Oilfield services provider Expro says its engineers helped to extract the first North Sea oil in 1975. The company provides technology and services that measure, control and improve the flow of oil and gas. It recently extended its contract to supply services to Shell in Britain, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland in a deal worth £70m over two years. The business was taken private in 2008 when a consortium led by Candover Investments and Goldman Sachs paid £1.6 billion for the group. Sales reached an annualised £763m in 2009 under chairman Graeme Coutts.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank67
CompanyExpro International
ActivityOilfield services provider
LocationReading
Sales £m †763
Profit £m †192
Year endMar 09
Principal shareholdersGoldman Sachs (36%), Candover (32%), Alpinvest (12%)
Staff5,000
Founded1973
Websitewww.exprogroup.com

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure