Britain's Most Admired Companies 2012: Engineering & Machinery

British engineering still shines on the world stage. Meet the valve-makers and metal bashers leading the industry.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Bath-based Rotork, which makes industrial valve gear, takes an impressive seven-point lead. Third quarter revenues are up 9.9% – it has shrugged off the chilly economic conditions and is joint winner of the award for financial soundness. Second place Spirax-Sarco Engineering, a world leader in steam control systems, exports 40% of its production to emerging markets but first-half profits are down 5% owing to higher material costs and currency movements. Pump maker Weir Group’s half-year profits surged 27% to £226m and the Glasgow-based firm has been tipped as a potential target for General Electric. Fourth is engineering turnaround specialist Melrose, also joint winner of the overall award for use of corporate assets.

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BMAC 2012 by sector: Engineering & Machinery

Ranking Name Score
1. Rotork 69.7
2. Spirax-Sarco Engineering 62.4
3. Weir Group 60.8
4. Melrose 59.6
5. Smiths Group 56.4

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