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News in Brief – July/August 2007

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Leeds-based ASD metal services has acquired Westok for an undisclosed sum. “This represents a further step in our process of strategic expansion into the construction sector,” said Martin Joyce, ASD Chief Executive. “Westok has a highly innovative range of products and an excellent reputation.”

Bolt-on Lindapter girder clamps have helped provide a fast and flexible solution for the refurbishment of the Old Cement Mills Viaduct railway bridge on the Isle of Wight.

Metsec’s Framing Division will supply its site fixed, light gauge structural framing systems for the Barrett Homes development in Capital East, on the Royal Victoria Docks, London. Working with Chartway Specialist Contractors, Metsec will provide its product for more than 4,800m² of the build.

Rowecord Engineering will be erecting a new landmark steel swing bridge in Gloucester during August and September. The 25m long St Ann Way Bridge has been designed, procured and managed by national regeneration agency English Partnerships, supported by the South West Regional Development Agency.

EcoLED Lighting, part of the Glentworth Fabrications Group, has launched a new energy efficient emergency handrail and stairway lighting range. Designed to effectively light stairs and floors, the range is ideal for specifiers working on all types of public building projects. Manufactured in-line with European building regulations and DDA legislation, the range provides ambient illumination at all times and dims into low-light condition in an emergency situation.

Engineer Michael Reffitt, the man credited with turning round the fortunes of former UK-based steelwork company Octavius Atkinson, has died at the age of 80. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

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