AS manufacturers search for ways to make cars lighter and to reduce emissions, Trident Components Group has seen its market increase even though car sales in Britain and on the Continent are static. The company, founded in 1996 by Jack Boyer and Tobias Seige, makes lightweight components from aluminium, magnesium and zinc, and has an exclusive supplier agreement for a range of products with BMW. Ericsson, the mobile-phone giant, also uses the firm to provide the casings for its top models, a relationship that has given Trident access to the booming mobile market. But the main reason for the company’s 85%-a-year sales growth, from £26.5m in 1996 to £166.4m in 1999, is a series of acquisitions. Financed by venture capital from LGV, Trident bought companies in Germany and Norway in 1997, the Austrian business Unitech in 1998 for £88m and factories in Croatia and Slovenia in 1999.
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