Founded in 2011 by group CEO Mike Harris, Polar is certified to ISO 9001:2015 and automotive standard IATF 16949:2016. Exceptional quality parts and a first-class customer experience is instilled within our culture and values.
Group Polar offers an array of engineering services comprising design & engineering, CNC machining, 3D laser scanning, composites and spray coating.
Utilising advanced engineering methods and composite materials, Polar designs and manufactures lightweight structural, non-structural and cosmetic components for a plethora of industry sectors. Bespoke commissions run alongside volume production.
Our facilities in Norfolk, UK and RAK, UAE harness all aspects of our engineering and manufacturing expertise. We have many years’ experience in providing carbon fibre tooling and component manufacture. Our knowledgeable and friendly team will work with you attentively throughout the development and lifetime of a new project to ensure it is a success.
Founder and Group CEO Mike Harris leads a highly skilled team of manufacturing, engineering and composite experts based at our purpose-built design, development and production facilities in Norfolk, UK and RAK, UAE.
At Polar we pride ourselves on the training we offer our staff and invest time in their future with us. We aim to instil our key philosophies of excellence, precision and hard work though all our employees, ensuring our high standards are met in every project we undertake.
Natalie has worked for Polar Manufacturing for 10 years. In those 10 years she has worked in a number of different positions throughout the company starting as an Office Junior and now being Accreditations and H & S Manager.
Natalie works alongside the CEO to ensure the smooth running of all areas of the business that he requires. She also assists with other areas of the business including Health and Safety and Accreditations.
Natalie is passionate about organisation and has a built a strong relationship with the Polar Team.
Outside of work Natalie is a busy mum to 2 young boys and enjoys reading and baking.
Simon graduated from university with First Class Honours in Product Design. He is enthusiastic and creative with 12 years’ experience in the UK manufacturing industry. Day to day, Simon is responsible for the business development of Group Polar.
Away from work, Simon enjoys socialising with friends and family, music, dog walks and football.
Simon enjoys the variety of projects that Polar undertakes, seeing them through from initial concept to production.
Luke joined Polar at the start of 2019 to operate the laser scanners and further establish the CAD department. The introduction of this metrology equipment allowed Polar to broaden its capabilities, offering detailed inspection and reverse engineering services.
Embedding this technology into the business, Luke also brought experience of tooling & jig design, implementing methodologies such as 3D printing. Now with 10+ years’ industry experience, Luke works as an Engineering and Quality Manager, overseeing a team of engineers responsible for the delivery of project design and development.
Loreta joined Polar Manufacturing in 2018 following a career in internal recruitment. Establishing the department at Polar from the ground up, she overlooks all aspects of HR. In 2019 Loreta attained her CIPD Level 5 Diploma to help further expand her knowledge base and support the growing workforce.
Outside of work Loreta loves spending time with her family and being occupied by her baby son. Other leisure pursuits include keeping fit, eating out and exploring new places, especially if there is the opportunity for an adrenalin driven activity!
Callum first joined Polar, more than a decade ago, in 2011 to run the Ply Cutting department. Going above and beyond to gain knowledge, he soon found himself in a position where he could support the company by designing patterns and digitising kits for any new projects. During his time at Polar, Callum has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles within the business including internal stores and purchasing along with the Quality control department. With his well-rounded knowledge of Polar, Callum now supports the daily running of the business by helping to develop Composite Industry specific scheduling software and produce daily plans for all manufacturing departments.
Away from work Callum enjoys spending his time with his young family and dog, as well as spending time on the bank in the pursuit of big scaley mirror carp!
James’ 13 years of experience in the composites industry puts him in a great position to oversee the whole production facility at Polar’s UK site.
James joined Polar as a Laminator and quickly progressed into a Cell Leader before taking on production management duties. The experience gained in many areas of the business, now helps to maximise shopfloor efficiency on a daily basis.
In James’ spare time, he enjoys racing bikes and snowboarding.
Toma joined Polar in 2020 as Stores and Purchasing Coordinator. She has 10 years of experience in manufacturing, material and production planning. Toma is passionate about her work, creating and developing purchasing and stock control processes at Polar.
Outside of work she is busy mum of 2 boys, loves books and outdoor activities such as hiking, running and different sports.
With over 10 years’ experience in composites Brett’s knowledge is rooted in the heart of motorsports;
with a compelling Formula 1 background, as well as working on cutting edge technology within the
Marine, Space and Aerospace sectors.
Brett has worked on various Research and Development projects in his career helping to provide novel
solutions for innovative designs and resolving complex manufacturing problems.
Brett now applies his knowledge as a Manufacturing and Process Engineer here at Polar providing
insights and Codes of Practice into all aspects of composite pattern and mould making alongside the
manufacture and production of both structural and highly visual composite components.
Mike started Polar Manufacturing Ltd back in 2011, after more than 10 years working within the motorsport and composite industries. Having grown from grass roots, the business now operates from a modern facility in Norfolk, United Kingdom.
Passionate about business, Mike loves to travel whilst exploring different cultures and their cuisines (with a big glass of red wine!).
Day to day he enjoys keeping himself active by swimming, cycling and running; as well as spending quality time with his growing family.
Mike has a keen interest in technology and how it’s evolving. With the formidable team at Polar, this allows him the time to focus on increasing the services the business offers and expanding globally.
At Polar we have put in place actions to minimise the potential spread of Covid-19, while still operating at full capacity and meeting the demands of our clients.
• Adjusted shift patterns and staggered breaks for our production staff to maintain social distancing.
• Allowing arranged socially distant site visits with visitors being temperature checked on arrival and required to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire.
• Holding most meetings through video conferencing.
• Installing multiple hand sanitising units around the facility.
• Cleaning schedules to maintain the cleanliness of the communal areas.
• Keeping doors open to avoid contact with door handles.
• Face masks worn by all employees.
• Social distancing measures throughout site.
• Daily employee temperature checks.
The safety of our staff and visitors is a priority during these challenging times.
Polar provides services to a multitude of market sectors and companies choose to work with us for our reputation for delivering high-quality, cost effective parts all while satisfying demanding lead times. Here is what they had to say:
“Emergence is exquisitely engineered. The result is fantastic; the design and build is unique and beautiful. It’s a real testament to team effort and collaboration and I really appreciate the hours (and weekends) that was put into this project by the team at Polar Manufacturing. The sculpture is unique for its form and is a triumph of design, engineering and production.”
“I would like to thank all at Polar for their effort in getting our parts completed. I know it hasn’t been easy but the quality and service has been exemplary. Luke especially has ensured that this program has been completed to schedule and communication between Polar and Bloodhound enabled rapid decisions to be made.”
“We asked Polar to help us on a challenging project where they essentially had one chance to get it right. Not fazed by this the Polar team embraced the job and employed a blend of process-controlled engineering and stunning craftsmanship. To find that perfect balance of engineering and craftmanship would have been tough enough, but to do all that and get it right first time took something extra special. Thanks to the Polar team.”
“Ever since my first visit to Polar Manufacturing, they have never been less than completely positive and professional. The work they carry out for me is definitely on the smaller side of what they are used to, but I am always made to feel like my work is important to them. The work is always carried out to very high standard and delivered on time. I really wouldn’t want to use anyone else.”
THE LIGHT AIRCRAFT COMPANY
“Needing to modify the mouldings for a aircraft cockpit and engine covers and no drawings, some existing parts that didn’t appear to match those on the aircraft, it was decided that a 3D scan of the actual aircraft would be beneficial.
Having been informed that Polar processed the necessary equipment and they were local to us, we approached them to see if they were interested in the project, they were most helpful from the outset. The Scan of the aircraft was carried out quickly and efficiently, both externally and internally and also managed to scan some ancillary parts while onsite all in one day!
The stl data was supplied within a couple of days, this has allowed us to get some exact measurements from the aircraft. This would have been very difficult if not impossible using conventional measuring equipment. We would most certainly use Polar again on future projects.”
Polar works with some of the most innovative and prestigious companies in the world and our employees enjoy being part of a team which develops precision engineered components.
Group Polar is an equal opportunities employer and positively welcomes applications from everyone in the community.
We do not accept applications from recruitment agencies.
View below our current vacancies to start your career with Polar.