Wednesday 21 February 2018

John (69) and his son Darren (47) founded and owned most of the Toomebridge, Co Antrim-based Retlan Group, the largest articulated trailer manufacturer in Europe. Retlan was purchased by Chinese firm, CIMC Vehicles, last June. The price paid by CIMC wasn't disclosed but as Retlan increased pre-tax profits by 35pc to £11.5m (13.5m) in the year to April 2016, we estimate it can't have been less than £100m (117m). It also has a recyling business.

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