Sheffield-based Firth Rixson makes forged metal parts at 12 factories across Britain, the US, China and Hungary. Its products end up in aircraft, gas turbines and oil rigs, and it counts Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation among its customers. Founded in the early 1800s, it now employs 1,600 people. Oak Hill Capital Partners, the Californian private-equity house, bought the firm from Lehman Brothers and the Carlyle Group for £945m in 2007. Under chief executive David Mortimer, sales reached £454.4m in 2010.
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