News in Brief

Brooke down

Brooke Industrial Holdings, of Sheffield, has reported pre-tax profits for the six months to 31 March up 33% to £920,000 on turnover down 3% to £14.78m.

Brasway degreases

Brasway has sold its Excelube subsidiary, which blends and distributes industrial and automotive lubricants, to Greenway for £2.35m. Brasway will focus on its Europower business.

MoD communicates

The Ministry of Defence has announced a requirement for a theatre-wide area communication system for use by rapid reaction forces. Invitations to bid go out next month.

Taylor invests

Charles W Taylor & Son has bought an electric induction melting facility from Inductotherm Europe to enable its South Shields foundry to produce grey iron castings up to 35 tonnes and ductile iron castings up to 30 tonnes.


The price of NeuroPredictor software was mis-stated in The Engineer, 27 March. It costs £399, with Lag Advisor an integral part of the product and included in the cost. More information at NeuroPredictor’s website: www.technimode. com/neuropredictor/

Test time for BR715

The BMW Rolls-Royce BR715 engine, chosen for the Boeing 717-200 airliner, completed its 150-hour test run at Dahlewitz, Germany, last week.

No Ford-Samsung

Talks about a possible automotive joint venture between Ford and Korean engineering giant Samsung, have been called off.

RR keeps on flying

A Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 aero engine has set a new world record by completing 31,000 hours on the wing of an Icelandair airliner which has been in service for seven years.