Hot 100 2013 – 66: Crabco

The basics

Company name: Crabco
What they do: Manufacture metal presses
Headquarters: Gateshead
The Boss: Stephen McDowell

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 30,976
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 32
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 2,419

The details

Ever wondered how metal Quality Street boxes were decorated? In all likelihood, machines made by Crabtree of Gateshead were involved. Crabree is the leading manufacturer of metal decorating presses and coating machines.

From metal tea boxes to aerosols, Crabtree machines are the industry’s workhorse for decorating metal. While the company’s history can be traced to a Yorkshire iron foundry from 1849, the company’s modern guise as a metal decorating equipment maker dates to 1977.

Today Crabtree equipment is sold in over 90 countries worldwide. Pre-tax profit is £2.4m on a £31m turnover.

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