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The Formative Years

On the eve of my retirement I reflect back on 50 years involvement in the Torque Tool industry. It was at the age of five I had my earliest memory of the North Bar Tool Company Ltd (it was to be four years later that we renamed the company Norbar Torque Tools Ltd.), I was visiting my father’s office in North Bar Place wearing my school uniform of shorts and shirt and I ended up scolding the backs of my legs on the radiator, you could say that event was burned into memory.

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Today (8 May 2018) is the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the North Bar Tool Company, now renamed Norbar Torque Tools Ltd.  The North Bar Tool Company was incorporated on 8 May 1943 by William Brodey (my grandfather, generally known as Bill) and his friend Ernest Thornitt (Ernie).

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Longevity is key (even if that includes a stint in the garage)

Some 35 years ago I needed a torque wrench for my personal usage mainly, if not exclusively, for use on the various cars I worked on. He told me to buy a Norbar which I did, as a good son should always listen to his dad.

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Cologne 2018 - Showtime

Saturday 3rd saw a directors’ meeting take place, whilst the three-man set-up team walked to the exhibition halls to begin the task of setting up the stand. It was a full and long but productive day.

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Cologne 2018 - Getting to the show

For all our careful thought and planning in the lead up, it was to be something entirely out of our control that, at the eleventh hour began to threaten our presence

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Rapid Continuous Improvement Continues

During the week of January 29th, Norbar held their second Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) event.

Once again, this involved 4 cross functional teams, each given a set of objectives to resolve and improve key processes across the product range.

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Calibration Laboratory Training

My training at Norbar Banbury took place in 2 stages. The first part enlightened me to the operation of a world-class calibration laboratory. Having picked up these good laboratory practices, they were immediately put to use upon returning to the Singapore Laboratory.

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Careers Open Evening 2018 Review

We had our annual Careers Engineering Open Evening Thursday and despite less take up than normal, we had 100% turnout of those who said they would attend.

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Review of 2017

2017 was expected to be a year of consolidation, Norbar having moved into our fabulous new premises in July 2016.  We had plenty of work to do in getting to grips with our new property, getting the best out of it and making it pay for itself.  However, the quiet year was not to be.  Read to May to find out why!

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Rapid Continuous Improvement – A change for the better

So, what does Rapid Continuous Improvement mean and how do you go about holding an RCI event?

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