Coatings business acquired by Land Rover Defender specialist

A dipping company which specialises in custom finishes for applications ranging from prosthetic limbs and automotive parts to lift aircraft and weapons has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Yorkshire-based Twisted Group.

The group – which was established by Charles Fawcett and comprises Twisted Automotive, Twisted North America and LR Motors – has bought Hydrographics, near York.

Twisted is looking to invest further in new equipment at this premises over the next six months, with the aim of increasing turnover to £1m across the next three years.

Hydrographics was established in 1998 and is one of the oldest dipping specialists in the UK.

Fawcett explained that he wanted to secure a long-term future for the company’s talented team. He added: “Hydrographics has been a long-time supplier of Twisted, providing quality, intricate, highly specialised elements for the clock hands on our Defender dashboards.

“They’re an absolutely brilliant team with an unbelievable skill set. The detail involved in the work is very special, with some even carried out under the microscopes to ensure perfection.”

Fawcett said he plans to keep the current management team at the heart of Hydrographics, with the addition of a manager with an accountancy background to oversee the day-to-day running of the business.