Bridgnorth company boss lands key role in British motorsport sector
A director with cutting-edge Shropshire manufacturer Grainger & Worrall has been named in one of the top positions in Britain's motorsport industry.
James Grainger has topped off a major year for the castings company, which works with a number of Formula One teams and top-end car manufacturers, by landing the vice-chairmanship of the Motorsport Industry Association.
The high precision castings expert has been an MIA member for a decade, representing the sector on topics such 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), the industry-led training centre for young engineers in Bridgnorth.
The company will also be sponsoring the Teamwork category at this January’s Motorsport Industry Business Excellence Awards.
Mr Grainger’s appointment allows the business to cement its position as a key player in motorsport, high-performance engineering and tuning.
He said: “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 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, 10years ago.
Mr Grainger added that a willingness to invest in new technologies and implement them into engineering culture is helping the automotive supply chain to remain competitive amid constant change.
He said: “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.”