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Vince Cable recently opened Expro’s £5m offices in Aberdeen, a sign of the revival in North sea oil that is driving growth at this oilfield services provider. Chief executive Charles Woodburn, 42, reported sales of £758m in 2013, up 20% thanks to increased well testing and subsea activity across all markets, in particular Latin America, Asia and northern Europe. The company was taken private in 2008 when a consortium led by Arle Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs paid £1.6bn for it.

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Company details
CompanyExpro International
ActivityOilfield services provider
Sales £m*758
Profit £m*184
Year endMar 13
Principal shareholdersGoldman Sachs (37%), Arle Capital Partners (32%), Alpinvest (12%), others (19%)

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