News in brief

BNFL contract

BNFL Engineering has awarded Hampshire-based Gravatom a contract worth in excess of £500,000 for equipment to support maintenance operations with the Sellafield Drypac plant. The design and build contract involves a gamma gate, flask bogie and four different types of flask up to 4m long with six types of adapter plate.

Signal to land

America’s Allied Signal last week completed the acquisition of UK aircraft environmental control system firm Normalair-Garrett from GKN, as well as that of aircraft service company Hermetic International.

Growth in pipeline

Chemicals company British Vita is to strengthen its industrial compounds division by paying £34.6m for Hyperlast, which makes polyurethanes used in pipelines and automotive components.

Coming home

Devonport Royal Dockyard has secured £1m of extra work over the past year to support six ex-Royal Navy Type 21 frigates which were sold to Pakistan.

No promises

Trade minister John Battle last week refused to promise government aid for the Airbus A3XX ‘super-jumbo’ project, and said an application would be subject to ‘rigorous appraisal and monitoring to ensure that projects do not undertake or duplicate work that could be done elsewhere’.

Scottish chief

Scottish Engineering, lobbying and support body for the industry, has appointed Peter Hughes as chief executive. He was formerly managing director of Glencast, a steel founding/engineering company in Fife.