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.
Daniel Doncaster established crucible steel-making in manufacture of hand tools, Sheffield, England
Leading supplier of forged steel tools & valves to the automotive industry
Monk Bridge and Blaenavon sites established
Expansion into industrial turbine markets and acquisitions in US and Belgium
Bramah acquired and commencement of aerospace fabrications
Doncasters plc listed on the New York Stock Exchange
Triplex Lloyd plc acquired for precision castings
Doncasters Precision Castings - New England acquired
Compressor airfoils machining facility in Mexico opens
Merger with Ross Catherall. Doncasters acquired by private equity arm of Royal Bank of Scotland and delisted
Doncasters acquired by Dubai International Capital
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