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Brexit - Six Months On

Nearly 6 months after the British public voted narrowly in favour of Brexit it still seems to be unclear exactly what we hoped to achieve in voting to leave the European Union (EU).  Hardly a day goes past without Brexit featuring in the news in some context or other and yet we are none the wiser when it comes to understanding what our future relationship with the EU will be.  Theresa May has promised to trigger Article 50 (the section of the Lisbon Treaty which needs to be invoked for us to leave the EU) by the end of March 2017, but even this is subject to a legal challenge which may delay the process.

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Review of the Year 2016

2016 was a momentous year for Norbar.  It was a year in which we left our ‘home’ of the previous 34 years and moved to a larger site across Banbury at Wildmere Road.  It was also a year in which our oil and gas orientated distributors continued to struggle to find business leaving us with a gap to fill in our gearbox and ‘engineer to order’ departments.  As it turned out, it would take most of the year to replace that oil and gas business but certainly for our gearbox product process things were looking up considerably by the end of the year.  This is how the year shaped up, month by month.

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An Arabian Tale - AIDA at ADIPEC

This month has seen Norbar exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, or ADIPEC to friends.  We are primarily here to support our distributors and grow the Norbar brand.

This is the most important show in the Middle East Oil and Gas sector by some margin and 2016 is the third consecutive year in a row that we’ve exhibited at ADIPEC.  The show was held against a backdrop of low oil prices, which have been weak for a long time.

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WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

This year Norbar took part in the international WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 with a specially created stand for this international market.

The Hamburg WindEnergy is the worlds biggest meeting for the wind industry with this year’s result of about 35,000 visitors from 48 countries and 1,400 exhibitors from 34 countries.

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New ISO 6789 standard brings uncertainties for torque wrench laboratories

Those of you who have read my previous blogs and especially my March 2016 update will know that there are lots of changes to ISO 6789 coming at the end of the year. In our ISO Working Group, the combined experts from several international manufacturers and calibration accreditation bodies have created a comprehensive standard for the traceable calibration of both setting and indicating torque tools.

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Getting Products into Your Hands

As far back as the 1940’s Norbar has been working with industry to design market leading torque tightening and measuring equipment. This winning formula still rings true today, offering an extensive range of torque application tools to a variety of industries from aerospace and automotive to manufacturing and energy.

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Mountain Biking in Canada

Right back to the early days of when people were modifying simple bikes to deal with more aggressive terrain, mountain biking has become a mainstream sport and an act of pleasure for all ages and abilities – it should be mentioned that there are many different disciplines falling under cycling of which my focus is Gravity Biking, a sub category of Mountain Biking.

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Moving to Norbar’s fourth factory

One of the things about getting old is that you remember stuff from long ago. As we started packing our boxes at Beaumont Road we found an original blueprint of the 1965 alterations to our first building in North Bar Place. It brought back memories of that first premises. I can shut my eyes and see the stairs up to the offices, with Grandfather’s office at the top on the left and the general office a few steps down to the right where my father Ian worked. That memory made me wonder what Grandfather would have thought of the new building.


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Our Wheel Change Infographic – why and how it came about

Our Wheel Change Infographic – why and how it came about.   As new staff members join Norbar, they each have an induction session with the three Directors and my induction session is centred around the Norbar brand and marketing.  Following one of these inductions, a lady joining our electronic production team asked if she could see me because she had a marketing idea.  Much as I love ideas I approach them with some trepidation because it is often the case that the idea will be unworkable for a variety of reasons – cost and limited likely impact being the downfall of most ‘great ideas’.  Why don’t we do TV advertising or why don’t we sponsor a F1 car being favourites.   This lady’s idea was simple: why aren’t we telling people how to change their car wheels following a puncture?  She reasoned that as a torque wrench is required to do the job correctly, would this not be an opportunity to connect an issue that every motorist is a ...

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EvoTorque saves the day!

In the design of our EvoTorque® electronic torque tool we put prototypes thorough an astonishing amount of abuse in order to reduce the likelihood of them failing in the hands of operators.  Tools were repeatedly dropped at various angles, cables were stressed over thousands of cycles, tools sprayed with water etc.  However, we always understood that tools in the field would suffer mishaps that we could never have predicted or tested for.   Such a mishap occurred in the construction of the Atlantic Bridge in Panama where an EvoTorque had been hired for assembly of steelwork.  The story that has reached us is that while one worker was using the EvoTorque, another was moving a 10m long, 5 ton beam with a crane.  The load apparently swung towards the worker in such a way that the only thing preventing him being struck by the 5 ton beam was the EvoTorque.  We are pleased to report that, thanks to our tool getting in the path of the beam, the worker escaped what could have been ...

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