Bodycote International


Bodycote International

Infobox Company
company_name = Bodycote International plc
company_
company_type = Public (lse|BOY)
foundation = 1923
location = Macclesfield, UK
key_people = James Wallace, Chairman
John Hubbard, CEO
industry = Testing
products =
revenue = £640.5 million (2007)
operating_income = £78.8 million (2007)
net_income = £53.8 million (2007)
num_employees = circa 11,000
parent =
subsid =
homepage = [http://www.bodycote.com www.bodycote.com]
footnotes =

Bodycote International plc (lse|BOY) is a leading supplier of specialist testing and heat treatment services. Based in Macclesfield, it is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

History

The Company was founded by Arthur Bodycote as a textile business under the name of "G.R. Bodycote Ltd". [http://www.bodycote.com/?OB=18&POB=2 Bodycote History] ] It was acquired by Slater Walker in 1951 and demerged from them in 1973.

It refocused on its present activities in the 1970s: its expertise in bullet-proof and flame retardant clothing facilitated its transformation into the specialist materials sector. From 1979 onwards it made a series of acquisitions, the first of which was Blandburgh, a heat treatment business. In 1980 it went on to buy "Zinc Alloy Rust Proofing Ltd", which was the beginning of its metallurgical coatings business.

In 1990 Bodycote acquired "Metallurgical Testing Services Ltd" (MTS) of Edinburgh from Murray International plc, laying the foundations for what would become Bodycote's materials testing business. In 1991 it bought "HIP Ltd", a leading Hot Isostatic Processing business.

In 2001 the Company bought "Lindberg Corporation", the largest heat treatment business in the United States. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2001_Jan_18/ai_69268799 Bodycote International plc completes acquisition of Lindberg Corporation] ]

Bodycote also operates a Testing business. Bodycote Testing Group consists of a world-wide network of laboratories offering testing and analysis, research & development and other services across a wide range of industries (aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, environmental, ploymers, and more).

Operations

The Company operates four types of business: [ [http://www.bodycote.com/?OB=3 Bodycote: What we do] ]

* Heat Treatments: operates computerised heat treatment centres and sophisticated metal joining facilities which undertake contract work for the aerospace, power generation, automotive, railway and general engineering industries.
* Hot Isostatic Pressing: works with the power generation, precision castings, automotive, aerospace, precision tooling and medical engineering industries.
* Materials Testing: inspection, analytical and forensic services.
* Metallurgical Coatings: operates coating centres which provide ceramic coatings, sherardizing, zinc flake organic coatings, mechanical plating, PVD coatings, and anodising.

References

External links

* [http://www.bodycote.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.bodycotetesting.com/ Testing Group site]
* [http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=BOY.L Yahoo profile]


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