The oilfield-services provider Expro boasts that its engineers helped to extract the first North Sea oil in 1975. The Reading company provides technology and services that measure and control the flow of oil and gas. It operates in all the world’s main hydrocarbon-producing areas, employing 5,000 people in 50 countries. The firm was taken private in 2008 when a consortium led by Candover Investments and Goldman Sachs paid £1.6 billion for it. Chairman Graeme Coutts reported sales of £638m in 2010.
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