Exova, the global materials testing provider, has been highlighted as one of Britain's leading mid-market private companies, in a list compiled by The Sunday Times.
The company, headquartered in Edinburgh, was placed at 156 in the table, the Top Track 250, and was the only business of its type to appear on the list.
The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 identifies the "mid-ranking private businesses that are rising to the challenging market conditions."
It ranks the top 250 companies by sales, highlighting those that are "leading the recovery" by including only those businesses which have increased revenues or, where sales have decreased, have boosted their operating profits
The report also showcases the work of these successful businesses, stating they are proving to be both innovative and ambitious during the current economic downturn.
Exova is a world-leading specialist in laboratory testing services, and operates from 110 facilities in 24 countries, employing more than 3,500 staff. It provides critical testing services in a number of sectors including food, aerospace, oil and gas, and fire safety.
Exova has been involved in such projects as the F1 Yas Island Project in Abu Dhabi, the Burj Khalifah Tower (world's tallest tower) in Dubai and Rolls Royce's iconic Spirit of Ecstasy. Its sales in the last financial year, ending December 2010, were £227.9million, with profits of £19.9million.
Chief executive Ian El-Mokadem said: "To have a placing in this prestigious list is a testament to the experts we have within our business. Without them we would be unable to deliver a first - class service to our clients who regard us as trusted advisors to their business.
"Exova's place on this list of top 250 companies is proof of the stability of our business; our continuing innovation and our performance as a global leader in the field of materials testing."