Started as a Ford dealership in an abandoned tram depot in Birmingham in 1913, Britax grew into a London Stock Exchange listed car dealership that began to diversify into manufacturing in the 1960s. By the mid-1990s the company was making aeroplane seats and lavatories, along with children’s car seats and prams. It also has a specialised vehicle division that makes speed detection equipment for police and emergency vehicles. Following the sale of its car dealerships in 1997, Britax has concentrated on its engineering business, and reported sales to £495m in 2001, when it employed 4,464 staff. Now based in Warwick, Britax obtained £441m funding in 2001 from Royal Bank Private Equity to take the company private.
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