Based in Elland, West Yorkshire, the Waxman Group consists of eight companies that distribute a wide range of products, from solar panels to ceramic tiles. Its international sales have primarily grown through a subsidiary, Waxman Fibres, which imports specialist fibres from Japan and sells them to spinners in India, Turkey, Germany and Italy who transform them into flameretardant fabric for workwear. Under the founder and group chairman Richard Waxman, the company’s international sales have risen 41% a year from £5.5m in 2009 to £11.1m in 2011.
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