World-leading castings, machining and up-front engineering services business, Grainger & Worrall (G&W), has expanded its portfolio of manufacturing capabilities by investing in a second twin pallet five-axis CNC machine.
The machine’s arrival marks the culmination of a £1.25 million investment in equipment and infrastructure at the company’s facility in Telford, Shropshire. This expenditure has been part of an on-going programme over the last two years which has seen G&W spend more than £6 million at its Shropshire premises.
The company is well known in the automotive industry both for its casting supply technology – especially in the area of compacted graphite iron (CGI) prototype components – and its importance of its role in the component supply chain. It now employs some 400 members of staff, operates six foundries, precision machining facilities and an extensive engineering resource. This blogspot estimates its turnover is in the region of £40 million per year.
Indeed, G&W claims to be the market leader in the field of prototype and small series complex high integrity structural castings, working within a diverse range of industries including automotive, commercial vehicles motorsport, aerospace and defence. It was founded in 1946 by brothers-in-law Vernon Grainger and Charles Worrall, who set up business in post-war Britain as pattern makers and casting manufacturers in the Midlands
Mark Davies, group manager of Grainger & Worrall Machining, said: “Over the past four years we have doubled the work force and enjoyed a five-fold increase in turnover thanks to our continuing commitment to developing the skills of our personnel and adopting the latest in machining technology to provide the best solutions for our client-base.
“We are proud of our continued growth at Grainger & Worrall Machining. We specialise in machining complex prismatic parts for the automotive, commercial, aerospace and defence industries. The investment has not stopped at CNC machines and we have also invested in infrastructure including a new temperature controlled inspection laboratory, again using the latest equipment and software to ensure that we can fulfil our customers’ inspection requirements.”
Instead of working with a conventional three-axis machine, which allows movement only along the linear axes, twin-pallet five-axis machines additionally facilitate movement across two rotary axes. This latest machine doubles G&W’s existing five-axis CNC capability and joins a comprehensive array of four-axis, vertical and horizontal machines already in service at the Shropshire firm. ∎
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