Top North Nottinghamshire manufacturer Usha Martin International is probably better known by the name of its leading subsidiary Brunton Shaw.
Indian global conglomerate Usha Martin Group acquired the Nottinghamshire wire rope manufacturer in 2001.
Worksop-based UMI also includes Aberdeen-based lifting and marine mooring equipment specialists EMM Corp and Dutch company De Ruiter Staalkabel, which supplies spooling and tensioning winches for crane ropes in addition to distributing Brunton Shaw products.
Brunton Shaw can produce up to 6,000 million tonnes of wire rope a year and also provides services to oil drilling and offshore exploration companies through EMM Corp.
Second placed Schutz UK is part of the German packaging systems manufacturer and makes and reconditions the group’s intermediate bulk containers, plastic and steel drums.
After periods of ownership by the Redland Group and French company Lafarge, Steetley Dolomite was acquired by its own management nine years ago. The company lays claim to being one of the leading producers of dolomitic products for the steel industry in the world and has experienced significant growth since the MBO.
Steetley Dolomite’s products are used as a flux in steelmaking, to make refractory bricks and other products, in repairing the lining of electric arc furnaces, in agriculture and in chemicals and glass production.
Anpario is a leading manufacturer of high performance natural feed additives for global agricultural and aquaculture markets.
The company develops and manufactures products at its Worksop plant which are used in the production of meat and dairy products for human consumption.
Their range includes specific products for the poultry, pig, ruminant and animal feed markets.
Fifth placed Robinson Healthcare celebrates its 175th anniversary next year.
The company was founded when Chesterfield retail chemist John Bradbury Robinson decided to set up a business making pill boxes, diversifying 16 years later to make surgical dressings for casualties of the Crimean War. Over the years, the business has grown to become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of healthcare products, ranging from cotton wool to single use medical instruments.
The company also makes first aid products for the home and beauty and baby care products and is the only licensed veterinary poultice dressing manufacturer in the UK in addition to making veterinary wound care and cotton wool products
Towards the end of last year the company successfully gained a place on the NHS Supply Chain Single Use Instruments Framework Agreement for more than 100 of its procedure packs and individual instruments.
Caunton Engineering lays claim to being one of the UK’s leading fully automated structural steelwork contractors and a world leader in Just in Time manufacturing.
The company began life in 1969 in what had been a traditional blacksmith’s shop in the village of Caunton, near Newark, moving to Kirkby in Ashfield in 1973 and, in 1990, consolidated its operations on its current site.
At the same time, the company developed the CAD/CAM capabilities that underpins its claims.
Recent successes include supplying the steelwork for the Water Polo and Shooting Gallery Stadia used in the London 2012 Olympics and a “sample” 500-seater stadium for Qatar’s successful World Cup bid.
The company has also expanded into new and growing sectors, including nuclear decommissioning, rail care and waste-to-energy power stations.
Caunton has played a leading role in the construction of a straw fired power plant in Sleaford, Lincolnshire that is set to go online before the end of the year and will produce enough electricity for 65,000 homes.