Queen's Award for Enterprise

IMECHE Casting Excellence Lecture and Site Tour

Grainger & Worrall (GW), played host to an evening event for Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), organised by Birmingham Young Members Panel. The evening saw the region’s brightest engineers go behind the scenes of the high-quality automotive castings company, to gain valuable insights from GW’s expert engineers.

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Cast a new light

The automotive industry’s response to emissions legislation and consumer expectations has resulted in considerable changes in engine technology recent years. Light weighting and downsizing have led to smaller and more efficient engines, returning fuel economy and emissions figures that have plummeted in the past decade. Throw into the mix the use of CAD software for the design of engines and we’re truly in high-tech territory.

Grainger & Worrall welcomes Budget’s skills support

In the light of the chancellor’s funding announcement of £500m a year to support technical training for young people, Bridgnorth-based automotive castings specialist Grainger & Worrall is upbeat about the future. Edward Grainger, a director of the family-owned business, said: “As a significant local employer, we welcome this budget, which is a real shot in the arm for technical skills development in our region.

Shropshire company begins search for engineers of the future

Shropshire-based precision castings company, Grainger and Worrall (GW), is looking for the next batch of graduate engineers to kick off their career in manufacturing. This could serve as a big break for aspiring engineers; offering them the opportunity to work with world-renowned brands including Aston Martin, Bentley and even F1 teams, all of whom are customers of GW.

Grainger & Worrall confirmed as Aston Martin DB11 engine castings partner

Aston Martin has confirmed Grainger & Worrall (GW) as its preferred engine castings partner for the new DB11. At the heart of this iconic sports car is the new 5.2 litre twin turbocharged V12. This engine sets even higher performance standards for the latest DB iteration, the cleanest, most fuel efficient, powerful and fastest accelerating model in Aston Martin’s history.

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Engineered Propulsion Systems leverages CGI for diesel aviation engine

[New Richmond, Bridgnorth and Stockholm, 17 December 2015] – Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) has uniquely leveraged the strength and stiffness of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI), together with a ‘flat V’ engine design, to establish a new benchmark for general aviation applications.  Based on a CGI cylinder block, the 4.3 litre, eight-cylinder design results in a compact, low profile engine package that provides ease of installation, durability and low aerodynamic drag.  The use of CGI enabled EPS to engineer a clean sheet Aviation Diesel engine that is setting new standards in weight, size, reliability, and most importantly, fuel consumption.  Initial testing of the pre-production engine has demonstrated specific power of 105 horsepower per litre (77 kW/l), resulting in an output of 450 horsepower (332 kW).  The installed wet weight of the 450 horsepower diesel engine package is within 45 pounds (20 kg) of alternative 350 horsepower (257 kW) air-cooled turbocharged engines currently used in aero applications.

The Chinese Way: why we need to make friends in the east

Now that the dust has settled on Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK, it’s time to assess the true value of Britain’s relationship with the world’s second largest economy. Despite the widespread critique of the UK treatment of the Chinese delegation last month, that’s not reason enough to discount China as a hugely valuable trading partner.

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Apprenticeships: Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow

Following the success of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March), Grainger & Worrall, a leading provider of high-precision casting technologies, has confirmed its commitment to developing the talent of tomorrow. While continuing its upskilling Experts Programme for existing employees, the company also aims to appoint a number of new graduates and apprentices every year. This means that, in a team of 500 staff split between two sites, there will always be individuals undergoing training, work placements or apprenticeships.

GW showcases next generation of motorsport to defence capabilities

Grainger & Worrall, demonstrated its unrivalled capability in high performance engineering at the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) 2015 defence showcase. The event, which saw over a hundred delegates visit BAE System’s headquarters in Telford, Shropshire, brought together leading organisations from across the motorsport arena to share their expertise with BAE’s defence engineers and supply chain specialists.

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G&W Has Been Named Business of the Year at the MIA annual Business Excellence Awards

The world’s leading total castings solutions provider, Grainger & Worrall, has been named Business of the Year at the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards. Held last night (8 January) at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, the national ceremony celebrated the achievements and successes of key automotive players across the UK motorsport sector.

RBS Manufacturing 2014 Manufacturer (TM) Award

World-leading casting solutions provider Grainger & Worrall has taken home the Manufacturing in Action award at the 2014 Manufacturer (TM) Awards. The globally renowned ceremony, which took place on November 27th, celebrates the very best of UK engineering across a range of sectors.

Cast Metals Federation Casting of the year 2014

Grainger & Worrall, took home the prestigious Component of the Year accolade at this year’s Cast Metal Federation (CMF) Awards. Recognising the best of British casting, the event profiles exceptional projects and components delivered by firms from across the country.
Grainger & Worrall was presented with the award in recognition of its bespoke engine block development for the Ford US pickup truck, which features the world’s first CGI petrol production engine. The 2014 ceremony marks the second year in a row that Grainger & Worrall has scooped the Component of the Year – a testament to the world-leading innovation and engineering carried out by the global firm.

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Grainger & Worrall to receive prestigious multi-million pound development funding

Grainger & Worrall, the world’s leading total casting solutions provider, has been awarded a £1.2m grant to further develop its aerospace component production and development capabilities. The match-funded grant, which comes as part of the government’s Sharing in Growth (SiG) initiative, will be used to drive continued innovation at the high-precision engineering expert’s UK headquarters.

I’d like that job – Jack Strong, Engineering & Technology Magazine Interview

As a materials engineer Jack’s work entails providing PFMEA support as well as researching the development of new materials.
What’s your name?
Jack Strong.
Where do you work?
Grainger & Worrall.
What’s your job title?
Materials engineer.
How long have you been doing that?
One year.
How did you get there?
It’s been quite a journey. After school I worked in a small automotive engine development company making rally engines. While running an engine on our test bed, a piston shot out the side of the cylinder block through a thin walled section, straight by my leg. As a technical task the company asked me to write a report to ascertain the failure mechanism, investigating the scale of deformation, which in turn initiated my interest and awareness in materials science through academia.

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Innovative prototypes on an international stage

Grainger & Worrall is set to showcase its latest enabling technologies and innovative developments in cast prototype manufacturing at this year’s Engine Expo Novi exhibition. Taking place in Michigan, North America, between 28-30 October, the leading powertrain technology trade show will bring the world’s leading automotive professionals together to discuss drive efficiency and fuel economy.

Grainger & Worrall rises up the ranks with global export sales

Grainger & Worrall, the world’s leading total casting solutions provider, has been recognised in The Sunday Times’ International Track 200 league table as one of the UK’s  fastest-growing export companies. Published last weekend, the independent survey ranks Britain’s top-performing private companies by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past two years.

Industry open day showcases engineering excellence

Earlier this week, over 40 senior figures from the UK’s motorsport industry we treated to a rare glimpse inside Grainger & Worrall’s world-class precision casting facility at Bridgnorth. The event, organised by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), was part of a series of open days that showcase exceptional organisations working within the global motorsport sector.

All sport and no innovation?

Regulatory changes in Formula One play a surprising role in fostering innovation, says Phil Ward, head of motorsport at Grainger & Worrall.

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A TALE OF SOUND AND FURY | Motorsport Castings Comment

New regulations in Formula One have showcased the wealth of innovation within the UK’s motorsport supply chain, says Tom Greenwood of global automotive castings specialist Grainger & Worrall.
After all of the controversy about vehicle reliability, track times and the sound of the new engines has died down, one fact will remain clear; the 2014 Formula One season has demonstrated the excellence of the global industry’s engineering talent. Far from creating unsurmountable barriers, regulatory changes and component restrictions have added a new lustre of technology to the modern starting grid. Indeed pre-test concerns over reliability and performance have, in the most part, been overcome with significant research and development into next-generation solutions.

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Grainger & Worrall steps up a gear with SMMT

World-leading castings and machining solutions provider, Grainger & Worrall, has joined the UK’s leading automotive trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Membership of the prestigious association will allow Grainger & Worrall to proactively support the UK automotive sector while also expanding its global client base.

New cylinder head for historic Volvo range…

Grainger & Worrall, the world’s leading suppliers of total casting solutions, has partnered with a leading Swedish engine designer to recreate a twin-cam, 16 valve engine for use with historic Volvos. The twin-cam unit, which was originally developed in 1971, has been produced using the latest engine design capabilities and casting techniques and is for use with Volvo models such as the P1800, 140, 142 and 145, as well as the PV544.

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Grainger & Worrall Celebrates UK Cast Metal Component of the Year Award

Grainger & Worrall, the world-leading total castings solutions provider, has won the prestigious Cast Metals Federation’s (CMF) 2013 UK Component of the Year Award for its Cosworth CA cylinder head. Designed for the highly-demanding environment of Formula 1, the lightweight aluminium cylinder head pushes the boundaries of automotive design, delivering championship-winning performance and reliability by means of a unique, low pressure sand-casting manufacturing process.

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Professional MotorSport World Expo 2013

Grainger & Worrall, the UK-based, world-leading motorsport castings provider, presented a wide range of casting competences, validation and associated engineering services at Professional MotorSport World Expo 2013, 12 – 14 November, Cologne, Germany.

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