Thorite - A History


Thorite was founded in 1850, to provide a service to the textile industry in the north of England. The company's founding value was to give Excellent Customer Service by maintaining superior levels of stock and providing unparalleled support.  As the first company in the UK to distribute pneumatics and, despite two world wars and many recessions, we have have achieved strong and determined growth throughout our long history.

Thorite today:-

  • The specialist in compressed air, pneumatics, vacuum and process solutions.
  • Operates from nine Sales & Service Centres and a National Distribution Centre carrying stocks of over £3 million.
  • The Official Distributor for all industry "world class" manufacturers - Norgren's largest Distributor worldwide.
  • Provides a scheduled service, repair and 24/7 breakdown cover.
  • Offers expert support over the phone or on-site from a team of fully trained and experienced professionals.

Today Thorite is still owned and managed by its founding family and the business's core foundation remains solidly to provide Excellent Customer Service.

As a key component of your processes it is critical that your air system management is provided by a company with real pedigree who can add value to your business. With unrivalled knowledge and experience Thorite is that Business Partner.  At Thorite we have an in-built desire to want to work with our Customers, to share our unrivalled knowledge and experience to improve productivity through reducing costs, reducing production downtime, reducing accidents, increasing production, and reducing stocking costs.

At Thorite, some things never change - they just get better and better!