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Doncasters Group Ltd was originally founded in 1778, when Daniel Doncaster established an operation in Sheffield, England to apply the crucible steel-making process to the manufacture of hand tools and is now one of the longest continuously operating industrial manufacturing companies in the world.

Daniel Doncaster obtained his trade mark in 1778, making it one of the oldest in the world. Some examples are shown to the right.


1778

Daniel Doncaster established crucible steel-making in manufacture of hand tools, Sheffield, England

1940s

Leading supplier of forged steel tools & valves to the automotive industry

1950s

Monk Bridge and Blaenavon sites established

1970s

Expansion into industrial turbine markets and acquisitions in US and Belgium

1988

Bramah acquired and commencement of aerospace fabrications

1997

Doncasters plc listed on the New York Stock Exchange

1998

Triplex Lloyd plc acquired for precision castings

1999

Doncasters Precision Castings - New England acquired

2000

Compressor airfoils machining facility in Mexico opens

2001

Merger with Ross Catherall. Doncasters acquired by private equity arm of Royal Bank of Scotland and delisted

2006

Doncasters acquired by Dubai International Capital

2007

FastenTech Inc acquired


Making hand tools was the most important enabling industry of all in the late 1700s. The father of production engineering, Joseph Bramah, did not start to apply the methods of the wood-worker to metal manufacture until the second half of the 18th century, and it was the availability of tools which could cut cast and wrought iron which made the industrial revolution possible.

Tools made using Benjamin Huntsman's crucible steel process created this capability. The steel industry started in 1740 when Huntsman invented his process. It started with the carburising of Swedish iron in pot kilns similar to those used in all high temperature industries.

The only remaining cementation furnace actually belonged to Daniel Doncaster and Sons. It is located in Doncaster Street in Sheffield, UK, a street named after our eponymous hero, Daniel.




The original mark attached to the certificate of grant of 1778


The 1930s version of the trade mark granted to Daniel Doncaster by the Cutlers Company of Hallam, Sheffield


The cementation furnace in Doncaster Street




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