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Over 100 years experience in lighting

Proud of our heritage and roots, our history has provided us with a wealth of experience and expertise to support each product innovation. Over the years since 1878, we have earned leadership positions in the markets we serve, sustained through unparalleled sales support, market expertise and local availability.

Manufacturing lighting solutions since 1878 through acquired brands such as Crompton, Eaton is proud to be one of the UK’s oldest & most experienced lighting providers.

Eaton designs, develops and manufactures products for industrial and commercial lighting applications from our large 48,640m2 facility in Doncaster, UK.

Building a global reputation as Cooper Lighting and Safety, the company was acquired by Eaton in 2012 and continues to grow its capabilities. With a workforce of over 540 people in Doncaster, our comprehensive lighting products are designed, developed and manufactured at the same facility – supported by a project design department, customer support and technical service teams to provide full lighting solutions.

An interesting heritage:

In 1878, the company was founded by Colonel Crompton, a British electrical engineer, industrialist and inventor who designed and developed a range of lamps and lights. These were installed within prestigious locations such as Windsor Castle, Holyrood Palace & Kings Cross station - creating some of the earliest electric lighting in the UK. 

In 1927 Crompton Lighting merged with Frank Parkinson of Leeds to form Crompton Parkinson, who became an industry leader until the acquisition by Hawker Siddeley aerospace group in 1968. This acquisition diversified the product offering to provide cable, fuses, batteries and metering instruments as well as lighting.

In 1995, following a period of control under the BTR group, Crompton Lighting was subject to a management buy-out; resulting in considerable growth in Crompton luminaires and lamps, later attracting the interest of Cooper Industries Inc.

In parallel to the growth of Crompton, Cooper looked to extend their portfolio in related areas, leading to the acquisition of two brands with strong history and expertise in Emergency Lighting - Menvier in 1997 and JSB in 1999.

In 2000, Cooper Industries went on to acquire Crompton Lighting, bringing it together with Menvier and JSB into a single business unit to form Cooper Lighting and Safety. Building upon the combined expertise of this history the company went from strength to strength, providing many opportunities for mains and emergency lighting installations within the UK and beyond.

In the years following, Cooper Industries strengths were noticed by Eaton, who fully acquired the Cooper Industries business units in 2012. In turn, creating a company with an unrivalled product portfolio, global reach and expertise to support each application.

Eaton and the community

As a key initiative for the Eaton Doncaster site, dedication and encouragement has enabled the site to raise over £18,000 since 2014 for charities and the local community.

Building a network with the local community is a high priority for the Eaton Doncaster site through connections with local schools, colleges and universities to inspire the next generation. From visiting the site and providing inspirational days such as ‘Women in Engineering Day’ and ‘Eaton Games’, each link encourages the community of Eaton’s presence and commitment to engagement, inclusion and diversity.

An essential community link for the Doncaster site started in September 2013, with a local school for disabled young people. Four years on, Eaton continues to embrace the connection, supporting the school to provide the best care through tremendous charitable efforts and experience days.

In the future, Eaton looks forward to building these and other partnerships to create a better, stronger tomorrow.

People on a community litter picking drive