News in Brief

Siebe’s new division

Diversified engineer Siebe has formed a new division, Siebe Pneumatics, consisting of UK-based CompAir Maxam, CompAir Climax in France and Watts FluidAir of the US. CompAir Maxam is to be renamed Maxam Pneumatics.

Cork buys US firm

US-based Burnham Products has been acquired by Cork Industries, the £47m turnover engineering group, for £10.5m. It offers cross-selling opportunities for Cork’s UK business, Baxter, Woodhouse & Taylor, which makes flexible ducting.

Back with parent

German parent company BDL Masschinbau has taken a 100% stake in subsidiary BDL Drum Motors, based in Corby.

Black box research

Ford’s Visteon Automotive Systems has formed a 50:50 partnership with Cambridge-based automotive electronics and software engineer Pi Technology. The joint venture will research future powertrain control systems.

Tooled up

St Helens-based steel profiles maker PP Profiles has invested £145,000 in new equipment at its Bold Industrial Park site. The investment includes an 84-inch surface grinder and a profile cutting machine.

Patent on Internet

The UK Patent Office, which has just abolished application fees, has put the application form to file a British patent (form 1/77) onto the Internet. The Patent Office website can be accessed via hotlinks on The Engineer’s website,

Can you help?

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, is looking for heating engineers to work voluntarily from 8 December to 14 January to support its Christmas shelters. If you can help telephone 0171 655 8332.