Norton Motorcycles picks software support for new bike factory

The new UK-based owner of the famous Norton Motorcycles brand has turned to product development software from PTC as it develops a new factory at Donington Park in Leicestershire, and plans to bring a new road bike to market later this year.

The company said it worked with CAD/CAM/CAE specialist Inneo Solutions, which recommended its own Startup Tools technology alongside PTC's Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4.0 parametric 3D software. Norton added that it is considering adding PTC's Windchill software for process management.

Stuart Garner, who already owned Norton Racing, now owns all the trademarks and development work relating to the Norton, Manx, Atlas, Commando and Dominator brands as well - these had been owned by a US investment firm. Norton Racing had already been developing a new rotary-engined racing bike.

"This has been a challenging and exciting period for us," Garner said. "We are proud to have brought the brands back home and we now intend to focus on re-establishing Norton Motorcycles as a premier motorcycling brand across the world.

"We also needed to make some key technology decisions to support our design operations. It was obvious that we needed to partner with a solutions provider that could support our current and on-going needs with best-in-class technology that was scalable."

Norton Motorcycles' Donington Park site will manufacture the piston-engined 961 Commando and a road-legal version of its NRV588 rotary-engined (Wankel) racing bike, with other models due to follow.

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