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71. Montupet

Managing Director: Jim Burke

Average employment: 500

Turnover: £61m

Pre-tax profit: £5m

Montupet is a French manufacturer for the automotive sector, with manufacturing plants in France, Spain, Mexico, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland.

It is the second largest independent manufacturer of cylinder heads in the world.

Montupet UK has been based in Northern Ireland since 1989 and manufacturers cast aluminium cylinder heads for engines going into Ford, Peugeot, Citroen, Volvo, Fiat, Mazda and Jaguar


The plant currently delivers its product into engine plants based in the UK, France, Turkey, South Africa and China.

It is currently engaged in a new investment programme to produce engines for small fuel-efficient, high-volume, low-emission family vehicles.

In 2010 the plant was at near full capacity and with the additional investment planned, both volumes and manpower are set to further increase through 2011 and 2012.

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