Laird

This company was founded 200 years ago in Liverpool as a shipbuilder and locomotive manufacturer but now sells electronic products such as cables and car radio antennas. Customers including Cisco, Microsoft and Amazon helped sales grow 17% to £937m in 2017. The company’s delisting in July last year in a £1bn takeover by US private equity firm Advent International was led by chief executive Tony Quinlan, 53; Laird has now divided into three separate entities.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank71
CompanyLaird
ActivityElectronics and technology specialist
LocationCentral London
Sales £m937
Profit £m118
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersAdvent International (100%)
Staff10,302
Founded1899
Websitewww.lairdtech.com

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