Different strokes

Companies have adopted a range of approaches to transforming themselves from subcontractors to strategic partners:

Beck & Pollitzer, from origins in plant installation, has added services such as maintenance and instrumentation.

Bodycote International has built up a 200-plant network in 19 countries.

Engage offers a full range of outsourced design and project management capabilities.

Express Group began adding specialist skills in the late 1980s, then later realised they could be marketed as an integrated service.

GT Group handles precision products, project engineering and process controls.

Hampson Industries changed focus four years ago to precision machining and fabrication mainly for aerospace.

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