwaste and Banks Developments have announced plans to build a £70m recycling facility at the Ponds Industrial Estate near Bathgate.
Peterborough City Council is planning to move the machinery from its materials recycling facility in Fengate to an adjacent site, in order to make way for the development of a new £38m energy-from-waste plant.
Multi-lab has acquired the Heraeus Quartztech quartz glass factory in East Kilbride, with the transfer of 38 staff.
Turner Group has acquired TCL Transport Engineers, the Leeds-based manufacturer of stainless steel tankers, and sister company QSS for undisclosed terms.
A&J Fabtech is relocating its metalworking business from Heckmondwike to a new £3.2m 30,000 sq ft factory at Bretton Park, Dewsbury.
Melrose has agreed to acquire FKI, the engineering group that includes 700 staff in Loughborough, for £478m.
Siemens has sold Napier Turbochargers of Lincoln to Primary Capital for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 160 jobs.
Rolls-Royce is to invest a further £12m in the expansion of its Patchway factory near Bristol, in order to support the RB282 aircraft engine development programme.
Graphite Resources is to build a £50m steam autoclave waste recycling plant at the Derwenthaugh EcoParc in Gateshead by late next year, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Indmar, the Wigan-based sheet metal manufacturer with 70 staff, has been bought out of administration by Kanban Group of Lancaster for £0.25m.
Ardeth Engineering has undergone a £3m management buy-in, securing the future of 105 jobs at its West Yorkshire-based pressure vessel manufacturing business.
Intermet Refractory Products, the South Yorkshire-based metal castings supplier with 50 staff, has been acquired by the owner of Sheffield Refractories for undisclosed terms.
Alphasteel, the Newport-based steel plant, is to be bought out of administration by Libala of Russia for more than £50m.
Amec is to acquire Geomatrix Consultants, the US environmental consultancy with 500 staff, for £43m.
Ursa Insulation of Spain is seeking permission to build a £66m glass wool insulation products factory at North Killingholme near Grimsby by the end of 2009, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Office2office has acquired Accord Office Supplies, the Swindon-based office products supplier, for £6m.
May Gurney has acquired ECT Recycling, the waste collection firm with contracts in London, Somerset and the West Midlands, for £9.8m.
Princess Yachts International, the Plymouth-based boat builder with 1,900 staff, is to be acquired by Groupe Arnault of France for about £200m.
Augean has acquired Astec Chemical Waste Services, the Rochdale-based waste collection and disposal firm, for an initial £1m.
The Welsh Assembly Government is to fund the development of a new wood products factory in Caerphilly, in a partnership with not-for-profit company Siren that will create 20 jobs.
Ricoh is planning to expand its office equipment factory in Telford, with the creation of 200 jobs by August.
Altecnic is to relocate its plumbing equipment factory from Hixon to a new £6m 80,000 sq ft facility in Stafford later this year.
R&S Laser Cutting & Fabrication is relocating its 30 staff to a new £1.5m 30,000 sq ft site at the Hockley industrial estate in Birmingham.
Scapa Group is to double capital expenditure to £7.4m over the next 12 months, in order to improve the performance of its industrial tapes business.
Promanex has acquired Coventry & Co, the Pontefract-based engineering firm with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Europe Steel, the London-based steel products trader, is to be acquired by FMC for £6.4m.
Oxford Instruments has bought the business and assets of Link Analytical, the Swedish distributor of analytical instruments, for an initial £0.6m.
Glasgow City Council is considering plans to invest £135m in the installation of autoclave machines at three existing waste plants in Polmadie, Dawsholm and Easter Queenslie over the next five years.
Veolia Environmental Services is seeking permission to build a composting plant near Bilsthorpe, in order to process 35,000 tonnes of garden waste a year for Nottinghamshire County Council.
Wallgate is to expand the 70-strong workforce at its sanitary ware factory in Salisbury with 20 new staff, in order to increase capacity by about 75%.
WTL International, the Macclesfield-based manufacturer of wood flours with 45 staff, has been bought out of administration by Boden & Davies of Manchester for undisclosed terms.
Chemring is to acquire Scot, the US manufacturer of aircraft components, from SMS Industries for £20m.
Bombardier Aerospace is to create 100 new jobs at its Shorts aircraft factory in Belfast over the next few months, with vacancies in engineering, finance, supply chain and customer services.
Stroud Metal Company has acquired Platform Pressings, the London-based components manufacturer, increasing its workforce from 45 to 60.
Contour Premium Aircraft Seating is creating 51 jobs at its aircraft seating factory in Cwmbran, having decided to bring some component manufacturing in-house.
The Ministry of Defence is to relocate the Red Arrows aerial display team and 100 personnel from RAF Scampton to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire in 2011.
Thompson Plastics, the plastics manufacturer with about 560 staff in Bridgend, Hull, Manchester and Newcastle, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Stiebel Eltron of Germany is creating an initial 16 jobs at a new green water heating and ventilation depot in Wirral.
Romag is looking to acquire 200,000 sq ft of land at its site in Consett to build a new specialist glass production plant, in addition to the production lines currently being installed.
W Howarth Metals is to relocate its aluminium recycling plant from Ancoats to a new site in East Manchester.
Coomber is seeking permission from Worcester City Council to build a new electronic equipment factory in Warndon, and 40 staff will relocate from its existing site in Croft Road to make way for a new £50m library.
Dytecna Systems Engineering is to create 35 new jobs at its site near Welshpool over the next 18 months, in order to manufacture box recorders for military vehicles.
Brammer has acquired Tecnoforniture, the Italian supplier of industrial components with 32 staff, for £8.6m.
Airbus is linking up with 15 other companies and regional development agencies to invest £103m in a three-year research programme to develop carbon-fibre composite aircraft wings.
Jourdan is to sell its Suncrest fireplace and electric fires manufacturing business in Peterlee to the Newco 97531 subsidiary of CJ Group for £0.1m.
Cosalt has acquired Safety At Height Services, the Aberdeen-based fall arrest protection business, for £0.3m, and sold its Banner school uniforms business to IDP Holdings for £4.5m.
F Jones is to invest a further £2.5m in the expansion of its stoneworking plant on Teesside, in order to increase production space by 30,000 sq ft.
SITA is planning to build a £10m kitchen waste composting plant at Tormarton by the end of next year, to handle a contract for South Gloucestershire Council.
Bell Equipment, the dump truck manufacturer, is planning to open two new depots at undisclosed locations in south-east England and South Wales over the next 18 months.
Cobham is to acquire MA-Com, the US supplier of radio frequency components, from Tyco Electronics for £218m.
Beta Engineering Services, the Rotherham-based precision components manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out.
Claygate has started work on the development of a £8.3m 100,000 sq ft plumbing products distribution centre at Marden in Kent.
Bombardier Aerospace is to invest £70m at its aircraft manufacturing operations in Belfast, including £50m to produce components for the new CRJ1000 aircraft.
Mercury Recycling has acquired Envirolite, Envirolite Midlands and Bakersfield Environmental Services for a total £1.1m, in order to expand its lamp recycling services in the South, Midlands and Scotland.
OpSec has secured £19m from Royal Bank of Scotland to fund the expansion of its Washington-based anti-counterfeiting products business, which employs 85 people in the UK and 200 in the US.
Vp has acquired Arcotherm, the supplier of air conditioners with branches in Stoke-on-Trent and Oxford, for £0.7m, as well as DJ Tool Hire of County Durham.
Pilkington Special Glass has sold its optical glass discs business at St Asaph in Denbighshire to Phoenix Optical Glass, securing the future of ten jobs.
TC Bathrooms is to relocate from Grange Moor to a new 200,000 sq ft headquarters and distribution centre at the Bretton Business Park in Dewsbury.
Walker Filtration is planning to expand the 130-strong workforce at its Washington-based manufacturing business with 35 new staff over the next three years.
Simpson & Gregg, the North Tyneside-based plumbing and electrical firm with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Hydro International has acquired Eutek Systems, the US supplier of water treatment equipment, for an initial £4m.
Amec is to acquire Bower Damberger Rolseth Engineering, the Canadian oil sands engineering firm with 85 staff, for £22m.
Hampson Industries is to acquire Odyssey Industries and Global Tooling Systems, two US-based tooling suppliers with a combined workforce of 530, for £158m.
Hornby is to acquire Corgi Classics, the Leicester-based toys and models manufacturer, for £7.5m.
Dytecna of Malvern has acquired GEL Engineering of Southampton, in order to expand its defence systems division.
PowerKut has acquired AJ Mare Instruments of Birmingham for undisclosed terms, in order to gain a new depot in Perry Barr for its component manufacture and verification business.
Fiberweb is to sell Bidim, the Brazilian manufacturer of polyester nonwoven fabrics, to Mexichem for £17m.
Pilkington is planning to invest £40m in the expansion of its Greengate glass plant in St Helens, securing 230 jobs and creating 20 more.
Chieftain is to create up to 250 jobs at its fabrication and engineering operations in Middlesbrough and Tyneside, having won an undisclosed contract to supply an oil and gas firm.
Wilton Engineering Services has acquired Project Design & Management Services of Aberdeen for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce from 200 to 250.
Ideal Bathrooms has acquired Inline Distribution, the Glasgow-based bathroom products distributor.
InterCity Group, the Manchester-based cleaning contractor with 700 staff, has been acquired by LPM of London for an estimated £5m.
Denmans Facilities Maintenance has been bought out of administration by Project First Facilities Maintenance, securing the future of 180 jobs at its refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services business in Reigate.
Oran Waste UK, the Stirling-based waste recycling firm with 11 depots, has been acquired by Response Group of Ireland for undisclosed terms.
The Ministry of Defence is to relocate 230 Squadron and 600 staff from RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire by the end of 2010, with the loss of up to 100 of the 420 civilian jobs at the County Antrim site.
Derek Walmsley & Co, the Sheffield-based cutting tools distributor with 35 staff, has been acquired by Unimerco of Denmark.
Joint Union of Specialist Training (JUST) is planning to create about 300 security and crowd management jobs at its new Dalgety Bay base in Fife over the next few months.
DeepStream Technologies is planning to expand its North Wales-based workforce from 80 to 110 this year, having won a £8m contract to supply sensor component technology to Moeller.
Doncasters is to invest £16m in the expansion of its gas turbine components factory in Blaenavon, South Wales, with the creation of 125 jobs.
Saygrove is to expand the 70-strong workforce at its site in Flintshire and open a further 25,000 sq ft of space, having won a new £25m contract to produce aerospace control systems.
Ferschl Group, the hydraulic manufacturing company with 110 staff in Gateshead, Ashington, Middlesbrough and Peterlee, has undergone a management buy-out.
The Ministry of Defence is to increase the civilian workforce at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire from 350 to 1,000 over the next four years, in order to expand the site's aircraft engineering facilities.
Guardian Global Technology has secured a £5m private equity investment from Epi-V to fund the expansion of its hydrocarbon logging tools business in South Wales.
PH Jones has acquired Coolfactor Group, the Kent-based engineering and building services company with 79 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ford Component Manufacturing is looking to expand the 180-strong workforce at its machine components factory on South Tyneside with 16 additional engineers.
Babcock International has acquired Weir Strachan & Henshaw, the engineering design and project management firm, for £65m.
Vista Group, the Merseyside-based door manufacturer with 86 staff, has been acquired by a new company called Purple Spot for £4m.
SITA UK has unveiled plans to build a second energy-from-waste plant at Haverton Hill near Billingham by 2012, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Metacor is to relocate its Aberdeen-based corrosion and coating-management business to Dee Street later this month, and the 50-strong workforce will increase to 70.
Darchem Engineering is creating 40 new jobs in Stockton for production engineers, craftsmen and customer account managers.
Apsys is planning to create up to 60 engineering jobs at its risk management operation in Newport, South Wales.
Bede, the Durham-based X-ray technology firm, has been bought out of administration by Jordan Valley SemiConductors of Israel, securing the future of 54 jobs.
RPS has acquired Geocet, the US-based environmental consultancy with 29 staff, for up to £1.2m.
Somar International, the Truro-based energy-saving equipment distributor with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Amco Corporation of Wakefield has sold four companies with 800 staff to a management team backed by private equity firm Endless for up to £9.4m, including Amalgamated Construction, Amco Drilling, Amco Plastics and Amco Developments.
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) of Redcar is to merge with the Centre of Excellence for Nano, Micro & Photonic Systems of Newcastle, in order to create a combined support organisation for the processing sector.
Kudos Shower Products, the Kendal-based bathroom equipment manufacturer with 84 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by BTG McInnes Corporate Finance.
Enodis, the food equipment manufacturer, is to be acquired by Manitowoc of the US for £948m.
Johnson Service is to sell its Castle Donington-based corporate clothing business, which has 600 staff, to a management team backed by private equity firm Gresham for £82m.
Iicorr has acquired Subspection, the Hampshire-based subsea engineering firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms, and is looking to create more than 100 jobs over the next 18 months.
Oxford Instruments has acquired Technologies & Devices International, the US developer of Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy technology, for an initial £0.5m.
Intertek has acquired 4-Front Research, the Cheshire-based provider of testing services for consumer healthcare products with 110 staff, for an initial £6m.
Anglesey Mining is to sell the Parys Mountain project in North Wales to Western Metals of Australia for £14m.
Castings Technology International is investing £4.7m in the expansion of its operations on South Yorkshire's Advanced Manufacturing Park, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Texol Technical Solutions has been bought out of administration by Glasgow-based investment firm Symphony Equity Investment Syndicate, securing the future of 60 jobs at its Dundee-based engineering business.
Intertek has acquired Hi-Cad Technical Services, the Dingwall-based provider of 3D data capture and measurement services with 60 staff, for an initial £12m.
Palmer Johnson of the US is to set up a new yacht manufacturing operation at Woolston in Southampton in 2009, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
Hydro Group has secured £4m of financial backing from Clydesdale Bank to develop new subsea research and engineering test facilities at Aberdeen Science & Energy Park.
Amec is to acquire Smith Williams Consultants, the US environmental and geotechnical mining consultancy with 36 staff, for £3.2m.
Flowcrete, the Cheshire-based supplier of flooring systems, has been acquired by RPM of the US for about £35m, and the former owner will invest £2m starting up a new business called Barefoot Living.
Murray Metals Group has acquired Hillfoot, the Sheffield-based steel manufacturer with 187 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Aearo Technologies, the US-based safety equipment manufacturer with 150 staff in Cheshire, has been acquired by 3M for £600m.
Epsilon Test Services, the Gloucester-based electric safety firm with 180 staff, has been acquired by PHS Group for undisclosed terms.
Edgewest Plastics, the Cheltenham-based plastics firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB.
Shanks Group has acquired Foronex Group, the Benelux-based waste wood processing firm with 250 staff, for £10m.
Corus Tubes is planning to expand the 700-strong workforce at its steel operations in Hartlepool with up to 120 new jobs over the next 12 months.
Howorth Airtech has acquired Westbury Filters and Filtermation Products in a £4m deal that includes 33 staff at two sites in Surrey and Burnley.
JDR Cable is planning to set up a cables factory in Hartlepool within a year, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
SMD Hydrovision, the Tyneside-based subsea vehicle maker with 135 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Inflexion.
Rema Tip Top has acquired Ace Conveyor Equipment, the Doncaster-based conveyor belt supplier with 115 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Energy Cranes International has acquired Baricon Systems, the Aberdeen-based cable and pipe-laying firm, for £8.7m.
Hargreaves Services has acquired AJS Contracts, the provider of engineering maintenance services to the power generation sector, for £4.6m.
Setten & Durward has been bought out of administration by Zcom, securing the future of 150 jobs at its stationery manufacturing business in Llandrindod Wells.
Telford & Wrekin Council is to receive plans from SITA UK to build a multi-million pound incinerator at the Granville site in Telford, with the creation of 17 jobs.
Vp has acquired U Mole, the Cambridgeshire-based supplier of trenchless installation equipment, for £4.5m.
Daresbury, St Modwen and the Northwest Regional Development Agency are planning a £25m expansion at the Daresbury science park site near Warrington by spring 2009, which could create up to 1,200 research jobs.
Arthur Brett & Son, the Norwich-based furniture manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by McLaren Interiors for undisclosed terms.
Coffetek, the Portishead-based vending machine manufacturer with 51 staff, has been acquired by Azkoyen of Spain for undisclosed terms.
Northern Bear is to acquire A1 Industrial Trucks, the Tyneside-based forklift truck operator, and DJ McGough, the Tyneside-based plumbing and heating firm, for a total £6.7m.
TT Electronics has acquired New Chapel Electronics, the Gloucestershire-based supplier of aerospace interconnection systems, for up to £5.2m.
Porvair has acquired Toolturn Engineering, the Fareham-based engineering firm, for £1m.
Brammer has acquired CBS Rotary Power Motion, the industrial components supplier with six branches and 52 staff across the Midlands, for up to £9.5m.
Wacker Neuson is to relocate its Tredegar-based dumper trucks factory to a new £6.5m site at the Heads of the Valleys industrial estate in August, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Greenstar UK has acquired Dunstable Waste Group, the Bedfordshire-based commercial recycling firm trading as Firbank Chiltern, as part of a strategy to develop a nationwide network of waste processing services.
Advantica, the engineering consultancy, is planning to double its Aberdeen workforce to 40 over the next year, having just moved to a larger office at Riverside House.
The Environment Agency is planning to set up a new 70,000 sq ft headquarters at the Cabot House development in Bristol city centre, and Westmark will start work on the site next month.
Energy Cranes, the Aberdeen-based crane services company with 1,700 staff, has been acquired by Close Brothers Private Equity for £142m.
Avid Holdings has acquired Alpha Anodising, the Buckinghamshire-based metal finishing firm with 22 staff, for £0.7m.
Churchill China is to build a new 70,000 sq ft distribution warehouse at its Marlborough Works in Sandyford, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Total Global Steel is planning to create up to 40 jobs at its newly-opened steel import and distribution operation at the Port of Sunderland over the next few years.
Waste Recycling Group has submitted plans to Lincolnshire County Council to build a waste pre-treatment plant in North Hykeham, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Wincanton is seeking permission to build a £5m electrical waste recycling plant in Daventry.
Pennon Group has acquired Shore Recycling, the electrical equipment recycling firm with sites in Perth, Manchester and St Helens, for £23m.
Royal Haskoning is planning to expand the workforce at the Peterborough head office of its engineering consultancy from 270 to 370 over the next five years.
Elsome Engineering is creating 20 jobs at a new 3,000 sq ft food processing equipment factory due to open in Peterborough over the next few weeks.
Pland Stainless, the stainless steel products manufacturer with 70 staff in Leeds and Glasgow, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Wastecare has acquired E Pease & Sons, the Leeds-based industrial packaging recycling and reconditioning firm that will now trade as PackCare, for undisclosed terms.
Kelvin KBB, the Glasgow-based home fittings manufacturer with about 300 staff, is currently relocating to a new 106,000 sq ft headquarters in Cumbernauld.
White Young Green is to create 20 jobs at its engineering consultancy office in Leicester over the next 12 months, having won contracts on a number of government-funded infrastructure projects.
Rolls-Royce has selected its East Kilbride factory for the repair of BR710 aircraft engines, as part of a £4.5m investment that will create 86 jobs over the next five years.
Cornwall County Council is to consider plans from Sita to build a waste to energy plant fuelled by 240,000 tonnes of waste a year at St Dennis.
Cylinder Service Centre is to relocate its Washington-based hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders business to a new 24,00 sq ft site in April, and plans to expand the workforce by 50% to 48 over the next five years.
G4S has acquired ArmorGroup, the private security and mine clearance group, for £44m.
Smiths Group has acquired Fiberod, the US supplier of oil and gas lifting equipment with 150 staff, as well as Indufil, the Dutch petrochemical filters company with 95 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Joynes Pike, the engineering consultancy with 170 staff in Nottingham, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Warrington, Stoke, Wetherby and Shoreham, has been acquired by Opus International of New Zealand for more than £5m.
New Earth Solutions is planning to build a food waste composting plant at Willow Farm in Bristol by 2010.
Certex, the supplier of lifting gear with 15 depots, has been acquired by Forankra International of Sweden.
Arc-Gen has acquired Hilta Plant, the West Bromwich-based water pump and pressure washer manufacturer, from Flowplant Group for undisclosed terms.
Grundon has won planning permission to double the capacity of its waste materials recycling centre at Beenham near Reading to 120,000 tonnes a year by 2009.
Chemring is to invest £5m in a joint venture with Cranfield University to conduct research into new materials for explosives and propellants.
Mallaghan Engineering is to create up to 50 jobs at its factory in County Tyrone, having won a contract to supply catering trucks to Airbus.
Mechan Controls has acquired Nirvana Engineering, the Stafford-based supplier of structures for the storage of back up power systems with annual turnover of £1.9m.
Engineering Business of Northumberland has been acquired by Dutch shipbuilder IHC Merwede for about £30m, and EB's 150-strong workforce is expected to double over the next two years.
Grimwood & Dix has bought Hyde Electrical Services out of administration, creating an enlarged Dukinfield-based electrical engineering business with 200 staff.
Maun Industries, the Sutton-in-Ashfield hand tool manufacturer with 45 staff, has been sold to a management buy-in team backed by Watersheds.
William Lee has won permission from North East Derbyshire District Council for the £12m expansion of its foundry in Dronfield, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Aggreko is to invest £1bn in its power supplies fleet over the next five years, including an increase in output at its factory in Dumbarton.
Turnbull & Scott, the Hawick-based manufacturer of heat exchangers with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-in backed by TRI Cap.
BAe Systems is to sell Flight Systems, the US-based aircraft modifications business with 170 staff, to Calspan Corporation for £31m.
Ulster Carpets is creating 20 new jobs at its carpet factory in County Armagh, following a £15m investment in new equipment.
TSEU Group, the Leicester-based traffic light manufacturer with 230 staff at eight UK sites, has been acquired by Telent of Coventry.
Vp has acquired Northern Site Services, the Middlesbrough-based supplier of temporary lighting and site electrics, for £1.6m.
Wigan Council is linking up with Commercial Group Properties and Chinamex to unveil plans for a £125m textiles trade and industry centre at Westwood Park, in order to house a number of Chinese companies and create at least 1,000 jobs.
Future Cleaning Services is to relocate from Lincoln to a 7,000 sq ft unit at Nether Poppleton in York in April, and the 15 staff will rise to about 30 by the end of the year.
Pattonair is looking to create a further 75 jobs at its newly-opened aerospace components distribution and office complex on the Ascot Business Park in Derby by the end of next year.
Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire Seeboard Trading, the provider of street lighting maintenance services in London and Dorset with 70 staff, for £7.8m.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired Colima, the Italian manufacturer of mechanical level controls, for £0.9m.
Tomkins has acquired AE Hydraulics, the Singapore-based provider of hydraulic and industrial hose services with annual sales of £7m.
Hill & Smith is to invest £2m in new production facilities at its Asset International water pipe systems plant in Newport, South Wales, in June.
Afonwen Laundry is to invest £5m in the development of a 22,000 sq ft commercial laundry in Rumney, Cardiff, with the creation of 64 jobs over the next two years.
Mytum & Selby has secured the go-ahead from North Yorkshire County Council to build a £30m organic waste recycling plant at South Milford in Selby, which could create up to 200 jobs.
Azelis Plastics has acquired Whyte Polymers, the North London-based plastics distributor with warehouses in Doncaster and Felixstowe, from Whyte Chemicals.
British American Tobacco is to acquire the tobacco interests of Skandinavisk Tobakskompagni of Denmark for £1.1bn.
Concentric, the Birmingham-based engine pump manufacturer with 300 staff, is to be acquired by Haldex of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
English Architectural Glazing is to build a new £1.5m glazing factory and office for its Multi Fab business at the Bunns Bank industrial estate in Attleborough, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Invertek Drives is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its electric motor controls business in Welshpool, with a new office opening in October and 50 jobs being created over the next three years.
Spark Response is to expand its 200-strong workforce in Gateshead to 250, having won a contract to provide distribution services to Straight, the Leeds-based supplier of recycling containers.
Interframe, the Paignton-based window manufacturer with 144 staff, has been bought out of administration by Solar Windows of Caerphilly for undisclosed terms.
Scottish Water has unveiled plans to invest £5m in new water treatment works at Loch Leven, in order to protect shellfish.
DSM Composite Resins is to invest £3m in the expansion of its polyester products factory in Ellesmere Port, securing the future of 63 jobs.
Knowaste is seeking a suitable site in the Midlands or Wales to build a disposable nappy recycling plant, as part of a £20m plan that could include two additional plants over the next five years.
MWH, the environmental consultancy, is looking to create up to 80 jobs at a new project services business unit at its Warrington headquarters.
Weatherseal is to create 100 jobs at its double glazing factory in Winsford, in order to transfer production from its recently-acquired Zenith Staybright business in Norfolk.
Defra is looking to provide £10m to fund the development of a number of commercial-scale anaerobic digestion plants, in order to demonstrate the technology to potential investors.
Teledyne Geophysical Instruments is relocating its undersea cables factory from Gloucester to the Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean.
Harmany Blinds, the Birmingham-based blinds manufacturer, has been acquired by Peerless for undisclosed terms.
Electrak is planning a multi-million pound expansion of its Consett-based electrical components business onto adjoining land.
Exmet has bought the trade and assets of Cheshire-based wall tie manufacturer Powerplace out of administration for undisclosed terms, and is now seeking further acquisitions to double turnover to £100m in five years.
WH Butler & Sons has acquired Victoria Fabrications, the Chesterfield-based engineering firm, in order to increase capacity and gain additional land and buildings.
WB White, the Brighouse-based foundry with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Aker Kvaerner is to create a further 100 jobs at its engineering services office in Stockton this year, having won a number of new contracts.
WB Bawn & Co has been bought out of administration by Sperrin Metal Products of County Londonderry, securing the future of 50 jobs at its Helmsman storage equipment business in Bury St Edmunds.
Dipec Plastics, the Cardiff-based plastics fabricator with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales.
Metalrax has sold Fine Blanking, the Bromsgrove-based automotive components manufacturer with 140 staff, to Rical for £0.5m.
The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS) has announced plans to develop a new climate change and robotic space exploration centre at the Harwell Science Campus near Oxford.
Dormer Tools is to build a new 20,000 sq ft engineering research, training and administration facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.
Ruddocks has gone into administration with the loss of 35 jobs at its electrical installation business in Brightlingsea.
North Valley Metal, the Nelson-based manufacturer of industrial door components with 25 staff, has undergone a £1m management buy-out.
Avon Rubber is to sell Aerosol Gasket, the Wiltshire-based gaskets manufacturer with 68 staff, to South Wales-based Crosslinks for £1.7m.
Polamco has announced plans to relocate its electrical components business and 100 staff from Bath to Warmley, near Bristol.
James Fisher & Sons has acquired JCM Scotload, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of load measurement instruments with 11 staff, for £3m.
Fenner has acquired Prodesco, the US textile engineering company, for an initial £24m.
Intertek has acquired Epsilon Technical Services, the Chester-based safety testing and advisory services firm with 24 staff, for an initial £1.8m.
Polypipe Sanitary Systems has undergone a management buy-out from Polypipe Group, including manufacturing sites at Dukinfield in Manchester and Warmsworth in Yorkshire.
Thompson Solutions is planning to expand the workforce at its aircraft seats factory in County Down from 40 to about 150 over the next two years.
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery is to build a new £40m factory at North Hykeham over the next three years, with the relocation of up to 1,900 jobs from Lincoln.
Bloxwich Engineering has been bought out of administration by Sonas, and the work will be transferred to sites in Birmingham and France with the loss of up to 100 jobs in Walsall.
Corus is to invest £60m in the installation of new equipment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at its steel plant in Port Talbot.
PWS Distributors is to build a £10m 90,000 sq ft kitchen worktops factory at its site in Newton Aycliffe by August, with the creation of 98 jobs.
Triton Group has acquired Geoscience Earth & Marine Services, the US subsea technology company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Winder Power is to relocate its Leeds-based electrical manufacturing business to a larger site in Pudsey later this year.
RD Plastic Mouldings is planning to relocate its Hull-based caravan parts factory and 14 staff to a larger site in Sutton Fields.
Irisys is to create at least 80 jobs at its newly-opened thermal imaging equipment factory in Northampton over the next two years.
Tandy Engineering, the Gloucester-based mechanical and electrical engineering services firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by Facilitas Group for undisclosed terms.
Buckinghamshire County Council has shortlisted Veolia Environmental Services, Waste Recycling Group and Covanta Energy for a 25-year contract to build and operate a household waste plant.
Rotork has acquired Remote Controls, the Swedish manufacturer of valve actuators, for £13m.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold the business and assets of Stockton-based Budget Windows out of administration to a new company called Norham House 1151.
Rio Tinto Alcan is to invest £45m in the installation of new hydro-electric turbo-generators at its aluminium plant in Fort William by 2012, securing the future of about 180 jobs.
British Ceramic Tiles is to create about 75 new jobs following the £12m expansion of its tile factory in Heathfield, Devon.
GoIndustry is to acquire DoveBid, the US industrial equipment auctioneer with offices in 19 countries, for about £17m.
Shore Recycling has bought M Baker, the St Helens-based operator of a recycling plant for waste electrical and electronic equipment, out of administration.
Metalrax has acquired Post Glover LifeLink, the US manufacturer of isolated electrical power systems with 24 staff, from Halma for £3m.
Metalock is to relocate its Coventry-based engineering business and up to 58 staff to a 23,000 sq ft unit at ProLogis Park in March.
Metals UK Group, the Blackburn-based metal processing firm with annual sales of £35m, has been acquired by AM Castle & Co of the US.
Solaglas Windowcare is planning to double the 40-strong workforce at its glazing business near Preston over the next three years, as part of a £1m investment in new technology, signage and vehicle livery.
Boneham & Turner is to relocate its precision engineering business from Mansfield to a new factory at Oddicroft Industrial Estate in Sutton by the summer.
Agrivert has won permission from Oxfordshire County Council to develop a 49,000-tonne in-vessel composting facility at Worton Farm in Cassington.
Slingsby Advanced Composites is to set up a new aerospace components factory in Prestwick, with the creation of 28 jobs, having secured a regional selective assistance grant of £0.25m.
AS Fire & Rescue is planning to shed up to 60 jobs in Southampton, in order to relocate its fire equipment manufacturing business to Cambridge.
Premier Waste Management is creating 20 new jobs in Washington, having won a number of new commercial recycling contracts.
Malvern Instruments has acquired Viscotek, the US supplier of chromatography systems for the characterisation of polymers and proteins, for undisclosed terms.
Gee Graphite, the Dewsbury-based supplier of graphite seals and gaskets with 36 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Chemring is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its anti-missile decoys and pyrotechnics business this year.
Birkby's Plastics, the West Yorkshire-based plastic components manufacturer with 500 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Verve Industries.
OGI Groundwater Specialists is looking to expand the workforce at its Durham-based engineering business from six to 20.
Morgan Est is to buy parts of Elec Track Installations out of administration for £1m, securing the future of about 130 jobs in ETI's Isolations & Possessions division.
New Earth Solutions is looking to develop a further five in-vessel composting plants to treat organic and household waste throughout the country by 2009, having recently secured £50m of funding from Norddeutsche Landesbank.
BAe Systems is to acquire Tenix Defence, the Australian supplier of military vehicles, defence systems and maritime support services, for up to £356m.
The Ministry of Defence is to relocate a further 600 jobs from sites across the country to its Abbey Wood headquarters in Stoke Gifford, Bristol, and will start building a new 100,000 sq ft office block in the spring.
Cobham is to acquire Sparta, the US provider of systems engineering and technical assistance services with 1,200 staff, for £212m.
Senergy has acquired Floyd & Associates, the Aberdeenshire-based geohazard assessment and marine site surveys consultancy with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Rigrun Europe, the Aberdeenshire-based oilfield equipment supplier with 12 staff, has been acquired by Brimmond Group.
ID Support Services has acquired Intact Electronics, the Bolton-based security installation firm with ten staff, as well as Scotia Energy Saving Systems, the Glenrothes-based heating systems firm with 60 staff.
Schlumberger has won planning permission to expand its drilling equipment factory at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, with the creation of about 25 jobs.
Luxfer Gas Cylinders is considering plans to expand the 200-strong workforce at its Colwick factory in Nottinghamshire, having decided to transfer production of large cylinders from a plant in the US.
Recticel is to create 40 jobs at a new £14m insulation products factory due to open in Stoke-on-Trent in June.
Inspicio has acquired Kalassay, the Australian metals testing company with 90 staff, for £11m, in order to expand its Inspectorate commodity inspection division.
Paramount Windows & Conservatories of Gateshead has undergone a management buy-out and is now looking to open further sites across the North East and expand the 125-strong workforce with 30 new jobs.
Ordnance Survey has won planning permission to build a new £40m headquarters for 1,000 staff at Adanac Park in Southampton, and will relocate from Maybush by early 2010.
Low & Bonar is to acquire Westbond, the Barnsley-based flooring and fibres manufacturer, from Cambrosa Holdings for up to £11m.
Meggitt has acquired Ferroperm, the Danish manufacturer of advanced piezo-electric ceramic materials with 54 staff, for £10m.
Drainline UK, the Leicester-based rain repair firm, has been bought out of administration by Drainline of Western-super-Mare, securing the future of 18 jobs.
Quinn Plastics is to relocate its polycarbonate sheet factory and about 50 staff from Alfreton to Sutton-in-Ashfield next year, which could create up to 15 new jobs.
MBA Polymers and European Metal Recycling have formed a joint venture to prepare plans to build a 60,000 tonnes per year recycling plant at an unconfirmed location in the UK by early 2009.
Intertek has acquired Electrical Mechanical Instrument Services, the provider of calibration services to the oil and gas industry, for £0.9m.
Qinetiq is to acquire two Australian defence consulting firms - Ball Solutions Group and Novare Services - for a total £9m.
Ardagh Glass has submitted plans to replace nine existing buildings with a new glassware warehouse in Monk Bretton, Barnsley.