B Hepworth & Co Ltd were ranked 26th in the first annual International Track 100 league table supplement, published in The Sunday Times on 11 July 2010, with title sponsor HSBC.
The league table ranked companies' international sales growth over the last 2 years. The UK Midlands-based company manufactures windscreen wiper systems for trains and ships, such as the cruise liner QE2 and her latest sister ship, Queen Victoria, and Hepworth are very proud to have supplied over 1500 systems to Bombardier for the entire Electrostar fleet, and fit wiper systems to Delhi's new fleet of 40 Metro trains, a bespoke order that required the British company's specialised manufacturing skills. Export growth has been driven by the acquisition of its main British competitor in 2004, which enabled it to rationalise its product range and consolidate overseas distributors, thus simplifying its route to market. Hepworth manufactures in Britain and exports to 54 countries, including China and America; overseas sales have grown 96% a year, from £2.6m in 2007 to £10m in 2009, with Hepworth's ranking in the league table as 6th largest exporter to China.
Jonathan Eddy, CEO, stated "this is a fantastic achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. We have a great team of people here and we look forward to the next stage in our improvement plan to further enhance the growth of the business".
Picture shows from left to right: Bert Thijssen - Sales & Marketing Director, Jonathan Eddy - CEO, and Mark Jones - Rail Account Executive.
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