Established in 1987, this Oxford company supplies more than 80m parts a year to customers including Jaguar, Vodafone and Railtrack. It was set up after a management buyout of the car-parts division of British Leyland. Unipart reported annualised sales of £1,459m and operating profits of £13m in 2002, when it had 8,468 staff. Only a small amount of the firm’s sales now come from making car parts; most come from distribution.
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