INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

H.J. Heinz Acquires

Botswana Soap GroupH.J. Heinz Co. has purchased Kgalagadi Soap Industries of Gaborone, Botswana, from Overseas Development Enterprises (Botswana) Proprietary Ltd.

Kgalagadi is the sole producer of toilet and laundry soaps in Botswana.

In neighboring Zimbabwe, Heinz operates Olivine Industries (Private) Ltd. of Harare, a producer of edible oils, margarines and soaps, in conjunction with the Zimbabwean government.

Terms of the agreement were not released by either Heinz or Overseas Development Enterprises.

Ericsson Unit Gets

Contract in China

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Ericsson Security & Tele Systems AB, subsidiary of the Swedish telecommunications conglomerate Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson, has landed a $73 million contract with China to supply lines, transmission, power and test equipment to 12 Chinese cities.

The largest commercial contract yet signed between China and Sweden includes 210,000 local and 4,900 long-distance lines.

Ericsson delivered a 26,000-line local exchange to the city of Guangzhou in 1985. The Swedish firms also have supplied telephone equipment to the capital city of Beijing, several cities in Liaoning province and the city of Shanghai.

Ford Decision Stands

Despite UK Union Vote

LONDON - A Trades Union Congress committee belatedly voted Tuesday to back a single-union deal at an electronic components plant that Ford Motor Co. has scrapped.

Ford decided against opening the $73 million plant in Dundee, Scotland, after it was unable to win a single-union agreement, and the automaker said Tuesday that despite the committee's vote, its decision was irrevocable.

Ford had reached an agreement with the Amalgamated Engineering Union to represent the expected 450 workers at the plant, but other unions representing workers at 21 Ford plants in Britain balked at the plan.