Doughty engineering is a family business that started in 1970 as a manufacturer of trailers, ranging from small camping and boat trailers right up to 20 tonne commercial truck trailers. In 1980 we started the design and manufacture of a range of attachments for rough terrain forklift trucks that are used in the farming and construction world. Doughty soon became known as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers in this field making a range of high-quality products such as hydraulic silage grabs, towing hitches, crane jibs, muck forks and grain buckets.
By the mid-eighties it was clear that to survive the impending recession there was a need to diversify even further. The Doughty of today could be regarded as a happy coincidence. When a local theatrical supply company asked us to quote for the manufacture of some bracketry for them little did we know that this would lead to a whole new world of products. After making the first batch of 500 steel hook clamps for them this quickly led on to orders for boom arms, safety chains etc and the rest, as they say, is history!
The product range continued to develop and soon led on to the design of the extruded aluminium half couplers we call the Doughty Clamp. This quickly became the industry standard half coupler and led on to many other innovative products. The trigger and quick trigger clamps followed and this led on to the Twenty and Fifty clamps. These were all designed by us and have been copied all around the world. In 1994 we began to manufacture grip equipment for the TV and film world and this range has also continued to grow.
Our high quality products are appreciated and specified worldwide: export sales account for some 60% of our output, through our distributors in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australasia and our own company in the USA.Where you saw it first.
In 2002 we stepped into the US market, opening an office and warehouse in California – a new adventure and another learning curve as we needed to design new products for this market. It was due to this that we developed the Atom range of couplers.
We are always happy to manufacture special bespoke items and these often lead to standard parts ending up in our range. We listen hard to our customers and at every trade show we visit, we ask for feedback, for ideas, asking “What item would you like to see in your wish list toolkit?” No company can expect to be successful or to enjoy growth if they’re not willing to listen to their customers – their needs are at the forefront of everything we do and we take customer service very seriously.
Doughty remains a family business to this day and we are very proud to be a British manufacture based in the beautiful New Forest in the market town of Ringwood, Hampshire. Our offices are over a large factory that includes a modern CNC machine shop, a foundry and a paint shop. Manufacturing in house allows us to constantly update our products and also to continually test rigorously for safety. A lot of our products are also approved by the TUV and these carry their mark.
We sell in over 50 countries using a long-established dealer network of the best distributors in the professional lighting and sound sector and our products are used all over the world by almost every touring production and in every major entertainment event.
You can trust in Doughty Engineering, we won’t let you down!
Doughty Engineering Formed
Doughty Engineering formed; manufactured trailers, ranging from small camping and boat trailers to 20 tonne commercial truck trailers for companies such as Sainsbury’s. The name came from the original owner of the company Mr Russell Doughty.
Doughty teamed up with Manitou and Merlo All Terrain Fork Lifts and developed an range of attachments for the UK Market.
First Hook Clamps
A request from AJS (who were on the same industrial estate) for suspension brackets for lighting & sound equipment
Followed by an order for 500 hook clamps
The range of products for the entertainment industry is being developed at a rate of knots.
Aluminium Half Couplers
Aluminium Half Couplers were developed for the German Market
A request for a truss lift for smaller mobile performance venues without hanging points led to the development of a full range of equipment for the TV/film industry.
Developed Easydeck, a modular performance system comprising 1m frames and deck panels which are clipped together without the need for tools.
Ther Bulldog Grip range is launched for the Film and TV Market.
Doughty goes Hi-Tech investing in CNC Machinery to help satisfy demand.
The Overlocker was developed. This was the beginning of the path to the world renowned Trigger and Quick Trigger Range of Clamps.
Our first major expansion as our neighbouring premises became available.
This gave us a large office block and new despatch and Foundry area.
Following on from the Overlocker the Trigger clamp range was developed enabling one person to hang moving lights or luminaires with ease.
Doughty USA Founded in California
The Six Track curtain system was launched.
Non standard size tubes
Following the opening of Doughty USA the need for clamps to suit non standard size tubes was soon realized and the Range of Atom and Mammoth clamps was developed.
Quick Trigger Clamps
Further development of the Trigger clamp saw the Quick Trigger Range of clamps develop. This clamp featured a handle of the back of the clamp which would be outside of the truss making this a very fast user friendly product.
This clamp has been copied time and time again around the world validating its design. To this day this is our best selling product.
New Machine Shop
2006 saw Doughty stop making the agricultural equipment and concentrate 100% on the Entertainment Industry.
The welding shop was transformed into a state of the art CNC Machine Shop.
Doughty keep on investing in new machinery showing full faith in their ever developing range of products.
This machine is larger than a transit van and used solely to produce Quick Trigger Clamps.
The Twenty Clamp was born. A Modern looking die cast clamp aimed at the lightweight led fixtures.
By now we are exhibiting at trade shows around the world.
Studio Rail range developed for the studio market.
IWB’s and Facility Panels
We expand again with a department designing and manufacturing IWB’s and Facility Panels.
Investment is made in Laser Engraving machines to enable customers to have their own Logo etc engraved on our Aluminium Clamps
In 2014 our neighboring factory became vacant so we quickly took it on and converted it into a Powder Painting Plant.
Our Modular Rigging System wins the ABTT Award for Engineering Product of the Year.
Further investment is made in 178 Solar Panels.
Doughty Rail launched. A low profile walk along extruded aluminium curtain track.
Pole Op Yokes
The Pole Op Yokes were developed. The yoke has been designed with flexibility in mind. There are three main components, two gearboxes and a pivot housing separated by two formed tubes. These tubes can be cut to a size to suit most lights, projectors or cameras etc. This enables us to offer a cost effective solution to your pole-op requirements in a reasonable lead time.
Our 3 Position Tank Trap wins the ABTT Award for Engineering Product of the Year.
Following the success of the Twenty Clamp we developed the 50 Clamp for 50Kg
Doughty celebrates being in business for 50 Years.
The Doughty Offices were lit Red as part of the Save the Entertainment Industry during Covid Times!