NAR celebrates 50 years in business

NAR Group, the specialist radiator and automotive cooling solutions specialist, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 22 April 2017.

Over 100 customers, suppliers and classic car enthusiasts were welcomed to its ever expanding Northampton factory by current MD, Rob Goodwin and his father, the firm’s founder, Don Goodwin who is still active in the business today.

It was the £500 profit from the sale of Don’s first house that provided the equity to start NAR in 1967. A converted wardrobe served as the office/finance department, occupied by Don’s wife and those humble beginnings formed the solid foundations out of which the current, vibrant business was created.

NAR still has a dedicated department covering all aspects of the classic and historic markets. This includes careful repair, restoration or new build, using the traditional methods that were employed at the time of original manufacture.

A collection of Jaguar classics were on display for guests to enjoy.

Today, however, NAR is a very different entity from its formative years supporting classic cars and historic performance models. For a number of years now NAR has performed business critical support to the defence sector, working closely with the UK MOD and prime contractors such as BAE Land systems. The company designed a complete cooling upgrade for the CVRT range of fighting vehicles. Since then it has designed, manufactured and supplied cooling products across a variety of military platforms.

Throughout the day Rob Goodwin was proudly showing off the collection of CVRT’s that included a white Norwegian army vehicle and the Alvis that formed part of NAR’s first ever military contract in 2005.

NAR continues to develop its offering. The acquisition of NRF UK’s manufacturing arm in January 2016 has enabled it to manufacture copper brass radiator cores alongside its existing aluminium cores operation, which already produces in excess of 10,000 cores each year.

A new 3,500 sq ft re-manufacturing site will open shortly on the same site as NAR’s present factory.

Contact us today for further information about cooling upgrades to CVRTs, Copper Brass Radiator Cores and any of our others high performance automotive radiator cooling solutions.

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NAR expands into copper brass radiator cores manufacturing

Copper Brass Radiator Cores

The acquisition of former NAR Supplier, NRF UK’s manufacturing arm in January 2016 has enabled NAR to install bespoke machinery to manufacture copper brass radiator cores alongside its existing aluminium cores operation, which already produces in excess of 10,000 cores each year.

Twelve months on from the purchase, NAR’s Managing Director Rob Goodwin is delighted with the integration; ‘As a customer of NRF for over 30 years, we benefitted from the quality and flexibility of their high quality products and this a great opportunity to add copper brass cores and associated parts to our business. Production is now well underway and several new and existing customers have taken advantage of our expanded offering’.

‘We have a dedicated remanufacturing department so fully understand the needs of the modern radiator workshop.’

All copper brass radiator cores parts are 100% manufactured at NAR’s Northampton factory and are built to suit the following sectors; Automotive, Off highway, Industrial, Offshore, Railway, Classic and vintage, Defence.

Contact us today for further information about Copper Brass Radiator Cores.

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NAR Group chosen to recreate original parts for RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The RAF BBMF exists to commemorate the personnel of the RAF who have served their country in conflict, especially during WW2 and those who gave their lives for the freedom of others. The flight’s fleet of WW2 aircraft is preserved in flying condition as a living tribute to them all. The fleet comprises an Avro Lancaster; a C-47 Dakota, six Spitfires, two Hurricanes and two de Havilland Chipmunk training aircraft.

Maintaining these priceless aircraft is planned through a 20 year rolling programme. Work is typically carried out during the winter season between October- March.

NAR’s renowned expertise in designing and manufacturing cooling parts and radiators for classic and historic cars was instrumental in helping to secure its first contract with the RAF BBMF.

The fundamental requirement is to re-create the original parts, exactly as they were made when the aircraft were first built. 250 drawings were taken out of the archives and meticulously studied to ensure that water radiators and engine coolers are re-produced exactly as the originals.

The initial order is to install these water radiators and engine coolers into the Spitfire Mk IIa – the oldest, original airworthy Spitfire in the world and the only Spitfire still flying that fought in the Battle of Britain. The exact same requirement is also needed for the Spitfire Mk XIX – built too late to see service in WW2 and used for subsequent, important, strategic reconnaissance missions across Europe post 1945.

NAR Group is delighted to be associated with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby and looks forward to supporting and maintaining other aircraft in the fleet over the coming years that all form such a significant part of our national heritage.

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NAR Group is proud to support British Army Sport

Our links with the British Army and with REME in particular go back several years and the support we are now providing is a natural extension of that relationship.

We have sponsored the following REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) hockey teams since December 2014;
• Masters
• Mens
• Ladies

Notable recent achievements have included a Hockey 4 Heroes squad of 26 players that travelled 1400 miles in 10 days to play 33 matches in May/June 2015. They also climbed the three peaks of Scarfell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowden. The squad played civilian clubs, universities and composite teams from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. An outstanding achievement that contributed valuable funds to an outstanding cause.

Our support continues and NAR wishes all REME hockey teams every success throughout the 2015/16 season.

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Welcome to our new website

NAR Group are pleased to announce the launch of their new website, created in partnership with M3 Strategic Marketing Ltd based in Northampton.

The website was designed and built with a minimal brief and we loved it as first site. The team at M3SM then populated the content from our new brochure, and made sure every element works and looks great.

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