News In Brief

Rover digitises

Rover Group has ordered $1m (£625,000) of computer-aided production engineering (CAPE) software from Tecnomatix Technologies. It will be used for car body and trim and final assembly studies in its Digital Factory Programme. Nissan and VR, page 26

AEA adds EA

AEA Technology has acquired US software company EA Systems for £8.8m. The Californian firm has developed software for engineers in the chemical, power generation and oil and gas industries. It recorded a loss of $3.1m last year.

Delcam down

Design software supplier Delcam warned last week that its sales in the first five months of the year were 11% down on last year. It estimated an interim loss this year of about £700,000. Delcam shares fell 32% to 75p on the news.

Tomkins profits up

Engineering and food manufacturing group Tomkins this week recorded pre-tax profits up almost £70m at £500.4m on turnover of £5.05bn for the year to 2 May. In the year it sold 15 businesses, spent £741m on new ones, and handed back £88m to shareholders.

Sira develops test

Sira Test & Certification has won a £40,000 government contract to develop a performance specification and verification procedure for trade effluent meters.