In 1976 at the age of 22, Tony Langley resurrected what is now Langley Holdings from the ashes of his grandfather’s engineering business, which had gone into receivership. Langley Holdings has since grown into 25 engineering subsidiaries that design and manufacture everything from cement cooling and grinding machines to dockside cranes. Mostly because of acquisitions, sales have grown almost 82% a year from £17m in 1999 to £102m in 2002. The Nottinghamshire company bought Clarke Chapman from Rolls-Royce in 2000 and acquired the Claudius Peters Group in 2001. This has given it global reach, with bases in Asia, North and South America, and Europe.
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