Novum was founded in 1955 in Dublin, Ireland to first of all assemble washing machines and manufacture sewing machines under the Novum brand.
1972 – Moved to the manufacture of domestic chest freezers, under the Novum brand. We quickly developed a sterling reputation for the quality of the cabinets, a reputation that is still carried on today!
1982 – Novum was first to use glass lids on chest freezers, and this was the birth of our Line range and specifically the 410 & 610 models. It was an easy transition to move into the commercial sector, once we developed the glass lid for a freezer. It was revolutionary! It allowed retailers to show the customer frozen food, without having to open the cabinet.
1990 – First manufacturer to use curved glass – Curved glass lids were next to follow, allowing greater visibility of the products inside the cabinet and higher impulse sales for retailers. And with it the 401 & 601 cabinets were developed.
1990 – Novum developed the first counter balanced hinge guaranteed to over 1,000,000 openings. Our design team worked hard to develop a small part of the overall cabinet, but major part of the operation. With a hinge guaranteed to last to over 1,000,000 openings it is worry free for the end users.
1998 – The first plug in Dual Refrigeration system was developed to give retailers more peace of mind. Quality and reliability are major driving forces behind the purchase of any equipment, so why not guarantee that if there is a problem, there is a second system in place to take over so you don’t lose any product or money.
1999- Novum were first to use cool neon as an energy efficient light source inside a refrigerated cabinet. There was recognition within the R&D team that putting heat into a freezer cabinet was not very efficient, but interior lighting was essential. The neon tube replaced the fluorescent tube and savings of 15% were achieved on energy!
2000 – Novum developed the Aran Range which offers the highest product visibility of any cabinet available today. We saw that there was a growing need for a larger cabinet, and our design team got to work. The Aran was developed with the end user in mind – our first question was what do the retailers want from a chest freezer? The answer was easy, a simple, cost effective way to sell frozen products. The Aran, with its front glass for unrivalled product visibility, was the result.
2002- Novum developed the Aran 706 with curved glass on three sides which, when utilised with the Novum Aran offers 360 degree product visibility. This completed the Aran suite of products, and offers retailers the change to have their product viewed from any angle! The Aran island is complete.
2004 – Novum developed the Burren range which has the lowest energy and highest refrigeration performance of any cabinet of similar size available today. There started a growing trend to look for more energy efficient cabinets with the onset of higher energy prices. The Burren model still offers high product visibility, but doesn’t compromise on the energy. It is the perfect middle ground.
2007- Novum launched the Burren 708 and 710 which completes the Burren range. The 708 is the end cap for the Burren range and completes the island. The 710 is a stand-alone cabinet that can be utilised as a spot merchandiser, promotional cabinet or in a line up to create a single line island with a distinctive wave look and feel.
2008 – Novum successfully launched the Novum Burren Mor, a two-tier wall and wall system that is fully self-contained. It offers the retailer the chance to utilise previously unused space to expand the frozen offering, all within the same footprint.
2011 – The Burren Mor is further refined as two separate units, which gives the opportunity to install the wall section separately onto an existing Burren cabinet. This means that when the frozen section needs to be expanded, the building doesn’t need to change. You can double the frozen space, just by adding the wall section a number of months / years later!
2012 – The Novum patented Frost Free technology was developed and introduced to the market. This revolutionary technology means no ice build up inside the cabinet, quicker defrosting, better product temperatures, and more money in your pocket.
2015 – New Product Launch