News in Brief

Transco seeks cut

National gas transmission company Transco this week proposed to cut capacity entitlements at the St Fergus terminal and to fine suppliers who fail to stick within the reduced limits. The proposal, submitted to industry regulator Ofgas, is designed to stop shippers exploiting temporary capacity constraints at the terminal.

Ford cuts Fiesta

Ford is to cut production by 120 cars a day at its Dagenham, Essex plant due to falling export sales of the Fiesta. The Dagenham shifts on Thursday night and Friday will stop for at least six weeks from 6 October.

Closed Proximity

Northern Telecom is closing operations at plants in Paignton, Devon, and Maidenhead, Berkshire, after demand for its Proximity 1 systems using fixed wireless access technology failed to meet expectations. Up to 586 workers will be affected. The firm hopes to relocate about 60% of the staff.

Closures tackled

Representatives from Tyneside and Sedgefield councils are collaborating on a common strategy to deal with the effects of the closures of the Siemens and Fujitsu semiconductor plants. They are assessing the impact on local suppliers, communities and council services.

Sound advice

The Health and Safety Executive has published a guide on reducing workplace noise in the offshore industry, after identifying many offshore areas where noise levels could cause hearing loss.

Oxford opening

A new £23m Unipart Yutaka Systems factory (a joint venture between Unipart Group, Honda and Yutaka Giken) was opened this week in Cowley, Oxford. Up to 200 workers will manufacture parts for the new Honda Accord.