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38. Wrightbus

Group managing director: Mark Nodder

Employment: 1,045

Turnover: £156.5m

Pre-tax profit: £3.8m

Based in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Wrightbus employs over 1,000 and said it is one of the largest manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland.

It was formed in 1946 and is still in private ownership of the Wright family.

Big deals over the last year include a contract to make 600 eco-friendly replacements for the iconic London Routemaster bus which means that one in three buses in London will be made by Wrightbus.

In August last year the company won a £41 million three-year contract to supply 550 Double Deck bus kits for local assembly in Singapore.

And in February this year Wrightbus landed a £28m contract to supply 179 StreetLite vehicles to FirstGroup, the leading UK /US operator.

Headcount at the company has climbed by nearly 150 over the last year, turnover by £25m and pretax profit by £2.5m.


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