Freightliner Group

Freightliner specialises in moving cargo containers and bulk freight such as coal around Britain using a fleet of more than 175 locomotives. Led by chief executive Eddie Fitzsimons, the company recently flexed its green credentials when it unveiled a new class of low-emission engines. Private-equity firms 3i and Cognetas backed a management buyout from British Rail in 1996, increasing their stakes in 2005 by buying out employees and retiring management. Sales were £255.3m in 2007.

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Company details
CompanyFreightliner Group
ActivityRail haulage operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*255.3
Operating profit £m*21.0
Main shareholders3i (38%), Cognetas (38%), management and staff (24%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda