As well as designing James Bond’s latest set of wheels, this 102-year-old sports car maker plans to launch three new models by the end of the decade and issued £200m of preference shares in April. Chief executive Andy Palmer, 52, joined from Nissan last year, and is investing in operations in Japan and Singapore. In 2007, the Warwickshire business was bought by Middle Eastern investors for £490m.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank20
CompanyAston Martin
ActivitySports car maker
LocationWarwickshire
Sales £m519.2
Operating profit £m16.8
Main shareholders

Investindustrial (59%), others (41%)

Staff1,239
Founded1914
Websitewww.astonmartin.com

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