Some 2m cars are scrapped in Britain each year, and European Metal Recycling handles more than half of them, putting a car through its shredders every 30 seconds. Founded in 1994, the company has become one of the world’s largest metal recyclers, buying scrap from Ford, Honda, Rover and local council landfills. EU laws requiring higher environmental standards have helped the Warrington company, which also recycles fridges. To cope with increasing business it has recently installed a 10,000-horsepower shredder at its Liverpool plant. The company has almost doubled sales in the past two years to £599m in 2002, when it employed 1,328 people.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank44
CompanyEuropean Metal Recycling
ActivityMetal recycler
LocationWarrington
Sales £m*599
Profit £m*34
Year endDec 02
Principal shareholdersSheppard family (96%)
Staff1,328
Founded1994
Websitewww.emrltd.com

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