TOP 50 MANUFACTURERS: Greencore leads while Chesterfield hotspot booms

Making sandwiches at a Greencore plant
Making sandwiches at a Greencore plant

North Derbyshire is home to some of the region’s top manufacturing companies, including number one Greencore, which has retained its prized spot since 2014.

Fellow manufacturers, Vesuvius, Xtratherm UK and new entry Mallinckrodt Chemical, have all claimed their position in this year’s list.

Manufacturing central: Markham Vale business park in Derbyshire

Manufacturing central: Markham Vale business park in Derbyshire

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Barlborough firm Vesuvius UK Ltd, based at Midland Way, makes refractory products at its Sheepbridge facility in Chesterfield and is a global leader in molten metal flow engineering.

The company, which boasts one of its 16 global research and development centres at its 23,000 sq ft headquarters in Barlborough, has retained number 12 position in the table.

Established in 1916, next year the global company will celebrate its centenary. Turnover has remained static although profit has increased by £1.4 million to nearly £7.9m since last year.

Xtratherm has moved up five places from 28 to 23. It owns and operates three facilities in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

It manufactures insulating materials at its facility in Holmewood, north east Derbyshire.

The company is enjoying impressive growth, having risen from number 44 in 2013 to its position this year.

Turnover has also increased by £3m since last year’s top 50. However profits are down by more than half from £2.6m to just under £2.3m.

This year’s new entry for Chesterfield is Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, a multi-billion dollar speciality biopharmaceutical company. Its office is based at Perth House in Dunston.

Earlier this year, the company acquired Therakos, the global leader in immune cell therapy, for $1.325 billion from The Gores Group.

Chesterfield is proving attractive to manufacturing businesses due to its proximity to the M1, putting it within 30 minutes of Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Its transport links and wealth of commercial, industrial and office properties at competitive prices, including the flagship Markham Vale business park on the M1, has made the town an investment hotspot.