Britain's Most Admired Companies 2011: Engineering & machinery sector

British engineering is still up there with the best of them - if only there was a bit more of it. Time for a metalbashers comeback?

by MT Staff

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A terrific result for Rotork. The Bath-based manufacturer of industrial valve gear is third overall – its highest ever placing – tops this sector and wins the awards for quality of goods and services and value as a long-term investment. Rotork’s first-half profit jumped 5% to £50.7m on revenues of £199.4m. Steam control specialist Spirax Sarco Engineering boosted sales this year by 10%. Pumps and ancillaries producer Weir Group reported strong third-quarter results, helping to allay market fears that the stagnant global economy might dent its performance. Engineering investment group Mel-rose comes in fourth, with first half profits of £74.9m, up from £56.7m last year, and sales up 12% in Q3.

BMAC 2011 by sector: Engineering & machinery

  QMan Rank FS Rank QG&S Rank AAT Rank
Charter 3.2 10 4.8 10 5.8 9 3.6 10
Cookson 6.7 7 5.3 9 6.3 7 5.5 7
Fenner 6.8 6 6.0 6 7.2 4 5.5 7
IMI 7.0 5 6.8 4 6.8 5 6.2 6
Melrose 8.2 2 6.6 5 6.2 8 7.0 4
Rotork 8.6 1 8.4 1 9.2 1 7.6 1
Smiths Group 5.8 9 5.6 7 6.6 6 6.8 5
Spirax Sarco Engineering 7.6 4 8.4 1 8.2 2 7.4 2
Tata Steel (UK) 6.3 8 5.5 8 5.5 10 5.5 7
Weir Group 8.0 3 8.0 3 7.8 3 7.4 2

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