This Redditch-headquartered company makes windscreen wipers for trains and ships, such as the cruise liner QE2 and her latest sister ship, Queen Victoria. In 2008 B Hepworth fitted wipers to Delhi’s new fleet of 40 Metro trains, a bespoke order that required the British company’s specialised manufacturing skills. Export growth has been driven by the acquisition of its main British competitor in 2004, which enabled it to rationalise its product range and consolidate overseas distributors, thus simplifying its route to market. Overseas sales have grown 96% a year, from £2.6m in 2007 to £10m in 2009.
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