Edwards claims it has been a leader in high technology vacuum and exhaust abatement systems, since F. D. Edwards and his wife, founded the company with just £20 in 1919. From its Crawley headquarters, Edwards has global reach, operating in over 20 countries and generating 50% of its sales in Asia Pacific. Part of BOC for 40 years, Edwards was acquired in 2007 by private equity firm CCMP Capital in a reported £460m deal. In 2007, its first solo year, annualised sales reached £435.3m.
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