£1.6 million investment at Banbury-based SME

Torque tools specialist, Norbar Torque has announced a major equipment investment to increase capacity and quality.

Norbar Torque, which employs around 200 people in Banbury has spent £1.6m on the aquisition of two new Mori Seiki NTX mill-turn machines and two Gleason CNC gear shaping machines.

The former are now being used to machine electronic and gearbox products, including transducer shafts while the latter generate gear components for the company’s hand torque and powered torque multipliers.

Martin Reynolds, manufacturing manager at Norbar Torque Tools, commented: “The investment in the Mori Seiki machines has supported our existing turning centre and mill turn capacity. Since the machines went into operation we have seen a 45-60% improvement in cycle times over existing machine processes.”

Mr Reynolds added that he was confident both investments will, “make a significant impact on our production capacity and ever increasing demand for quality in our products.”