Manufacturing

Published: June 23, 2022 | Updated: June 24, 2022

Praise from new owner for “solid, successful engineering business” after buying the firm

Noel Hope, Managing Director of Dorset Aluminium Products Ltd (left) and new Owner Darren Taylor.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

The Managing Director of a Dorchester company says it has opened a new chapter after being acquired for an undisclosed sum.

Shaftesbury-based Darren Taylor Holdings Ltd has bought Dorset Aluminium Products Ltd.

Founded in 1971, the business is a sub-contract anodiser.

It employs about 30 staff and provides a full in-house manufacturing, metal spinning and finishing service.

During the pandemic, the company finished vital pieces needed in Covid testing machines.

Until recently Dorset Aluminium Products was owned by Tim Perry, who retired in 2007, and Noel Hope, who remains in the business as Managing Director.

There will be no change to the running of the company which has an annual turnover of £1.5m.

Darren Taylor Holdings also owns Aftech Engineering in Swindon, which specialises in all areas of metal fabrications including laser cutting, welding, drilling, and sawing.

Darren, pictured left, said: “I am very pleased to have negotiated a successful deal with Tim and Noel.

“Dorset Aluminium Products is a solid, successful engineering business that fits nicely with our other engineering firm, Aftech Engineering.

“I am impressed with the business Tim and Noel have built and am pleased to be part of its future.”

Noel added: “It was a pleasure working with Tim for so many years.

“I am proud of the company we built, the staff we employ and the products we produce.

“As a team, we worked hard during Covid to keep supplying the parts needed for the Covid testing machines.

“This is a new chapter for the company and we are looking forward to building a bigger and better company with Darren on board.”

Dorset Aluminium Products is based on the Poundbury West Trading Estate.