News in brief

Adtranz order

Adtranz, which is being restructured after Daimler-Chrysler’s buyout of partner ABB in January, has won a £30m contract from Scot-Rail to build 27 Turbostar diesel cars at its Litchurch Lane site in Derby.

Green awards

The Engineering Council has launched the 1999 Environment Award for Engineers. The awards, open to engineers on the Engineering Council’s register, are split into three categories: engineering and the natural environment; sustainable engineering; and engineering in the built environment. Tel: 0171 557 6438.

Alloa closure

Coats Viyella is closing a clothing factory in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, with the loss of 200 jobs. The textiles group is cutting capacity because of difficult trading conditions.

BSI handbook

BSI has published an updated handbook on CE marking for machinery. It includes an updating service for European Standards which support the requirements of the Machinery Directive and national laws. The handbook costs £120 (£96 to BSI members) and can be ordered from BSI Customer Services: Tel 0181 996 9001.

Training deal

Bombardier has won a contract worth over £156m for RAF pilot training over 10 years, including the supply of a fleet of Grob 115E aircraft.

TRW takes its time

TRW has extended its cash tender offer for LucasVarity until 25 March.

Packaged data

A report on packaging machinery purchase decisions by research consultant Pira International identifies more flexibility, and a move towards robotics and electronics and ‘print on demand’ technologies, as the main market trends.