Doncasters was originally founded in 1778, when Daniel Doncaster established an operation in Sheffield, England to apply the crucible steel-making process to the manufacture of hand tools. The organisation is now one of the longest continuously operating industrial manufacturing companies in the world. In fact, Daniel Doncaster obtained his trade mark in 1778 making it one of the world’s oldest.
Making hand tools was the most important enabling industry of all in the late 1700s. At that time, the father of production engineering, Joseph Bramah, applied the methods of the wood-worker to metal manufacture. It was the availability of tools which could cut cast and wrought iron, produced by Bramah’s company, which made the industrial revolution possible. Joseph Bramah’s company was later combined with Doncasters, forming the beginning of the Doncasters Group.
Since these beginnings Doncasters has grown both organically and through acquisition, adding to its products and capabilities, becoming the fully capable organisation that it is today. A timeline of this expansion is listed at the right.
The only remaining cementation furnace actually belonged to Daniel Doncaster and Sons. It is located in Doncaster Street in Sheffield, UK, a street named after our eponymous hero, Daniel.