NEWS IN BRIEF

Kosovo taskforce

Industry Minister John Battle is to lead a regeneration taskforce into Kosovo next week to assess the damage sustained, and to establish opportunities for UK firms to win rebuilding work. More information can be found on a web site at: www.dti.gov.uk/kosovo/

Russian reactors

AEA Technology is leading a project to assess safety issues in Russia’s RBMK nuclear reactors – the same technology as that of the Chernobyl reactor which blew up in 1989. The Didcot, Oxfordshire-based firm is leading a consortium including ABB and Spain’s Technatom.

Walbro acquisition

TI Group has completed its $570m acquisition of Walbro. Combining with TI Group’s Bundy brake and powertrain operations, the two will make up TI Group Automotive Operations.

£500 scholarships

As part of the centenary celebrations of the Sheffield Association of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, three scholarships worth £500 each are being offered. Engineering students, apprentices or post-graduate researchers in the South Yorkshire and north Midlands area can apply. For more information contact: 0114 268 0671.

Meiden licence

Meiden Europe has signed a joint manufacturing and sales agreement with Siberian drive and control systems firm Uralelektra. The company plans to assemble Meiden’s drive range under licence.

Investment mission

Welsh Office Minister Peter Hain was this week leading an inward investment mission to the west coast of the US. Welsh Secretary Alun Michael hooked two inward investment projects from a previous trip to the east coast of the US.