Norton invest further with in house manufacture facilities.
Today we have taken delivery of another brand new Hardinge CNC Milling machine, the machine will be put straight to work make billets parts for the Commando 961 platform.
Continued investment in manufacturing resource is necessary to retain our British parts supply, it’s been well documented that we have had many long delays waiting for British suppliers to deliver.
Unfortunately we lost our Motorcycle industry many years ago and it’s taking a huge effort to bring it back, bringing more parts manufacture in house gives us control of quality and delivery.
We will be investing further in our in house manufacture capability going forwards, which will retain and build upon our British component list. It is important to Norton that we have a hand built British bike, however difficult this may be given the loss of the industry many years ago.
We welcome two more new members of staff to the Norton team.
Paul Raven, pictured left, is a skilled fabricator and joins us at a key time as we bring all fabrication in house. Paul is relishing the prospects which lie ahead of him.
Simon Marshall, pictured right, is the latest member to join the expanding design team. Further complimenting the already strong team of design engineers at Norton.
Parts machined at Norton Technology Centre
The GS150 CNC Lathe is one of the newest machines to join the Norton Technology Centre and has already been put to the test. Producing a range of steel products, the Lathe has produced machined parts to compliment the range we already manufacture in house and this week has made wheel spindles, swingarm spindles, steering stems and oil filter covers.
Investing in the Technology Centre has increased our ability to produce and control more quality parts for the 961 Commando range and forms an intrinsic part of our development and investment programme.
Delivered this week to Norton was a high performance Bridgeport GX 600 CNC Machine. This will add further manufacturing opportunities to support our ongoing investment programme in plant and machinery.
The GX 600 will operate alongside our current machinery to enable more machined parts to be produced for the Commando 961 range.
A successful first day for the newcomer to the machine shop family made no hesitation in performing and was soon producing top yokes.