Founded in Sheffield in 1778, this precision-engineering business manufactures components for the aerospace, automotive and construction markets. Doncasters specialises in working with alloys and metals that are difficult to shape and form. The group employs 4,700 staff globally, and its clients include GE, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Volkswagen. Dubai International Capital acquired the company for £700m in 2006, and injected a further £53m in 2009 to prevent it from breaching its banking covenants. Chief executive Bill Ellis reported total sales of £673m in 2010.
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