This Derbyshire engineering firm produces products as diverse as jet-engine blades and artificial hip and knee joints. Doncasters was listed on the New York Stock Exchange but was taken private in 2001, when Royal Bank Equity Finance paid £261m for its shares and merged the company with Ross Catherall. The firm reported sales of £391m and 4,294 staff in 2002, with an operating loss of £5m reflecting total costs of £45m for goodwill amortisation and reorganisation.
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