About Norbar Australia
World leaders in torque equipment.
Cutting Edge: Norbar’s state of the art factory facilities ensure we provide the very latest design, manufacturing and quality control technology to achieve the highest level of innovation and precision in the field of torque control equipment.
Stringent Standards: Our NATA Accredited Laboratory is recognised by industry as being the most technologically advanced in its field allowing us to certify a comprehensive range of electronic and mechanical torque equipment. NATA provides assessment, accreditation and training services to laboratories and technical facilities.
History: Norbar Torque Tools (Aust) Pty Ltd started in 1980 distributing Norbar, Torqueleader and Hytorc as exclusive agents in Australia. In 2017 Snap-on Limited acquired Norbar globally.
Family Values: Norbar Australia has been family owned and run since 1987. The company still remains every bit as passionate about providing customers with the highest quality products and services.
Our Larger Family: Norbar is now a member of the Snap-on Incorporated family of companies and is proud to be a part of a company which has beliefs, values and a vision closely aligned with those that Norbar was founded on.
We have a long proud history of selling Norbar in Australia since 1964.
1964 Donald Campbell travelled to Lake Eyre, South Australia, to set a new land speed record. He
brought with him a Norbar Torque Wrench. Local Engineering Firm Thomas & Wall picked up this
product and became a distributor for Norbar. Thomas & Wall were also distributors for Joline,
Snap-on, Torqueleader and Warren and Brown.
1980 Norbar Torque Tools (Aust) Pty Ltd incorporated David Wall as the owner. Distributed Norbar,
Torqueleader, Hytorc as exclusive agents in Australia.
1987 Leigh Packer joined company to oversee distribution/agency growth throughout Australia.
1991 NSW Office opened which included a workshop, sales and stock holdings.
1992 Victorian Office opened focusing on sales and stock and servicing Victoria and Tasmania.
1993 Obtained NATA 17025 Certification for our Laboratory in SA.
1996 WA Branch opened included a workshop, sales and stock holdings.
1997 QLD Branch opened included a workshop, sales and stock holdings.
1996 A joint venture partnership with Norbar UK, change of ownership from David Wall to Norbar
Holdings and The Packer Family Trust.
2002 Set in motion the strategy to service the Asian Pacific Region. Opened an office in NZ.
2004 Singapore Branch opened to service the Asian region.
2006 Relocated South Australian Office after outgrowing previous premises. New office allowed for
larger warehousing and staff growth in Edwardstown.
2012 Matt Packer appointed Managing Director.
2014 Packer Family became sole owners of Norbar Australia and NZ.
2014 NSW and Victorian warehouses moved to Central location – Adelaide.
2014 Jan 1st, entered into an agreement with Boltstress Ultrasonics to form the Norbar Technical
Services (NTS) Division.
2016 July 1st purchased QME Supplies to service the Bowen Basin including Mining (Alumina Refineries),
Oil & Gas as well as the Defence Services. Area covered from Gladstone to Townsville. Mackay
based as a central regional town. This was a strategic decision brought about by the Advisory
Board recommendations to allow a direct end user entry into the local regional market.
2017 Snap-on Limited acquired Norbar globally. Norbar Australia will continue to operate under the Norbar name and continue to be the leaders in torque, tension and all related services, backup and support. We are the proud suppliers of the Norbar brand of torque wrenches and torque equipment, globally recognised as being faster, safer and more accurate than any other toool on the market today.