News in Brief

Response to job loss

The Government has set up its third response group in the past two months to help the 1,000 workers facing redundancy at Borders electronics manufacturer Viasystems.

Fuel-cell test

Ford will road test its first fuel-cell powered family car in the US early next year. The car manufacturer has teamed up with Daimler-Benz and Canadian fuel-cell specialist Ballard to commercialise fuel-cell cars, which convert hydrogen into electricity, by 2004. (See feature, page 32).

Crine sets date

The Crine Network, the forum of oil companies, contractors and suppliers, said it would come up with a six-point plan at the end of the month to achieve its target of reducing the cost of North Sea production to $8/barrel by 2002.

Racal post on hold

Racal Telecom has still not found a new chief executive following its failure to find someone to lead it through a full scale flotation earlier this year. That flotation was scrapped. A partial sale of its telecoms division also looks a long way off.

Power bidder

Powerminster, the mechanical and electrical arm of MJ Gleeson, has been selected as preferred bidder to build and operate a 250kW combined heat and power scheme for 420 Manchester council flats.

Express Engineering

In the 11 September issue we mistakenly said that Express Engineering of Gateshead, had bought the Industrial Design Department of Northumbria University. Former members of the industrial design team from that university have been employed by Express Engineering, but it is not the case that Express Engineering has ‘bought’ the Department of Design at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. We apologise for this error.