Lets twist again

Dormer Tools' customer sales team Kerry Jennings, Vicki Wilson, Louise Stafford-Shaw, Elinor Walsh and Sally Jessop.
Dormer Tools' customer sales team Kerry Jennings, Vicki Wilson, Louise Stafford-Shaw, Elinor Walsh and Sally Jessop.
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A SHEFFIELD tool company’s rich heritage is being beamed all over the world – just in time for its centenary celebrations.

Dormer Tools, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Waverley, has discovered three old documentary films about the company’s operations from the Yorkshire Film Archive.

An image of the current Dormer building at the AMP in South Yorkshire.

An image of the current Dormer building at the AMP in South Yorkshire.

They have now been adapted for use on YouTube and other social media outlets.

The promotional films, from the late 1960s and early 70s, were originally produced for Dormer by Sheffield company Mottershaw Commercial Films.

Simon Winstanley, marketing co-ordinator at Dormer Tools, said: “We were delighted to discover the films in the vaults of the Yorkshire Film Archive because they tell us so much about the products and manufacturing processes in use at that time.

“They form a very important part of our past and to have them available for global use, particularly when it is our centenary, is fitting because our products are used all over the world and our name and reputation is internationally known.

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“The films are also historically significant for Sheffield, whose world-renowned traditions were built on this kind of manufacturing.”

Two of the films show the different uses for twist drills as well as how they are produced and the third, which focuses on taps, has a Hollywood musical style opening, with lines of dancing steel taps descending a stairway and performing a can-can.

One of the twist drill films, titled More To The Point, is narrated by former BBC newsreader and presenter Richard Baker.

Dormer Tools, originally formed as The Sheffield Twist Drill Co. Ltd, celebrates its centenary this year.

It has come a long way in the last 10 decades and moved to its present purpose built facility in January 2009.

The site incorporates state-of-the-art training facilities and an international export service to support emerging and developing markets.

The firm is a member of the Sandvik group with sales units in 25 countries serving over 100 markets worldwide.

Its expertise lies in the manufacture of superior quality round tools – primarily drills, taps and milling cutters – in solid carbide and high speed steel.

Anyone with any Dormer memorabilia is asked to email simon.winstanley@dormertools.com.

n To view the videos visit Dormer Tools Global Channel