Tony Langley got into the driving seat of his grandfather’s struggling engineering business in 1975 when he was 21. In the intervening years, he has built a global engineering concern employing 2,500 people worldwide. Piller, its largest division, makes back-up systems for banks, hospitals and the aviation industry in the event of a power failure. Claudius Peters, a technology supplier, can be found at the heart of cement plants and the recently acquired ARO makes welding equipment for the car industry. These and Bradman Lake, helped to boost sales to £337.7m in 2007.
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