Metals treatment specialist Bodycote PLC (LON:BOY) posted strong interim numbers as its car and specialist manufacturing arms motored ahead.
Interim revenues rose by 6.4% to £368mln, underpinned by the core rust proofing and galvanising operations, but would have been 8.7% better on an underlying basis without currency movements.
Heat treatment contributed 77% of sales and 60% of profits, with revenue 8% higher.
Profits jumped 14% to £69.1mln, while the interim dividend rises by 8% to 5.7p.
Stephen Harris, chief executive, said the group was still seeing robust growth and expects full year result will be marginally ahead of the current consensus.
Shares rose 1% to 1,036p.