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Introducing Granta Design

Find out key facts about Granta and our vision of integrating material intelligence through education, R&D, and the product lifecycle.
Granta Design was founded in 1994 as a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge by Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon.

Today, we are the leader in the materials information technology market.

Our mission

We apply information technology to the world of materials. We help materials educators to teach the next generation of engineers, scientists, and designers, and materials engineers to optimize the performance of materials and processes. And we enable design and development to make smart decisions about their products. To date, we’ve helped hundreds of engineering enterprises to embrace ‘material intelligence’. The results: accessible data, time savings, slashed costs, reduced risk, better products, and happy engineers.

“Our mission is to lead materials information technology – to advance materials engineering and education, and to enable better, greener, safer products.”


“Our vision is of material intelligence integrated throughout Education, R&D, and the Product Lifecycle.”

Our vision

We see an exciting future for materials information technology. In education, we will help to build society’s material intelligence. In materials R&D, we seek to empower ‘Materials 4.0’ – the materials response to the Industry 4.0 era. We’ll help to drive technologies such as Additive Manufacturing and new approaches to combine simulation and experiment for materials design. And we’re working towards a world where material intelligence is available wherever it is needed, whenever it is needed in the product lifecycle – and fully integrated into business and engineering processes.


Our story

Still headquartered in Cambridge, UK, we’re now a worldwide organization with locations in the US, Germany, and France, and service partners throughout the Asia/Pacific region and elsewhere.

We’re the largest team and R&D effort dedicated to the topic of materials information technology, with unrivalled experience of implementing materials information solutions, from hundreds of industry projects and work with over a thousand universities.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, with an active collaborative R&D team, thriving industry consortia projects, and our involvement in coordinating the global Materials Education Symposia.

Around the Granta HQ in Cambridge

Our customers are leaders in their fields – enterprises like Airbus, Boeing, Emerson Electric, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, and Rolls-Royce; universities like Cambridge, Delft, ETH, Imperial College, MIT, Ohio State, and Princeton.

Above all, we retain a passion for materials, a focus on solving our customers’ problems, and remain a great place to work.  We’d love you to join us – as a team member, customer, or partner.

Contact us

We are always happy to hear from new and existing customers, whether you want to know more about our products, or to request technical support.

Granta for Industry

Find out about our solutions for engineering enterprises, and success stories in helping companies to manage materials information and make smart materials choices.

Granta for Education

See how Granta works with the Materials Education community to support teaching of materials in Science, Engineering, and Design

Join us

Granta is a great place to work.  Read about our open positions, our unique company culture, and the benefits of working with us.