Tharsus manufactures a grocery handling robot for Ocado’s automated warehouses that it claims is 40% more efficient than its nearest rival. The Northumberland Company started life as a welding and sheet metal operation, but chief executive Brian Palmer, 53, refocused the business on autonomous robotic machinery. Its customers include BT, 3M, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, and it exports from its Blyth factory to 14 countries. Sales hit £51.2m in 2018.
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