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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Company details
Year2019
Rank79
CompanyTharsus
ActivityRobot designer and manufacturer
LocationNorthumberland
Average 3 year sales growth60.85%
Latest sales £000s51,178
Staff264
Founded2002
Websitewww.tharsus.co.uk

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