Melrose Industries

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Melrose Industries plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSEMRO
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Key people
Christopher "Jock" Miller (Co-founder & Executive Chairman)
David Roper (Co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman)
Simon Peckham (Co-founder & Chief Executive)
Revenue£8,605 million (2018)[1]
£(392) million (2018)[1]
£(475) million (2018)[1]

Melrose Industries plc (LSEMRO) is a London-based company that specialises in buying and improving underperforming businesses. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange as a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Sculpture at Melrose's head office at Leconfield House in Curzon Street, London

Melrose was founded in 2003. It acquired Dynacast, a manufacturer of diecast parts and components, and McKechnie, an engineering group, in 2005,[2] selling McKechnie Aerospace and McKechnie PSM for $855m two years later.[3] In 2008 it bought FKI, an engineering business that included the Brush Turbogenerators unit.[4] It sold Dynacast in 2011.[5] It sold McKechnie Plastic Components in June 2012[6] and acquired Elster, a metering business, in August 2012.[7] In July 2015 it sold Elster to Honeywell.[8] It bought Nortek, a ventilation equipment manufacturer, for £2.2 billion in July 2016.[9]

Melrose bid £8.1 billion for GKN in March 2018.[10][11][12] The UK Government allowed the transaction to proceed, having reviewed objections by GKN workers and unions,[13] and after Melrose agreed national security measures.[14]


Melrose's main subsidiaries are Brush Turbogenerators,[4] GKN[14] and Nortek.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2018" (PDF). Melrose Industries. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Melrose engineers £429m deal". The Telegraph. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ Melrose sells McKechnie Aerospace in $856m deal Reuters, 26 March 2007
  4. ^ a b "FKI accepts £480m bid from Melrose". FT. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Melrose sells Dynacast for $590m". Financial Times. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Melrose sells £70m turnover McKechnie". Insider Media. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Melrose to Acquire Elster for $2.3 Billion to Add Metering". Bloomberg L.P. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Melrose shares soar on £3.3bn sale of Elster to Honeywell". 28 July 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Melrose bets £2.2bn on US housing growth with Nortek takeover". The Telegraph. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  10. ^ Michael Gubisch (29 March 2018). "Melrose wins shareholder support for GKN takeover". Flightglobal.
  11. ^ Robert Wall (March 29, 2018). "Melrose Industries Wins Bruising Takeover Battle for Britain's GKN". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Phil Serafino, Benjamin D Katz (January 17, 2018). "Melrose Makes $10.2 Billion Hostile Offer to Acquire GKN". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "GKN takeover concerns to be assessed by government". BBC. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  14. ^ a b "GKN takeover given green light". Reuters. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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