Dowty Group

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Dowty Group
Former type Public
Industry Aircraft equipment
Fate Acquired
Successor(s) TI Group
Founded 1935
Defunct 1992
Headquarters Cheltenham, UK
Key people Sir Robert Hunt (Chairman)[1]

Dowty Group was a leading British manufacturer of aircraft equipment. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but was acquired by TI Group in 1992.

History[edit]

The Company was founded by George Dowty in 1935 making aircraft equipment in Cheltenham under the name Dowty Aviation.[2] In its early years the Company invented the first internally sprung aircraft wheel and went on to make landing gear for Frank Whittle's jet-propelled Gloster aeroplane.[1] In 1960 the Company acquired Rotol Airscrews, giving it a propeller manufacturing capability (Dowty Rotol).[2] In 1961 it acquired Boulton Paul Aircraft, no longer a large scale manufacturer of aircraft, producing research aircraft, but producing powered control units for aircraft as well as other activities.[3] This was named Dowty Boulton Paul Ltd.

In the 1960s the Company went on to develop fuel control systems for the Harrier jump jet and power controls for Concorde.[1]

Dowty Group collaborated with the French Group Messier on aircraft landing gear and hydraulics over a long period of time.

In the late 1980s the Company diversified into telecommunications and computer equipment acquiring Datatel, a software business, in 1987,[4] Case Group plc, a telecommunications business, in 1988[5] and Dataco, a provider of network services, in 1990.[6]

Operations[edit]

The Company manufactured hydraulic and actuation systems, advanced propeller systems, turbine engine components and tubular systems, as well as owning the Hamble aircraft structures business.[7] The Dowty Group was also a market leader in the manufacturing of Mining systems solutions [8]

Demise of the business[edit]

The Company was acquired by TI Group in 1992.[9]

In 1993 TI Group hived off seven former Dowty Group companies engaged in the manufacture of electronic equipment by way of a management buy-out to form Ultra Electronics.[10] In 1994 TI Group transferred the Dowty landing gear business into a joint venture formed with SNECMA known as Messier-Dowty:[2] in 1998 that business became wholly owned by Safran.

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