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Global leader in the design and manufacture of complex castings, Grainger & Worrall (G&W), has appointed Phil Ward as its new Sales & Marketing director. The move signals a bold new direction for the award-winning business, which boasts Aston Martin, Bugatti, McLaren and Porsche among its prestigious client list.

The Shropshire-based company’s long-standing association with motorsport – and especially Formula 1 – puts it at the forefront of rapid prototyping, lightweighting and the exploitation of novel materials. As former director of G&W’s Performance Products division, Phil Ward is ideally placed to continue the journey to expand the business’s influence into new global markets.

While motorsport, high-performance automotive, aerospace and defence have dominated G&W’s recent growth into a £60m turnover technology leader, the future of the business lies in emerging markets that require innovative, lightweight casting solutions.

Phil Ward said: “While our past has been characterised by our work on internal combustion engines, our future lies in an even wider array of emerging markets. Recent projects involving the production of complex marine propulsion, lightweight body structures for EVs and high-performance castings for aviation, all indicate our direction of travel.”

An active member of the Motorsport Industry Association, Phil believes that huge opportunities exist for G&W through the sharing of technologies and best practices pioneered within F1, rallying and the wider motorsport sector: “I see us as a technology catalyst within the global transportation sector, which is facing its most significant period of change since the invention of the internal combustion engine.”