Name change

PPK Environment and Infrastructure has adopted the name of its parent company Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Perth clients of Parson Brinckerhoff were told by chairman Bob Prieto during his whirlwind Australian tour, that the name change was a natural progression since the Australian company had been bought a year ago.

Founded in 1895, PB provides infrastructure services worldwide including transportation, power, buildings, telecommunications and environmental projects.

Its 9,000 staff working in more than 250 offices around the world offers services such as program management, planning, design, construction management, operations and maintenance.

Last week PB was granted the 2002 Award for Excellence for Rural and Regional Employers of New Apprentices by Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Brendan Nelson for a training and employment project.

WA confident

WA confidence remains robust, unaffected by the 14 per cent decline in confidence nationally, according to the latest CCI-BankWest Survey of Business Expectations.

The survey showed that confidence in the medium term outlook for the WA economy rose 8 per cent in September.

The level of confidence in WA is now 28 per cent higher than the long-term average.

The survey of 405 WA businesses was conducted soon after Woodside Energy had secured a $25 billion gas sale deal with China.

“Consistent with increasing labour scarcity, total unit labour costs were reported as higher in September due to higher labour on-costs and average wages,” the survey says.

During 2000-01 there was a sharp rise in the proportion of firms reporting lower employee numbers which peaked at just under one third of respondents. The manufacturing sector reported a slight increase in labour scarcity with rising labour costs while the services sector reported higher labour costs and scarce labour supplies.

Clough purchase

CLOUGH Engineering Limited subsidiary Clough Services has acquired 50 per cent of Shedden Uhde.

The Melbourne-based engineering and project delivery company was purchased by Clough to bolster the group’s capacity to meet the rising demand for services particularly in eastern Australia in the process industries sector.

It will complement other Clough service businesses including C Engineering & Integrated Services, Covus Corporation, and MPA Energy Services.

Shedden Uhde was a subsidiary of German company Uhde GmbH, and primarily works in the oil and gas, petroleum and chemical industries such as Basell, Shell, BP, Origin Energy and CSL.

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