Well-known names feature in 2019 Manufacturing 50

09 April 2019

Well-known names feature in 2019 Manufacturing 50

Well-known businesses from sectors including food and drink, steelmaking, and oil and gas have been named in Insider's latest annual ranking of Yorkshire's top 50 manufacturers.

The full Manufacturing 50 is revealed in the latest issue of the Yorkshire Business Insider.

There is a change at the top of the list for 2019, with Total Lindsey Oil Refinery moving into first place. The company reported turnover of £2.7bn for the financial year ending December 2017, with a pre-tax profit of £103.1m.

During 2018, Total celebrated 50 years of production at the Immingham facility, which has annual production of more than seven million tonnes of petroleum products.

Former table-topper Arla Foods, which has its UK head office in Leeds, is now second on the list and is one of a host of food and drink manufacturers to feature. Ice cream joint venture Froneri, meat products supplier Cranswick and Young's Seafood, all also feature in the top ten.

Also featuring in the top 50 is Dunhills (Pontefract), makes, distributes and sells products under the Haribo and Maoam brands. The company grew turnover to £172m from £166m in its most recent accounts, boosted by the launch of new product Squidglets.

UK and Ireland managing director Jon Hughes, who was promoted from sales director in November, told Insider: "Being part of a German group and having German shareholders we have to look at the UK's complex relationship and what happens with Brexit. We are relatively well-planned for that.

"Most raw materials are sourced here but like any manufacturing business a lot does operate on a global basis."

Moving into the top 20 in 2019 is listed structural steel company Severfield. In November, the Thirsk-headquartered manufacturer released its half-year results for period ended 30 September 2018, with a pre-tax profit of £13.1m on £149.1m turnover.

Severfield worked on more than 70 projects during the period, including the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC, the retractable roof for Wimbledon No. 1 Court and a new commercial tower in London at 22 Bishopsgate.

New to the top 50 for 2019 is Dr Oetker, which has its UK headquarters in Leeds. Last month (March 2019), the group completed the acquisition of the Alsa baking and dessert business from Unilever.

The full Manufacturing 50 table can be found in the April edition of the Yorkshire Business Insider, available now.