Broadcrown to 2000
At the end of May 1987, all Dorman employees were called to a meeting in the canteen. Bill Beswick introduced the new owners of the Company. Broadcrown of Stone had purchased the whole of Dorman for a modest £5 million. The two former employees, Vic Yates and David Borgman, had returned as owners.
Frank Borgman, originally with GEC Transformers, was the third Director. Bill Beswick left soon after, with David Bacon remaining as Technical Director. The Corporate Identity remained virtually the same, but minus the GEC logos.
Production of the 12SE became a 100% Dorman responsibility, ties with Paxman having been severed. On the 'downside' Dorman were no longer able to supply the Baudouin P engines. The DAF engine, however, was still available.
The next Product launch was held at Stafford, in October 1987. On display were
the 6SE Gas and Uprate versions, together with the first `straight-
The first major batch of 46 complete Gen-
An early 6SE Gas engine was built into a complete 'Combined-
On the development side, there was a natural progression from the 12 to the 16SE. There was also discussion on a 20SE, though this never advanced from the drawing board. The V16 engine finally brought the Dorman power range, as envisaged back in the 40's, right up to 2000hp.
At the start of the 90's, Dennis Wheatcroft was still in charge of the Commercial side of the business. Finance Director was Keith Knighton, who had been appointed back in 1987. New markets were being actively pursued. The sales team now included Barry Wilshaw, Derek Jones (Gas) , and Mr Hussain who had joined to promote the new Marine business.
Following DO work by John Owen, the SE engines were adapted for Marine use. Branded
In the UK, several of these marine engines were fitted to Trawlers. There was also a further participation in the Brixham Trawler Race, though without the commercial success of the late 60's. Some were also supplied through Spanish dealers Menisa.
Significant progress was being made in the Far East. Roger Davies had vacated
the RGT depot, and set up a new HQ based in Tuas Avenue, Singapore. The offices accommodated
Service, sales and admin staff, whilst the factory unit provided sufficient capacity
for SE engine storage and Gen-
Visits from Paul James also helped with Customer training to support the new SE
engines being installed. Roger was later joined by Mark Cornall, as engineering support.
Dorman SE engines found their way into many spectacular buildings, such as the Singapore
Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Times Square. However the largest Contract was for powering
the Dong Guan Fuan Textile Factory. This was a major supplier for M&S, and was located
in Guangdong Province China. In stages, the powerhouse built up to 4 bays of 12 -
April 1990 saw the establishment of four Dorman Overseas subsidiaries as follows :‑
Dorman Diesels (Far East) Pte, 39, Tuas Avenue 13 Singapore
Dorman Diesels Pty Ltd, Canning Vale, Western Australia
A/S Dorman Diesels, Fredericksvaerk, Denmark
Dorman Diesels Nederland BV, Eindhoven, Holland
One major contract was another African rural electrification project. This time
the Power was for locations in Mauretania, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. 16SE
Following the success of the `Minnox' SE Gas engines, it was decided to apply for a Queen's Award. The application, made in 1993, was to be in the 'Environment' rather than the 'Technology' category. Confirmation was made in April 1994, with only one other Company in the 'Environment' category. Arrangements were made for the Presentation to be made by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, the ceremony to be held at Tixall Road in the October.
However, three months on from the Award announcement, came the announcement of
yet another take-
The Award Ceremony went ahead in October, with Dennis Wheatcroft making an address. The event sadly marked the end of the old Dorman Corporate Identity.
At the start of 1995, the decision was made to drop all non-
The end of the Century saw Perkins as part of the Caterpillar Organisation. Major investment in the 4000 series (ie 4006, 4008, 4012 and 4016) saw production increased to unprecedented levels.
Although the name has disappeared from the Stafford Factory, the legacy of Dorman Engines still lives on at the Tixall Road Site.