Thursday, August 15, 2013

News: Dormer celebrates milestone

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Engineering firm, Dormer Tools will celebrate its 100th birthday next month.

Dormer Tools, which started life as The Sheffield Twist Drill Co. on 4 September 1913, is marking its 100 years with a programme of key activities to celebrate their on-going contribution to the global engineering industry.

Growing at a site on Summerfield Street in Sheffield and now based in state-of-the-art headquarters on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham (both pictured), Dormer is one of the world's foremost producers of solid carbide and high speed steel rotary cutting tools, exported worldwide with subsidiaries in 25 countries.

Dormer has adopted the slogan "Your trusted partner since 1913" for its centenary and memorabilia and artefacts from the company's history have been collated at the AMP, including items donated from the prestigious Ken Hawley Collection in Sheffield.

The items are currently on display as part of new-look training room, where new and experienced engineers can review the evolving development of cutting tools. 

A new centenary website www.Dormer100.com, has also been launched featuring news and images of celebrations by Dormer employees and customers around the globe, alongside archive images and footage. A new corporate video is also being created, including a specific feature on the centenary. 

This follows the discovery of archive footage from Dormer UK in 1960s and 70s at the Yorkshire Film Archive. The videos have now had more than 2,000 views on YouTube.

John O'Donoghue, managing director of Dormer Tools UK, said: "It is important to celebrate and recognise a centenary of achievements and developments at Dormer, but we are also keen to look ahead at the next 100 years.

"We have grown from a successful Sheffield company to a major global organisation, with staff located in key global markets. The use of social media this year has brought together employees, customers and Dormer advocates from around the world, while also being able to showcase and reflect our heritage.

"As we enter a new century in the company's history, we continue to look at the latest technology in product development and improved customer facilities, all working to strengthen Dormer's global position for a new generation."

A key member of the giant Sandvik group in Sweden, the start of 2013 saw the formation of the new Dormer Tools Ltd, marketing and selling two brands - Carboloy for indexable inserts and tools, and Dormer for round tools. The move is part of a major strategic initiative within Sandvik Machining Solutions to broaden its offer within the cutting tool industry.

Dormer Tools website

Images: Dormer Tools

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