Car manufacturer Jaguar is donating £1.9m to Chester Zoo to help preserve its feline namesake. The funding, paid over three years, will be used to create a rainforest exhibit and breeding environment for the big cats.
Uxbridge College in west London will step up its engineering training after winning an £80,000 Department of Education and Employment contract aimed at encouraging employers to use National Vocational Qualifications as a training method.
The Teaching Company Scheme, which sponsors the attachment of graduates to firms to learn about new technology, is to expand. Government money from the Department of Trade & Industry will rise from £10m to £20m, allowing an extra 200 programmes a year.
TIsubsidiary Bundy Automotive has opened a factory in the Czech Republic to manufacture automotive air conditioning systems. It will supply Opel and other firms previously supplied from the US. Bundy includes S&H Fabrication & Engineering, taken over by TI Group last May.
Health risks from computer mice, touchscreen pads and joysticks will be examined in a study into repetitive strain injury (RSI) at Surrey and Loughborough Universities. It will be funded by the Health & Safety Executive.
A consortium of 26 steel companies and German car maker Porsche is launching a two year study to follow the Ultra-light steel automotive body (ULSAB) project, completed last year. ‘ULSAB-AVC (Advanced Vehicle Concepts) will look at new uses for steel in automotive closures, suspension, engine cradles and other areas.