Soviet Auto ContractWALTHAM, Mass. - Holcroft/Loftus, a subsidiary of Thermo Process Systems Inc., will make a $580,000 fully automated roller hearth and associated equipment for a Soviet automobile plant under a contract recently announced.
Ordered by Autopromimport, a Soviet trading company, the device is intended to heat auto parts at a Vaz pleasure car facility at Togliattigrad, a Thermo spokeswoman said.
Thermo Electron and its subsidiary, Thermo Process, have been supplying the Soviet automobile industry with various instrument and heating unit equipment since the mid-1970s. Contracts with automobile makers and other Soviet firms this year amount to some $10 million, the spokeswoman said.
EC May Extend Limits
On Food Radioactivity
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A potential European Community ministerial impasse over acceptable levels of radioactivity in foods here may see the European
Commission invoke its powers and extend existing limits, EC sources said.
The commission has already told national agencies they may neither import, nor grant export restitutions for foodstuffs with radioactivity levels higher than those permitted over the past year. Those levels were set in response to concern over contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The current limits were scheduled to expire Oct. 31, but have been extended until Sunday, when ministers will hold a special council meeting to try and establish new arrangements.
Australia Seeks Access
To Japanese Beef Mart
SYDNEY, Australia - Australian beef industry officials said they hoped to have greater access to the Japanese beef market after Australia's minister for primary industry, John Kerin, visits Japan Nov. 18-20.
In an agreement with the United States and Australia signed in 1984, Japan pledged to raise its beef import quota 9,000 metric tons a year to 177,000 by fiscal 1986. Japan increased the import quota 37,000 tons above the target in the current fiscal year because of growing demand.
Australia accounts for 60 percent of Japan's beef imports. The United States provides 34 percent, mostly high-quality beef.
Mr. Kerin must urge Japan not to import more U.S. grain-fed beef at the expense of Australian grass-fed supplies, a beef industry official said.