News in brief

Lift for wind power

The Government this week launched a consultation document aimed at boosting support for wind power. It is looking at arrangements for incorporating the development of offshore wind energy into the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation Order process.

Bid for Rubicon

US engineer Applied Power has made a £207m bid for computer box manufacturer Rubicon, which has six sites in the UK, one in Ireland and two in the US. It has 2,800 employees.

Shell buys TNG

Shell Gas Direct has acquired the marketing assets of Texaco Natural Gas, which supplies the industrial and commercial markets in the UK. The 40 TNG staff will transfer to Shell, which is now among the top five gas suppliers in the country.

On the surface

Companies involved in the industrial application of paints and powder coatings, and their suppliers, are being urged to attend a meeting at the Surface Engineering Association’s office in Birmingham, to form a new paint and powder association. Telephone 0121 237 1122.

Euro research date

The Institute of European Trade and Technology and the DTI are running a seminar in London next month for companies interested in taking part in information society technologies’ collaborative research projects under the forthcoming EU Framework 5 programme. Telephone 0171 628 8770.

Chrysler picks AEA

AEA Technology’s Engineering Software subsidiary has won a £600,000 contract from US car giant Chrysler to supply it with component fatigue and lifetime prediction software. The software was developed by Sheffield-based nCode International, which was bought by AEA in February for £6.9m.