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.
As a customer you want the right equipment that does the job quickly, efficiently and safely. Every job, just like every person, is that little bit different and so expansion to our products and services ensures that we be an excellent resource to finding exactly the right equipment or service to help you achieve your purpose.
You will still deal with the same great people around Australia and New Zealand and continue to purchase all the same quality products and services you have been able to depend on us for … but now we’re upping the anti! We’re going for an all over upgrade: office and workshop improvements; quote layouts; and product information documentation are just some of the areas that are being upgraded with our new branding.
And it’s not just the look – there are innovative new products as well. Keep your eye out for launches of the new ranges available in coming months
If you have any questions or feedback please let us know, we’d love to hear from you. Call us, send us an email or have a chat with our Technical Sales People. We’re sure to have the ideal product that suits your needs.