Doncasters maintains a state-of-the-art R&D facility in Droitwich, UK. The Group Technical Centre enhances competencies in process and product engineering and their application to production of highest quality components in a wide range of precision-product industries. Doncasters is recognised as an engineering and manufacturing group that excels in working with alloys and metals that are difficult to shape and form with optimised integrity. The R&D facility identifies, characterises, standardises and deploys knowledge and skills used across the wide range of manufacturing divisions within Doncasters. As part of an ongoing program, Doncasters works to continually enhance its offerings to customers by ensuring both consistent product quality improvement and optimised process cost rates across all of Doncasters’ divisions. The facility, staffed by a highly specialised team drawn from a range of industrial and academic backgrounds, utilising a range of state-of-the-art scientific equipment and software tools, is carrying out detailed material and process modelling, testing and analysis. It also supports characterisation of incoming material variability, developing material and process management methods and tools to facilitate the development of more efficient manufacturing technologies.
The head of the Technical Centre, Vice President of Engineering John Corrigan, provides strategic direction for the Group with the support of Jeremy Halford, Divisional Managing Director Aerospace and Chris Pritchard, Divisional Managing Director Turbochargers. The Centre’s charter is to develop optimised products from the outset of projects instead of prototypes. Much of the work at the Centre is undertaken in the Group companies or by staff seconded in to the Centre in a matrix structure. This approach ensures relevance and focus whilst developing and growing skills within the business. In addition, where opportunity arises, Doncasters utilises this facility to support, accelerate and enhance customers’ research and development efforts, reducing their R&D costs.
Progress Through Partnership
Doncasters recognises that strong relationships with leading universities, their material and services supply chains and end users are an essential element of the research, technology and innovation portfolio. Doncasters’ Group Technical Centre was successful in securing funding for strategic academic partnership through award of an Industry Fellowship from The Royal Society, a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. They are also engaged in support of Group companies in collaborative and geared R&D projects and the management of contracted R&D.