Originally set up in 1949 to clear mines after the second world war, this Oldham firm has extended its reach globally. With the increase in regulation, its metal detectors were employed in the food and pharmaceutical industries to check product safety. It expanded into America and mainland Europe in the 1980s and now aims to grow in China, Turkey and India. Clients include Kellogg’s, Pfizer and Pepsi, and its technical support and customer service facilities in 50 countries help its continued growth. International sales have risen by 62% a year, from an annualised £4.3m in 2007 to £11.4m in 2009.
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