European Metal Recycling has stepped up a gear in its ambitious plans to dominate the scrap metal and recycling market, culminating in the purchase of close rival Mountstar for an undisclosed amount earlier this year. In the past 12 months the company has also bought six American firms to complement its presence in Asia, where it has offices in China, India and Thailand. Based in Warrington, EMR is owned by Philip Sheppard and his family and run by managing director Colin Iles. It achieved sales of £1,033m in 2005.

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Company details
CompanyEuropean Metal Recycling
ActivityMetal recycler
Sales £m1,033
Profit £m56
Year endDec 05
Principal shareholdersSheppard family (96%)

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