Christmas stars are shining bright in Sheffield

Durham-Duplex were very pleased to be asked to sponsor a Star on the Sheffield Children’s hospital this Christmas.   As you can see the business of Sheffield have made a big splash on the Hospital and FD Pam Lindley said “we were delighted to sponsor the Star.  It is such a fun thing to do and it really brightens up the wintery streets as well as being such a  good cause.  We have had several babies born to our staff over 2020 so sponsoring a  star seemed a good fit and an excellent way to celebrate the good that has been done this year not only by the Children’s Hospital but also across all the NHS.”

Christmas is coming

Durham-Duplex are very pleased to be able to support the Sheffield Children’s Hospital this Christmas by buying and decorating a tree in Sheffield Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival.  Of course we could not resist the temptation to have Sharon Taylor, from our accounts team,  decorate the tree with a selection of machine knives and industrial blades to celebrate our own proud history as Sheffield Cutlers.  But rest assured that there are no sharp edges hanging their waiting to catch the unwary as all the shapes were laser cut by Graham Brown in 0.7mm stainless steel on our new Durma laser and brushed to make sure they are safe.  However, if you would like some real knives then call the sales team on 01142432313 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to supply.

Durham-Duplex are open

Durham-Duplex will be open throughout the latest UK lockdown and able to support all your requirements.

As a manufacturer providing an essential service the Company has taken great care to ensure the safety of our workforce as our machines cannot be run from home.  Social distancing measures have been in place since March and remain in place now.  Customers are requested to contact their sales contacts as normal but to avoid visiting in person unless absolutely necessary when masks and the Company’ social distancing guidelines will need to be followed.

Stay safe and remember “hands, face and space”

ProPack Asia 2020

Durham-Duplex were delighted that, despite the various travel bans and restrictions on normal business travel in 2020 , our SEA Sales team were able to exhibit at Propack Asia in BITEC Bangkok.  The show was about 2/3rds the normal size and although it was missing a few of the larger EU companies and several national pavilions, including the UK,  it was viewed as a success by the sales team with a far more of a Thai focus rather than the usual pan Asian event which Propack normally is.

Well done ladies and we look forward to attending the 2021 event which should revert to its normal Junes slot.

End of an era

Durham-Duplex bade farewell to Ken Derbyshire who retired after 30 years with the Company.  Ken will be known to many of DD’s suppliers as our buyer and we will miss his knowledge and attention to detail.  Fortunately, he also turned out to be a good teacher so has trained his successor well so we look forward to a seamless transition from Ken to Robbo.

Everyone at DD wishes Ken a long and happy retirement.

Thank you.

The height of fashion!

As face masks are now a necessity pretty much everywhere, which we think is a good thing, it has given the design team a new canvas to work on.   Originally made for the sales team to wear for visits and shows we have rolled these masks out to all at DD so they are safe in the factory, if social distancing is not possible, dealing with external contractors and outside the the Factory.  DD would like to thank our friends at Bannerbox for printing the masks.

Durham-Duplex on Machine Tools Direct

Factory Manager John Bailey recently did an interview with MTD magazine about Durham-Duplex’s Excetek wire eroders from Warwick machine Tools

To see the interview visit


A new toy in the DD toy box


Durham-Duplex are delighted with their new Durma Fibre Laser which replaces the old PRC O2 laser after many years of faithful service.  The compact nature of the Durma fits well into the new location at Walmsley Works alongside the sheet steel stocks.

Graham Brown,  DD’s laser operator, said  “This is a big development  as the Durma is a very capable machine which will allow us to cut all the parts required much quicker.  The software is very straight forward to use and the ability to choose between NO2 and O2 means I can match the gas to the cut required easily.”

Factory Manager John Bailey Added “This enhances our in house capabilities hugely and the compact nature of the Machine means it  fits in well within our factory footprint.  I am delighted with how quickly it is up and running and look forward to the beneficial effect it will have on our lead times. ”


110 years young!

Durham-Duplex celebrated the 110th anniversary of its establishment in May 1910 during the Covid 19 Lockdown so sadly there was no party or celebration, but it is still a milestone worth recognising.   The commitment of the management and staff has been immense over the years which have included 2 world wars, Spanish Flu, countless recessions and booms.   They continue to show the best of Sheffield manufacturing in the current crisis.   Despite all the innovation and changes over the year that Sheffield Spirit and the skill of the engineers is what makes it work.  Bring on the next 110 years!

Durham-Duplex Certified by BSI to ISO 9001:2015

Durham-Duplex are delighted to have been certified by BSI to ISO 9001:2015 under certificate number FM 721266.  This is the result of a lot of hard work from mid 2019 and early 2020 to ensure that the company’s processes were in line with the standard and reflected the high quality approach of the company’s manufacturing and operations.  As Managing Director Charles Turner said “ISO does not change the quality of our products but it does certify that this is a Company with quality enshrined in all aspects of our operations and production.  My thanks go to Sue Roberts and her team who lead in this process and to all the Company staff  whose efforts have been recognised by this certification.  I am very pleased to be ISO 9001:2015 as certified by BSI.”

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Durham Duplex
312 Petre Street
S4 8LT

Phone: + 44 (0)114 243 2313
Fax: + 44 (0)114 244 4329
Email: [email protected]