Another winning year for Bath-based Rotork, which is also the most admired company for financial soundness and comes 11th overall. The industrial valve specialist recorded a 9.5% increase in half-year profits and a 12.3% jump in revenue, boosted by higher margins and acquisitions. Glasgow-based Weir Group has announced a £70m investment in Malaysia to develop its global supply chain capability. London investment group Melrose Industries tripled its money when disposing of an Oklahoma-based lifting gear maker to private equity firm KKR for £627m. Birmingham's IMI has also been on a selling spree, offloading its beverage dispense and merchandising businesses for £690m to the Berkshire Hathaway-owned Marmon Group.