The Milton Keynes company Beardow Adams supplies adhesives for packaging, labelling, woodworking, bookbinding and product assembly to customers such as Unilever and Coca-Cola. Its products are manufactured in Spain and Milton Keynes and the company recently acquired a plant in Sweden. At least 75% of sales are generated overseas and demand is growing, helping international sales to rise 22% a year, from £30.6m in 2009 to £45.8m in 2011. Chairman and managing director Bob Adams has also made a series of acquisitions.
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