Christopher Durrans, 52, is the fifth generation of his family to run this carbon products manufacturer that was founded in 1863. The Sheffield-based firm has four plants in Britain making graphite, petroleum coke and coatings, as well as facilities in Germany and China, and joint ventures in South Africa, India and France. Durrans’ global customers in the automotive, chemical, glass, battery and steel industries contributed to international sales of £31m in 2011.
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