Dawson Shanahan celebrates 75 years

Posted on 07 Nov 2018 and read 250 times
Dawson Shanahan celebrates 75 years Powys-based Dawson Shanahan — a specialist in precision engineering, which includes cold forming and CNC machining — is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Established by engineers Edward Dawson and Fred Shanahan in 1943 as a London-based engine reconditioner, the company now provides specialised custom engineering solutions from its facility in Welshpool.

It employs more than 90 people and exports 80% of its output to over 40 countries.

Dawson Shanahan’s involvement with Dunlop’s newly developed anti-lock braking system for heavy bombers in WWII was significant in improving the safe landing of the aircraft and pilot safety, and it was praised by the War Office.

Other notable firsts include the production of copper components for the first power semi-conductor devices and helping to produce the world’s first needle-free drug delivery system.

Les Reeves, joint managing director, said: “This is a significant milestone, and we’re incredibly proud of our heritage and achievements.

“We look forward to the next 75 years, where we will continue to drive innovation and quality to keep UK engineering central on the world stage.”

Dawson Shanahan (www.dawson-shanahan.co.uk) has set up a dedicated on-site training school as part of its apprenticeship programme, supporting young people in qualifications from NVQ level to a foundation degree.

It also supports the Engineering Education Scheme Wales, with its Girls into STEM programme.

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