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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