Expansion into Mexico and the US, where Erodex has recently established a facility in Virginia, as well as significant contract wins in China and Israel, helped overseas sales hit £3.7 million in 2018. The company has seen overall overseas sales grow 42% year-on-year and now exports to five continents: North America, South America, Asia and Africa, in addition to Europe.

Erodex, founded in 1974, is run by brothers Ian and Steve Rolinson, and their cousin John. The company designs and supplies carbon and graphite parts for applications such as turbine blades in the aerospace sector. International clients include leading aero-engine manufacturers and blue-chip companies throughout the supply chain.

Steve Rolinson, director at Erodex UK, says: “We’ve recently announced record levels of turnover, reaching £20 million for the first time, which is underpinned by strong export growth. Strategically, we decided to establish a base in Virginia, which has led to us winning significant new contracts in the US and Mexico. As a result of ongoing demand for our graphite products and tooling solutions overseas, we are looking to continue growing export sales and exploring new markets across the five continents that we now cover. We’re well prepared for this, with a dedicated export team headed by Laura Collins.”

Erodex UK representatives will be invited to attend a celebratory awards dinner in September at the London Hilton Bankside.

The SME Export Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track, an Oxford-based research and networking events firm. Fast Track has published league tables of the UK’s top-performing private companies with The Sunday Times for the past 22 years.