News in Brief

Airbus fittings

Lanford Lodge Engineering of Crumlin, Northern Ireland, has won a sole supplier contract with Lucas Aerospace worth over three years. It is for the machining of end fittings for transmission on flap actuation systems fitted to the wings of Airbus aircraft.

Still shrinking

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing Managers’ survey shows manufacturing contracted for the eighth consecutive month in November. Almost 40% of respondents had a fall in new orders compared with the previous month, with only 16% reporting an improvement. However, there was an easing of export sales.

Kenwood switch

Food processor company Kenwood Appliances, which this week reported a fall in pre-tax profits from £2.2m to £900,000 in the six months to October, is to accelerate plans to move towards brand marketing and sales operations. It is to reduce its reliance on manufacturing and more product lines will be switched to China.

Textile cuts

Courtaulds Textiles is to cut 1,220 jobs at its Claremont Garments subsidiary, two months after it bought up the company. It will close eight factories in Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire; Newton Aycliffe, County Durham; Portsmouth; Sandiacre, Derbyshire; Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex; South Shields; Stanley; and Woodville.

Glass closure

United Glass is to close its plant at Peasley Cross, St Helens, Lancashire in March next year, with the loss of up to 450 jobs.

Millennium move

International chemical firm Millennium Chemicals will move its European headquarters from Stallingborough to Brussels in the spring of next year. Its plant at Stallingborough will remain.