Downs

The DOWNS Company and potato farming have always been closely bound. Everything started with the arrival of the mildew in Europe. Now, designer and manufacturer of handling and storing solutions for potatoes, onions and other leguminous plants, DOWNS is present in 25 countries through the 5 continents. The growth of the DOWNS Company and the need to develop it on the French market logically led to a meeting with the DUBRULLE family whose company was already a specialist of handling equipment. This historic turning point will lead to the building of a new production plant in Sainte Marie Cappel, France, at the heart of a potato farming region. This new production unit will then make it possible to carry on with the development of DOWNS brand in France, England and through the whole world.

Company details

RD 916 `Le Petit Bruxelle , Sainte Marie Cappel , 59670 France

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The disease caused a great famine between 1845 and 1852 which devastated the United Kingdom. As a result of this disaster, potato farming was going to become more and more professionalized and industrialized in order to meet the food requirements of the British population.

In 1860, these circumstances led Mr. Edward Walter DOWNS, blacksmith farrier, to create the eponymous company DOWNS with one goal: to take part in the development and the mechanization of potato farming.

This family-owned company grew and developed in England and all over the world thanks to reliable, efficient and innovative equipment. Among the numerous innovations, the most known must be the 1st automatic box filler (1950) and the 1st square-screened sizer (1980).

The growth of the DOWNS Company and the need to develop it on the French market logically led to a meeting with the DUBRULLE family whose company was already a specialist of handling equipment.

In 1981, the DUBRULLE Company finally became the exclusive importer of the English brand DOWNS for the French market.

This profitable collaboration peaked in 2006 with the acquisition of the DOWNS Company, then with no family owner, by the DUBRULLE Group.

This historic turning point will lead to the building of a new production plant in Sainte Marie Cappel, France, at the heart of a potato farming region. This new production unit will then make it possible to carry on with the development of DOWNS brand in France, England and through the whole world.

Now, designer and manufacturer of handling and storing solutions for potatoes, onions and other leguminous plants, DOWNS is present in 25 countries through the 5 continents.

All the DOWNS’ co-workers, in France and abroad, remain at every client’s service.