News in brief

Siemens on line

German company Siemens has won a £120m contract to build 16 trains for rolling stock leasing company Angel for Regional Railways North East’s Leeds-Bradford-Ilkley-Skipton line.

Television on Net

Cable & Wireless has ordered software from NCI to allow TV sets to access the Internet, as part of its £100m investment in digital TV. The system, which will provide access to 200 channels, will be available to C&W subscribers in the autumn.

Modelling careers

The Engineering Council wants more engineers aged 21-30 to join its Neighbourhood Engineers schools programme. The council saw ‘an urgent need for young volunteers to act as professional role models to young pupils’.

Umbro wants out

Sports kit maker Umbro is looking to sell factories in the UK and the US as part of a global restructuring a move that may jeopardise 140 jobs at its plants at Biddulph near Stoke and at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Steam upgrade

Alcan has awarded Siemens’ Parsons in Newcastle a £15m contract to upgrade the steam turbines at its 390MW coal-fired power station at Lynemouth.

SPC buyout

Widney has arranged to sell off SPC International, the broker and refurbisher of electronic and mechanical equipment, in a £6m management buyout.

Allison link-up

Allison Engine Company of the US, which is owned by Rolls-Royce, has fixed a deal with France’s Turbomeca to supply its 4,000 12,000hp industrial and marine gas engines to European customers.