International Track 200

This northeast firm makes machines that print designs on flat metal sheets that are then used to make everyday items such as paint tins and food cans. Strong demand in China for Crabtree’s equipment, coupled with the weak pound, helped exports top £30.4m last year. The business is led by managing director Stephen McDowell, 56.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank101
CompanyCrabtree of Gateshead
ActivityMetal printing machinery manufacturer
LocationGateshead
2-yr av intl sales growth pa48.34%
International sales £000s30,447
Total sales £000s30,976
Staff249
Founded1963
Websitewww.crabpress.co.uk

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