On Friday 21 October, Victoria Prentis MP attended the opening of Norbar Torque Tools’ new facility on Wildmere Road in Banbury. She was invited by John Brodey, son of founder Bill Brodey and chairman of the holding company

The new 120,000 sq. ft. space is more than twice the size of the old premises in Beaumont Road, comprising approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of office space and 100,000 sq. ft. for the production facilities. From the new site, Norbar will continue to produce high-quality torque solutions for a variety of global markets, including transportation, petrochemical and energy generation sectors.

Home to nearly 300 people, the new premises is designed and constructed to provide a positive working environment and benefits from a number of sustainable features. As such, the heating and cooling – designed to maintain the entire factory at constant temperature – is provided by air source heat pumps and 10 per cent of the electricity consumed throughout the building is generated by solar photovoltaic panels on the roof. Natural light from the large skylights provides a superior working environment and when artificial illumination is required, it is provided by LED panels controlled by lux and motion sensors.

Following a tour of the new facility Victoria said, “It is wonderful to have seen the impressive outcome of significant investment by a local manufacturer, and their continued sales success globally. Norbar is one of the largest businesses in Banbury, and it’s great to see that they are so committed to the town.

Commenting on the new laboratory, Neill Brodey, Managing Director at Norbar Torque Tools, said: “Everything that we do in the company relies on the knowledge that our torque standards are correct. The additional space and improved climate control will allow us to continue to develop our calibration capabilities and to further improve the support we provide to our customers.”

“It is fantastic that Norbar Torque Tools has been operating within Banbury for over seventy years. From humble beginnings at North Bar manufacturing torque wrenches during the Second World War, we now ship to every industrial economy. With the Wildmere site, we set out to build the best torque production facility in the world and I truly believe we may have achieved it.”