News in brief

Alvis lives

The merger of GKN’s Defence business with Alvis was completed this week. Over the next few months the vehicle operations of Alvis Vehicles at Coventry will be consolidated with those of the former GKN Defence at Telford, Shropshire.

Tufnol buys

Tufnol, the Birmingham-based maker of engineering plastics and composites, has bought Countrose Engineering of Derby for an undisclosed sum. It makes water lubricated rubber and polyurethane lined bearings.

Welwyn Garden bug

Action 2000 is to monitor 15 typical businesses on a ‘bug park’ in the Hertfordshire town of Welwyn Garden City. This will provide evidence of how companies are dealing with the millennium bug.

Shoe jobs

Leaveland Shoe Company is to set up a factory at Pembroke Dock creating up to 154 new jobs.

Power switch

PowerGen will have to sell off 4,000MW of its coal-fired generating capacity by 30 April to avoid its takeover of Midlands Electricity being referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, trade and industry secretary Peter Mandelson said last week.

Motor merger

International motorsport and automotive engineer Prodrive of Banbury has acquired a controlling interest in Galmer Engineering of Bicester.