30 May 06. The real estate subsidary of the Boeing Co. has sold 41 acres of surplus land at the former site of Boeing Toronto Ltd. to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the company announced Tuesday. Irvine’s Boeing Realty Corp. did not disclose details of the transaction. The parcel is adjacent to the Toronto Pearson International Airport and its support facilities, and two additional parcels that were the rest of Boeing’s 113-acre site, measuring 37 and 35 acres respectively, are still in negotiations and will also be sold to the airport at a later time. The sale agreement was initially announced by Boeing and the GTAA in 2002.
30 May 06. General Dynamics UK Ltd has opened a new Bowman support centre at Bicester.
31 May 06. Perseus Opens New York Office on Broadway. Perseus, the Guildford based security consultancy, has opened an office on Broadway New York and has appointed Mr Richard Pepe as its senior US representative. Mr Pepe is an ex New York Police Department officer with significant experience of security relating to the control of road and traffic systems. Highly respected amongst the East Coast security community his knowledge of the security market, technical understanding of the security issues and his expert knowledge of road and traffic systems will make a significant contribution to Perseus’ plans to establish itself further in the USA. Perseus uses technically innovative analysis and risk assessment techniques to produce tailored security solutions to counter terrorist and criminal threats.
29 May 06. Advanced Micro Devices said on Monday it was investing $2.5bn in a German chip factory in a move to expand its capacity and grab more market share from its rival Intel. AMD, the number two maker of PC microprocessors, said it would implement three new projects at its existing Dresden facility over the next three years. This would give it additional production capabilities to produce circular wafers that are 12 inches or 300mm in diameter. The larger diameter wafer yields more than twice as many processor chips and greater efficiencies than its 200mm predecessor.
26 May 06. Pump management milestones achieved. Key milestones have been achieved in the ten year pump management contract awarded last year to defence support group DML, teamed with Weir Engineering Services (WES), which went live last month (April). Under the contract the DML team provides guaranteed pump availability of all submarine and surface ship pumps for the Marine Auxiliary Systems (MXS) IPT to agreed service levels, while demonstrating substantial through life cost savings over existing arrangements. The first part of the transition phase, in which the DML team has prepared to take on the management of all pumps and spare parts, has now been completed, and the second part – moving all pumps and spares to DML stores – is now in hand, with all new and refurbishable stock being transported to Devonport. As a central issue and return store this will enable tighter control over the assets and optimise logistics operation, delivering valuable savings. A dedicated central service centre is being established at WES Alloa – a cornerstone in reducing repair turn around times and driving out potential inefficiencies which is critical to achieving the considerable cost savings anticipated in the management of this contract. The DML team is also working closely with specialist pump original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as a further key element in optimising pump assemblies, spares and the repair loop.
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
28 May 06. More than 1,000 desert UK forces. Cases of soldiers deserting the army are said to be rising. More than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted the armed forces since the start of the 2003 Iraq war, the BBC has discovered. It comes as Parliament debates a law that will forbid military personnel refusing to participate in the occupation of a foreign country