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European Metal Recycling says it handles more than half of the 2m cars scrapped in Britain each year. It also buys scrap metal that it processes and sells on for smelting. Laws on higher environmental standards have helped the Warrington company, which disposes of 600,000 fridges every year. Its sales grew to £907m in 2003, an increase of £300m on the previous year.

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Company details
CompanyEuropean Metal Recycling
ActivityMetal recycler
Sales £m*907
Profit £m*48
Year endDec 03
Principal shareholdersSheppard family (96%)

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