Thorite has become the first UK company to be named a Norgren Premier Partner, enabling it to construct and distribute the world-leading valve islands from its Bradford headquarters.
The contract to build bespoke valve islands in-house means Thorite can reduce delivery times from roughly three weeks to just 72 hours from receipt of an order.
Thorite, the UK’s leading independent supplier of air and fluid power products, has a 60-plus year partnership with Norgren, a global leader in fluid and motion control technologies. It has invested £15,000 in testing facilities and stockholding at its Bradford headquarters to ensure it meets the same quality standards that Norgren are known for.
The recently launched webstore now features an interactive valve island configurator, allowing customers to specify their own bespoke manifold and send it immediately through to the system division for quoting and production using the company’s comprehensive stock of Norgren components.
Managing Director of Thorite, Stephen Wright, said: “This is another important ‘first’ for Thorite.
“Norgren has an outstanding reputation for manufacturing equipment which improves the productivity and efficiency of plant equipment. Selecting Thorite as its first UK partner for assembling valve islands is a clear sign of its confidence in the quality of our service.
“Customer service is a key priority for us and will be further enhanced by our ability to complete an order within a matter of a days rather than weeks.”
Norgren is a US-based company with manufacturing plants around the world and a sales and service network in 75 countries. It has UK bases in Lichfield and Manchester, as well as manufacturing plants in Bristol, Leeds and Poole.
The Norgren valve island contract marks another milestone partnership for Thorite, which recently became the first UK industrial supplier for Sheffield-based GWE’s Eco-Max voltage optimisers.