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Grainger & Worrall apprenticeship scheme recognised at Automotive Global Awards

Complex machined castings specialist Grainger & Worrall’s commitment to industry and the engineers of the future has been recognised through a highly prestigious, international automotive sector award.

The company held off strong competition to take the Apprenticeship Programme category at the Automotive Global Awards at a gala ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Grainger & Worrall continues expansion with appointment of Mark Powell in new directorial role

Automotive castings specialist, Grainger & Worrall has appointed industry expert, Mark Powell in a newly created position: Director – Foundry Operations. The announcement is the latest in a series of business developments by the Bridgnorth-based company, which was recently presented with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) Export Achievement Award and reflects its sustained growth in 2019. The appointment is aligned with the continued roll out of its £6m investment plan, which focuses on enhanced production efficiency across its business worldwide.
Matthew Grainger, Grainger & Worrall’s CEO, says: “Mark Powell joins us with a wealth of experience and his knowledge will provide additional focus on our drive to achieve increased efficiency. He is a perfect fit for our family-run company and he can help communicate this ethos throughout our global operations. We look forward to working towards ambitious targets and on exciting plans together.”

Company of the Year 2018

We are pleased to confirm on Friday night Grainger & Worrall came home with the nights top award for ‘Company of the Year’, a fantastic achievement and first company to win for a second time. This award is testament to the hard work of all here at GW, congratulations and thank you to all.

Electrification delivers turnover boost for Grainger and Worrall

Diversification into electrification and body in white is enabling the in-house machining facility at Grainger and Worrall to boost turnover.
This diversification is now contributing up to £8m to the group’s overall sales figures, Initially set up to deliver complex, low-tolerance machining support to Grainger and Worrall’s own cylinder heads and engine castings, the facility has since grown to work directly with OEM customers, delivering precision machined parts for customers all over the world.

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Grainger & Worrall moves up the ranks at MIA

Rounding off a year that has seen significant machinery investment and continued major OEM partnerships, Grainger & Worrall has reaffirmed its commitment to motorsport with Director James Grainger becoming Vice Chairman of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA).
The high precision castings expert has been an MIA member for the past decade, representing the sector on such topics as skills, Brexit, and the industry’s challenge to embrace low carbon initiatives across motorsport and passenger cars. This year, Grainger & Worrall has also played a pivotal role in launching the £4 million Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology (MCMT), a Shropshire-centric, industry-led training centre for young engineers. The company will also be sponsoring the Teamwork category at this January’s Motorsport Industry Business Excellence Awards.
James Grainger’s appointment as Vice Chairman of the MIA enables the business to continue to work alongside its peers in motorsport, high-performance engineering and tuning, to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction.
James commented: “This is both an exciting and important time for the global motorsport industry, with new technologies constantly supporting the development of more efficient and lighter vehicles. As Vice Chairman of the MIA, I can help Grainger & Worrall work more closely with the sector and ensure that our members continue to have an active voice in key industry developments.”
Grainger & Worrall is no stranger to new technologies in the automotive sector. It was the first business in Europe to invest in a specialist 3D sand printer to support the casting of engine components, and pioneered the use of computerised tomography to carry out health checks on its castings, ten years ago. James Grainger added that a willingness to invest in new technologies and implement them into engineering culture is going to go a long way to helping the automotive supply chain to remain competitive amid constant change.
He stated: “Motorsport and the wider automotive sector are facing an exciting time with both legislation and technology developing at a rapid rate. Grainger & Worrall operate at the heart of this, delivering continuous innovation to the market. In my new role as Vice Chairman, I am looking forward to supporting both the MIA and its members in these fast-changing times.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Appointment | Matthew Snelson

The world’s leading total castings solution providers, Grainger & Worrall, has appointed Matthew Snelson to its senior team, as it looks to drive forward its ambitions in the automotive, motorsport, defence and aerospace sectors.

A Fresh Perspective

Young people lack a work ethic to succeed in industry? Not according to Edward Grainger, director at castings firm Grainger & Worrall who thinks that if given the right support, they bring a fresh perspective and great ideas.

Queen’s Award 2012

Global market leader in their field Grainger & Worrall has received a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time for innovation. The specialist castings manufacturer supplies a diverse range of industries, including motorsport, defence and aerospace,and has built a worldwide reputation for developing some of the most complex castings for a very demanding customer base incorporating the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1.