Change is the  one true constant in  today’s business environment  and the pace of change is faster now than ever before. But with  125 years of innovation and flexibility behind it, Doosan Babcock is well-equipped to face the challenges and realise the opportunities ahead. FIND OUT MORE >
Adapting to  change
The end of the 1970s saw the beginning of a period of restructuring and evolution. During this time the company changed its name and, in 1995, its ownership structure, following acquisition by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding.  FIND OUT MORE >
The early years
A new direction
In 2006,  the Doosan Group  of South Korea acquired  Mitsui Babcock, which subsequently became Doosan Babcock. This signified a new era of collaboration and expansion, with a focus on clean combustion and  low-carbon technologies.  FIND OUT MORE >
In 1881, Babcock and Wilcox started out as a small steam boiler manufacturer. Today, Doosan Babcock is a global leader in clean energy technologies. Click here to read our story >
In 1891,  American boiler designers  Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock took the decision to  invest in the European expansion  of their company. This heralded the establishment of Babcock & Wilcox Limited. The company’s sales remit was quite simply ‘the world except for North America and Cuba’. FIND OUT MORE >
Celebrating innovation
Beyond 2016
The dawn of the nuclear era
By the mid-20th  century, Babcock & Wilcox  was building up a leadership position in boiler design and engineering. This success would lay the groundwork for the company’s role in supporting the development of nuclear energy in the UK.  FIND OUT MORE >
Looking to  the future
We celebrated the opening of the UK’s largest  carbon capture (CC) pilot plant at SSE’s  Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire.
The project, a collaboration between SSE, Doosan Babcock and Vattenfall, was the first of its size to be integrated into a live power plant in the UK, representing a major step forward in providing the viability of carbon capture.
We invest in our Renfrew Process Engineering Centre  to capitalise on opportunities in the pharmaceutical,  oil and gas, and petrochemical sectors.
We signed a major agreement with EDF Energy  to support the operations of the energy company’s seven UK  Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations.
On 24 October we headed out into our local communities for the inaugural Doosan Day of Community Service, a new initiative from Doosan Group designed to raise awareness of corporate social responsibility among its employees worldwide.
We mark the official opening of our Middle East and North Africa Engineering Consultancy hub in Abu Dhabi.
Under the One Doosan Babcock change transformation programme, we embrace our new vision of a low-carbon future.
Cleaner, greener energy
2006-2016 A new direction
We celebrate a £1 million upgrade to the 75,000ft2  specialist nuclear training facility in Gateshead.
In 2008, Doosan Babcock announced an £11 million project to create an industry-leading research and development programme in Renfrew, Scotland. The project, which was supported by a grant from Scottish Enterprise, established Doosan Babcock as a global leader in clean energy technologies.
Mitsui Babcock is acquired by the Doosan Group of Korea to become Doosan Babcock. The company invests in operations in Poland, later to become Doosan Babcock Energy Polska.
Doosan Babcock was awarded the £78.75 million contract  by Sellafield Ltd to design and install the Separation Area  Ventilation (SAV) for active plant on the Sellafield site.
In spring 2016 we launched a new vision to provide the roadmap for our future.  With a renewed spirit for innovation, we have set targets for 2020 that will see us emerge as a leaner, more profitable business. Meeting these targets means doubling our profits, tripling our order intake, and reducing our carbon footprint by 20%.
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Beyond 2016 Towards a low carbon future
A manufacturing facility is established in Renfrew, Scotland, based on the existing Porterfield Foundry.
A 8,000te plate bending machine is installed in Renfrew for drum manufacture. It remains in service until 1963.
Workload was boosted by two world wars, which saw the manufacturing of defence equipment quickly grow into a major business area. This included the production of munitions, shell forgings, tank bodies and marine boilers.
The world at war
1881-1955 The early years
The Dumbarton Tube Works is opened and stays in operation until 1997.
American boiler designers Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock expand their company into Europe. British company  Babcock & Wilcox Limited is formed with a fixed capital of £240,000.
We supply reactor pressure vessels, steam generators and pipework for the prototype fast reactor at Dounreay.
Fast forward to 2010, and Doosan Babcock joins ITER, an ambitious energy project to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device designed to demonstrate the feasibility of nuclear fusion power as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy.
Our Tipton Training School welcomes its first cohort of apprentices.
1956-1978 The dawn of a nuclear era
A nuclear legacy
We supply our first gas-turbine heat recover steam generator.
One of the largest single burner test facilities  in the world opens in Renfrew.
In 1982, our Tipton facility manufactured the cradle to raise Henry VIII’s Mary Rose from the Solent.
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding acquires a controlling share in Babcock Energy Limited.
1979-2005 Adapting to change
A cradle fit for a king
Babcock acquires the nuclear engineering service business of Rolls Royce.