Automotive specialist Bodycote reports revenues growth of 18.8% to £345.7 million in the first half of 2017, up from £291.0 million in 2016, corresponding to a growth of 8.3% at constant exchange rates.

The group’s headline operating profit grew 25.2% to £61.7 million (2016: £49.3 million). Overall civil aerospace revenues were up 4.4%, led by strong growth in the UK, while defence (predominantly a North American market for the group) was down on the same period last year. Revenues from the energy sector were 4.1% lower, with the oil and gas sector continuing to register a decline compared with the first half of 2016, when oil and gas revenues were still falling. Bodycote achieved revenue growth of 15.5% in the car and light truck sector as new programs, especially using specialist technologies, continue to build. Group revenues in the general industrial sector increased 11.8% in the first half, with growth across all of the group’s key territories. 

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