News in brief

LucasVarity for GM

LucasVarity has won a contract to supply General Motors with braking systems for a forthcoming global range of cars. The contract includes ABS, traction control and vehicle stability control systems.

Delta invests

Delta Electronics of Taiwan is investing £10.7m in a new plant in East Kilbride, near Glasgow. It will make power supplies for computers, employing 200 people within two years.

Scots beat Singapore

Philips Semiconductors may locate a new £1.6bn microchip plant in Scotland, according to industry insiders. Original plans to build the facility in Singapore are said to have been shelved by the Dutch firm because of the Asian economic crisis.

RR switches

Rolls-Royce has won a £5m contract to extend the National Grid substation at Harker, Cumbria, with two bays of 400kV gas-insulated switchgear.

Huddleston expands

John Huddleston Engineering, 50-employee precision machined components manufacturer, is to invest £3m over three years, creating 40 jobs at Greyabbey, County Down.

£3,000 South West

South West Water has been fined £3,000 by magistrates in Truro, Cornwall, for failing to switch on an expensive new ultraviolet sewage treatment works at its St Agnes plant.

Mexican Fiesta

The first delivery of 1,500 Dagenham-built Ford Fiesta cars left Southampton recently, bound for Mexico. The cars go on sale in April and Ford hopes to sell 10,000 a year.