History of Norican

In September of 2008, Wheelabrator Group and DISA Group merged to form Norican Group, with the Head Office based in Denmark, where we oversee our global operations. The combination of DISA & Wheelabrator brought together two innovation leaders with at least a century of operating history each. Both were recognised as market leaders in their technical offering, and both had been very successful in exporting their brands globally.

Due to their historical success, when the Norican Group was formed in 2008, it had the privilege of serving over 10,000 customers in approx. 100 countries across any industry requiring metallic parts.

We started our journey serving every tier of the automotive industry, beginning with iron foundries through to the Global OEMs, as well as a diverse and broad variety of industries from Aerospace, Agricultural & Earth Moving, Construction to Marine, Medical and Wind Energy.

Whether it be a broad technical application like peening (which cuts across most of the industries we served), or it was a narrow application like high speed moulding applications for the iron foundries of the world, Norican was the partner of choice for most customers in the world.

The “glocal” approach

From 2008 until 2016, the Norican Group grew dramatically. As our customers began shifting their regional emphasis to move closer to their evolving customer base, Norican Group followed. As a partner, we brought world-class, proven technology to regions our customers wanted to be, while continuing to provide them with superior local support in their home markets. We adopted the term “glocal” to represent this dual value we bring to our customers’ global expansion, while maintaining unparalleled local support and service.

This “glocal” approach is woven into our Norican DNA at every step of our operation.

Continually innovating and developing

In 2016, in response to our customers’ customers changing needs around reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the corresponding need for increased fuel efficiency, Norican Group began looking for ways to expand its technical offer. We were looking for innovative technologies that would allow us to build upon our existing technical platform while extending our expertise into the broadly defined lightweight market space. We were looking for demonstrated experts in the Aluminium market space, who shared the Norican history of success, and were considered to be at the top of their class in their respective fields.

In both ItalPresseGauss and StrikoWestofen we found such experts!

In May 2017, we proudly added both ItalPresseGauss and StrikoWestofen to the Norican technology portfolio.

Beginning with a core expertise in ferrous applications (both iron and steel), the addition of both ItalPresseGauss and StrikoWestofen have given Norican Group a step up into the non-ferrous (aluminum) technical offer being demanded by the market.

As we look to the future, we continue to actively discuss with our customers new ways to support their various strategic growth initiatives.   We are jointly exploring many exciting ideas in response to these customer-centric dialogues.   

At the heart of all we do; our values

Norican Group will continue to grow as it has since its formation, based on a strict adherence to its core values;

  • Lead for Sustainability
  • Deliver on commitments
  • Respect diversity & build upon teamwork
  • Develop employee potential & excellence

These values are what guide us in all aspects of creating value for our customer, both internally and externally. While the technology and business offer may change over time as result of evolving market requirements, our core values will stand until the end of time.

In understanding our Group, how we operate (both internally and externally), it is important to understand who we are.

Find out more about Norican Group businesses


High-end furnace technology for the global light metal casting industry.

Visit StrikoWestofen


High pressure die casting machines, automatic work cells, integrated turnkey solutions and gravity die casting of aluminum and magnesium.

Visit ItalPresseGauss


End-to-end green sand foundry equipment for the bright world of metals.

Visit DISA


Shot blasting, shot peening and surface preparation solutions.

Visit Wheelabrator