Australia: Gilbert Lodge Australia has been appointed by Swiss manufacturer PMA AG to market its nylon cable protection products in Australasia.

France: A December 17 liquidation order instructed Remafer to devise a recovery plan and deliver three wagons currently under construction.

Germany: Bombardier Inc has concluded an agreement with investors advised by Advent International Corp for the purchase of DWA. Completion is subject to regulatory approval and audit of DWA’s accounts, expected to reveal revenue of DM1·1bn for 1997.

Great Britain: TCI Signalling, part of London-based Transportation Consultants International Ltd, has opened a regional office in York. Initial projects include resignalling of Railtrack’s Nuneaton - Peterborough route with contractor CSEE Transport (RG 12.97 p837).

Westinghouse Signals has merged with Signalling Control UK, the signalling design company it acquired from British Rail in 1995. Operating as Westinghouse Signals, the company has added a Main Line Systems Department to its existing Mass Transit and Infrastructure functions, and has project units in Birmingham, Chippenham, Croydon, Glasgow and York.

Prime Minister Tony Blair officially opened the Volante PTIS Ltd factory in Trimdon Grange, County Durham, on December 22. Volante produces laminate panelling for vehicle interiors.

Permaquip has ordered PT/Modeler and PT/Mechanica software from GMS of Northwich for 3D design and finite element analysis. The contract includes the supply of PC hardware and colour plotter, training and support.

India: GEC Alsthom has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a majority shareholding in a stand-alone company to be formed from the railway division of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.

Daimler-Benz will increase its shareholding in Tata Engineering & Locomotive Co Ltd from 9·74% to 10%, following approval by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board.

Italy: GEC Alsthom has signed an agreement to purchase the signalling activities of Sasib SpA. Sasib Railway includes General Railway Signal Corp of the USA.

USA: Westinghouse Air Brake Co has consolidated its Wabco brakes and couplings, Vapor door products and Stone air-conditioning subsidiaries into a new Passenger Transit Group.

Amtech Transportation Systems Group has moved to new corporate headquarters at 19111 Dallas Parkway, Suite 300, Dallas, Texas 75287-3106. Tel: +1 972 733 6600, fax: +1 972 733 6699.

Bombardier Transit Corp has moved its New York headquarters to 101 Park Avenue, Suite 2609, New York, NY 10178. Fax and phone numbers remain the same.