Doncasters Group Ltd is a leading international engineering group that manufactures precision components and assemblies for the aerospace, industrial gas turbines, specialist automotive, petrochemical, construction, industrial, transportation and recreation markets.

The group excels in working with alloys and metals that are difficult to shape and form. Doncasters operates from sites in the UK, Continental Europe, USA, China and Mexico.

Leveraging the synergies of our superalloy manufacturing, casting, forging, fabrication, machining and assembly capabilities, Doncasters is in a unique position of being able to offer an in-house, vertically-integrated Supply Chain solution for our customers.


nick green

Nick Green
Doncasters Group Technical Centre


Nick Green joined Doncasters in 2011 to establish and lead the Group Technical Centre. The Centre provides specialist materials characterisation, materials and process modelling and strategic R&D to the 29 Group companies. Nick was previously EPSRC Star Professor of Casting Technology and Director of the Casting Partnership with Rolls-Royce at The University of Birmingham.

He has also held leadership positions in industry as Technical Director of Cosworth Technology Ltd and Competence Leader for process development at VAW. His research interests encompass materials and process characterisation and modelling, processing-structure-property relationships and development of new casting and high value manufacturing technologies.

Nick is the principal contact between IMPACT and Doncasters and will tutor and mentor Doncasters industrial project students. As well as his administrative input Nick will supervise students working on Centre led projects.

Zhu Zhang

Zhu Zhang – Ph.D., MSc, C.Eng, FICME, MTMS, BB
Materials Characterization Manager
Doncasters Group Technical Centre
(Co-located at Technical Centre and University of Birmingham)


Zhu Zhang is Materials Characterization Manager of Doncasters Group Technical Centre. Zhu has more than 30 years of experience in both industry and academia including some 20 years working for Doncasters. In his previous rôle Zhu was a Principal Technical Specialist of Doncasters Group Limited, working as the principal operational interface, providing technical support for Doncasters production sites for key technical issues.

Zhu also works as a link between Doncasters and external academic resources, initiating and delivering external collaborative research and educational projects. In recent years he has organized and co-supervised more than 50 post-doctoral and PhD, EngD, MEng and undergraduate projects for Doncasters.

Zhu obtained PhD degree in Materials Science from Imperial College, London in 1994 and has subsequently built expertise and experience in characterisation of most materials and products manufactured within Doncasters. Where confidentiality has permitted Zhu’s work on alloy production, casting, forging, machining and fabrication has led to more than 30 papers.

Zhu will be engaged in all aspects of Doncasters involvement with IMPACT, working with the plants to define and select projects, recruit student, and provide industrial supervision and support and tutoring.