CONTRACTS

Bus building bonanza

Bus builder Alexander has won orders worth around £50m which take the current order book to record levels of almost £100m. The biggest order is for 500 more buses for Stagecoach to add to 2,500 already delivered by Alexander. Another home order is for nearly 200 buses for the Cowie Group. While for export, Citybus Hong Kong has ordered almost £15m-worth of new double- deckers.

German turbine win

GEC-Alsthom subsidiary European Gas Turbines has won a £10m order for a 70MW gas turbine generator for a combined cycle power station at Opel’s car plant at Russelheim in Germany, the third order for the firm’s new range of advanced gas turbines.

Pet food plant update

Courtaulds Engineering has been awarded a major plant modernisation project worth £2.1m by Spillers at its Northwich, Cheshire, pet food plant.

Hunting helicopters

Hunting Engineering has been chosen by GKN Westland Helicopters to supply electromagnetic release units which will be fitted to Super Lynx helicopters. Worth several million pounds, deliveries will begin next May for completion in December 1999.

Aeroengine treatment

Vacublast has been chosen by a major aeroengine manufacturer for surface treatment operations on critical engine components at two of its UK plants. The orders for abrasive blasting and shot peening machines are worth around £1m.

Chassis assembly

Halesowen-based Kuka Welding Systems & Robot has won a £1m contract from UPF Group company Thompson Chassis for a new chassis assembly line. The intention is to provide enough chassis for a pre-production lot of a new 4×4 vehicle which is to be launched in 1998.