Castings company Grainger & Worrall has appointed Mark Powell to take on a newly created position as director of foundry operations.
After a series of business developments following a sustained growth in 2019, the company has implemented a US$7.1m investment plan, which aims to focus on enhancing production efficiency across the business.
Matthew Grainger, CEO of Grainger & Worrall, said, “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 toward ambitious targets and on exciting plans together.”
Responsible for 350 of the company’s employees, Powell – who previously worked as an operations director for a global Tier 1 supplier – is tasked with bringing the brand’s range of industrial foundry operations under a single control by aligning prototype iron, prototype aluminum, motorsport and series production business units to increase efficiency, as well as streamlining manufacturing operations.
Powell commented, “The restructuring of the company’s operations will help to encourage knowledge-sharing, including shared learning, and further promote consistent best practice by instigating process control improvements. It’s an exciting time for Grainger & Worrall, but also from a personal perspective.”
Grainger & Worrall’s US$7.1m investment includes building two modern and highly efficient melting towers, alongside a third CT scanner, to expand throughput capacity by 50%. The brand also recently opened a USA-based company called GW Incorporated.