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James Durrans Group


Know-how since 1863

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150 years supplying the industry

The James Durrans Ltd. & Sons was founded in the British town of Penistone in South Yorkshire over 150 years ago (1863–2013) and since its foundation, the company has never strayed from its manufacture of carbon-related products. The materials contribute towards or form part of many things we take for granted in our daily lives. Durrans products play a part in producing everything from basic iron and steel castings to the brake linings and brake pads used in millions of cars and trucks to filters for cooker hoods, white paint pigments and even jet engines.

Today the group has annual sales of nearly £ 63 million, employs some 200 people and has nine manufacturing sites worldwide. Four of the latter can be found in the UK, at Thurlstone in South Yorkshire, Bilston in West Midlands, Brancepeth in County Durham and Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. Each site has a particular specialisation and together they make a range of products, including recarburisers and refractory coatings, metallurgical and petroleum cokes, coal and anthracite blends, synthetic and natural graphites, forging lubricants and machined graphite components.

A global network of agents and distributors is backed up by the support of experienced manufacturing and technical staff. Today the Durrans Group is one of the world‘s leading producers of carbonaceous materials.

 

Certifications

1991 – James Durrans & Sons Ltd accredited ISO 9001

1993 – James Durrans GmbH accredited ISO 9001

2014 – James Durrans GmbH accredited ISO 14001

History

1847 James Durrans I, Huddersfield, England began trading and registered as a currier
1863 James Durrans Ltd. as a company was founded by James Durrans I in Thurlstone near Penistone for the production of blackings
1867 6th December - a Patent was taken out; 18th December James Durrans I died
1890 James Durrans II took over the running of the business
1897 James Durrans III joined the business and sales grew extensively; however he died young in 1908 at the age of only 33
1922 James Durrans IV took over the business of the company from his father
1923 Phoenix Works badly destroyed by a fire but could be rebuilt in a short space of time
1928 The first sales representative was employed
1934 “No. 10 Blacking”, a technical ready mixed product was developed and seen as a major breakthrough in the foundry industry and indeed for the company; accordingly the business grew rapidly
1937 Plumpton Mills purchased from Z. Hinchcliffe & Sons Ltd.
1939 – 1945 By the end of the 2nd World War, production had doubled, supported by the fact that German competitors were unable to supply the market. New export markets in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway were established. As a result a 2nd grinding plant was installed
1958 James Durrans entered the recarburisers market, which included a new graphite crushing plant built at Plumpton Mills
1960 Following the death of James Durrans IV, his sons Geoffrey and Richard took control of the company
1964 Standard Pulverised Fuels taken over
1966 William Cumming & Co taken over
1974 James Durrans GmbH established in Willich, near Düsseldorf, Germany
1991 Carl Dellmann acquired in Germany, renamed to James Durrans GmbH, achieved ISO 1900 accreditation
1999 Durrans RMS formed in South Africa
2002 Acquisition of PMC Carbon and formation of Carbon International Ltd. in Scunthorpe
2003 James Durrans (Tianjin) Coatings Ltd. formed in China
2011 Acquisition of Karlsruhe factory in Germany; new Chinese factory completed
2013 Opening a new head office in Penistone to coincide with 150 anniversary of the company Regional sales and technical support office opens in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2014 The GmbH acquires the Environmental certification standard according to ISO 14001:2004
2016 Sale of the plant in Karlsruhe
2017 Increase in production capacity witth the GmbH - second mixer installed