This Rotherham-headquartered firm operates in the niche market of industrial seals. Under founder and managing director Chris Rea, 60, it supplies customers in 104 countries. In 1999, it attracted investment from 3i which, eight years later, raised its stake from 20% to 40%. Growth in the oil and gas and mineral & mining industries helped lift sales 10% in 2013 to £146.5m.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank237
CompanyAESSEAL
ActivitySeal manufacturer
LocationRotherham
Sales £m146.5
Operating profit £m19.1
Main shareholdersChristopher Rea (60%), 3i (40%)
Staff1,668
Founded1979
Websitewww.aesseal.co.uk

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