This Midlands company recycles metal and also supplies new metals and alloys, including copper, aluminium, zinc and lead-based products. Founded in 1955, it processes materials, mainly from small British firms, before shipping them to foundries and other customers. Some 70% of its annual output of 12,000 tonnes is exported to more than 40 clients in western Europe, China and India. International sales have recently been a big focus, and under managing director Malcolm Thorne they grew 59% a year, from £7.3m in 2009 to £18.4m in 2011.
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