Founded in the 18th century in Sheffield, Doncasters specialises in engineering hard-to-work alloys into precision components for everything from car and aircraft engines to power station turbines. With manufacturing sites across Europe, America, Mexico and China, its clients include GE, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Volkswagen. In 2006, Dubai International Capital completed a £700m secondary buyout, and in 2007 the company paid £251m for an American manufacturer of fasteners and precision components. Led by newly-appointed chief executive Bill Ellis, Doncasters raised its sales to £854m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank58
CompanyDoncasters
ActivityEngineering components maker
LocationBurton upon Trent
Sales £m854
Profit £m148
Year endDec 08
Principal shareholdersDubai International Capital (78%), Eric Lewis (7%), other management (15%)
Staff6,344
Founded1778
Websitewww.doncasters.com

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