This Newcastle firm makes active ingredients and finished medicines for drug companies. The business, originally a pharmaceutical division of Boots, has grown by acquisition. It recently bought plants in Germany and Italy, and plans further expansion in North America and Asia. Most of its products are exported, with overseas sales reaching £158m in 2012. Silverfleet Capital backed a buyout from LDC, led by Aesica’s chief executive Robert Hardy, 54, in 2011.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank116
CompanyAesica Pharmaceuticals
ActivityPharmaceuticals manufacturer
LocationNewcastle
2-yr av intl sales growth pa41.87%
International sales £000s*158,000
Total sales £000s*163,000
Staff1,200
Founded2004
Websitewww.aesica-pharma.co.uk

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