The German manufacturing company, Rasmussen GmbH, was founded in 1949. Its products are sold under the Norma brand name, which operates subsidiaries throughout the world in Germany, England, France, Spain, the USA, Australia, Poland and Singapore.
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Issue: Dec 2006


The Norma Group



by Nick Palmen

"We are always interested in getting in touch with competent suppliers of high-quality products and to set up long-term business relations."

The German manufacturing company, Rasmussen GmbH, was founded in 1949. Its products are sold under the Norma brand name, which operates subsidiaries throughout the world in Germany, England, France, Spain, the USA, Australia, Poland and Singapore.
The Rasmussen GmbH headquarters are in Maintal, Germany. They include distribution, tooling and machine construction facilities as well as a General Motors accredited development and test laboratory. The company is ISO/TS 16949, DIN EN ISO 14001 and QA 9000 certified.

Rasmussen GmbH designs, manufactures and tests connecting and retaining products for the automotive and industrial industry. The Norma group is a globally recognized specialist in the connecting technology market. The company describes itself as “a globally accepted and experienced specialist, problem solver and innovative development partner.”

The Norma Quality Mission aims at achieving “a zero-defect target” for all of its products. It aims to reduce production costs whilst improving products with regard to their size and weight. The company has a range of six product groups, with more than 20,000 variants within the groups.

Societe des Colliers Norma (SCN), the French subsidiary of RASMUSSEN GmbH, is one of the oldest subsidiaries of the group. It was founded in 1981, and now employs over 400 workers.

SCN’s most recent production units manufacture NORMAFLEX plastic pipe systems and NORMAQUICK quick connectors which are supplied to the automotive industry. Automotive customers include the Peugeot/Citroën group, the Renault/Nissan group, as well as their respective subsidiaries and a variety of automotive tier suppliers.

More than 500 million NormaCLAMP hose clips are produced by the German subsidiary every year. To date, over 200 million NORMACONNECT pipe connections have been delivered to German customers.
The North American subsidiary, with 60 employees, is recognized as one of the leading suppliers for connecting and retaining elements. Norma USA products can be found on Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Mazda and Honda vehicles.

Other product groups are the NormaFIX retaining products and NORMAPLAST plastic products which are manufactured in other Norma centers worldwide.
The Norma group has a standard inventory of 20,000 products, however, if customers have specific requests, an engineering team is on hand to design and manufacture a product which suits their needs. This team is supported by a modern network of 2D and 3D CAD workstations.

The group also maintains a prototype construction workshop which works in partnership with the development and test laboratories to continually develop new and innovative products to suit the needs of the industry. The test laboratory allows designers and engineers to simulate many real-life environments and situations. This ensures that all the products are in line with given requirements. All Norma production areas are equipped with high-tech, fully automated production machines. This allows the company produce more than 3 million production parts per day.

Purchasing

While being a supplier to the auto industry, Norma has its own supply chain. “Of course, part of our success is owing to the expertise of our suppliers. We are always interested in getting in touch with competent suppliers of high-quality products and to set up long-term business relations that are driven by a sense of partnership that is not just theoretical but a fundamental basis for a mutually trusting cooperation,” the company says.

Development and testing

Norma has installed one of the most modern Permeation Test Units, which allows the company’s engineers to perform comprehensive and nearly real-life tests of its systems with different fuel compositions right from the early developmental phases of the product.

Different fuels are employed in the simulation of all loads which act on a vehicle in a temperature range of -40°C to 120°C by means of the Fuel PVT Test Unit (PVT = Pressure, Vibration, Temperature), which is part of the company’s fuel test facilities, as well.

Norma’s engineering department is responsible to work in partnership with the motor sector and other industrial areas to provide solutions. The Engineering is situated within the Rasmussen GmbH Technology Centre in Maintal. The centre has a 55-strong engineering team of development and process engineers, who work to find suitable solutions in cooperation with the customer.

The engineers have a fully equipped modern laboratory at their disposal, in which the specified tests of our plastic and metal products are carried out.

Apart from the standard machinery as employed in industry, the team also uses some high-end equipment, which allows the toughest special tests to be performed, such as a vehicle simulator and PVT testers (PVT = Pressure, Vibration, Temperature).

The team is supported by a modern network of 2D and 3D CAD workstations.

Prototypes are built in an associated Prototype Construction Shop.

Rasmussen around the world

Australia

Norma Pacific is a wholly owned subsidiary of RASMUSSEN, and was founded in 1992. The company is located in Croydon, in the state of Victoria.
With 60 employees in sales and production facilities, the division services the Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and near Asian neighbors. The sales team is supported by a network of representatives in all states of Australia and New Zealand.

Two of the major product groups in the market are NORMAFLEX /NORMAQUICK plastic tube and connector assemblies for applications in fuel, emission, ventilation and vacuum systems. In addition, we supply our customers in trade, industry and automotive with all products from the NORMA range.

Germany

RASMUSSEN was founded in 1949 and employs more than 770 people at its two locations in Maintal near Frankfurt/Main and in Gerbershausen /Thuringia. The headquarters in Maintal provide more than 60,000 m² of company area. It houses the administration, distribution, tooling and machine construction, production facilities and a General Motors-accredited development and test laboratory.

In Maintal, new NORMA products are engineered up to their launch and are manufactured on our state-of-the-art production and assembly machines. In Gerbershausen, where recently built automatic production facilities are located, the company manufactures the NORMACONNECT range of pressure pipe couplings. Every year, more than 500 mil. NORMACLAMP hose clips leave the company’s central warehouse. More than 200 million NORMACONNECT pipe connections have been delivered to Norma customers.

England

NORMA Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of RASMUSSEN Germany, was formed in 1981. The company is located in Newbury, in Southern England. This location offers convenient access via the Motorway network to Great Britain's industrial centres. With 100 employees, the company manufactures NORMACONNECT profile caps for the world market in its recently installed facilities. In addition, the company supplies all products from the NORMA range to its customers in the trade, industry and automotive business.

France

SOCIETE DES COLLIERS NORMA, French subsidiary of RASMUSSEN, was founded in 1981. The company is located in Briey / Lorraine and has a sales office in Epinay-sous-Sénart, approx. 25 km east of Paris. SCN is the strategic development and manufacturing centre for plastic products within the NORMA group, including the NORMAFLEX smooth and corrugated plastic pipe systems.
Epinay-sous-Sénart in the Essonne (Sales Department)
NORMA’s Epinay subsidiary concentrates and coordinates all sales activities both in the automotive OEM business and in the industry and sales area. The activities include testing, development and distribution.

Poland

NORMA VARIANT, a subsidiary of Rasmussen, was founded in 2004. The company is located in Krakow. The products produced at NORMA VARIANT belong to the company’s NORMACLAMP and NORMAFLEX product ranges.

Singapore

NORMA Pacific (Asia) was founded in 2004 as a subsidiary of NORMA Pacific.
The company is located in Singapore and strengthens the position of the NORMA sales organisation in Southeast Asia.

Spain

FIJACIONES NORMA was founded in 1985 as a subsidiary of RASMUSSEN in order to service the markets in Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa. FIJACIONES NORMA is located in Barcelona. It has one of the most comprehensive ranges of connecting and retaining products in the Spanish market. A central warehouse keeps more than 10,000 standard items in stock, while up to 20,000 special items can be supplied by 36 employees, who service 17 distributors in all regions of Spain. Company representatives can be found in Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, Alicante, San Sebastian, Vigo, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Murcia, Gerona, Las Palmas, Oviedo and Granada. Sstandard items are usually shipped within 48 hours.

USA

NORMA PRODUCTS (U.S.), a wholly owned subsidiary of RASMUSSEN, was founded in 1994. The company is located in Wixom, Michigan, near Detroit. It is one of the leading suppliers of connecting and retaining elements in the North American market. With 60 employees, it supplies components to the auto industry directly from a central warehouse. Just in Time delivery services are available. In addition, the US operation provides customers with technical, design and testing support. A GM accredited lab facility offers a variety of testing capabilities including PVT testing, insertion force testing, blow off and pull off testing, low and room temperature leak testing, Hot/Cold cycle testing, clamping force and salt spray testing.
Customers include Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Mazda and Honda.

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