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The Rope Company still makes its Marlow ropes on the site where they were first spun in 1900. Along with its yachting ropes, the East Sussex company makes high-strength ropes for the oil industry. Since 1995 oil producers have moved further off-shore and replaced steel hawsers with new high-strength ropes for deep-water moorings and towing. The Rope Company has taken advantage of this shift to win contracts from Brazil to Asia. Company profits have risen by 37% pa, from £1.3m in 1995 to £3.5m in 1998 while sales in the same period have increased by 22% pa to £25.3m. Managing director Jack West, who led a venture capital-backed buyout of the company in 1995, attributes profit growth to the improved margins on high-strength rope, investment in production machinery, and expansion into export markets.

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Company details
Year2000
Rank85
CompanyThe Rope Company
ActivityRope manufacturer
LocationEast Sussex
Annual profit growth37.32%
Latest profits £000s3,470
Latest sales £000s25,262
Staff318
Founded1995
Websitewww.marlowropes.com

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