31 March 2021, Oxford, Alabama, USA – Doncasters, a leading manufacturer of high-precision alloy components and superalloys for the aerospace, energy and automotive sector, has today announced a multi-million-dollar investment at its Southern Tool facility in Oxford, Alabama.

The 160,000 sq ft precision casting facility is to benefit from a c.$3.5million capital investment to expand its manufacturing capacity with the introduction a new 300lb equiax vacuum casting furnace.

Once operational, the new furnace will realise a significant immediate increase in capacity, enabling Southern Tool to serve the increasing demands of its key customers in the aerospace industry. It will also bring new casting technology capability to the site, enabling new market opportunities and increased revenue streams.

As well as the increased capacity brought by the new furnace, the operational efficiencies of newer, more advanced furnace and ancillary equipment technology will have the combined effect of not only reducing carbon footprint but also contribute to a reduction in waste and increased operational efficiency at the site.

Jason Mays, Managing Director of Doncasters in the USA said: “Not only is this $3.5m investment going to significantly improve our capacity at Southern Tool it is also a massive vote of confidence in the facility’s position in the marketplace, our future prospects and the abilities of our highly skilled workforce.

“The new capacity will allow us to maximise every opportunity, using the very latest in technology to offer more products and services to our global customers and confidently satisfy their ever-growing requirements. Furthermore, it helps us maintain our position as a leading manufacturer of vacuum and air melt castings in the sector.”

The investment at Southern Tool is one of the first projects to be announced following the announcement in January of a group-wide £100m+ investment plan as the Doncasters Group pursues long-term growth opportunities across its 11 manufacturing facilities located in the USA, UK and Germany.

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