Established in 1983, Vanguard Foundry Ltd is a privately owned company specialising in the manufacture of iron castings for the turbo-charging, diesel engine, agricultural and general engineering sector. Approved to ISO 9001-2008, we produce the entire Ductile Iron range including Simo, Ni-resist and ADI materials along with several grades of Stainless Steel.

Vanguard also offer a prototyping service to quickly produce castings without the cost of production tooling. Please click here to learn more. We are proud of our reputation for high quality service. Our ability to get new products to market quickly and short production lead times of as little as 2 weeks has been recognised by many leading manufacturers including Cummins Engine Company, Borg Warner Turbo Systems, Honeywell, and Bloksma to name just a few. Above is an introductory video lasting about five minutes which covers various aspects of Vanguard's business.

News and Developments

New Sales Manager Appointed 20-10-15

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Kendrick as Sales Manager. Paul spent his formative years working in a CNC machining company before moving into a sales role for an investment casting foundry.

He joined us in June this year and is primarily responsible for identifying new market opportunities and adding to our established list of “Blue Chip” customers. Paul’s extensive machining knowledge compliments the existing technical capability of the organisation and we are looking forward to achieving our growth targets accordingly.

When Paul approved the photo to accompany this announcement, he commented on its similarity to Brad Pitt. We have advised him to visit an optician at his earliest opportunity.

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New material available from Vanguard Foundry Ltd. 04-05-15

Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) or Vermicular Graphite Irons utilise a modified form of the graphite nodules to produce a material which allows higher tensile strength than grey iron but retains the ability to dissipate heat and damp vibration.

Vanguard has been developing the new material for twelve months and has recently secured an order for several tonnes of iron in batches of 400Kg. Shown above are typical components produced in CGI, details of the chemical composition can be seen in the technical services and specifications area of the website.

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New Addition to the Technical Team 01-05-15

We are very pleased to welcome Pawel Maculewicz to the technical team as Casting Development Engineer. After graduating with an MSc in Quality Control of Casting Processes, he subsequently worked for 10 years as a Specialist Process Engineer at the Hydro – Vacuum S.A. foundry in Poland. Pawel joined us in January this year and his biggest challenge to date has been mastering the nuances of the Black Country dialect!

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Award for 6 Sigma project. 27-06-14

As reported previously in our news section Rob Heyworth last year completed a 6 Sigma project investigating issues associated with NPI. During a recent Cummins supplier conference Rob was awarded best 6 Sigma project 2014.

Congratulating Rob on the award and presenting him with a certificate and glass trophy is Chris Mintern MD, with Pete Smith and Martin Jones also in attendance.

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1000 companies to inspire Britain. 23-1-2014

Vanguard Foundry Ltd have been named in the inaugural publication of London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to inspire Britain’. A list of the 1000 most inspiring small and medium sized companies in the UK.

The London Stock Exchange in partnership with the Daily Telegraph felt that the UK’s 4.5 Million SME’s were shockingly under reported yet are of exceptional importance to the UK economic growth and job creation. The 1000 companies represented a rich and varied group of businesses from across the UK. Including such Household names as Mulberry, the design company known for luxury bags, Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and the boot manufacturers Hunter.

Chris Mintern, Vanguard’s Managing Director said ‘It was a very pleasant surprise to receive notification from the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, that Vanguard Foundry had been included in inaugural edition of 1000 Companies to inspire Britain. This achievement is testament to the hard work and technical expertise developed over the last 30 years to establish Vanguard Foundry as a strategically important supplier of high integrity castings to a number of blue chip organisations’. Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group said ‘when we began this project 6 months ago, our aim was to bring to life what we know instinctively to be true, that these companies are the lifeblood of the UK economy’.

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Stainless Steel Production ‘Takes off’. 5-11-2013

Following an intensive programme of trial and development work, Vanguard now has a steady stream of prototype and production runs of castings for a number of prestigious customers.

However, given the confidential nature of the design of these complex components, we are unable to display our capabilities in the form of photographic examples. Whilst this is disappointing – we fully appreciate commercial sensitivities and can assure all customers of our adherence to confidentiality at all times.

A table of the grades of Stainless Steel that we currently produce can be seen on the Technical page of this website.

The table details the general grades we produce but customers may specify their own grades if required. We believe Vanguard is one of only three foundries worldwide that are approved to produce double volute turbine housings in Stainless Steel.