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OUR LINE-UP FOR SUMMER 2014 Hexagon Socket Screws DIN 912 8.8 ISO 7380-1 010.9 ISO 7380-2 010.9 DIN 7984 08.8 DIN 7991 08.8 DIN 7991 010.9


Hi Tensile Bolts (metric)


DIN 934 8 DIN 982 8 DIN 985 8

DIN 931 8.8 DIN 933 8.8

UNC Bolts UNC Setscrews UNF Bolts UNF Setscrews



DIN 7500 PE (CT) CE (CZ) DE (D) EE (E) ME (MT) ME(MZ)

CSK Head Pan Head Flange Head Z/T 30° / 60°

Self-Drilling Screws

Machine Screws

Chipboard Screws

Self-Tapping Screws

DIN 7504 Cladfast® Timberfast® Stitchfast®

DIN 84 DIN 85 DIN 963 DIN 965 DIN 966 DIN 7985

CSK Head T CSK Head Z Pan Head T Pan Head Z Partial/Full Thread

DIN 968 BS 4174 DIN 6928 DIN 7971 DIN 7972 DIN 7973 DIN 7976 DIN 7981 DIN 7982 DIN 7983

Threaded Rod DIN 976-1 (975) 4.8 / 8.8

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On the move The last two months has seen the magazine travelling to all corners of the fastener world to make sure that we are reporting on the latest events and news in the fastener industry.


e have first-hand reports from International Hardware Fair Köln, wire Düsseldorf, Fastener Fair Hannover and the Taiwan International Fastener Show, letting you know what was happening at those shows you didn’t manage to visit yourselves. Our Cover Story for this issue focuses on Italian based Ambrovit Srl and how it continues to invest in quality and technology – reinforcing its commitment to becoming a fastening technology leader. We also have an exclusive face-to-face interview with Ian Clarke, executive vice president of OEM Supply – Fasteners at Anixter Inc. Ian shares his views and predictions for the fastener industry, as well as Anixter OEM Supply – Fasteners’ plans to support the global market. Other stand out articles in this issue include an insight into OTTO ROTH GmbH & Co KG, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary manufacturing precision turned and finished products; as well as a visit to Carlo Salvi’s Garlate facility to see how the company is

celebrating 75 years in business, and its plans for the future. Mark Salmon of Independent Fixing Consultants provides an outline of the recent publications from SCOSS and London Underground on resin anchors, and gives his expert commentary on how fixing distributors can reassure customers about the versatility and suitability of resins anchors. Finally, our Application Technology section includes some fascinating articles including NOF METAL COATINGS EUROPE explaining how the growing use of light alloy parts, the increase of tightening speed, and high preloads, has led to the need for more efficient topcoats; as well as Berdan Civata showcasing its extensive range of products for every section of the wind turbine sector. Add to this the latest fastener industry news from Europe, Russia, Asia, North America and Brazil, as well as recent product innovations across the industry, and you have another jam-packed issue.

CONTENTS INDUSTRY NEWS Europe and World...............................................................10-22 Perspective.............................................................................. 24 North America....................................................................26-28 Russia + CIS.......................................................................30-32 Asia.....................................................................................34-36 Brazil....................................................................................... 38

CONSTRUCTION FIXINGS Hydrajaws introduces Bluetooth Digital Gauge...................... 66 Hexstone creates a Vortex™ for customers............................. 68 Resin anchor usage: A commentary on recent publications from SCOSS and LU............................70-72 News...................................................................................74-80 MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY Carlo Salvi: Proud of its 75 years.......................................86-90 Ingramatic introduces W60 size machine............................... 94 News.................................................................................92-100

COVER STORY Ambrovit – an even stronger market presence.................. 40-41 EXHIBITIONS Events Calendar...................................................................... 42 Taiwan International Fastener Show report.......................44-46 Fastener Fair Hannover report...........................................48-50 International Hardware Fair Köln report................................. 54 wire 2014 report.................................................................82-84 News...................................................................................52-58 FACE2FACE Ian Clarke, executive vice president, OEM Supply – Fasteners, Anixter.......................................60-62 INSIGHT 100 years of passion for fastening technology....................64-65


CATALOGUE RACK European manufacturers............................................... 101-103 MANAGEMENT + SYSTEMS Orbital Fasteners uses VECTA integrated solutions............. 104 News...............................................................................106-108 FOCUS ON Socket + hexagon bolts.................................................. 122-123 PRODUCT NEWS Application Technology news.........................................110-120 Tools news......................................................................124-128 Products news................................................................130-140

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Bossard reports record Q1 Bossard Group reported Q1 2014 sales at CHF 161.5 million (132.6 million euros). In local currency sales were up 5.6% year-on-year.


ossard says European and Asian sales are currently driving its results, noting that American sales declined significantly as the result of reduced demand from a major customer. European sales were up 8.4% in local currency and by a similar increment converted to Swiss Francs at CHF 106.5 million. Asian sales were up 17.2% to CHF 21 million but currency depreciation hit the CHF result, reducing growth to 9.4%. American sales were down 7.8%, equating to an 11.2% fall in Swiss Francs to CHF 34 million.

New Tesla contract Bossard, however, also reported a new contract with American electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, which it expects to stimulate American H2 business. Tesla awarded Bossard a three year contract with a total volume of around US$140 million to provide production fasteners, engineering and logistical services. The importance of this cooperation has prompted Bossard to open a new distribution centre near the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. The two companies have collaborated for more than four years on the design and development of the cutting edge Model S, including engineering, prototyping and ultimate delivery of production fasteners – utilising Bossard’s globally unique inventory management system: SmartBin®.

New Malaysian centre opens The Bossard Group also announced the opening of a new 9,000m2 distribution centre with offices in the Penang Science Park, Bukit Minyak, Malaysia, with an employment capacity of 80 people. CEO David Dean said the new facility provided the basis for continued growth in the region.

Anixter Fastener sales up 8.1% in Q1 Anixter’s OEM Supply – Fasteners reported 2014 Quarter 1 organic sales up 8.1% year-on-year, and up 0.7% on a sequential quarter basis.


EM Supply – Fasteners’ Quarter 1 global sales were reported at US$249.5 million (179.4 million euros), a 9.4% increase from the same period 2013. This included a US$3.1 million favourable currency exchange element. Organic sales increased 8.1% year-on-year and 0.7% compared with Quarter 4 2013. Anixter said the improvement in sales reflected continued increase in customer production levels plus incremental business wins. Operating income of US$12.8 million compares with US$4.9 million for Q1 2013. Operating margin of 5.1% compares to 2.1% in the prior year same quarter and 5.5% in Quarter 4 2013. Overall Anixter Inc reported Quarter 1 sales of US$1.52 billion, reflecting organic revenue growth year-on-year of 3.8%. Operating income increased 5.7% to US$85.7 million. In the investors conference call, CEO Bob Eck commented: “Steadily improving market trends in all of our segments fueled strong performance, particularly in our OEM Supply – Fasteners segment and across all segments in Europe and emerging markets. For the fifth consecutive quarter we achieved significant performance improvements in our fasteners segment, reflecting increases in our customers’ production levels coupled with the results of actions we took to reposition the business for profitable growth. We also experienced a solid recovery in our core enterprise communications business, with double-digit growth in both our emerging markets and European geographies.”


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Alcoa EP&S hits Q1 record ATOI Alcoa reported after tax operating income for its engineering products & solutions segment, which includes Alcoa Fastening Systems, at a first quarter record of US$189 million (135.9 million euros), up US$21 million or 13% sequentially and up US$16 million or 9% year-on-year.


igher volumes in aerospace and commercial transportation combined with better productivity across all businesses drove the improvement. The segment reported an EBITDA margin of 22.2%, compared to 20.9% same quarter 2013.


NORMA acquires Five Star Clamps in US NORMA Group acquired the business of Five Star Clamps Inc in the US effective 28th April 2014. The parties agreed to maintain confidentiality on the transaction details.


ive Star with headquarters in Crest Hill near Chicago, Illinois, has been selling joining products since 1987. The high-quality clamps of the owner managed business are distributed to customers in more than 50 different industries. In fiscal year 2012, Five Star generated revenues of approximately US$5 million. It will be consolidated financially as part of NORMA Group effective immediately. “Five Star Clamps has many years of expertise in the markets for joining technology,” says Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “The acquisition will strengthen our market position in the US region. We will expand our manufacturing footprint and distribution activities, as well as grow our client base.” In the US, NORMA Group operates production facilities in Auburn Hills and St. Clair, Michigan, and in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.

SFS IPO worth CHF 641 million Swiss components group SFS launched an initial public offering on the Swiss Stock Exchange on 7th May, pricing its shares at CHF 64.


he IPO price gives an implied full market value for the company at around CHF 2.4 billion (1.97 billion euros). SFS placed just over ten million shares, equating to 26.7% of its share capital. Half of the shares were new, the balance were existing shares sold by SFS’s founding family. During initial hours of trading shares rose by more than 5% in value. SFS says it plans to use proceeds for growth by expansion as well as acquisitions. Credit Suisse and UBS are joint global coordinators on the share issue. SFS Group increased its sales in 2013 by 11.5% to CHF 1.331 billion. Changes in the scope of consolidation contributed 9.8% to this growth. Excluding these changes, Group organic growth was 1.7%. EBITA improved by 38.9% to CHF 195.4 million and EBITA margin by 14.7% (11.9% in 2012).

South Africa increases duties on imported fasteners The effect of imports, particularly from Asia, on domestic manufacturing of certain fasteners has convinced the South African International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) to increase import duties.


TAC increased ad valorem import duties from 10% to 20% to enable the industry to recover manufacturing overheads and boost production capacity – said to have fallen 18% from 2010 to 2012. Employment has dropped 22% since 2008 when a marked increase in imports of bolts, nuts and set screws became evident. Statistics from CBC Fasteners, which brought the application for duty protection, show a rise in imported bolts from 1,808 tonnes a year in 2008 to 3,896 in 2012, and an increase in set screws from 1,958 tonnes in 2008 to 5,965 tonnes. The South African Fastener Manufacturers’ Association (SAFMA), representing 80% of the production volumes in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), supported the application.


ITAC chief commissioner Siyabulela Tsengiwe ruled that the domestic industry suffered a price disadvantage against products imported from Asian countries. “The tariff support for the industry at the level of 20% ad valorem would improve its price competitive position in the face of stiff import competition,” he said. ITAC decided not to increase the duties to the maximum rate of 30% under World Trade Organisation rules as the industry had asked. The Commission will review the duty structure in three years’ time to assess industry production, employment and investment performance. In 2012 ITAC responded to an application from SAFMA and investigated imports of fully threaded screws with hexagonal heads, excluding stainless steel screws, from China. This resulted in the introduction of an anti-dumping duty of 104.5%.

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Trifast to acquire Viterie Italia Centrale Trifast Plc has announced it has conditionally agreed to acquire the entire issued quota holding of Viterie Italia Centrale (VIC), a fastener manufacturer and distributor based in Fabriano, central Italy, for an aggregate consideration of 27 million euros.


ompletion is expected after a Trifast General Meeting scheduled for 30th May to obtain shareholder approval. Founded in 1964 by the Perini family, VIC predominantly manufactures and distributes fastening systems for the white goods industry, numbering most of the major OEM brands as customers, and has recently expanded into automotive lighting fastening components. VIC reported sales of 27 million euros in 2013 generating profit before tax of 5.4 million euros. VIC recorded sales growth of 7% and 16.75% in 2011 and 2012 respectively. 70% of current ownership is held by DGPA, an Italian private equity company, which invested in 2008 when the founder wished to retire. The founder’s son and current managing director, Carlo Perini, holds the remaining 30%.

Trifast sees a strong cultural fit between VIC and TR Fastenings, significant as management is planned to remain in the hands of Carlo Perini. There are also strong opportunities to roll out VIC’s successful business model further in Europe and into Asia and the United States. The acquisition presents two other strategic benefits to Trifast. As well as increasing the Group’s share of business into the domestic appliance sector it provides it with a competitive alternative manufacturing source within Europe, allowing it to cut lead times and transport costs. The factory is well integrated with a computer monitored production plant, in parallel with in-house heat treatment and zinc electroplating surface finish lines, all of which, says Trifast, enhances the scope for Lean manufacturing and sophisticated cost monitoring.

Hydrobolt joins LoneStar Group LoneStar Group has announced that Hydrobolt has joined the Group with immediate effect.


he company will remain a separate entity and will continue to trade under the Hydrobolt name. It will continue to be run by the current Hydrobolt senior management team, led by Jamie Simpson, who will report directly to the CEO of LoneStar Group. LoneStar Fasteners Europe is proceeding with its previously announced relocation to a new facility at Universal Point, Birmingham, UK, and will continue to be led by Stuart Roden and his current management team. In its statement LoneStar said: “We believe this is a great opportunity for LoneStar Fasteners Europe and Hydrobolt to work together to expand product offering to our respective customers, offer more compelling value propositions, and increase our presence in the global energy market. This is an exciting time for all of us at LoneStar Fasteners Europe and Hydrobolt and everything points to a robust future for the two organisations and its employees.”


Trifast chairman, Malcolm Diamond, commented: “This Italian based acquisition represents an excellent strategic fit for Trifast; VIC operates as a manufacturer of highly engineered parts mainly to the domestic appliance industry plus early development into automotive lighting components. This capability will enable Trifast to offer a wider range of threaded fasteners, manufactured within the enlarged Group’s facilities, to these industry sectors, which we consider to be strategic for TR’s global aspirations.” “VIC has a young, experienced and motivated management team, led by Carlo Perini. Their focus and continued improvement on customisation has allowed the business not only to keep up with output markets’ technological development, but also to often act as an innovator, reinforcing its competitive positioning.”

Agrati starts construction of new French logistics centre Agrati La Bridoire has started construction of a 3,535m2, 2.8 million euro, packaging, storage and shipping centre.


he development is part of a phased relocation of the plant from the centre of La Bridoire to a new site more conveniently located close to the main highway. Short term the development will release space to expand cold heading production at the existing plant. The company is reported to be planning to complete relocation to the new site by its centenary in 2019. French media reports La Bridoire sales at approximately 22 million euros, with 60% of revenue coming from Renault and Peugeot. The operation employs more than 150 people. Agrati is looking to further develop sales to German automotive customers, having won business from BMW, MAN trucks and Bosch during 2013. 51% of the company is owned by Agrati SpA, the balance by FMEA – the French fund for modernisation of equipment manufacturers. La Bridoire is located near to Chambery in the south east of France.

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Würth signs international cooperation agreement with STRABAG SE The Würth Group has signed an international cooperation agreement with STRABAG SE, one of the leading European technology groups for construction services.


he agreement means that standardised prices and article descriptions apply to STRABAG businesses in six European countries when purchasing around 2,300 items from the Würth product range. The new framework agreement expands the already existing strategic partnership between Würth and STRABAG in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. On a European level, the two companies had already signed a first international framework agreement for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2010.

In Germany, Würth looks back on more than 15 years of successful strategic cooperation with STRABAG, which is one of Würth Group’s largest customers in the construction industry. Pictured (left to right) are Steffen Märtsch (key account manager international at Würth), Lutz Wagner (key account manager national at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG), Norbert Heckmann (chairman of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG), Mathias Ertingshausen (head of sourcing, Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart), Markus Würth (executive vice president in the Würth Group), Peter Eder (head of purchasing, STRABAG, Vienna) and Hans Peter Trehkopf (head of construction project management at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG) on the occasion of the signing of the agreement. “We are pleased that we were able to further expand our long standing cooperation with STRABAG SE. It proves the trust and confidence that STRABAG places in Würth as a supplier,” said Norbert Heckmann. “It is the objective of our cooperation to jointly grow in other markets, too.” Mathias Ertingshausen added: “When working on our orders, we involve selected, tried and tested subcontractors and vendors apart from our own competences and resources in the spirit of quality and economic efficiency. We are happy to have found a well respected partner in the Würth Group that will support us even more intensively in doing so in the future on the basis of this international framework agreement.”

NORMA Brazilian plant starts production NORMA Group has reported that it has started production at a new plant in Atibaia, Brazil.


ORMA’s Brazilian plant manufactures quick connectors and fluid systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. From June, it will begin producing the exhaust pipe couplings Euro Coupler and Accuseal, as well as the V-band profile clamp for the South American market. “The demand for high-quality and technologically advanced joining solutions in this prospering region continues to grow,” says Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “Our new plant is an excellent base from which to access the South American markets. We are proud that we now operate production facilities in every region of the world, which enables us to even better meet the requirements of our clients globally and, from now on, also in South America.” NORMA Group has been present in the Brazilian market since 2011 with a sales and engineering office in Santo André and now the production facility in Atibaia near São Paulo.


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Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2015 now occupies four halls Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2015, the world’s leading exhibition for the fastener and fixing industry, will take place from 10th – 12th March 2015 at the exhibition grounds in Stuttgart.


year before the show start date, the majority of exhibition space has already been booked; 70% of available stand space has now been allocated. Alongside the numerous exhibitors from the previous event, there are also many new exhibiting companies. Due to high demand, exhibition organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions have expanded stand space for Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2015 by adding a new hall. In addition to halls 4, 6 and 8, hall C2 will be made available next year at the exhibition grounds in Stuttgart. Consequently, Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2015 promises to be even bigger than the previous exhibition, which ended with a record number of exhibitors, visitors and exhibition space. A total of 811 exhibitors from 36 countries presented their products and solutions to 10,600 trade visitors from 90 countries. Compared to the previous event in 2011, this was an increase of 28% in visitor numbers and 21% in exhibitor numbers. The three exhibition halls for Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2013 were completely sold out. Exhibitors were highly satisfied with Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2013. The exhibitor survey confirmed that 98% of exhibitors achieved their aims and 89% rated the visitor quality as good or very good. Trade visitors from all over the world travelled to attend the fair and the most important visitor countries after Germany (37% of all visitors) were Italy, Great Britain, France and Poland.

Arpel’s new energy Steve Auld has acquired the majority shareholding in Arpel Ltd, a rivet, rivet nut and tooling supplier, and is implementing changes to relaunch and revive the business.


stablished 25 years ago, in Aylesbury, UK, Arpel will now work from a modern unit in Kidderminister, UK, equipped with a new ERP after a GB£6,000 investment in software upgrades. Arpel focuses on two tooling ranges – Lobster and FAR – and has a long standing relationship with both companies. Arpel has been the distributor for Lobster, the Japanese professional tooling company for rivet guns and rivet nut guns, since it was established, and is Lobster’s only distributor for the UK and Irish territories. Arpel also distributes FAR products and is committed to supplying from stock FAR tools – carrying an extensive range of all FAR spares required to support and service FAR tooling products – and is FAR’s longest established distributor in the UK. Steve Auld explains: “Arpel has a strong name in the market but was in need of new energy. We intend to relaunch and remind the customer base of Arpel’s capability in terms of stocking the branded tools for Lobster and FAR and also to support those tools with the complete range of spares.” Arpel has traditionally exported pin and collar products for the larger diameter riveting solutions, something that has been very well received. However, that product has not been offered to the UK market, something that Steve plans to introduce later this year. “We will launch a whole new range of literature in the next


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nine months, covering the Lobster and FAR brands, and the pin and collar products.” When exporting its products, Arpel has approved providers of logistics and provides its customers with support, ensuring timed deliveries, with all products palletised and packaged according to customer specifications. A marketing and advertising professional will also join the company in August and Arpel is now committed to a marketing and advertising programme to promote the brand across its customer base. Steve explains: “As an organisation, we predominately support the distribution business. As users give distributors their requirements, we help the distributors to understand the references and codes they may be given for rivets and rivet nut products and support them with the tooling, servicing, sale, and hire of a new tool. We have to remind our customers that we can offer this service and that we can provide them with quality data and information, which is something our marketing professional will be working towards.” Steve continues: “Arpel was a product I understood and I knew that I could drive the business in a positive manner. The process has taken nearly three years to complete, and I’m looking forward to growing the Arpel brand and establishing it as a leading brand in the sheet metal market place.”

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Rotor Clip receives AS9100 certification Rotor Clip has taken another step in its goal to continuously improve its products and processes, and increase overall customer satisfaction, by recently meeting all the requirements for AS9100 certification.


otor Clip can now offer the aerospace industry a ‘one stop’ shop for tapered, constant section and spiral retaining rings, wave springs, and self-compensating hose clamps. In addition, the industry has at its disposal technical engineering staff to advise on the most economical way to use its products including suggestions on the best type, dimensions, material, finishes and packaging to use for a particular application. According to Sara Mallo, VP of sales, the certification is good news for aerospace customers looking for additional sources for these products. “We’ve always prided ourselves on offering choice to our customers in the type of retaining rings they purchase,” said Mallo. “We’re now pleased to offer the same type of choice to the aerospace industry.” Mallo noted that the process of applying for the AS9100 has been “extremely positive,” enabling the company to uncover key areas of improvement and a greater command of its manufacturing processes. Mallo added: “What we have learned through the AS9100 process is how to take our current Lean thinking and improve upon it to provide our customers with an exceptionally high level of quality, reliable products, delivered when and where they need them.” The certificate reads that Rotor Clip ‘has established and applies a quality system for the manufacture of tapered section, constant section and spiral wound retaining rings; Truwave® coiled flat wire wave springs (single and multi-turn); Rotor Clamp self-compensating hose clamps, in accordance with customer and industry specifications.’

Rivco celebrates its 20th trading year Rivco, based in the West Midlands, UK, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month and has seen a significant growth in its exports in the last few years.


riginally established in 1994 by Chris Roden as a rivet and rivet nut distributor for the fencing industry, Rivco is now the exclusive distributor for southern England, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates, for Huck® fasteners, Rivit, Shanghai Anzi, and Anzi Sinolink. Chris Roden is still involved with the company as a shareholder today. The national distributor now exports to a variety of countries including the Czech Republic, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Steve Auld, managing director says: “It’s an exciting time to be at Rivco at the moment. We’re delighted with the way our export business has doubled in terms of revenue. The changes that have come around over the last few years have enabled Rivco to be recognised as a national distributor. We are not a small local provider anymore and that is quite an achievement.” Rivco’s extensive product range includes blind rivets, Huck® bolts, hand tools, setting tools, self-clinching tools and tools for rivet nuts and blind rivets.


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Honsel starts production in Wuxi Honsel, a German blind fastener manufacturer, has a 3,500m2 unit in Wuxi, China, to service automotive customers locally.


onsel says it will continue manufacturing blind rivet nuts, blind rivets, bolts and rivets in Fröndenberg, Germany, where work has started on the construction of an expansion project, now that the winter has ended. The project is scheduled for completion in autumn 2014, weather permitting. Thomas Tschorn, technical director at Honsel Forming, says the development will expand the gross area of the facility by 35%, accommodating offices for the technical department, as well as additional production space for new machinery – which is scheduled for delivery soon. Honsel currently employs 140 people at Fröndenberg, one of three sites supplying blind fasteners for the global automotive industry.


Now it’s the British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors Last year, several leading Irish fastener distributors approached the BAFD interested in membership. Following an overwhelming vote of support by BAFD members, the association now not only welcomes distributors from Ireland but has also reflected the extension in a name change to the British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors.


ore than eighty percent of eligible voting members approved changes to the British Association of Fastener Distributors Association’s rules. The now BIAFD is a Company Limited by Guarantee so approval had also to be given for a change to the company name and its Memorandum of Association. The first Irish fastener distributors to sign up for BIAFD membership were Tucks Fasteners and Century Fasteners Limited, both of Dublin, closely followed by Appian Fasteners Ltd and Profast Ltd. TR Southern Fasteners, based in Mallow, County Cork, is also now able to take advantage of the benefits of the TR Group’s longstanding executive membership of BIAFD. Keith Harrison, chairman of BIAFD, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome our colleagues from Ireland and to be able

to extend to them the news service, meetings and networking opportunities that have long been acknowledged as helping to keep BIAFD members better informed. Membership of BIAFD also provides links to fastener distributors throughout Europe via BIAFD’s founder membership of the European Fastener Distributors Association.” “This latest development,” Keith continued, ”extends a record of more than ten years during which the association has seen consistently expanding membership and support from fastener distributors ranging from local family businesses to multinational corporations based in the United Kingdom.” BIAFD will shortly be updating its website to reflect the new name and membership. Meanwhile information on membership is available at or by emailing

Rolevet forging ahead in 2014 Rolevet Ltd, based in Wolverhampton, UK, is continuing its investment programme in 2014, having recently recruited three highly experienced sales/technical staff from within the industry.


013 saw Rolevet Ltd invest over GB£100,000 in improving systems and infrastructure at its Wolverhampton manufacturing facility. The company has continued this investment programme into 2014 with the recruitment of three sales/technical staff – demonstrating its commitment to providing the best quality service to both existing and potential customers. Karine Barateau joined the company as export sales manager in January and has been joined by Mark Hodges, technical sales manager, and Stuart

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Phil Matten reflects on some of the key topics currently involving the fastener industry I’ve just been reading PwC’s latest report on the UK Economic Outlook. Apart from the obvious positive recovery trends, also signalled in successive recent issues of monthly Purchasing Managers Index across Europe, two things in particular struck me.


irstly, how ambivalent projections for the coming years remain. In PwC’s case this is epitomised in a graph of “alternative UK GDP growth scenarios”, which shows three distinct lines for the trend in the next 12 months – ranging from a ‘renewed slowdown’ line at around 0.5% to ‘strong recovery’ at 4% GDP growth. PwC expects the recovery to continue through 2014 and 2015 but emphasises “there are still likely to be some bumps along the road”. There remain downside risks in the Eurozone, there are concerns that slowdowns in some previously strong emerging economies may become more severe, and there are the potential repercussions of the deeply troubling events in Ukraine right now. The other interesting topic was a focus on ‘reshoring’ that concluded the UK could gain up to 200,000 extra jobs and a GB£6 billion – GB£12 billion boost by the mid 2020s as a result of a perceptible current trend for certain industries to return manufacturing to Europe. The drivers PwC cites are: “Shifts in consumer preferences, a reduction of the wage gap with emerging economics, volatile international transport costs and a desire by management to better control quality and supply chain risks.” The report happens to be about the UK but, of course, the recovery trend, the downside risks and the potential for reshoring equally apply to many if not all European economies. Certainly, there are clear links with several News reports in this issue. Our report on the impact of the environmental clampdown in Taiwan on plating and heat

treating is a cogent reminder of how a single issue can trigger waves through an extended supply chain. Taiwan authorities and fastener industry are clearly focused on a long-term solution for waste water processing and, in time, supply chain inventory levels will naturally compensate for the current extended lead times. Short term, though, there will evidently be strain on inventories, presumably to the benefit of European fastener producers. Interesting also that amongst several strategic advantages Trifast identifies for its expected acquisition of Viterie Italia Centrale, is gaining an important alternative manufacturing capability within Europe to cut lead times and transport costs. This is not the only strategic acquisition in the News and Bossard’s latest financial report demonstrates the benefits of a skilfully targeted strategy. Also on the upside are a number of reports of significant investments in European fastener operations and, in SFS’ case, a successful IPO generating very substantial funds for future development of the group. Feedback from the wire Düsseldorf show also clearly signals a lot of satisfaction with the levels of European investment in new fastener manufacturing equipment, a very important indicator of confidence. All round then, plenty of positive signals for European fastener companies, at least for the next year or so, but it still seems that fortunes continue to be dependant on maintaining balance on a disconcertingly narrow tightrope.

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NORTH AMERICAN NEWS by John Wolz, editor,

US Conflict Minerals Regulations involve entire supply chain New US Conflict Minerals Regulations can affect the entire supply chain, directly or indirectly, Consultant Lawrence Heim told the joint meeting of the National Fastener Distributors Association and the Pacific-West Fastener Association.


or example, Apple announced it would only use products from certified smelters, Heim cited. “By September Apple wants all uncertified product out of its supply chain. When Apple shakes a tree, all the leaves fall.” However, “your customers might not go down this route,” noted Heim, a consultant with “This is more about your customer than anything else.” “Materials now on your shelf are okay,” he assured NFDA and PacWest members. Conflict minerals are mined in areas of armed conflict and human rights abuses, especially in Africa’s eastern Congo provinces. In addition to rebel groups, neighboring governments have smuggled natural resources out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Profits finance more fighting. Minerals involved are tin (cassiterite), tungsten (wolframite) and tantalum (coltan) – dubbed the 3Ts or the 3TGs including gold – and are used principally by multinational electronics companies for manufacturing mobile phones, laptops, and MP3 players. The law is “disclosure-based” – anticipating that consumer behavior will act as “financial enforcement,” Heim explained. Ultimately the law is about “incentives to stop buying from the DRC.” It does not ban DRC-source material, require product labeling or supply chain audits. The required reporting is with US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Form SD and due annually starting 31st May 2014. It must have an “executive

officer” signature. The report describes products, due diligence, processing facilities and country of origin. The information must be published on the company’s website for one year. The law applies to materials originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The law puts the US Securities & Exchange Commission in charge of implementation. Regulations require US and certain foreign companies to report and make public the use of so-called “conflict minerals” from the DRC or adjoining countries in their products. Other countries are also considering ways to discourage DRC minerals. Heim cited several “key definitions” in the regulations such as “necessary to the functionality or production.” That would be “generally expected function, use or purpose of the product as a whole. Ornamentation is not “necessary” to the use, he pointed out. However, where a product has multiple uses, if conflict materials are “necessary” to any single function, it is then necessary to the product as a whole. “Contained in” is a key factor, Heim said. For example, do materials used in an intermediate chemical process remain in the final product? Tools, computers and other equipment supporting production are excluded, he noted. Products containing 3TG can be determined “DRC conflict free” if verified as

coming from scrap or recycled sources and as not directly or indirectly financing armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. The law applies to publicly traded companies subject to SEC regulations, including manufacturers, processors and smelters and private label contract manufacturers. Suppliers should (1) determine if the rules apply to their products, (2) inquire about country of origin and (3) provide due diligence. The “reasonable country of origin inquiry” must be “reasonably designed” and be performed in “good faith,” Heim explained. The rules allow reliance on supplier information, but can’t ignore “applicable warning signs or other circumstances.” Solutions include smelter audits for electronics manufacturing and refinery audits, and supply chain programs, for gold. IT systems should be available for conflict minerals data management systems. Heim said public companies need to establish a corporate policy; review existing programmes and processes for links; coordinate departments and assign roles; strategise decision criteria and contingencies; and assess products, content, use and suppliers. The Conflict Minerals Law contains requirements of independent third party supply chain traceability audits and reporting of audit information to the public and SEC. Other companies may become involved through audit requirements pushed down through supply chains, including privately held and foreign owned companies.

Quebbeman and Lomasney lead IFI for 2014-15 Mark Quebbeman of Semblex Corporation is the 71st chairperson of the Industrial Fasteners Institute and Dave Lomasney of MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions is vice chair.


uebbeman succeeds Steve Paddock of Böllhoff Inc. He started in the fastener industry directly out of college in the Camcar sales development program. In 20 years with Camcar he held various sales and product roles in Colorado, Indiana and Kentucky. He then spent two years outside the fastener industry, but returned in 2001 as vice president of sales and marketing at Semblex. Lomasney joined MacLean-Fogg in 2009 as president of MFCS. Though MacLean-Fogg is his first fastener job, he came with a mechanical engineering degree and 25 years of operations and engineering experience with automotive companies TRW and Magna.


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South Korea’s Jinhap acquires Semblex of US US fastener manufacturer Semblex Corp was acquired by South Korea based Jinhap Company Ltd in a deal “mandated by US tax regulations.” The transaction closed 3rd February.


ounded in 1978, Jinhap is a 100% family owned company with annual revenues of approximately US$425 million and employment exceeding 1,200 people. The company has four manufacturing plants in South Korea and two plants in China (expanding to four by the end of 2014). Jinhap supplies fasteners, cold formed and machined special products, and brake hose fittings to the global automotive industry. Like Semblex, Jinhap is a licensee of various value added fastener products such as Delta PT®, Taptite 2000®, the TORX® PLUSDrive System and MAThread®. “The sale of Semblex, mandated by US tax regulations, follows a comprehensive effort by the Haerther Trust and company management to explore future ownership opportunities that would enable Semblex to continue its current business direction; specifically, supplying value added products and services to its customers and providing stable, rewarding careers for its employees,” Semblex stated in a press release. The company added: “There are no changes planned to the Semblex organization or to the company’s existing strong relationships with its bank, suppliers, product licensors, or other strategic alliance partners, including Agrati Group.” Founded in 1968 by Daniel Haerther and three employees, Semblex developed into a well known US cold forming fastener and components manufacturer. Semblex manufactures for the automotive, RV, appliance, agriculture, power tool, lawn and garden, electronics and medical markets. Major product lines include thread rolling fasteners for metals, thread forming fasteners for light metals, thread forming fasteners for plastics, SEMS assemblies, clinch products and value added fasteners.

2014 FINdex sees lackluster opening The FIN Fastener Stock Index achieved a modest 1.5% gain in the opening quarter of 2014, compared to a 0.5% gain by an index of related industrial stocks.


pproximately one in five of 21 public companies tracked by the FINdex lost share value during the quarter, which saw tough market conditions in January and February as weaker than expected US data, concerns over growth in China, and the outlook for some emerging economies troubled investors. By contrast, the FINdex gained 9.5% in the opening quarter of 2013 on its way to a 33.3% increase for the year, including 7% growth in the final quarter. Fastener companies gaining 10% or more in share value during the opening quarter of 2014 included Alcoa (21.1%), Anixter (13%), Chicago Rivet (17.6%), Bisco Industries (10%), Lawson Products (31%), and Tree Island Steel (38%). Anixter achieved share growth of 13% in the quarter as speculation swirled regarding a possible sale of the company.

Canada initiates expiry review on fastener imports from Asia The Canadian International Trade Tribunal initiated an expiry review of its 6th January 2010 order, which extended anti-dumping measures originally applied in 2005 to certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Taiwan.


he review will determine if the continued or resumed dumping and subsidizing of certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Taiwan are likely to injure Canadian producers. On 21st August 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency will determine if there is a likelihood of resumed or continued dumping and/or subsidizing. In the event of positive determinations, the Tribunal will determine, on 5th January 2015, whether the continued or resumed dumping and/or subsidizing is likely to result in injury or retardation. A full copy of the Notice of Expiry Review RR-2014-001 is available at:


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Special protective duties on fasteners expire On 17th March the special safeguard duty on steel fasteners imported into the Russian Federation expired.


he duty extended to bolts with diameters from M6 – M30; nuts with diameters from M5 – M30; and spring washers with diameter 6mm – 42mm. This special protective measure against fasteners, imported to the Russian Federation from all the countries, was introduced by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation #68 from 12th February 2011 – ‘About the special protective measure against fasteners’. According to the resolution of the Customs Union Committee this protective measure was applied throughout the territory of the Russian Customs Union.

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The new high-tensile fastener plant of Bervel will begin operations in the Rybnovsky District in August 2014, announced Vitaliy Larin, minister of trade and economic development of Ryazanskaya region at a round table meeting.

On 4th April a demonstration using modern types of fasteners was held at the Moscow exhibition Holzhaus/Wooden House-Building 2014.


ccording to Mr Larin, the plant will produce high-tensile fasteners designed for metal structures and other engineered units used in the construction of bridges, tunnels, subways, and various other buildings and structures. The minister said Bervel would be the premier facility in the Russian Federation producing fasteners with hot galvanised coating. Its planned capacity will be approximately 21,000 tonnes of fasteners and 33,000 tonnes of sized rolled stock per year.


n this day there was a masterclass on modern types of fasteners for wooden construction. The visitors of the exhibition had a chance to watch the capabilities of new fastening technologies for house construction and to obtain answers for all the questions from the specialists. The masterclass was organised by the Association of Wooden House-Building and the editorial staff of “Fasteners, Adhesives, Tools and …” Magazine.

New adhesives educational programme The Association of Producers of Adhesives and Joint Sealers together with the Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, named after M.V Lomonosov, announced the implementation of the programme – ‘Skilled workers are the future of the industry of adhesives and joint sealers of Russia’.


he long-term educational programme provides for the organisation of extension courses for technologists from various industry branches, involved in the production and use of adhesives and joint sealers. The programme also aims to prepare skilled workers, within the framework of multi-level education up to bachelor and master degree levels, to meet the general requirements of the world level of development in production and usage of polymer composites.


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ver the past few years the auto components business of GAZ Group has realised several projects to develop production of automotive components in cooperation with international partners. In 2012 a joint project on production of exhaust systems was realised with the European Bosal Company. In 2013 GAZ started production of bodies for the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. In 2013 it organised production of Mercedes OM-646 engines at the Yaroslavl Engines Plant, which is part of the GAZ Group. This year, according to its press service, GAZ will start production of fastener parts together with the Swedish producer Bulten and will continue its work on the formation of a joint facility with the Italian MW SpA Company to produce steel pressed wheel discs in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Severstal-metiz expands product lines During 2013 the Severstal-metiz group of factories offered the market more than 200 new hardware products. The company expanded its range of fasteners for bridge and automotive industries, as well as offering new special ropes and welded panels.


ew fastener types included studs made to drawings and to GOST standards in various categories of strength; new standard sizes in the shear connector range according to ISO 13918 (diameters 16mm, 19mm and 22mm in lengths of 175mm and 200mm); M16 diameter six-side headed bolts 150mm to 200mm long; and high strength fasteners with spherical and six-sided heads with a thermodiffusion zinc covering. The company also expanded its line of automotive fasteners to include square, welded, and flanged screw nuts. In other divisions Severstal-metiz developed new reinforced seven-wire stabilised ropes protected with plastic anti-friction and resistant lubrication in high-density polyethylene coats, for which the company is the unique domestic producer.

The group’s Techi Rus division made major advances in rope slings and products for cranes. Another branch – ‘UniFens’ – manufactured and sold approximately 1 million square metres of new nets and netted products. The Stillejsa branch was also successful in 2013 in developing and launching 16 new products and upgrading twenty others. Alexander Shevelev, the general director of Severstal-metiz, commented: “Annually our company develops approximately 150 new hardware products. Among them are both new standard sizes and qualitatively new products to the market. However, work in this direction would be incomplete if we did not pay the same attention to development of services, particularly design and engineering, integration, and technical support, which all help to distinguish us in the market.”

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Taiwanese environmental clampdown jeopardises fastener output A clampdown by Taiwanese environmental regulators has seriously impacted lead times for electroplated fasteners, driving up plating costs and jeopardising output for potentially up to twelve months.


ver recent months European importers have received increasingly frequent warnings from Taiwanese fastener suppliers that the widespread closure of electroplating plants in Kaohsiung was seriously affecting lead times and costs for heat treated and plated fasteners. Taiwanese environmental authorities radically tightened controls over the discharge of waste effluent into watercourses following a series of investigations late in 2013, which attracted widespread domestic media and political attention. The first related to discharges of heavy metal contaminants into the Houjin River by a Kaohsiung semiconductor engineering plant, leading to the indictment of several senior executives under environmental laws. An electroplating plant was subsequently identified as polluting the same watercourse at levels 100 times higher than the semiconductor plant, moving regulatory scrutiny onto pickling and plating processes as a major source of water contamination. While investigations occurred across Taiwan the major focus is clearly on the Kaohsiung region, in which more than 60% of Taiwanese fastener production is located. The Taiwan Legislature is proposing thirty-fold increases to the maximum fines for illegal discharge to approximately 475,000 euros and increased potential prison sentences for management from 3 to 7 years. New measures would also require paying compensation for illegal pollution and encourage whistleblower reports. The severity of these measures is indicative of the levels of public and political concern over water contamination. Several Kaohsiung fastener suppliers reported that more than half of plating plants are currently unavailable to process fasteners, inevitably creating substantial short-term increases in lead times for heat treated and plated fasteners. The China Economic News Service (CENS) quoted the Taiwan Industrial Fastener Institute (TIFI) as saying the mandatory closures of pickling and electroplating plants in the Kaohsiung region could result in a 25% drop in output for the Taiwan fastener industry, worth the equivalent of 750 million euros. While the TIFI statement was almost certainly targeted at reminding politicians of the significance of fastener exports to the Taiwan economy it reflects the level of concern in the fastener industry. Speaking at the Taiwan International Fastener Show opening ceremony both


the mayor of Kaohsiung and the vice president of Taiwan acknowledged the imperative to tackle environmental issues. Exhibitors at the Taiwan International Fastener Show were reluctant to detail the effect on their businesses but there was general acknowledgement of a serious problem with little probability of short-term resolution. One factory told this magazine it was currently producing 2,000 tonnes of fasteners a month but only managing to get 1,500 tonnes plated. Its main plating contractor was operational and continuing to service its core requirements but where other finishes were required or additional tonnage needed plating, the company was having extreme difficulty in finding available capacity. Other factories, whose main contractor has failed to conform to environmental requirements, face more critical challenges in getting product plated. By early April estimates on the impact on export lead times averaged 30 days. From comments at the Kaohsiung show, both from manufacturers and international buyers trying to establish implications for their orders, six weeks additional lead time currently sounds more realistic. TIFI met with China Steel Corporation (CSC) management at the government funded Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) to discuss options to resolve the crisis. CSC’s environmental services division has been established for twenty years and is a leader in water and waste processing across Taiwan. The longer-term solution under consideration involves CSC and fastener companies cooperating in the establishment of a large scale waste acid and chemical reprocessing centre, probably in the Gangshan District of Kaohsiung. MIRDC says the proposed plant would cost close to 20 million euros. At the Kaohsiung show a senior engineer at CSC’s China Ecotek division told this magazine it could take at least 12 months for such a facility to come on line since land needed to be acquired and planning approval obtained before construction could start. One probable consequence of the situation looks to be the accelerated elimination of plating processes using hexavalent chromium, long identified as a lethal carcinogen. While electronic and automotive markets have already banned Cr6 finishes, they are still widely used on fasteners for other sectors, primarily because they provide a low cost coating with effective self-healing properties, not easily replicated by Cr6 free systems.

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Joe Chen tells stories of two Mr Lis and more Taiwan Industrial Fastener Institute chairman, Joe Chen, opened a presentation to the Five Regions Fastener Conference with the stories of two founding fathers of the Taiwanese fastener industry.


i Chun Yu established the Chun Yu Works in 1949 taking it on to become one of the major bolt and machinery manufacturers in Taiwan. Li Yuanhe was the mechanical genius, who despite limited formal education founded San Shing Co in 1965 and developed Taiwan’s first nut production machine in 1968. Chen’s comprehensive solo presentation, taking close to one and a half hours, was on the theme of ‘Yesterday, today and tomorrow of Taiwan fastener industry’. The audience comprised delegates to the 2014 Five Regions Fastener Association Conference staged at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. Chen detailed the ‘sprouting’ and dawn of the Taiwanese fastener manufacturing industry, including the establishment of TIFI in 1969 with 32 member companies. Amongst milestones he noted the change from bulk marine shipping to containerisation – facilitating the export of Taiwanese products, the appreciation of the Japanese Yen, and creating the opportunity for Taiwan to supply fasteners in volume to the US market. Other key developments were China Steel Corporation beginning volume production of wire rod and the ‘Ten Benefits’, which included the opening of the Dalian Steel Mill, the Kaohsiung Container Terminal, and major improvements in highways and other infrastructure in the region. In particular, Chen emphasised the development of the fastener ‘cluster’ centred on Kaohsiung, as smaller family owned factories came into existence to provide flexibility of production to support the major plants, and infrastructure and services built up around the growing fastener industry. Vertical and horizontal relationships developed based on family links and marriage to create a cooperative rather than combative environment for the development of the fastener industry, which continues to prevail, Chen said. Chen spoke also about the periods of major challenge for the

industry, notably the currency appreciation of the New Taiwan Dollar, and the near failure of key companies. The advent of the US Fastener Quality Act initially presented a major threat to the industry but, said Chen, provided the impetus for a major upgrade in quality control and the maturation of the Taiwan fastener industry. Over the ten years to 2002 Taiwan became the world’s largest exporter of fasteners, and while now ranking fifth globally, still succeeded in exporting 1.45 million tonnes of fasteners in 2013 – as well as holding the unique distinction of exporting 90% of its total output. Looking forward, Chen emphasised the necessity of an effective transition from first to second generation of management in the Taiwan fastener industry, underlining the high levels of academic qualifications the new generation brought to an industry founded largely by hands-on practitioners. The impending Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Mainland China, Chen was adamant, represented an opportunity to increase Taiwan’s share of the top quality segment of mainland fastener demand and represented limited corresponding threat because Taiwan users required higher quality than offered by Chinese fastener producers. Chen envisaged continued differentiation both between Taiwan’s own fastener companies as they further developed added value propositions and also between Taiwan and its global competitors. He acknowledged that Taiwan continued to face significant challenges, not least in having armed other economies with Taiwanese production technology; in a lack of basic labour and R&D talent; in higher land costs for production expansion; and in facing “the very tough question” of stringent environmental requirements placed on the industry. Concluding, Chen commended the Taiwan Industrial Fastener Show, as “the platform we need to showcase our products” and said the “Taiwan fastener industry’s future is promising”.

TFTA confirms 2015 show The Taiwan Fastener Trading Association has announced it will stage a second edition of its International Fastener Show Tainan (IFST) in June 2015.


he announcement, made in Fastener World Magazine by newly elected TFTA chairman, Bill Chen, came immediately after the Taiwan International Fastener Show, held for the first time at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. Commenting on the TAITRA/TIFI organised event Chen felt the new venue and increased scale of the event indicated Taiwan’s significant role in the international fastener market. TFTA held its first International Fastener Show Tainan (IFST) in 2013, the alternate year to the TAITRA/TIFI event. Chen said the 2015 edition of IFST would take place in June, to prevent clashing with Fastener Fair Stuttgart and fastener shows in Shanghai. By scheduling in June, he said, international buyers would be able to attend IFST and visit other Asian nations concurrently. TFTA has not confirmed its choice of venue for the 2015 IFST. Off the record some TFTA members acknowledged during the Kaohsiung show that the venue used for the 2013 Tainan show did not measure up to the same standards. Bill Chen said the TFTA show will “most likely be in southern Taiwan where Taiwanese fastener corporations conglomerate”, but the TFTA Council would decide on location at its meeting on 28th April.


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Jomarca celebrates 45 years Led by its founder, Portuguese immigrant João Marques Castelhano, and his Brazilian son Ricardo Castelhano, Jomarca has reached its 45th year of commercial activities.


ne of the biggest and most important fastener manufacturers in South America, Jomarca was established in 1969. It now has three divisions – fasteners, kits for the furniture industry, and construction tools – and has a total of more than 1,050 employees in Brazil, with a further 200 outsourced. Ten years ago Jomarca decided to modernise its fastener production facility, investing in modern machinery, including 40 cold forming presses from Sacma, installed at its 42,000m2 site near Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo – where 780 employees work with a production of approximately 2,500 tonnes of fasteners every month. Its 800 million unit monthly output comprises both standard and special screws, solid and semi-tubular rivets and special nails. From this range Jomarca services a wide range of industrial segments including the furniture industry, automotive parts, home appliances, electronics, hardware, construction, footwear, toys, tools, housewares and the general trade. In its 45th year the company celebrates with further diversification and investment in its product lines. According to its CEO, Ricardo Marques, the company has recently committed investment of US$4.5 million to start producing hinges for the furniture industry – a sector in which Jomarco Kits is the market leader. All of the new machines have been purchased in Italy and are scheduled to arrive in Brazil in June. “Until the end 2014 we hope to achieve sales of approximately US$142 million, of which 60% is from fasteners, 30% from Jomarca Kits and 10% from a mix of tools and products for the building industry,” concluded Ricardo Marques.

Honda announces Best start to year for Brazilian vehicle registrations fastener related Brazil has seen its best ever start of the year in vehicle registrations, which reached a record 571,900 units in the first two months of 2014, 4.6% higher than the same period 2013.


ssociação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (ANFAVEA) reports that February car sales totalled 259,300 units, an increase of 10.3% over the same month in 2013, when the industry sold 235,100 units. January sales were 312,600. The national vehicle production was also strong in February with 281,500 units manufactured, 18.7% more than in January and 16.9% more than February 2013. The production increase was due to the higher number of working days as Carnival was not until early March. On the other hand the first two months of the year showed an overall 2.7% decline in manufacturing with a total of 518,600 vehicles produced – around 14,000 units fewer than the same period last year. Export sales fell dramatically by 24% year to date with 51,600 units shipped to others countries, mainly to Argentina. In the view of Luiz Moan Yabiku Jr, president of ANFAVEA: ”The current economic climate in Argentina has weighed significantly on performance but the industry has full confidence that the governments of both countries will quickly find solutions to the current economic scenario. We will have stability in the Brazilian market in 2014. Production for the year is expected to increase by 1.4% to achieve a total of 3.8 million units produced. Domestic sales should grow by 1.1% and exports will show a bigger increase of 1.6%.”


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In March the Brazilian subsidiary of Honda Motors announced a recall on its CB500F and CB500R models.


ccording to the company, 1,491 units are involved in the recall. Servicing started on 31st March, when Honda informed owners to take their motorcycle to an authorised dealer for free replacement of rocker bolts located on the outside of the engine. In mid-March, the company carried out a similar recall in the United States, involving 6,954 units. The company advised that there were no reports of failures in the market and that the campaign is of a preventive nature. According to the company, in some units loosening of a bolt may occur initially resulting in leakage of engine oil. If this is not addressed there is a risk of the bolt coming entirely out of the cylinder resulting in rocker shaft displacement, causing sudden and irreversible stalling of the engine. In certain circumstances this might result in an accident with the possibility of physical injury to the rider and/or third parties.


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An ever stronger market presence Ambrovit is an enterprise that continues to invest in technology and quality – developing target markets and its product ranges, as well as the communication of its product offer. Throughout this commitment Ambrovit has become a byword for fastening systems.


n Ambrovit, technology is an ongoing commitment. In the course of recent years, from a company that was founded by two managers with time consolidated experience in the screws and bolts business, Ambrovit has grown exponentially. Its objective has always been precise – to provide its customers with products that are always ‘up to the minute’ and technologically on the cutting edge. Seeing itself as a leading player in fastening systems the company, based in Garlasco (Pavia), Italy, continues to focus its efforts on customer service, along with product quality, to the concept of global quality standards that underlie all aspects of its business.

Guaranteed and certified quality Ambrovit’s new laboratory is a perfect example of this. Equipped with latest generation quality control instruments, it now boasts one of the most sophisticated software programmes used in this discipline. It is no coincidence that in 2011 Ambrovit obtained certification for its quality management system conforming with the UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 standard. Periodic surveillance audits, carried out by TÜV on all manufacturing processes, also guarantees conformity to all of the requisites laid down by international directives. Among other certifications, it is particularly worth mentioning EN 14592, which defines dimensional parameters and the necessary tests and quality control methods to be satisfied by each product in


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order to obtain CE marking certification. As part of the quality control procedure applied to incoming products Ambrovit also carries out various tests in its own internal laboratory and with the collaboration of the faculty of mechanical and structural engineering of the University of Trento. For the Russian market, Ambrovit also possesses GOST-R conformity certification, which testifies to conformity, to safety, and other essential requirements.

A technological plant Quality also means prompt delivery and a keen attention to customer requirements, standards that should always be within the scope of an efficient organisation. Today, the Ambrovit plant extends over a surface area of 12,000m2, of which 6,000m2 is industrial warehouses. Thanks to a fully automated warehouse – with a ceiling height of 28 metres and a storage capacity of 22,000 pallet locations and 1,400 order lines – Ambrovit is able to rapidly process and ship any order type or quantity. Within this high technology environment is an automated packing line capable of preparing 22,000 small boxes for shipping to customers in all lines of business – from the furniture industry to that of doors, window, frames and shutters, from carpentry to woodwork and even urban decor and garden furnishings.

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The logistics plant is organised throughout to ensure optimal control and storage of large volumes of materials ready for order processing and merchandise translation. Here, a modern building houses the executive, sales and administrative offices. The fully qualified operational staff provide an efficient, timely and professional service to Ambrovit’s sales network. What are the advantages of the new hub? Greater simplicity and efficiency. In fact at the Garlasco premises, a fully automated weighing and storage system is operative, allowing optimal logistics management and ensuring the maximum efficiency of operative flows, both on a day-to-day basis and in emergency situations.

Today Ambrovit has its sights increasingly focused on international business, thanks to its participation in Italian and international trade fairs. As well as its regular presence at the most important national events dedicated to the industry, where the company has the opportunity to frequently meet up with key players from various sectors, Ambrovit is now a regular guest at Fastener Fair Stuttgart, Fastener Fair Hannover, BATIMAT Paris, Eisenwarenmesse Köln and Fastener Fair Russia. All of these events provide opportunities to make new contacts and have enabled the company to play a leading role in international spheres with introductions to new importing countries. These include Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Cyprus, Montenegro, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Albania, Macedonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the UK. A growth rate on European markets has increased exports to such an extent that they now account for over 38% of present sales turnover. It is not hard to imagine that in coming years, the company will continue to increase its service standards – with the aim to strengthen its presence in order to respond to the new challenges coming from the markets.

Packaging and logistics In Ambrovit, packaging plays a fundamental role. The packing of pieces into boxes is carried out in-house to guarantee quality standards also in this area. All products in the catalogue are packed in micro-corrugated cardboard boxes printed with labels to identify their contents, in conformity with the standards laid down by regulatory norms in force. Alternatively they are bulk delivered in bigger 20kg cardboard boxes, in polypropylene bags or in recyclable plastic bags up to a maximum of 1kg. Here too, there is no lack of innovation – a new service allows for the personalisation of labels with logos, graphical designs and descriptions to customer specification.

Product communications Ambrovit addresses corporate and product communications with great verve and its usual attention to quality. The brand enjoys constant visibility in leading trade magazines and publications that directly reach the desks of buyers in every sector.


mbrovit production can certainly be described as both vast and varied, not only with regard to screws and bolts but also finishes and galvanic treatments. Today’s catalogue offers accessories for fasteners, hex lag screws, clipboard and drywall screws, dome screws and euro screws, machine screws, nuts, washers, bolts and threaded rods, tapping screws, drilling screws and stainless steel A2 screws, as well as accessories for fastening and assembling PVC window frames. All of which are available in the widest range of sizes from 2mm – 30mm in diameter and from 4mm – 600mm in length. Moreover, Ambrovit’s product offering has been further extended to include a wide range of screws for concrete, in various sizes and for different types of application to cater for all possible requirements in response to a pressing market demand. Thanks to its unfailing attention and collaboration with customers, Ambrovit has considerably amplified its range of screws for carpentry applications, to satisfy a constantly

expanding sector, making this one of the company’s strongest lines of business. Ambrovit’s range of carpentry screws makes it a unique supplier in terms of quality and assortment. Each piece is produced from special steels according to the type and use for which it is destined before undergoing a carbonitration heat treatment, which facilitates the penetration of the screw into particularly hard materials. Galvanisation confers colour and resistance to atmospheric agents in white, yellow, black zinc plating or zinc trivalent in accordance with the European Directive Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2011/65/CE. For aesthetic purposes, bronze, nickel and brass finishes are also available. Another option now being offered is the RUSPERT 1,000 hour treatment on fasteners, as well as lamellar treatment – a three layer nonorganic ceramic surface finish offering elevated resistance to corrosion. To ensure even greater resistance tropicalisation is also employed.



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When: 19 Jun – 21 Jun 2014 What: Specialist industrial fastener exhibition.

The 12th Fastener Trade Show Chengdu

Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2014

Where: Chengdu, China When: 6 Jun – 8 Jun 2014 Web: What: International fastener exhibition in China.

Where: Hanoi, Vietnam When: 27 Aug – 29 Aug 2014 Web: What: Industrial parts manufacturing.

2014 Guangzhou International Metal & Metallurgy Exhibition

China International Hardware Show

Where: Guangzhou, China When: 16 Jun – 18 Jun 2014 Web: What: Metal industries and materials including fasteners.

Where: Shanghai, China When: 18 Sep – 20 Sep 2014 Web: What: Tools, security systems, locks, DIY and building hardware fair.

Industrial Components & Subcontracting 2014 17th Mechanical Components & Where: Bangkok, Thailand Materials Technology Expo Osaka When: 19 Jun – 22 Jun 2014 Web: What: Industrial parts, components, equipment and solutions exhibition.

Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo 2014 Where: Stuttgart, Germany When: 24 Jun – 26 Jun 2014 Web: What: Automotive components exhibition.

parts2clean Where: Stuttgart, Germany When: 24 Jun – 26 Jun 2014 Web: What: Leading international trade fair for industrial parts and surface cleaning.

18th Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo Where: Tokyo, Japan When: 25 Jun – 27 Jun 2014 Web: What: Mechanical components and materials technologies.


Where: Osaka, Japan When: 24 Sep – 26 Sep 2014 Web: What: Mechanical components and materials.

wire China Where: Shanghai, China When: 24 Sep – 27 Sep 2014 Web: What: Wire and cable, including fastener manufacturing technology.

FastTec 2014 Where: Moscow, Russia When: 7 Oct – 9 Oct 2014 Web: What: Russia’s specialist fastener technology fair.

Taiwan Hardware Show Where: Taichung, Taiwan When: 21 Oct – 23 Oct 2014 Web: What: Tools, building materials/DIY and houseware products.

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New venue transforms Taiwan Fastener Show On 14th April the Taiwan International Fastener Show opened for two days, earning the distinction of being the first event to be staged at the newly constructed Kaohsiung Exhibition Center – a venue that transformed the show into the world competitive event the organisers had sought since 2010.


key element in the redevelopment of Kaohsiung’s city waterfront, the KEC’s elegant, two-hall design, providing close to 10,000m2 exhibition space, resolved, for now at least, the problem of inadequate and inappropriate space that detracted from the 2012 show. Joint organisers, the Taiwan Industrial Fastener Institute (TIFI), and TAITRA, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, had promised ‘KEC’ would provide a world-class venue and neither exhibitors nor visitors were disappointed. The two light and airy halls, bracketing a central atrium that provided a good range of restaurants and facilities, hosted 350 exhibitors. That represented an increase of more than 50% over the 230 participants in 2012. The additional space also allowed many major Taiwanese fastener manufacturers to reflect their pride in ambitious and stylish stand designs, contributing strongly to the professional presentation of the overall event. An elaborate joint ceremony, attended by dignitaries led by Taiwan’s vice president Wu Den-yih and Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu, celebrated the opening of both the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and the Taiwan International Fastener Show. From its 9am opening the show was busy with both domestic and international visitors – levels of traffic that sustained throughout most of the first day and well into the afternoon on the second. TAITRA announced total visitor numbers at more than 24,000. Since badges were scanned on each entry to both halls and visitors inevitably criss-crossed between the two it is probable this total reflects a significant number of re-entries. That said the show was unquestionably well attended and ‘buzzed’ with business activity throughout the two days. International visitor numbers were reported at 1,756, a more than 10% increase over the 2012 attendance at the Kaohsiung Arena. The quality of international visitors was also unquestionably high, with senior buyers from across the globe.


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The annual Five Regions Fastener Association Conference, hosted by TIFI at the KEC conference area on the previous day, also contributed substantial delegations from China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. TAITRA reported 375 visitors from Japan, accounting for 21% of international visitors. China ranked second (12%), followed by the United States (10%), India (7%) and Germany (5%).

EXHIBITIONS The column-free South Hall, its high arch and deep end windows ensuring excellent natural light, housed a well populated manufacturing technology area. This element is significant not just for Taiwanese fastener manufacturers but also for customers globally seeking lower cost alternatives to US and European equipment – as a result many exhibitors demonstrated latest examples of the machinery. San Shing presented a four-die bolt former; Jern Yao had a six-die version of its JBF series former; and Chun Zu also had an operational header on stand. National Machinery also had a prominent hospitality stand focused on its Suzhou-manufactured Puma FX. Cold formers were on display from a number of other Taiwanese manufacturers, together with thread rollers, tooling, and inspection equipment. Ching Chan demonstrated its optical inspection systems regularly throughout both days. San Yong was amongst the heat treatment suppliers, with Wan Cheng offering plating lines. Coating technologists, Atotech, Coventya and ND Industries were amongst other international technology brands represented through their Taiwan operations. The other half of the South Hall and the entire North Hall played host to a wide spectrum of domestic fastener producers and traders. With the exception of this magazine, exhibitors were exclusively Taiwanese or international businesses with a Taiwan facility. As the inaugural show at the new KEC, the event attracted heavy domestic media coverage, giving added incentive to leading Taiwanese fastener brands to maximise their presence. The result was an impressive array of feature stands in both halls. The organisers also enhanced the standard booth shell scheme, with attractive signage and a high-level show logo design that balanced the height of the feature stands. Individual booth presentation was inevitably variable but overall both halls would have sat very comfortably at a European venue. Exhibitors were unanimous in welcoming the move to the new exhibition centre. TAITRA reported 85% were already committed to the next edition in 2016. International visitors this magazine polled during the show were also impressed by the improvement in the quality of the show. That level of enthusiasm poses a challenge for TAITRA and TIFI. The KEC is an excellent venue but it lacks the capacity for all Taiwanese fastener companies wishing to exhibit. There was a waiting list for this year’s show and there are apparently no plans to enlarge the venue for the future. A few extra stands might be levered in, through relocating the Buyers’ Lounge and One to One Buyers’ Meeting Area, but this will not fundamentally change the capacity issue. On several occasions TIFI chairman Joe Chen emphasised the benefit of hosting this show in the heart of the Kaohsiung fastener manufacturing cluster. Clearly, international visitors value the opportunity to visit local factories before or after the event and, of course, exhibitors are able to extend the hospitality of their home city. Relocation to a larger exhibition centre in Taipei, therefore, looks unattractive, which means this event is set to remain a limited showcase for Taiwanese fastener and machinery producers rather than developing into a truly international counterpart to the Las Vegas and Stuttgart shows. Issues, then, for the future. For now TAITRA and TIFI are justifiably pleased that the energy and resources committed to the third Taiwan International Fastener Show were rewarded by high levels of exhibitor and visitor approval.


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Visitor growth at Fastener Fair Hannover The second Fastener Fair Hannover took place from 8th – 10th April at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, once again co-located with Hannover Messe, with organisers – Mack Brooks Exhibitions – reporting a positive response from visitors and exhibitors.


ltogether 5,441 trade visitors from 73 countries came to Fastener Fair Hannover to discover the latest products and services, make business contacts, and build international trade networks. The exhibition attracted fastener and fixing specialists at all levels, with the majority in business management (35%), followed by purchasing (20%), research/(product) development/construction (20%) and manufacturing/production (11%).

“We are delighted with the good response to the second Fastener Fair Hannover. Compared to the first event in 2012, Fastener Fair Hannover 2014 recorded a visitor increase of 20%. The new combi-ticket, which allowed entry to the Hannover Messe, built on the visitor momentum,” states David Tellett, managing director at Mack Brooks Exhibitions. The exhibition also moved to Hall 22, which was closer to the main halls of Hannover Messe. This meant that the hall was on the Blue and Red bus routes around the Hannover Exhibition Grounds – making it easier for visitors to reach the hall.


A total of 234 exhibitors from 29 countries exhibited at the show, displaying a wide range of new fastening technology and capabilities. There was a wide variety of new products including Rivit Srl’s new vertical RIV949 hydropneumatic tool; HEICO Befestigungstechnik’s HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Lock Nut and HEICO® Wheel Nut; Celsus Fasteners’ new ‘Human Driven’ quality label; as well as Lubotechnic’s Lubocoating. Peter De Brune, CEO at Lubotechnic, reported a very successful show with lots of visitors stopping to view the numerous demonstrations of the company’s Lubocoating – a coating for stainless steel screw thread connections that offers strong corrosion protection and has a low and constant coefficient of friction. Those stands demonstrating new technology definitely attracted a lot of attention during the show. GESIPA® Blind Riveting Group had a host of product demonstrations on its stand and was busy throughout the show with the company running low on brochures and business cards by the end of the three days. One of the products on display was the new TAURUS® 1 Speed Rivet. The lightweight construction of the TAURUS® 1 Speed Rivet, and the automatic rivet feed, means that users always have a free hand and therefore a secure hold on the work piece. The large diameter of the device base also guarantees secure standing. A first time exhibitor was pgb-Europe NV, who shared a stand with its production branch – pgb-Polska. “Our goal was to present some new products and of course attract new customers,” explained Johannes Heyes, marketing manager at pgb-Europe.

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EXHIBITIONS The company showcased its newly developed universal plugs and hammer nail plugs with different collars. It also focused on the upgrades to its existing ETAs, new additions to its anchor programme, and its vast range of pfs+ wood screws. The organiser’s exhibitor survey showed that the vast majority of exhibitors were satisfied with the overall result of the show. Two thirds of exhibitors rated Fastener Fair Hannover 2014 as good or very good. 89% of exhibitors claimed to have reached their objectives and praised the highly qualified trade audience. Pravin Malhotra, managing director at Nipman Automotive Fasteners, reported having a positive show. “This was our first time at Fastener Fair Hannover and we had lots of visitors to our stand throughout the first two days of the show, who were interested in the products we could offer.” Pravin added: “If we were to exhibit again at Fastener Fair Hannover we would make sure that our technical manager is on the stand, as we had a lot of visitors who brought drawings and wanted to know what we could offer. By having a technical manager on the stand we could give visitors an answer straight away rather than taking enquiries back to the office and having to follow up at a later date.” Stafa Group had a large stand at the show and was promoting its complete range of structural bolts (SB bolts) according to EN 15048, with the company able to supply a full range, from stock, either zinc plated or hot dip galvanised. Speaking after the show, Ivo van Gool, sales manager at Stafa Group, reported a positive experience. “We found Fastener Fair Hannover to be a successful show. The first two days were good for us, with a good number of quality visitors. The last day was quite slow though, and could be changed into half a day. Overall, we met many customers and have already received orders from new leads.” Federico Sarti, export manager at Specialinsert Srl, was also happy with how the show had gone. “We met new potential customers and received several new inquiries. We also had the opportunity to strengthen partnerships with existing customers. In total we made


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approximately 60 contacts and all of them were professionals of the fastener world – mainly from Europe but also a few international visitors from Brazil and the USA.” Specialinsert used Fastener Fair Hannover to display its new Keep-Nut – a self-anchoring insert for stone and compact materials – as well as its new Master-plate – threaded studs and bushes for bonding or moulding applications. Whilst most exhibitors were satisfied with the quality of visitors, there were some who were disappointed with the number of visitors. AICHELIN Holding GmbH had mixed feelings about the exhibition. “We had a successful show and made some new contacts that we hadn’t met before. However, we did expect more visitors to come from the main Hannover Industry Fair, as well as more international visitors,” commented Harald Berger, head of marketing at AICHELIN Holding GmbH. INDEX Fixing Systems – presenting the new image of its chemical anchor range at the show, as well as its Winter and Summer versions of its regular resin mortars – was also disappointed with the visitor numbers. “To analyse the result of Fastener Fair Hannover, we have to compare with other shows,” explained Koldo Camara, head of marketing at INDEX Fixing Systems. “The volume of visitors to Hannover was lower than we expected. We had new contacts, but not in the number we anticipated and definitely less than at Fastener Fair Stuttgart. We made a big investment in the stand and compared to other fairs we had less ROI. Maybe if we had had a modular stand with less investment, this may have been different.” That comparison with Fastener Fair Stuttgart persisted from a segment of exhibitors and is probably unsurprising given this show’s location in Germany, but in its second year and with significant visitor growth from the inaugural show, Fastener Fair Hannover deserves to be judged on its own merits now. On that basis neither the quality of visitors to Fastener Fair Hannover nor the opportunities they brought for many exhibitors to successfully promote new products and developments should be underestimated.

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Exceptional response to the launch of Fastener Fair Mexico The first edition of Fastener Fair Mexico proved itself to be a big success. Following the good feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, exhibition organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd has confirmed the second edition will be held in March 2016.


rom 12th – 13th March 2014 a total of 2,461 fastener professionals gathered at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City to network and trade. Purchasing specialists and distributors praised the event as a valuable platform to source a comprehensive range of industrial fasteners, construction fixings, assembly and installation systems, as well as manufacturing technology. Altogether 142 exhibiting companies participated in the launch, covering a net exhibition space of 1,674m². “We are delighted with the response to the first Fastener Fair Mexico. We would like to thank all the participants for the initial success of this show and are already looking forward to the second event in this rapidly developing economy,” commented David Tellett, managing director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd. “The commitment from our exhibitors, as well as the support from industry organisations and media partners, has been tremendous. The quality and quantity of the visitors was excellent and exhibitors were extremely satisfied with the launch.” Over one third of exhibitors were from Mexico, alongside suppliers and manufacturers from the USA, Canada, Panama, Indonesia, Spain, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, India, Brazil and China. The exhibition survey revealed that the majority of exhibitors reported positive business enquiries at their stands and achieved their aims. The survey also confirmed that exhibitors were extremely satisfied with the quality of trade visitors.

Naturally, most of the trade visitors came from Mexico (91%). Visitors from countries outside of Mexico included the USA, the UK, Colombia, Japan, Spain and Taiwan. Visitors to were mainly fastener or fixings distributors/suppliers (31%), followed by manufacturers (24%) and end users (25%). The main industry sector to which visitors belonged was automotive. Other key industry sectors included distribution, construction, electrical products and domestic appliances. Results from the exhibition survey revealed that more than two thirds of the visitors who attended the show had decision-making capacity, namely company owners, company directors and purchasing specialists. All in all, the event provided the perfect platform for professionals to establish both commercial partnerships and new contacts within Latin America. Furthermore, Mexico City, the country’s commercial centre known for its strong industrial and trade capacity, provided the perfect environment for successful trade contacts and international business relations. The rapidly developing economy in Mexico also contributed to the success of Fastener Fair Mexico. This second largest economy in Latin America and one of the fastest developing markets in the world offers many business opportunities for the fastener and fixing industry and there are consequently increasing demands from companies in this sector.

Vegas Fastener & Mill Supply Expo expected to be largest ever Exhibit space sales for the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo scheduled for 22nd – 24th October 2014 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, are running 14% ahead of the same time last year, reported show management at the end of March.


usan A. Hurley, general manager, reports: “We only have 144 booths remaining and are expecting a complete sell-out. We have sold 705 booths to 527 companies from throughout the USA as well as 18 other nations worldwide including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Vietnam – plus we continue to receive new exhibit space contracts and serious inquiries on a daily basis. She continues: “We are seeing an increase in aerospace fastener manufacturers, machinery and tooling companies and suppliers of specialty tools, hand tools and other industry related products and services. We have already added 30 new companies and are welcoming back six companies that are returning after a three or more year absence. We expect 2014 to be the largest Expo of its kind ever held in North America if not the world.” North America’s largest Fastener & Mill Supply Expo will kick off on Wednesday 22nd October with a full day of educational


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and training programmes presented by the Fastener Training Institute, Pacific-West Fastener Association, and Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA). In addition, annual meetings will be held by the Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Industry CFO, Controllers, Credit & Accounting Managers, and Women in the Fastener Industry (WIFI). The always popular and heavily attended Welcome Reception will be held Wednesday evening at Treasure Island. “Holding this ‘King of Fastener Industry Happy Hours’ directly across the Strip from the Venetian/Palazzo/Sands Expo will add greatly to the convenience and popularity of the event,” predicts Ms Hurley. The two day exhibition will be open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday 23rd October and from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Friday 24th October. Show management is expecting upwards of 4,600 fastener and mill supply distributors, importers, manufacturers, manufacturer’s reps, independent sales reps and exhibitor personnel, from all across the US and around the world, to attend this year’s event.




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Fastener exhibitors and visitors reported a quieter show compared with previous years at EISENWARENMESSE, International Hardware Fair Köln, held on 9th – 12th March, but emphasised the show’s importance as an international meeting place, with some quality leads acquired.


rganisers reported that the 39th edition of the show attracted 50,000 trade visitors (53,500 in 2012), 63% coming from 136 countries. 2,783 companies from 53 countries exhibited across 6 halls and organisers were pleased with the growth, quantity and quality of the show. “We are delighted that we were able to record a 4.5% increase in the number of exhibitors compared to the previous event,” said Katharina Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “The number of trade visitors remained stable and the international nature of the fair has further increased.” 142,000m2 of exhibition space was split into four segments: Tools, Industrial Supply, Fasteners & Fixings and Fittings, and Home Improvement. Approximately 110 ‘Fastener & Fixing and Fittings’ exhibitors were in Hall 5 including: Acton S.A, E.U.R.O Tec GmbH, Fastbolt GmbH, INDEX Fixing Systems, Lederer GmbH, MKT Metall-Kunststoff-Technik GmbH & Co KG, F. Reyher Nchfg GmbH & Co KG, Stafa Group, Vipa SpA and Rivit Srl. Rivit reported: “The fair this year had a lot less visitors than usual with fewer visits from neighbouring countries and very little from Germany. However, being an international fair, to us the show is just as important as a meeting point with our distributors. We will be exhibiting again in 2016.” David Furness, managing director at RapierStar visited the show on Monday and left on Wednesday. “It was much smaller than it used to be with fewer halls, the main fastener hall seemed to have significantly wider walkways, which could have been what contributed to the feeling that it was quieter,” explained David. “We still however, see the show as a useful opportunity to see our European and UK suppliers because everyone is in the same place at the same time.”


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Other exhibitors also reported a decrease in visitor numbers. Ivo van Gool, sales manager at Stafa Group said: “Overall we are really satisfied, however the mornings were a bit slow. Visitors picked up in the afternoons and we still came away with some new leads, and also met a lot of our existing customers from all over Europe and outside Europe. I do think that three days should be enough because the last day does not bring much.” Stainless steel fastener specialist Lederer GmbH was also exhibiting in Hall 5.2, inviting vistors to its beach themed stand to take a picture with ‘the Captain’. Markus Gebehenne, marketing manager said: “In spite of a small decrease in visitor numbers we are very happy with the amount and quality of contacts. We also recognised a more international audience, with more than half of visitors coming from abroad – proof of the significance of the Hardware Fair and a clear signal to continue in 2016.” From walking the aisles, there was a much livelier atmosphere outside the fastener and fixings hall. Specialist in threading technologies, BAER Vertriebs GmbH was exhibiting in Hall 10.1. Sina Ollinger, business manager, reported a good flow of visitors and quality leads. “We were exhibiting for the first time and we felt it was a good show – we were busy.” Also exhibiting in the tools hall was GEDORE Tool Center, with an impressive stand that always appeared busy. The company was awarded with the Innovation Award powered by ZHH for its universal extension with a retention magnet for all conventional wrench sockets. Eric Wilhelm, sales director said: “Winning the award meant additional publicity for us, attracting high quality visitors to our stand, along with the fact that we are the only company to have won this award two times in a row.” The International Hardware Fair Köln will once again take place at the Koelnmesse on 6th – 9th March 2016.

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Fastener Fair Turkey returns to Istanbul in November 2014 Following a successful launch event in November 2013, Fastener Fair Turkey will be returning to the same venue, the IFM (Istanbul Expo Centre) from 20th – 21st November 2014. After the 2014 event, Fastener Fair Turkey will adopt a two year cycle.


f the 135 exhibiting companies at Fastener Fair Turkey 2013, 60% are returning for the fast approaching second edition in November this year. 73% of stand space for the exhibition has already been booked, indicating the popularity of the launch event and high demand for a second edition. Both visitors and exhibitors described the first show as a highly professional and worthwhile buying and networking event. Half of the exhibitors were from outside Turkey. Major exhibitor countries outside Turkey were Germany, Italy, France, Taiwan, China and the USA. The exhibition survey showed that the majority of exhibitors were extremely satisfied with the quality of visitors and reported positive business enquiries at their stands. Visitors were equally satisfied, particularly with the broad range of products on display and professional atmosphere.

A total of 1,700 visitors came to Turkey’s specialised exhibition for the fastener and fixing industry. Visitors included a range of trade professionals such as fastener and fixings manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, wholesalers and end users. The majority of visitors were at high professional levels with decision-making power. Contributing to the success of Fastener Fair Turkey is the dynamic environment in which the show takes place. Continued advances in Turkey’s automotive and white goods manufacturing sectors, together with vibrant construction and infrastructure sectors, is driving domestic demand for fasteners and fixings. Furthermore, the country has demonstrated solid economic growth over the last decade and is forecast to achieve real GDP growth between 3% and 5% over the next three years.

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Fastener Fair Brasil 2014 offers extended networking opportunities Taking place from 11th – 13th November 2014 at the Expo Centre Norte in São Paulo, Fastener Fair Brasil will once again serve as the comprehensive showcase for the fastener and fixing industry in the Brazilian market.


he third edition follows two successful exhibitions and due to exhibitor and visitor demand will now be one day longer than the previous shows, offering additional networking and trading opportunities. Building on two successful editions and benefiting from the strong market growth in key industries for the fastener and fixing sectors, Fastener Fair Brasil 2014 provides excellent business and networking opportunities to all industry professionals including distributors, wholesalers, traders, importers, manufacturers, suppliers and engineers. The Business Round Table hosted by The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mercosul and Americas will once again be taking place on all three exhibition days due to remarkably high participation at the previous shows. The round table event invites buyers and suppliers to meet and exchange information. Furthermore, it attracts companies and encourages networking and interaction between participants, generating new business opportunities and partnerships. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, presentations will be given by specialists on various topics across the industry. The previous Fastener Fair Brasil held in November 2012 proved itself to be a high-quality event, welcoming 2,500 professional trade visitors from 25 countries worldwide. Visitors were fastener distributors and traders, with the addition of selected end users from construction, automotive and aerospace, to name just a few. 96% of visitors were from South America; 63% of all visitors had decision-making power. A total of 141 exhibitors from 17 countries showcased a comprehensive range of industrial fasteners, fastener supply, construction fixings, assembly and installation systems, as well as manufacturing technology. Exhibitors reported positive business enquiries at their stands and also achieved their overall aims. Both visitors and exhibitors praised the show as a highly professional and worthwhile event, ensuring positive prospects for the future. Major end user sector markets in Brazil include furniture, construction, automotive, telecoms, appliances, energy and petrochemicals. Over the last decade, Brazil has become a great economic success with record levels of foreign investment, a booming middle class and a strong domestic market. “The Fastener Fair event is an excellent opportunity for trade visitors to source new products and solutions, build new and maintain existing business partnerships to secure future business success.”

2014 Taiwan Hardware Show booths sold out The Taiwan Hardware Show 2014 (THS) is a key Asian tradeshow bringing global hardware and hand tool manufacturers to Taiwan, making it an extremely important international exhibition.


aiwan Hardware Show 2014 will take place at Greater Taichung International Expo Center from 21st – 23rd October 2014. Due to last year’s success, booth space for THS 2014 is already completely sold out – with many exhibitors planning to show their newest product innovations for the first time at the event this year. “We are happy that the Taiwan Hardware Show continues to serve as a comprehensive B2B platform for industry professionals,” says Andrew Liu, project manager of THS. “Taiwan is the third largest hardware exporting country worldwide, thus it is important to offer an equally proficient exhibition to meet the demands of manufacturers and buyers alike.” Visitors from overseas have the possibility to apply for the government supported subsidy programme to receive subventions on hotel accommodation. Detailed information, free visitor registration, and the application form for the subsidy programme, can be found online or by contacting Kaigo Co Ltd directly.


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Ian Clarke, executive vice president, OEM Supply – Fasteners, Anixter Investment, value and people. Ian Clarke, executive vice president of OEM Supply – Fasteners at Anixter shares his views and predictions for the future of the fastener industry.


teel may have been in Ian Clarke’s veins for all of his working life. He joined British Steel straight from school and spent 20 years in the steel industry before making the transition to fasteners. He recalls with a smile how he entered the fastener industry. “I went to a long-established and high volume UK fastener manufacturer, at the time a supplier to Anixter, to help it turn its business around.” That direct insight into fastener technology, its development and production and, particularly, its applications in the automotive sector provided an important grounding to take up an opportunity with Anixter in the UK. “From overseeing the company’s global marketing and sales operations, I took on the North American market and more recently the responsibility for Anixter OEM Supply – Fasteners’ global operations.” Ian heads up an international team of fastener industry experts who are responsible for supplying 14 billion components across a 225,000 SKU inventory range from more than 70 distribution centres in 12 countries. The team operates from a global platform to provide consistent service and delivery worldwide. Customers also get local, personalised service from local experts who provide customised solutions that


address everyday business challenges. Anixter is a leading global supplier of enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable, OEM Supply – Fasteners and other small components. Through a unified business structure, Anixter is able to leverage its global footprint, systems and financial strength to respond to customer requirements around the globe. The company operates in more than 50 countries and has global revenues of US$6.2 billion (4.5 billion euros).

Invest in talent For Ian Clarke, the ability to migrate knowledge and experience of the calibre available throughout Anixter is crucial to the future of Anixter OEM Supply – Fasteners. “As a group, Anixter services critical operations for customers across a very wide range of industries and sectors and in many countries and business cultures throughout the world. That allows us to not only invest in and develop talented individuals but also to expose them to extremely varied business environments, challenging them to give their very best.”

Value means more than cost “One thing we consistently do well is emphasise value over price. Reducing the total cost of acquisition, risk and business

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complexity for our customers is far more valuable than just providing products with the lowest price point.” “To do that, we have a highly experienced engineering team that works with our customers from concept to delivery to make sure they get the right parts for the right application. We also have eleven ISO-9001, internationally accredited quality laboratories that provide uncompromising quality as well as a global footprint that allows us to provide exceptional personalised, local service, throughout the world.” “When you combine the skills of our engineers and the innovation within our labs, customers start to truly see the value of our services. From walking the line to recommending the right fastener fit to the application, our value revolves around understanding each of our customer’s unique needs and using innovative solutions that deliver.” “For example, our engineers recently worked with one of our construction equipment customers to create a part that helped them reduce the weight of their product and the total fasteners by more than 60%, dropping assembly time by 10% – 30% reduction per machine, which ultimately helped them reduce their total cost. We also walk the line with our customers to help streamline

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The unique global strength and reach of Anixter is supported by a local touch delivering a high standard of excellence their process, make sure there are no gaps in production with direct line feed and accurate vendor forecasting, and do stringent quality tests to minimise their risks. These services evolved from our experience with our customers, understanding what they need and constantly innovating ourselves to stay ahead of the curve. Not many distributors have that kind of capability or capacity.”

People come first “One of our main guiding philosophies from the Anixter Blue Book (developed more than 40 years ago and used to guide the company’s beliefs and business style – search Blue Book on is that ‘people come first’. That includes both our customers and suppliers, as we wouldn’t be where we are today without both of them. While we have made vast progress with our customers, we want to continue to build upon our relationships with our suppliers, and we know we can do more. To that end, we are organising more Open Days for our suppliers to open our doors to them and invite them to work with us. Open Days are events where Anixter opens its doors to our customers and suppliers to align strategies for growth and mutual success. We strive to be active and committed partners, responding effectively to the needs of our customers and always aiming to cement a win-win relationship. In the same way, we look to partner with suppliers to ultimately provide the customer best value. Our suppliers can leverage our distribution capabilities and global footprint, and we can rely on their excellent products, which our customers receive with our unique supply chain solutions, technical expertise and global service and delivery.”


The future of fasteners While Anixter OEM Supply – Fasteners generates its revenue from a wide range of markets, Ian is clear on which sectors it has based its service reputation and where it aims to concentrate for the future. “We’re making great strides in the heavy truck, off-highway and agricultural, powertrain and luxury vehicles markets because of our extensive experience in those sectors. We’re excited about development opportunities in construction, lawn and garden, transportation, semiconductor/electronics, and healthcare, and after our recent expansion in Brazil, China, India and Mexico, we are looking to expand our efforts further in the years to come.” This spring Anixter saw major developments at its TS-16949 automotive accredited Wood Dale fastener manufacturing facility near Chicago. “We invested in two, state of the art, National Machinery FORMAX® cold forging machines to enhance our flexibility so we can better manage our customer’s supply chain. As you know, in the manufacturing industry, machines can sometimes fail us, and unforeseen events can disrupt the best-managed supply chains. If that happens to one of our suppliers, we can quickly step in to fill the gap. It’s a measure aimed at keeping the lines running and making sure as little disruption as possible to the processes of our customers. It certainly should not be seen as a reflection on our suppliers’ capabilities. We are very confident in the quality of the resource they provide us. This, though, is an extension of the value-add services to our customers,

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ensuring that we deliver on our commitment to them.” “A manufacturing facility of our own also provides us a much better picture of and appreciation for the manufacturing process, which helps us fine tune our approach when dealing with both our customers and suppliers. For our Open Day at Wood Dale, scheduled for late Fall 2014, we will unveil the new machines; both customers and suppliers are invited so we may share our capabilities as well as strategies for mutual success. We believe this level of transparency is important to reassure our suppliers of our goal of working together as partners in ensuring the best service experience for our customers.”

A global perspective So, finally, how does Ian see the global market in the coming two to three years and the development of Anixter OEM Supply – Fasteners’ role in supporting it? “The global population will keep increasing, which means the demands for agricultural, automotive and technological innovation will only continue to grow. Anixter aims to stay ahead of the curve by investing in our people and their expertise because we believe this sets us apart. We are able to respond more personally and quickly to customer needs. We will continue to improve systems and reduce total acquisition costs in the supply chain for our customers. Needless to say, no matter what happens two or three years from now, we will always focus on our customers first.”


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100 years of passion for fastening technology In the summer of 1914 a 32-year-old businessman named Otto Roth set up a small workshop. A century later, Managing Partner Rainer Grässle (pictured right) and Johannes-Otto Roth (silent partner) are now responsible for OTTO ROTH GmbH & Co KG – a broad-based trade group, employing some 300 staff, which offers a solid range of mechanical fixings and fastenings, as well as being a certified manufacturer of precision turned and finished products.


he company founder started off the business in 1914 by manufacturing heating pipe clamps. The 1920s saw the addition of an automatic turning shop and trade in screws/ accessories. This laid the basic foundations of the company. Over the years, thanks to the additions of Berliner Schrauben GmbH to the Group in 1995 and Hamburger Heinz Bergmann GmbH in 2006 – as well as due to continuously extending the product range – the company now supplies more than 100,000 DIN and ISO compliant connecting elements. OTTO ROTH also has experienced turning and finishing technicians at its Buchen site in Germany that can manufacture complex components from customer drawings in the required size and material, and in all surface finishes.

Tolerances have top priority Using cutting edge machining technology, the Buchen plant produces highly precise pre-finished, rotationally symmetrical parts. There are approximately 100 machine tools for this purpose. Wolfgang Dambach, authorised signatory and plant manager at Buchen explains: “We are completely flexible in terms of batch size. We can manufacture anything from a few hundred up to tens of thousands of components. If deadlines are pressing, we can also operate multiple shifts. Our high-bay warehouse is well stocked with raw material, which means we can also respond to requests at short notice.” In 2008, as part of the expansion and modernisation of the Buchen plant, the high-bay warehouse for bar stock was built. This was a quantum leap forward for production at the Buchen site in terms of workflow organisation and material management.


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The high-bay warehouse makes stock management and work processes easier (store, remove, re-store). It also ensures quality, process reliability and traceability. In addition, the necessary raw materials are stored in more than 200 cassettes in the high-bay warehouse. Although each supplier has to confirm the quality and composition of their delivery with a class 3.1 factory certificate, OTTO ROTH always carries out a further check to verify this. These further checks include spectral analysis, which is used to inspect the incoming goods, thus guaranteeing the correct specifications. Regular interim inspections at the machines and in the QA laboratory accompany every stage of the manufacturing process. Experienced QA employees analyse strength, shape, position, contour and layer thickness, among other characteristics, using cutting-edge testing methods and more than 1,000 optical and tactile measuring and testing instruments. The quality of the entire production process is monitored at all times, which ensures an impressively high delivery quality of almost 100%. The customer can also be supplied with test reports if required. This includes traceability right back to the base material. “This effort gives every customer the peace of mind that the ordered parts have been manufactured from the correct material,” comments Wolfgang Dambach, plant manager at Buchen.

Advice and customised solutions A recent trend has seen customers assigning increasingly complex services to OTTO ROTH. “This is a big opportunity for us to further increase added value,” states Rainer Grässle. A major benefit is that the customer has only one single point of contact. “For us, providing advice does not just mean taking on the requirements of the customer without discussion,” says Grässle. “Our manufacturing specialists are always searching for possible areas of optimisation.” Grässle continues: “Our advisers are always able to provide the optimum solution, compatible with the customer’s budget, for a variety of manufacturing methods. This is why we have become the preferred supplier for many of our customers.” Grässle gives an example to illustrate how OTTO ROTH defines an efficient, all-round service from a single source. “Previously, a customer purchased individual components of an assembly group made from brass (base, central part and lid) from three manufacturers, which were soldered and nickel-plated following production. The procurement process of this assembly group was impaired due to different alloys being required, varying production quantities, and problems with coordinating the individual delivery dates. Today, we deliver the complete component. The base and

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central part are now manufactured from one piece, which reduces the cost of the entire assembly group by 25%. This is a result of expertise founded on 100 years of company history.”

Efficient management of C-parts Today, in the fully automated high-bay warehouse more than 100,000 items are available – screws and accessories, fittings, flanges, wood connectors and tools. An intelligent control system and optimum stock management guarantees reliability. E-business solutions, such as EDI based on UN/EDIFACT and also direct supplier connections (e.g. OCI interface) ensure efficient delivery. Regarding C-parts, the company implements a wide range of concepts in collaboration with its customers, chiefly the traditional Kanban with two-bin or multi-bin systems, as well as the Kanban-Mobil.DE developed by the company itself. This involves customer barcode labels being scanned and transmitted directly to OTTO ROTH where the order is automatically processed. OTTO ROTH has now taken a significant step forward in terms of service and security. Instead of the usual scanner and data transfer via analogue fixed line telephone or by email, modern smartphone technology is now available if required. A specially adapted smartphone is used, equipped with a Windows mobile operating system. Using an App developed by OTTO ROTH, the customer scans the 2D barcode on the Kanban bin and transfers this data via the mobile telephone network (GSM network or WLAN). The order is automatically processed at OTTO ROTH. The advantage is that the order is transferred quickly and extremely securely and the customer can do so without a telephone line. There is also no need for the customer to install a program enabling third-party access to their IT infrastructure. The new system is called Kanban-Mobil.SCANNER. OTTO ROTH is one of the first suppliers of this technology in the field of fastening technology. Whether via Internet, fixed network or mobile network, the data connection to OTTO ROTH is secure, fast and reliable. OTTO ROTH guarantees timely delivery, thereby ruling out any interruption to the customer’s production chain. “Since OTTO ROTH was founded the company has acquired over 100 years of in-depth expertise in all aspects of fastening technology. With this knowledge being constantly updated and refined,” states Rainer Grässle. “It is through this expertise, as well as the commitment of our employees, which will ensure we continue to deliver outstanding quality in the future.”

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Hydrajaws introduces Bluetooth Digital Gauge New Hydrajaws digital technology captures fixings test results using an Android mobile device, providing instant visual graphics on-site when testing anchors, eyebolts and lifelines, as well as a series of safety and productivity benefits.


ydrajaws has launched a Bluetooth Digital Gauge for its range of industry renowned portable tension testers. Now, instead of manually recording test results from the normal analogue gauge, testers are able to couple a Bluetooth Digital Gauge to an Android phone or tablet to produce real time graphic results. Using GPS each result is recorded with time, date and location of the test,

standards are not met, the tester can immediately review on screen with the client to identify issues. All test results are linked to a PC generated report, which can compare tests year-on-year in the same location – important for the eyebolt installations conforming to BS EN 795. Graphs can be emailed directly from the Android device, if connected via Wi-Fi or a mobile network signal.

providing previously unavailable electronic accountability. The time hold for specific tests can be pre-set: For example 15 seconds for an eyebolt test or up to three minutes for fall arrest cables. The graphical results clearly show whether the installed fixing has passed the full duration of the test. Where required

The Hydrajaws Bluetooth Digital Gauge will link with the Android device at up to 10 metres, providing important safety advantages when tests are carried out at height. The tester no longer needs to make notes of results or even to handle the phone, which can be safely operated by a colleague on the ground.

The new system presents significant improvements, not just in tester safety, but also in productivity and professionalism of client service. An adaptation means it can also contribute to the systematic testing of displacement, an area of increased concern in relation to resin anchors particularly. An optional sensor located on the tester’s slides is wire connected to the Bluetooth Digital Gauge to allow the transmission of displacement readings via the system in a similar way. Managing Director Adrian Morgan says the new Bluetooth Digital Gauge will operate with Hydrajaws testing models introduced since 2008 and also with hydraulic units. “The most extensive benefits are definitely with our Portable Tester,” Morgan says. The Bluetooth Digital Gauge requires annual recalibration (the system provides an alert ahead of the due date), at Hydrajaws facility just outside Birmingham, UK. This includes renewal and upgrade of the Android application. “We have already received considerable interest and commitment for a system that we are convinced will radically improve the effectiveness of critical fixings testing,” says Adrian Morgan. “We have a professional video of the system in action on our website and will, of course, be pleased to discuss benefits and costs with existing and new customers.”

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Hexstone creates a Vortex™ for customers With the UK construction industry reporting significant growth in the last year, the additional trend of higher quality products being selected for projects has also been noted. Here Martin Rundle, marketing manager at Hexstone Group, looks at Vortex™, a Unifix brand from Hexstone, which is recognised in the industry for its premium quality and tailored product features that give customers the versatility and assurance when using the solution in projects.


nifix is the most recent addition to the growing Hexstone portfolio. The UK’s largest wholesale supplier of fasteners, fixings, hardware, ironmongery, and associate items to the engineering and merchant trade, Hexstone is the parent company behind leading fasteners and fixings experts Owlett-Jaton, JCP Fixings, Galaxy Fasteners, Icon Fasteners, Stainless Threaded Fasteners, and Unifix. Dating back to 1963, Unifix has been the market leading brand across a range of industries for more than 50 years. The products in the Unifix stable include brands such as Thunderbolt™, the original Kliplok™ pipe clip and Vortex™, as well as the uniquely designed collection of cable clips, and an array of affiliated products to compliment the range. Historically only available through Unifix outlets, Hexstone has introduced Vortex to a broader range of customers through its inclusion in ‘The Catalogue’ – Owlett-Jaton’s recently launched catalogue featuring over 30,000 products – including several other Unifix product lines such as Thunderbolt – the original all metal self-tapping anchor. The recessed double countersunk head on the Vortex product range reduces the likelihood of shearing the head of the screw, whilst assisting the completion of countersinking, making it a more reliable product for users. The sharp, wide and deep thread on the products feature ‘Saw Fix’ serrated thread technology, enabling the product to quickly and easily power through surfaces, and can be used on a range of materials including hardwood, decking, MDF, plastic and sheet metal. Available in lengths ranging from 12mm – 150mm, and


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diameters from 3.5mm – 6mm, all Vortex products have an oblique-angle sharp gash point making initial penetration into materials easier. The high-quality zinc and yellow waxed finish on the screws prevents corrosion, increasing the lifetime of the product, and Vortex screws are fully CE compliant to EN 14592:2008. Vortex is a high-quality, multi-purpose screw, which has been consistently popular with builders’ merchants. This product range, along with the various lines from the Hexstone businesses, can be ordered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with next day delivery available, and can be ordered through the network of sales offices, or online. The OJ Trade website allows existing, verified, Owlett-Jaton customers to log-in and access their tailored sales focus and specialist pricing specific to them, making the entire ordering process much simpler, and can be completed in a matter of minutes. Our brands all hold strong positions in their various markets, and the Hexstone umbrella allows this mixture of niche specialists in the industry to come together to form a collective strength. This reinforces the message that customers can source all their needs from one organisation, and Hexstone is committed to delivering a quality, service-led offer. This also means that the Group can continue to tackle the European market and the quest to investigate new market opportunities. As a significant and substantial company, Hexstone can attract global suppliers and, in turn, the very best product.


Resin anchor usage: A commentary on recent publications from SCOSS and London Underground Two documents published in recent months have caused a degree of concern among all users and suppliers of resin fixings. • SCOSS Alert ‘Tension systems and post-drilled resin fixings’. • London Underground HSE Bulletin ‘Polyester resin anchor bolts’. Mark Salmon of Independent Fixing Consultants outlines their contents, provides his commentary and describes how fixing distributors can reassure customers that these versatile problem solvers can be used with confidence. SCOSS Alert ‘Tension systems and post-drilled resin fixings’1 SCOSS – the Standing Committee on Structural Safety2 – is part of ‘Structural Safety’, an independent body sponsored by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers and the HSE, whose brief is to review structural issues that affect the safety of buildings. One cluster of failures identified by SCOSS concerned fixings loaded in tension, particularly those involving resin anchors. Failures of this sort can have very serious consequences and some of the cases referred to in the ‘Alert’ have involved deaths. The ‘Alert’ referred to above, one of 16 aimed at subscribing engineers, is their response. It addresses two distinct issues: • Applications involving tensile loads from suspended structures. • The use of resin systems in these applications. Among the causes of these failures are the following: • Designers not understanding redundancy – the load transfer mechanism that operates if one anchor works below its designed strength or there is an overload. • Designers selecting an inappropriate fixing. • Poor installation, which can be summarised as: ° Untrained operators not following the manufacturer’s installation procedure or using the correct setting equipment. ° Fixing specifications changed without applying the full selection procedure to the new fixing. The ‘Alert’ gives advice regarding the approach designers can take to the particular issue of redundancy, it suggests how existing fixings can be checked, and lists aspects of poor resin anchor installation. It also points readers to the comprehensive recommendations of BS 8539:20123 which, if followed by all stakeholders, will prevent such failures. Some specific points are worth bringing out in the context of the problems involved here: • Anchors with ETA (European Technical Approvals/Assessments), including resin anchors, will have been proven to be suitable for long-term use under sustained loading.


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• Anchors with ETA may be qualified for use overhead. They may be qualified for use in concrete and/or for use in masonry including damp masonry – refer to the anchor’s ETA for the specific qualifications. • For use in concrete in suspension applications, where the concrete will almost certainly be cracked, anchors with ETA to Options 1 – 6 of ETAG 001 will be suitable. • Anchors with ETA to ETAG 001 Parts 1 – 5 are qualified for use in cases where the failure of one anchor could lead to the failure of the whole supported item and cannot be tolerated, but if all aspects of the selection and installation of the anchor are carried out in accordance with the ETA for that anchor IT WILL NOT FAIL and failure of the supported item will not occur. (If all such aspects are not in accordance with the ETA then the advice of the SCOSS Alert on design should be followed).

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C O N S T R U CT I O N F I X I N G S Fixing detail from Boston ceiling collapse. Resin anchors progressively pulling out Several of the accidents referred to involve pumping injection resin overhead. Manufacturers of such systems will tell you that their resins can be used in this manner but it is not straightforward and requires that operators are thoroughly trained (as they should be for any anchor system) and supervised, and provided with any special accessories needed to control the resin. In the opinion of this author – for applications of resin anchors overhead into concrete – the use of the spin-in capsule system offers significant advantages compared to injection systems as they are much easier to install. There are also alternative mechanical anchoring systems that can be considered such as undercut anchors, which are designed specifically for use in cracked concrete and are well suited to suspension applications. They are straightforward to install, less prone to abuse and their correct installation can be checked by inspection after installation.

London Underground HSE Bulletin (Ref: 18 in 2013) ‘Polyester resin anchor bolts’ London Underground needs little introduction but this Bulletin may do. Obviously they have their own engineering department with their own policies on what may and may not be used on LU jobs. The above bulletin4, issued in September 2013 includes the following: ‘Polyester resins, and polyester resin anchors must not be used in sub-surface or underground locations. Nor are they permitted in surface locations which are or may become damp or wet.’ This ban, on one specific type of resin formulation (more accurately known as ‘Unsaturated Polyester’), is based on conclusions drawn in a report5 issued by the Rail Accident Investigation Board following the partial collapse of trays suspended from the roof of a brick lined rail tunnel near Balcome, by threaded studs set in polyester injection resin. This incident is also referred to in the SCOSS Alert. The ban is based on the assumption that there is a deterioration in performance of polyester type resin materials in damp masonry. This is rather worrying because although there has been some evidence of deterioration of some polyester formulations in damp concrete, an effect known as saponification, and related to the alkalinity of the concrete, there is no such evidence of a similar problem in masonry. More over there are polyester formulations that have been awarded an ETA based on a specific test for sustained loads (i.e. long-term use of up to 50 years) in damp concrete of a specific alkalinity and this test is also required for anchors to be approved for use in masonry, despite

being carried out in concrete, which means even brickwork with an uncharacteristically high alkalinity should be no problem. The report details several other issues, which almost certainly contributed to the failures and have nothing to do with the specific type of resin. These include the lack of resin found on some studs – probably due to the difficulty of injecting overhead and the fact that the volume of resin to be injected had been pre-calculated, which may have ignored the effect of voids in the brickwork. The possibility of poor hole cleaning leaving some dust in the holes is another probable contributor. Thorough hole cleaning in damp or saturated brickwork is awkward and requires special care – for all resin formulations. Also the effect of the pulsating shock wave of trains passing beneath the trays may have been underestimated in the design. Following discussions with the CFA, London Underground have confirmed that the ban will remain. It should be noted that there are plenty of other resin formulations that they do allow. For a comprehensive commentary on the London Underground bulletin from the Construction Fixings Association go to the articles section under ‘Guidance Notes and Downloads’ on the CFA website4.

What can distributors do? Obviously there is little that distributors can do to avoid inadequacies of the design or selection process, apart from pointing specifiers in the direction of BS 8539, but they can reassure anyone enquiring about the suitability of resin systems for use in masonry, or overhead, or any other application, that products exist with appropriate ETA to give all parties the confidence they need. They can recommend the most appropriate formulation and configuration based on thorough knowledge of the resin systems they supply, their application limits and Go to installation methods. for its 8539 Toolkit They can offer the support of their supplying manufacturer in selecting the system in accordance with the recommendations of BS 8539 and in designing the correct anchor size to the design method of the ETA. They can offer training in the correct installation methods for specified fixings and supply all the correct installation equipment. To learn more about BS 8539 take a look at the guide: ‘How to supply anchors in accordance with BS 8539’ published by the CFA as part of its ‘8539 Toolkit’, which includes selected Guidance Notes, ETAG selector flow charts and five useful forms – one designed to help gather design information and another for suppliers to make recommendations.

1 2 3 BS 8539:2012 Code of practice for the selection and installation of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry. 4 NOTE: Alternatively readers can request a copy of the Bulletin from the CFA at 5


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INDEX Fixing Systems’ anti-corrosion range INDEX Fixing Systems’ wide range of stainless steel and chemical resistant products guarantees maximum security and reliability in the most extreme conditions.


ndorsed by the company’s quality standards, the corrosion proof range of products offers impeccable performance in highly demanding conditions; such as very humid environments with high risk of oxidation – even salty seaside environments – or installations with the risk of contact with chemical agents. This range consists of metal, plastic and chemical anchors; various screw types; a newly launched variety of clamps; and other installation systems such as strut channels and cantilever arms. As a broadly consolidated fastening manufacturer and supplier, INDEX Fixing Systems has a wide range of stainless steel metal anchors, which includes an A2 or A4 stainless steel version of every main family in the company’s range. The MT through bolt anchor family includes the MTA-A2 version, and the Option 7 ETA approved MTH-A4 (ETA – 05/0242). The CH sleeve anchor family includes the CH-A2 with regular bolt, the CH-PI A2 with flat head screw, the CH-AF A2 forged eye bolt and the CH-GF A2 forged hook bolt. Finally the heavy duty anchor SL family includes the SL-VI A2 version; and the HE drop-in anchor family has the HE-A4 version. The chemical anchor range is especially resilient to all sorts of external agents. The Summer and Winter cartridge versions are specifically designed to support extreme hot and extreme cold temperatures respectively. In addition, five of the six types of chemical anchors – MOPOLY polyester (ETA – 13/0752), MOPOSE styrene-free polyester (ETA – 12/0306), MOEPOX epoxy-acrylate (ETA – 13/0753), MOEPSE styrenefree epoxy-acrylate (ETA – 10/0458) and MOVISE styrene-free vinylester anchors (ETA – 13/0971), as well as their respective Summer, Winter and stone colour versions – are ETA accredited for use with stainless steel stud bolts.


Furthermore, the MOEPOX and MOPURE pure epoxy anchors and the MOEPSE and MOVISE anchors display a medium and strong resistance respectively against chemical corrosion such as chloride atmospheres of indoor swimming pools or atmospheres with chemical pollution – in desulphurisation plants or road tunnels where de-icing materials are used. In the plastic anchor range, corrosion proved elements are also present. Among them, the A4 version of the universal frame anchor T-NUX stands out. The polyamide 6.6 plug is combined with an A4 stainless steel screw with countersunk (T-NUX A A4) or hexagonal (T-NUX E A4). INDEX Fixing Systems’ broad range of screws also includes a large number of options for highly demanding installations. Every main screw family, from drill and tapping screws to wood screws to metric threaded, have a stainless

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steel version – making them more corrosion resistant. The stainless steel clamp range is also worthy of note. Recently launched by INDEX Fixing Systems to respond to the most challenging installations, it includes the new AB-M6 A2 light metal clamp and the AB-SF A2 hose clamps, along with the A2 and A4 versions of the AB-RE reinforced and the AB-RI reinforced isophonic clamps. Finally, INDEX Fixing Systems offers, among its installation system elements, a number of stainless steel products and accessories, aimed at answering the specific and most demanding needs of its clients. The stainless steel installation systems include GU-PE A2 strut guides or the ES-GU A2 brackets, as well as the DIN-975 A2 1 metre threaded rod or the PF-A4 flat bar for fixation.

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t is important to note that existing ETAs may be amended or withdrawn so this list should not be considered definitive. Since 1st July 2013, as a result of the Construction Products Regulation, new ETAs are known as European Technical Assessments. European Technical Approvals published before 1st July 2013 act as the new assessment until their expiry date. Fur further information and a full list of valid ETAs visit:




ETAG 001 Metal Anchors for use in Concrete (all parts) ETA – 09/0056

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ETA – 09/0140



ETA – 09/0246

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ETA – 11/0285

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ETA – 11/0286

Chemofast PA

Chemofast Anchoring GmbH

ETA – 11/0345

BOSSONG BCR EPOXY 21 for rebar connections


ETA – 12/0106

Chemofast EASF

Chemofast Anchoring GmbH

ETA – 12/0111

Chemofast EA

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ETA – 12/0253

SWE01 Sinto ST-EE bonded anchor

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ETA – 12/0254

SWE01 Sinto ST-EE for rebar connections

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ETA – 14/0029

Resinfix epoxy 400 CE

Ruredil SpA

ETA – 14/0042

2KPS EX1 steel bonded anchor

2K polymer systems Ltd

ETA – 14/0045

MAPEFIX EP470 SEISMIC for rebar connections

Mapei SpA

ETA – 14/0057

Chemfix CH + bonded anchor for rebar connections

Chelfix Products Ltd

ETA – 14/0072


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ETA – 14/0073

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RTEC400 bonded anchor

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ETA – 14/0104

2KPS EASF-V, EASF-VC, EASF-VE steel bonded anchor

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ETA – 14-0042

2KPS EX1 steel bonded anchor

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Full steam ahead at Rother Valley Railway BeamClamp® type BB fixings from Kee Safety have been used as part of a reconstruction project to create a heritage railway transport link in East Sussex, UK.


other Valley Railway Ltd was formed in 1991 to reconstruct the line between Bodiam and Robertsbridge that closed in 1961. Supported by the Rother Valley Railway Heritage Trust the railway has been acquiring parts of the trackbed and currently five bridges have been reconstructed, with several more still to go. Rother Valley Railway required a clamp to work with suitable packing pieces to connect the railway sleepers and handrail transoms to the supporting steelwork for the reconstruction of railway bridge number one. John Sreeves, an associate director bridges for CH2M Hill, acting as a volunteer bridge engineer for the railway, provided design, drawings and site supervision for this project. Being aware of BeamClamp® products, and requiring a means by which to fix the timber sleepers to the main longitudinal rail bearers, he specified type BB fixings. “We contacted a few companies and BeamClamp responded quickly with an excellent quote,” said John Sreeves. “They were extremely helpful and reactive throughout the project. We found that the BeamClamp fixings were flexible and allowed final adjustment of the sleepers before they were finally tightened into position. A benefit of these fixings was that they did not require the longitudinal rail bearers to be drilled on-site, which allowed the galvanised surface to remain unbroken.”

The power driven nail that thinks it’s a screw Nowadays most cladding must be removable, so fixing cladding with nails is a non-starter…until now.


itefix Ltd says that its Clad-Tite® is a fast, efficient, powered method of fixing cladding that is removable without damage to the timber, whether that’s a hidden or surface fix. The reduced D-Type head is designed to minimise surface damage to the timber when power fired, while a T10 recess allows extraction. Its Cone-Lock shank means it will not work loose, exhibits high pull-out resistance, and reduces timber split. Made from stainless steel for anti-corrosion, Clad-Tite is suitable for all treated, untreated, and modified timber. Collated to fit most gas nailers, one size is suitable to match almost all applications. “Clad-Tite is a fast, efficient, removable nail that does not corrode so will not stain the cladding – one of the many reasons it was previously a prize winner for innovation at Fastener Fair Stuttgart.”


TIMco launches new Classic C2 TIMco, an independent UK supplier of screws and fixings, has unveiled the new TIMco Classic C2 – a revolutionary multi-purpose screw.


2 is an evolution from the original TIMco Classic and is manufactured using state of the art machinery to create a screw that gives precise and positive drive control on every screw. TIMco points out that the screw is coated with a high-molecular polymer lubricant that reduces insertion torque by 52% and offers protection against rust 20 times longer than a standard zinc plated screw. The Classic C2 also achieves a 43% quicker screw time bringing time and energy savings to users. The TIMco Classic C2 also boasts twin-cut technology, which is a patented method of manufacturing that applies cuts to the screws in exactly the same position and angle, every time. The cuts are specifically positioned to deliver a consistent performance in multiple materials from a range of woods to sheet metal and plastics. Simon Midwood, managing director of TIMco, comments: “The innovations built into this screw deliver real benefits to users and we’re confident it’s going to be a big hit with the trade. Its predecessor was one of the biggest selling multi-purpose screws in Europe and now, with the added performance and functionality, we can build on this success as the screw hits the shelves nationwide this spring.” The new screw also features ribs under the head to improve countersinking, and a deep recess to prevent ‘cam out’. The screws come in a variety of sizes from 3.5mm x 30mm to 5mm x 100mm and in a variety of amounts depending on whether bought in a box, carton or tub.

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Structural bolts conforming to EN 15048 As of 1st July 2014 it will be a legal requirement under EN 1090-1 for all parts of a bearing steel structure to have the CE marking. Non-preloaded structural bolts have to meet all of the regulations under EN 15048. That is why Stafa Group has made sure its entire range in stock meets the regulation – meaning customers can be assured of European quality.


he CE marking requirement is set by the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the European standard EN 1090-1. This standard sets the requirements for CE marking for steel and aluminium bearing construction parts with references for implementation to EN 1090-2 and EN 1090-3. EN 1090-2 describes the bolt connectors in which reference is made to standard EN 15048 for non-preloaded structural bolts and EN 14399 for preloaded bolts. EN 15048 contains regulations governing products used for the design, calculation and manufacture of non-preloaded bolt connections for steel structures. Stafa guarantees that all of the structural bolts in its range meet these requirements. “Most steel structures use non-preloaded structural bolts. For that reason we keep a complete range of structural bolts that conform to EN 15048. This assures customers of competitive conditions and fast delivery. We can also supply preloaded bolts conforming to EN 14399 on request. If you use non-certified nuts and bolts for steel structures after 1st July 2014 you will be violating European law with all the consequences that entails. Stafa Group offers you all the expertise in the field of this new legislation so that you are assured of the right products.”

Roberlo Pure Epoxy receives ETA

Structural fasteners added to Earnest range

Roberlo SA, based in Girona, Spain, is a specialist in the development and manufacture of fixing products in the industrial, construction and DIY sectors.

A robust line of structural fasteners has been added to Earnest Machine’s family of threaded fasteners and custom specials.

commercial presence in over 63 countries endorses Roberlo’s global vision of the market. Its private label service for chemical anchors offers a high performance product range to be used under customers’ own brand name, including packaging support and customisation to meet their specific requirements. From Roberlo’s product range, the Pure Epoxy resin is the product with the highest performance – suitable for structural applications with reinforcing bars in new construction work or refurbishment, and assembling of dowel of precast elements of concrete. The Pure Epoxy resin’s characteristic features include installation in dry or wet concrete, an extended working time (30 minutes at 20ºC), high thixotropy that allows the application in both vertical and horizontal directions, absence of shrinkage – which makes it suitable for oversized holes, and a very low odour as it does not contain styrene. The Pure Epoxy has been recently certified with an European Technical Assessment (ETA 13/0812), according to guideline TR023 for post-installed rebar connections. It covers the most used diameters of the market, from 8mm – 32mm. The Pure Epoxy has also obtained an evaluation of fire resistance up to 240 minutes in structures with post-installed rebars, and a creeping test under sustained tensile load UNE-EN 1544:2006.

he 65 year old industrial distributor based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and with a sales and new business development division in Wolverhampton, UK, stocks and supplies A325 heavy hex structural bolts, heavy hex structural nuts and tension control structural bolt sets. Available in plain and hot dip galvanised (HDG), ASTM A325 heavy hex structural bolts are available in ½ inch – 1 inch diameters and yield a tensile strength of 120,000 psi/min. HDG structural bolts are coated per ASTM A153 Class C. Their mate, the heavy hex structural nut, is stocked in Grades 2H, DH and C, and comes in plain finish, waxed and hot dip galvanised. Rounding out the structural product line is a full line of twist off style tension control bolt sets ideal for steel construction industries. For medium strength applications, sets contain F1852 (ASTM A325) Type 1 steel bolts, Grade DH heavy hex structural nuts and F436 structural washers. For high strength applications, sets contain F2280 (ASTM A490) Type 1 steel bolts, Grade DH heavy hex nuts and F436 structural washers.



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wire demonstrates its value On 7th – 11th April 2014, wire – the international wire and cable trade fair – and Tube – the international tube trade fair – were held at Düsseldorf Messe. In addition to an increase of exhibition space there was also an abundance of new machinery and technology from fastener and fixing exhibitors on display in Hall 15.


ccross the two shows approximately 2,500 international exhibitors displayed the latest machines, equipment and products for the wire, cable and tube processing industries. 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries exhibited in the wire halls occupying 58,500m2 of exhibition space, a 2% increase from 2012, and in the tube halls approximately 1,200 exhibitors from 47 countries showcased their latest innovations. Organisers stated that 98% of exhibitors gave top feedback scores and were particularly appreciative of the professional competence of the visitors and high level of conversations at stands, with almost all of the companies surveyed expecting good post-event business. A total of 72,000 international visitors (2012: 73,500) from 104 countries visited the shows, with 66% of visitors to the wire halls representing 70 countries including Belgium, France, India, Italy, the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the Netherlands and Japan. These visitors came primarily from industry (75%), trade (11%) and craft (4%), with


primary interests including machines for the processing of wire, steel bars and steel band (35%), machines for the fabrication of wire, steel bars and steel band (32%), end products (22%), assistive equipment (machines, devices, tools, consumables; 21%), forming technology (15%) and spring making technology (11%). Joachim Schäfer, managing director responsible for fairs at Messe Düsseldorf, commented: “Once again, wire and Tube recorded exhibitor growth as well as a significant increase in booked exhibition space. The trade fairs took place at exactly the right time.” On display in exhibition halls 9 – 12 and 15 – 17 were machines and equipment for wire production and processing, tools, auxiliary materials for process engineering, materials, and specialty wires. The majority of fastener manufacturing technology was displayed in Hall 15 with companies including Nakashimada Engineering Works Ltd, National Machinery LLC, SACMA Group, Polyprofils SAS, Redimo GmbH, RLS Tooling Ltd, U Queen Machinery Co Ltd, T.L.M Srl, Can-Eng Furnaces

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International Ltd, HEROSLAM S.A.L, and Weighpack International. Throughout the hall there was a definite buzz, created perhaps by the sheer amount of demonstrations on stands and the amount of new machinery on display. National Machinery launched its new FORMAX XXV at the show, with the company inviting visitors to watch a fully animated video that showcased the new technology. Jerry Bupp, director of sales and marketing, said: “We were pleased with the high level of interest in our new FORMAX XXV product – visitors welcomed the new technology and features, and we expect it to be a very popular model now that it has officially been introduced to the market.” Jerry continued: “The wire show is the main global venue for the forming industry and the quality of customers was very good, although it seemed like total volume may have been down on the previous show. We were able to connect with our existing customer base while gaining contact with some new clients interested in our technology advantages.

EXHIBITIONS European countries were well represented along with visitors from North and South America, and Asia, and we’re now busy quoting the prospects generated from the weeks’ discussions.” Another new machine on display was the BPF-625SS with six forging stations and a modified CS-transfer from Redimo GmbH. The company had a significant presence at the show, exhibiting together with Sakumura Machine Co Ltd. The new machine, based on the Sakamura design, was created with components mainly produced in Europe and was assembled at Redimo’s headquarters in Willich-Müncheide, Germany. Also showcasing its new machinery was SKAKO Vibration with its new furnace feeding system that feeds small metal parts on a belt furnace. Finnbjørg Jacobsen, marketing coordinator at SKAKO, said: “The show was good but we felt there were not as many visitors as 2012 but there were more exhibitors. The visitors we saw were from all over the world but less Russian and American visitors than the last


show, but in general we did get some new customers and enquiries.” The main consensus from many exhibitors was that the quality of the visitors was there, but numbers had fallen. Yair Wiesenfeld, vice president at Videx Machinery, said: “Videx has been exhibiting at the wire show since the first show was held in Basel. This year we exhibited and demonstrated 5 machines. We had a couple of busy days with some important meetings, however, the feeling that everyone around us had was of slow traffic. We saw a decreased number of visitors and existing customers from our main markets of Germany and other central European countries of approximately 50% – 60%.” However, despite some exhibitors reporting visitor numbers had decreased slightly from 2012, there were some exhibitors that felt visitor numbers had increased. SASPI reported: “We have noticed this year that the quality and amount of visitors has increased compared with previous years. The

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interest in machinery investments was great and the attitude has changed significantly since the recession began, with visitors from all over the world.” The company had three machines on display on the stand. “Visitors were interested in all our machines throughout the show, however the MPA14 pointer took special attention, resulting in an order from a new client at the show.” Another stand that constantly looked busy was Nakashimada Engineering Works Ltd, the company had a substantial presence at the show with a well placed, prominent stand. Stuart Tsang, business development director, stated: “Overall, the show for us was a successful one. We had some new orders, and hopefully met some new clients. Both the turnout and quality of visitors was fine and we saw interest in our cold header machine, RMG in-line drawer, and our straight and cut machine.” The next issue of wire and Tube will take place once again at the Düsseldorf Messe from 4th – 8th April 2016.

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Carlo Salvi: Proud of its 75 years but utterly focused on its future It was 1939 when Mr Carlo Salvi first produced a fastener machine in Milan. Recently Phil Matten, not for the first time, visited the company’s Garlate facility to see how it was celebrating 75 years in business. What he found was a company justifiably proud of a distinguished heritage but utterly focused on its future as a supplier of advanced manufacturing technology.


uriously, the first machine designed and built by Carlo Salvi was actually a flat die thread roller. The Milan factory, though, was completely destroyed during the Second World War and production moved to its current location at Garlate, close to the shores of Lake Lecco. The company maintains a legal office in Milan. As well as production, the Garlate facility houses Carlo Salvi’s comprehensive inventory of machine spares and its design, technical and commercial offices. The facility is constantly being modernised and extended. In 1952 the Garlate factory produced Carlo Salvi’s first TP2 machine, a 1-die 2-blow former, which was supplied to a German customer. In the 1970s Carlo Salvi began producing cold formers with a distinctive toggle action, which supremely suited the machines for producing semi-tubular rivets by allowing a more controlled extrusion of the material, as well as improving finger timing and reducing wear on tooling and the crankshaft. The 1980s saw the introduction of the first Carlo Salvi 2-die 4-blow header, now a configuration unique in Europe and which still provides an excellent platform for manufacturing as much as 80% of standard and special fasteners. The machine can handle titanium and special alloys, mostly suitable for the aerospace and automotive sectors. As the decade advanced so did Carlo Salvi technology, with the advent of 5 and then 6-die progressive formers to meet the demand for evermore complex, near net-shape components. It was during the 1980s that the first Carlo Salvi 6-die machine, Model 663, actually emerged from production. Today, says the company, this machine model is the most requested from the market.


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1994 was a year of mourning and the beginning of a new era for Carlo Salvi, when its founder passed away on 29th February and Dr Sergio Ziotti stepped in officially as CEO. For Dr Ziotti it was not a case of a new company; he had been closely associated with Carlo Salvi in a legal capacity since 1970. It was, though, as he readily now admits, a challenging personal transition to get to grips not just with the technology of fastener machinery but with the entire process of designing, assembling, delivering and above all consistently supporting Carlo Salvi machines. Although Dr Ziotti is quick to downplay his role in the development of the business there is no question that the modern technology company that now exists and prospers owes a massive amount to his clarity of vision, as well as the financial and managerial continuity he ensured. From 1995 onwards Carlo Salvi commenced a systematic and comprehensive programme of renewal, upgrading and developing its entire range to meet the requirements of the modern fastener and cold formed component market across the world. Key amongst those developments was the recognition of the necessity to move from the traditional five or six hours set up required between parts to rapid changeover systems that ensured high levels of productivity on complex and varied components. The global importance of the Carlo Salvi brand was reinforced by the opening of its own facility in Toledo, Ohio, which continues to service a North American market that generates more than one third of the company’s revenue today.

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M A N U FA CT U R I N G T E C H N O LO G Y Carlo Salvi’s ‘family’ commitment to personal engagement with its customers and potential clients is widely and justifiably acknowledged. Dr Ziotti is investing in a younger generation of management to steer the business towards an equally successful one hundredth anniversary, evidenced by the presence and key roles of Marco Pizzi and Germano Pandiani. “I have been very careful to consider the future and continuity of Carlo Salvi,” stated Dr Ziotti. “In a way my role has been to ensure the transition from a very successful family owned and managed business to a modern technology company that retains all of those important family values. It is not just the management; we have ensured a young team in all areas of the business that will develop and grow to support our customers in the future as well as now.”

Carlo Salvi’s global presence has further developed in recent years with the establishment in 2011 of its own facility in Guangzhou, China. In 2012 this was followed by a brand new facility in Telford, UK. Most recently in 2013, Carlo Salvi Istanbul Ltd was launched. “These locations,” says Sergio Ziotti, “bring Carlo Salvi’s knowledge and expertise directly into key markets. These are experts who extend the Carlo Salvi family into their markets and are truly dedicated to our customers and their continued satisfaction in the Carlo Salvi technology in which they have invested.” He hints, also, that other geographic regions will shortly also see the opening of Carlo Salvi customer support facilities. With thousands of Carlo Salvi machines populating the global market and an unwavering commitment to service, technical, and parts support, this development clearly makes sense, as do the latest developments at the Garlate facility. From the beginning of April, Carlo Salvi has brought in-house the design and build of electronic components for its machinery by acquiring a previous sub-contractor and setting up its experienced technicians and employees in a new ‘clean room’ assembly, together with a dedicated parts storage area, adjacent to the main production flow. This assimilation of both hardware and software development, says Carlo Salvi, extends the level of direct control Carlo Salvi exercises over the production of its machines to 100%. Carlo Salvi operates on the principle of transferable skills, which means all of the technicians are capable of assembling any of the company’s model range, ensuring optimum production continuity and flexibility.

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M A N U FA CT U R I N G T E C H N O LO G Y Investment has already been approved for a further extension of the covered production area in the near future, to house a dedicated rebuild and refurbishment operation. “Since 2012 Carlo Salvi has invested in the people and equipment to rebuild machines by its own or even at customer’s facilities,” explains Marco Pizzi. “This new service is gathering big interest, thanks to which Carlo Salvi is now ready to offer completely refurbished machines, on which all the mechanical parts and the electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems have been substituted. These machines can be certified according to the actual norms and warranted for one year. By contacting the office in Garlate, customers can check machine availability.” 2013 represented a very important year for Carlo Salvi sales, which achieved remarkable growth. Even more important to the company’s management is that today it is not only able to confirm this position of strength but also confidently foresees a further 10% – 15% increase in business during 2014. Last year was also a year that fully validated the commitment and investment poured into modernising both production facility and the actual products in the aftermath of the financial crisis. “We did not stop the programme of modernisation in those very difficult years,” says Marco Pizzi, “but continued to invest and develop in order to be better than ever for when the market returned.” That it unquestionably has, as Marco confirmed record sales at the recent wire Düsseldorf exhibition. “We signed deals for six machines at the actual show, something that has not happened for ten years, and we have a number of other orders ready to be signed by customers.” Amongst those sales were orders for Carlo Salvi’s latest introduction: The CS 001 micro parts former, with a wire capacity range of between 0.6mm and 3.2mm. On the stand was also the 246E 2-die 4-blow machine (pictured below), with full electronic adjustment, demonstrating modernisation of a tried and tested configuration, which provides the versatility and capability to produce complex shape components. “The Model 246E is the classic example of a Carlo Salvi machine that, if accessorised with an integrated heating system, provides high performance (high production speed; high productivity; very, very short tool change times, …),” says Marco Pizzi. “With this machine it is possible to produce special screws


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from 6.5mm wire diameter, shank length of approximately 50mm, with extrusion and chamfer, at an output speed of 220 pieces per minute, so widening the gap with the competitors machines of similar range.” The Garlate facility is unquestionably busy today, in common with most of the fastener machinery sector right now. Marco Pizzi is confident, though, in Carlo Salvi’s capacity and flexibility to respond to continued orders for new machines. “Our investment in facilities, skills and people over the last five years has been focused specifically on ensuring our capability to respond with good lead times and service, as well as the most advanced equipment available on the market.” “Our customers are busy today, which is excellent news for everyone. We know, though, they are not just looking for a good price but also for the technology to advance their own businesses and respond to their own customers’ demanding requirements. We also know that more than ever before they need productivity and flexibility, reliability and support. These are things that Carlo Salvi is able to provide to levels never previously offered. We have seventy-five years of experience, knowledge and business stability behind us. In front of us we have even more developments and advancements to ensure our customers continue to have the advantage of the best fastener manufacturing technology in the world.”


Barton Coldform announces major new investment UK based Barton Coldform, a manufacturer of bespoke critical fastenings and special cold forgings for the automotive industry, has expanded the services it can offer to clients with a GB£250,000 investment in brand new state of the art machinery.


dding a new SEMS thread rolling machine to the company’s already impressive set-up will see Barton strengthen its position at the forefront of the industry. The new GB£250,000 machine will offer backup to its existing thread rolling capabilities, whilst offering a new range of SEMS products to its global customer base. Barton already manufactures SEMS products from M4 diameter but the new machine will add additional capability from M10 diameter to M16. The machine will be built to Barton’s specification and will be delivered in approximately 5 months time. Andrew Nutall, Barton’s managing director, said: “Our manufacturing facility is one of the most unique in Europe, offering clients a vast range of services and giving us the ability to tailor projects to meet each individual client’s needs.” Barton’s sustained investment is already starting to pay off, having acquired several new clients following months of technical discussions and trials, which will bring in increased revenue and new challenges for the team.

Three into one BASS GmbH & Co KG, based in Niederstetten, Germany, says that its AMGB V is the perfect solution for the nut industry.


he AMGB V is a threading tool that has a screw system. The cartridge connects the tap nib with the bent shank. In case of high torque, as a result of wear, the cartridge breaks and dissolves the connection so that both shank and tap are reusable. BASS points out that there are several ways to connect the threading tool to the shank – e.g. through welding, soldering or a screw system. With the three-part unit users can flexibly respond to individual processing needs. “Our portfolio offers a perfect solution in the run-over tapping process where large quantities of hexagon, round and collar nuts dominate.”

Videx bar-end turning machines from coil Videx Machine Engineering Ltd’s VC-MCCT machines perform multiple operations and replace traditional automatic lathes in production of straight parts with turned ends.


ach turning station can perform up to four operations at the same time, such as facing, drilling, chamfering, turning and calibrating the diameter. The parts are transferred from one station to another by a quick servo transfer, and all stations work at the same time to save time and complete the part as quick as possible. For instance, whilst the first station turns the part, the second station drills or faces the next part. Other operations that can be done include heading, flattening, marking, etc. The machines will accept wire directly from an in-line drawer or will pull drawn wire from an uncoiler. Wire straightening is a critical stage for achieving a precise diameter tolerance. This is achieved by the Videx oscillating straightener that is equipped with four pairs of feed rollers and three straightening shoes. The length tolerance and repeatability are extremely important as well, and therefore, the wire always hits a positive stop before the cut-off takes place, assuring a length repeatability of ±0.1mm. The transfer system moves the cut-to-length parts in between the various stations, with the posssibiltiy of the last station in the machine being either inspection or thread rolling, in case the parts should be threaded.


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Ingramatic introduces W60 size machine – the RP820-M

As announced at the beginning of 2014, Ingramatic continues to introduce more I-Thread models reflecting the success of their rigidity, precision, flexibly and very fast changeover. The first I-Thread for 2014 from the Ingramatic assembly lines is the RP820-M, designed for the rolling of structural bolts in the automotive, truck and the construction industries.


he RP820-M is designed to run heavy parts after heat treatment from M18 up to M24 in diameter and up to M27 for non-treated parts. This revolutionary thread rolling machine features a series of innovations including a double starter unit with an exclusive self-learning adjustment. To start the starter fingers’ adjustment, the machine goes automatically to the zero location of the slide body to place all systems in the setup position. The technician simply places a blank in the starting position between the dies and, using the electronic hand wheel, moves the starter fingers to touch the blank. Then, with a quick click on the touch screen panel he saves the adjustments to the machine’s PLC system. The setup of the starter unit can be completed in less than two minutes without any hand tools. The electronic handwheel can also be used to adjust the width and height of the feed rails for a precise set-up, which ensures the perfect feeding of the starter unit and guarantees the highest possible production rate. The Ingramatic R&D department has also provided a simple and radical quick adjustment solution by using spacer sets according to the bolt diameter to be rolled. With this clever system, the tool holder does not require any adjustment when changing the part diameter. Through the touch screen controls, the technician releases the hydraulic clamping and exchanges


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the spacer according to the bolt diameter. Four graduated adjusting screws are used to fine tune the stationary die to obtain a perfect screw geometry, leading Ingramatic to label it: “Simple, quick and efficient”. It is also possible to adjust the die match using the electronic handwheel to control the motorised drive unit positioning, without the use of hand tools. Ingramatic has made the die match adjustment intuitive, precise and very fast. A rejection device connected to the load monitor automatically separates defective parts detected by the load monitor from good parts. When making heavy parts it is critical to avoid any damage to the threads. For this reason, Ingramatic supplies an additional horizontal conveyor to provide a soft landing system for each threaded bolt. When a customer visits Ingramatic and sees the new Ingramatic I-Thread machine line they quickly compare this new generation of flat die thread rolling machine with a CNC machining centre, due to the high level of automation, precision and the ability to make complete changeover within 30 minutes. Ingramatic offers the invitation: “If you plan to travel in Italy, consider a visit to Ingramatic to discover the winning technologies of the I-Thread line. The RP820-M is a revolution for a W60 size machine.”

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New nitriding and nitrocarburising furnaces Work on the final phase of Keighley Laboratories’ ambitious new heat treatment facility is nearing completion, with the GB£1 million plus development adding the latest low temperature, low distortion thermochemical processes to Keighley Labs’ heat treatment portfolio


he newly commissioned state of the art nitriding furnace is currently undergoing production trials and its sealed quench gaseous nitrocarburising unit is being installed. Ancillary process equipment, including a solvent degreaser and pre- and post-treatment washers for removing any surface contaminants, are also being integrated into the streamlined workflow arrangement. Gaseous nitriding and nitrocarburising are heat treatment processes that enhance the surface properties of finished and near-finished metallic components. The gaseous nitriding process promotes wear resistance, together with corrosion resistance in the case of nitrocarburising, and these low temperature techniques ensure minimal distortion of the workpieces. In nitriding, the surface of the ferrous metal is enriched with nitrogen to improve wear resistance, fatigue

strength and other characteristics; whereas with nitrocarburising small amounts of carbon are also introduced into the process, resulting in a more flexible compound surface layer, with good lubricant retention properties, as distinct from the classical white layer of gaseous nitriding. The furnace interface is via the latest SuperData SCADA software package, complete with full colour HMI touchscreen. This provides recipe driven process control, continuous data logging, an EasyTrack load entry system, paperless recording and rapid access to historical records. Accurate temperature control can also be achieved through three zones of heating elements, controlled by a sophisticated internal cascade system. SSI technicians have already delivered on-site software training, so that Keighley Labs specialists can adjust the basic programming to suit the company’s own processing routes. “With some of the most modern furnace equipment and process control technology outside the captive heat treatment sector, this enables us to compete with independent contractors throughout Europe,” says Keighley Labs managing director, Debbie Mellor. “We shall be able to regulate the precise parameters for single and multi-stage processes to suit exact customer specifications, allowing us to provide a service that is second to none.”

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Innovative sensor concept for eddy current system PRÜFTECHNIK NDT GmbH has introduced a new system from the eddy current testing product line. The RS20 rotating system makes testing new material diameters uncomplicated, with the ability to quickly and easily replace the complete sensor unit if necessary.


RÜFTECHNIK NDT GmbH, a specialist for eddy current testing systems, provides a wide range of test equipment for reliable quality assurance in the semi-finished product industry. The benefits of the RS20 lie primarily in the speed at which material diameters can be changed – taking only a few minutes. In addition, the encapsulated sensor units are extremely robust and easily come in and out without any moving parts. PRÜFTECHNIK points out that when producing rods and wires of various material diameters, eddy current systems must adapt quickly with each change of diameter. Guide bushings and testing parameters must be adjusted each time. Diameter adjustments, and the subsequent check

using callipers, are often time-consuming and complicated. The new RS20 system for non-destructive eddy current testing of metallic cylindrical material such as tubes, wires and rods of diameters ranging 2mm – 20mm enables high throughput rates. Thanks to its rugged and compact design, it is easily integrated into the production lines (drawing lines). The eddy current test complies with a whole range of international standards, including ASTM, API, BS, JIS, ETTC, ENEL, DIN and SEP.

CTR’s continued investment In April, CTR Carbide Dies Ltd once again showcased at the biennial wire Düsseldorf show with its biggest stand yet – receiving many interesting and promising enquiries from existing and new potential customers.


enowned worldwide for the manufacture of fastener tooling and complete tool kits in HSS and Carbide materials, CTR Carbide says that it boasts a proven track record in specialist tooling for spring manufacture, swaged tube ends, press tools, injection moulding tools, punches, feed fingers, plus many more tooling and piece part sub contract machining requirements. Continued investment ensures CTR Carbide employs the latest in technological machining advancements. The company recently purchased new CNC 5 Axis Milling Machine Centres, one with fully simultaneous capability, that offers CNC multi axis soft/hard turning and CNC internal and external grinding – coupled with wire and spark Erosion EDM facilities employing the latest Form 30 technology. “As a result, LOP (Lights off Production) capacity has been increased leading to improved delivery and lead times. We also have a comprehensive and varied range of conventional machine tools to supplement the above ‘high-tech’ process manufacturing equipment.”


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Tectorius™ introduces fastener coating machinery Tectorius™, with over 25 years of practical experience in the field of pre-applied sealants, adhesives and other performance enhancing products and machinery, has introduced new fastener coating application equipment.


his new line of equipment is specifically designed to apply adhesives, sealants, lubricants and coating materials to threaded parts. Units are available in several configurations, and apply a wide range of coating products, both high and low viscosity, to most common types and sizes of fasteners and small components. Additionally, Tectorius custom formulates and manufactures materials tailored to customer needs, for both fastener and non-fastener applications. Tectorius says that its expertise in both materials and machinery provides comprehensive solutions to coating questions for clients entering the application field.


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Carbon infrared oven improves powder coating flexibility and quality A three-zone, carbon infrared medium wave oven from Heraeus Noblelight is helping SFS Intec to improve the flexibility and quality of its powder coating operations.


he infrared oven has enabled SFS Intec, part of a Swiss owned international group, to change powder curing from a continuous to a batch operation, so that it can now respond more quickly to customer requirements for corrosion resistant screws and fasteners.

Screw fasteners for the construction industry represent an important product line at SFS Intec. The heads of these screws must be coated to resist corrosion in use and the powder coating was formerly cured using an electrically heated oven,

through which the screws passed continuously on a conveyor belt. However, this was very energy intensive, as the oven had first to be heated up to temperature and then held at that curing temperature for some time. More importantly, this continuous operation lacked flexibility as it could not respond quickly to changes in colour or to customer demands for fast delivery of limited numbers of screws. To solve both of these problems, SFS Intec contacted Heraeus, who designed, manufactured and installed a carbon infrared medium wave curing system. This is a three zone oven with seven 4kW medium wave infrared emitters in each zone. Medium wave radiation is readily absorbed by powder coatings and allows rapid and efficient curing. In operation, trays of coated screws are now manually loaded into a selected zone and the emitters are switched on. The curing temperature of 180째C, monitored by an integral pyrometer, is achieved in a matter of seconds, rather than the 30 minutes or so required by the previous system, and a digital timer is then set to determine the time that the screws need to be held at the curing temperature. All three zones are individually loaded and controlled so that three different batches of screws can be cured simultaneously.


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E.u.r.o.Tec – The specialist for fastening technology – offers professional fasteners made of hardened steel, coated steel, stainless A2/A4, hardened stainless for wood constructions, hardwood and composite deckings, glue wood, roofings, facades, as well as solar fasteners. All approved and in certified quality. The main goal is to create fasteners offering the professional enduser a most possible benefit. For detailed information of the most recent developments, please, refer to the EuroTec homepage.



JCS Hi-Torque Ltd

Founded in 1936, was the first factory of hardened steel nails in Holland. Under our brand “HJZ” a complete range of hardened steel nails, stainless steel nails, brass nails, aluminium nails, redcopper nails and special carbon steel nails are manufactured.

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JCS products are exported throughout the world for use in the Industrial, Automotive, Marine, Construction and Petro-Chemical industries.

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We offer a wide range in design and material specification to meet the needs of modern industry. Please contact us for a catalogue.

Lee Spring

Lueg-Stanztechnik e.K.

The new-look Series 20 edition of the Lee Spring UK catalogue features new products, including High Pressure Springs, Metric Bantam™ Mini-Compression Springs and the latest in Heavy Duty Die Springs. Available to order now, the new catalogue includes almost 20,000 spring products.

Since 1966, Lueg-Stanztechnik is your reliable partner for the manufacturing of stamping parts according to DIN/ISO standards and customer drawings.

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Manufacturers of Hi-Grip, Hi-Torque and Tamtorque, the world’s finest quality worm drive hose clips and clamps, and approved to BSI Kitemark and Lloyd’s Type Approval Standards.

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Northern Precision Ltd

For over 50 years, Mavita is specialized in the development and manufacture of Standard and Special cold pressed fasteners. In sectors such as the automotive industry, the household appliances and the electrical industry it plays a leading role on the international market owing to the good relationship “Quality/ Price” of its products and to its ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 Quality Certifications.

Northern Precision are one of the leading stockists for Self-Clinching Fasteners, Rivet Bushes, Rivet Nuts, Blind Rivets, Weld Studs, Strux and Rivtex Studs, Piercing nuts as well as Hand and Power Tooling in Europe. We also manufacture parts to customers’ requirements. All Fasteners are Rohs compliant. For full details please visit our website. email:

pgb-Polska z.o.o.


Pgb-Polska is the production facility of pgb-Europe. Its production range covers multifunctional wall plugs, universal plugs, hammer nail plugs, window frame anchors and cavity anchors. All nylon anchors are produced from high-grade halogen free polyamide PA6. Our main products are CE/ETA certified. Please contact us for a full scope of our products!

Founded in 1973, Rivit is a European leader for fasteners and tools, proposing a complete programme of fixing systems, tools, machines and technical support for the whole sheet metal universe (automotive, electronics, household appliances, sheet metal working, air-conditioning, building, roofing, metal door and windows frames, etc.).

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Rolevet Ltd

ROBERLO is a manufacturer specialized in Private Labels for Chemical Anchors. Its complete product portfolio includes Polyester, Epoxyacrylate, Vinylester and Pure Epoxy resins, available in all cartridge types. Several approvals ensure the quality and performance of its products: European Technical Approval ETAG029, TR029 and TR023, Fire test, VOC qualification, SOCOTEC, B Mark...

Rolevet are a leading manufacturer of industrial fasteners, specialising in Non-standard and bespoke to customer specifications. Manufacturing from specialist alloys, duplex stainless steels and high nickel alloys. Our manufacturing facility incorporates a hot-forging section alongside a fully equipped CNCWorkshop, resulting in Rolevet offering the complete fastener supply solution.


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Schotte Automotive Schotte Automotive is specialized in the production and the distribution of individual metal fastening components. If individual, small or mass series production Schotte automotive offers customized solutions according to German standards and in highest quality. Schotte Automotive Fasteners and Schotte Automotive Engineering are serving global customers not only email: within the automotive but across all industries.


SPIROL® SPIROL® manufactures a wide range of SLOTTED PINS to ISO 8752, ASME 18.8.4 M Type B (Metric non interlocking) and ASME B18.8.2 (Inch) in High Carbon Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Chrome Stainless Steel, as well as DISC SPRINGS to DIN 2093 in Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel (1.8159) and stainless steel (1.4310). Tel: +44 (0) 1536 444 800

TR Fastenings Limited

Washer Factory Ltd

TR Fastenings Limited is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of industrial fastenings to the assembly industries, with operations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. TR Supplies over 250 million components every day to thousands of customers, from sheet metal fabricators and plastic moulders through to global OEM’s.

We are one of the leading manufacturers of non-standard and specialised stainless steel, duplex stainless and non-ferrous washers and light pressings. We have an extensive range and offer quick turnaround, see our website for more information, or call our sales office for fast and friendly help.

For more information visit our website.

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Orbital Fasteners uses VECTA integrated solutions With the ultimate aim of improving the operational effectiveness of its sales team, Orbital Fasteners is a prime example of a business using technology successfully to address its business challenges and deliver tangible and substantial return on investment.


ased in Watford, UK, Orbital Fasteners is an online and telesales distributor of fixings, fasteners, tools and power tools, with nearly 30 years of experience in product, application know-how and customer service, including a product portfolio of close to 30,000 from 300 different manufacturers. Looking to improve the operational effectiveness of the sales team and support successful progressive growth, Orbital selected VECTA7 – an integrated BI, SI and CRM solution. Orbital’s comprehensive product range and substantial customer base was previously making the process of identifying market trends and customer buying patterns challenging, reinforcing the need for it to be responsive and agile. Obtaining information to guide sales activity proved time consuming (and regularly remained unfinished) resulting in sales teams relying on ‘gut instinct’ and customer feedback, leaving it disadvantaged during sales conversations. The team recognised the impact of the ‘gut instinct’ approach and adopted VECTA7 to improve sales productivity. Working very closely with VECTA Sales Solutions and parent company EDP Plc to optimise the range of technology solutions at its disposal, Orbital aimed to realise its goal of improved

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productivity, sales growth and customer retention. As a long term user of EDP’s ‘CHARISMA’ application software, Orbital also decided to take the opportunity to reduce exposure and overheads by moving its IT systems to the EDP hosted service, further enabling the business to focus its resources on core skills and competencies. The team at Orbital believed that missed opportunities or issues not being identified quickly enough were having an impact on sales results and growth – an annual review of data, classifying the company’s ‘winners, losers and deserters’ proved to be a beneficial routine exercise. Orbital was keen to find, however, a practical on-going alternative technology based solution to ensure a continuous flow of optimised sales opportunities and reduced customer attrition. Paul Widdison, sales manager at Orbital Fasteners, explains: “VECTA enabled the external sales team to work much more effectively. It enables each user to track individual customer sales, identify products not being bought and log and pursue prospective customers in their areas. By using the information obtained from VECTA, we gained a visible increase in the effectiveness of the calls made by the team, improved sales revenues month-on-month, and increased sales values to our existing customer base. As a result Orbital has enjoyed exceptionally good sales results, some 30% above target.” With the key information at its fingertips the Orbital sales teams are no longer reliant on the IT team and can better understand its customers’ buying patterns, resulting in time savings across the board, reduced call costs and improved productivity.


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Cromwell Group chooses Merlin Cromwell Group, a European independent industrial product supplier, has chosen Merlin Business Software – becoming Merlin’s largest customer by implementing its systems in 66 branches worldwide.


he project has now passed the halfway point and is set for completion in the final quarter of 2014, and will see 1,000 users operational in 14 countries. Merlin reports that the decision to implement its new company wide ERP system was made due to its industry specific features, flexibility and its ability to be scaled to any sized business. Clive Mallender, managing director of Merlin Business Software, adds: “Merlin is delighted with the roll-out of what is the business’ largest project to date and welcomes Cromwell to our customer base. Cromwell’s adoption of Merlin Business Software has confirmed something we have known for some time – Merlin, although capable of punching above its weight, is very much a mature ERP system.” Mike Findlay-Wilson, IT and business systems director of Cromwell Group, explains: “Having run the business on our legacy system for some time now, we realised the need to move to a more modern, Windows-based system. The new system from Merlin is designed to enhance our business processes through ease of use, such as search; ability to have multiple views open; and allowing for unlimited users as we grow as a business. Already it appears to be a significant advance on the current system and one that will stand us in good stead for the continued expansion of our business in the future.” Cromwell’s UK Warrington and Lincoln branches were the first to go live on Merlin Business Software back in September 2013. Robin Davison, branch manager and Merlin user at Warrington, reports: “Although the last few months were initially quite challenging, which is to be expected when changing any process, the Warrington team are now enjoying the added functionality and ease of use that Merlin provides. Importantly, from day one of the transition our customers have been unaffected with no detrimental impact; the implementation was seamless and exceeded my expectation. We are sure that it will evolve to be the perfect tool to support and assist us in driving the company forward now and for many years to come.”

abas meets CGR Group demands Coil spring manufacturer, CGR Group, based in France, has implemented an integrated ERP system in its 14 production sites worldwide, with over 800 users.


GR Group is currently present in six countries including Poland, Germany and Spain, with revenues exceeding 100 million euros and the bulk of its production focused on the aeronautics and automotive industries, both of which place great demands on quality and timing. To meet these demands, CGR required a new ERP system that could integrate all of its business processes, including administration, logistics and PPC, into a single system capable of supporting its increasingly international business. After a meticulous selection process, which included all of the major ERP vendors, abas Business Suite was chosen for its usability and depth of functions for the automotive industry. CGR’s decision was further swayed by abas’ international presence and the industry expertise of the local software partner ABAS PGI France. Implementation of the system began in December 2013 with the goal of implementing abas at CGR’s locations in France, China, Spain, Poland and Mexico by the end of 2016. Sylvain Coniel, performance director at CGR Group, explains: “We wanted an international ERP system that is able to cover processes specific to the automotive industry, in particular EDI, labelling, automatic invoicing, and order management. We chose abas because of the industry expertise of the consultants in each country and the functional coverage of the product itself. abas also optionally offers all modern analytical tools, such as BI, DMS, and visual planning. We want to increase efficiency and productivity and the first step toward this is eliminating outdated workflows and unnecessary tasks, as well as standardising processes across all departments and international sites. In a second phase we will implement Business Intelligence to consolidate and analyse our data for faster, more accurate decision making.”

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When C-parts are put to the test DMG MORI SEIKI Corporation, a manufacturer of metal-cutting machine tools, has opted for connecting and fastening technology specialists Keller & Kalmbach (K & K) as C-parts management partner.


ith more than a quarter of a century experieince in small parts logistics, K & K impressed with its strong customer focus, as well as a sophisticated concept. The goal of the collaboration is to achieve a volume concentration in German production plants at Seebach and Pfronten, as well as sites in Italy, Poland and China, by outsourcing to one supplier, optimising inventories and logistics processes, and focussing on standardisation. K & K carried out warehouse inspections on-site as well as an inspection of the production processes, developing a path analyses as well as analysis of the logistics system used to date. From this it was possible to develop a customised C-parts management logistics solution for each site. The team at K & K developed meticulously, and in record time, a logistics concept for the machine builders, which ranged from standard solutions, such as two and multi-container systems, to future-oriented RFID technologies or even decentralised deliveries. Certain activities were outsourced to K & K. The customer requested a decentralised solution, i.e. the implementation of a ‘supermarket’ managed by the supplier. Starting from the ‘supermarket’, mobile shelving systems were assembled and assigned to a specific assembly workplace. The K & K concept significantly reduced logistics costs at all factory locations.

Motion® R12 Platform transforms work in the field Motion Computing® has announced a new addition to its mobile technology portfolio – a new Windows-based 12.5 inch FHD tablet designed to empower the worker who works across the field, vehicle and office.


he company says its R12 Platform is thin, light and easy to use, blending aesthetics and functionality, and includes designed accessories including the SlateMate® data acquisition module, and Secure Mobile® vehicle dock – all created to seamlessly work together for incomparable efficiency and productivity in public safety, construction and field service. Motion’s SlateMate® data acquisition module can be configured with up to three I/O devices, ideal for field workers such as an engineer or technician, who require more flexibility from their devices. All R12 products are designed and produced by Motion, eliminating the need for customers to rely on other 3rd party mobile technology. The 12.5 inch R12 tablet is also ideal for a desktop replacement, and in addition to a desktop mount, R12 Platform includes a wireless keyboard featuring innovative EasyPair® technology. EasyPair helps avoid the often time-consuming and frustrating hassle of Bluetooth® pairing by ensuring any R12 wireless keyboard automatically pairs with any R12 tablet. Nigel Owens, vice-president global sales at Motion, explains: “Over the past decade, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about what the mobile worker wants as well as the needs of the companies that they work for and the R12 Rugged Platform is a result of that knowledge. Every R12 product and feature was created with a specific worker need in mind. Enterprise-ready, secure, safe and rugged, R12 was built to empower the field based end user while delivering investment protection and productivity gains to the business.”

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Distribution One announces new Cloud and SaaS ERP offering Software application provider Distribution One has announced a new Cloud and SaaS ERP offering for distributors with 5 – 50 users to help run their businesses efficiently and profitably.


s more buyers look to Cloud based enterprise applications for quicker implementations, less IT overhead and additional savings, Distribution One (with a European headquarters in Sweden) explains it is important that users consider offerings that will provide the flexibility and the scalability their business will require. Larry Ward, president of Distribution One, says: “We’re excited to extend our on-premise ERP solutions to the Cloud as we are seeing a demand from our target customer base looking for an advanced solution.” The company says the solution provides deployment flexibility as its ERP is available on premise, hosted or in the cloud. “Distribution One is also excited to extend our ‘Any device, Anywhere’ with the Cloud solution,” explains Larry. “The Progress OpenEdge 11.2 development platform has enabled us to build dynamic applications across any platform, any mobile device, and any Cloud.” Distribution One offers software solutions including V2 ERP, V2 Fastener, V2 Industrial and V2 Retail Fulfillment. The solutions are information management applications systems designed specifically for wholesalers and distributors that include order entry, accounts receivable and payable, CRM, inventory management, point of sale, general ledger, purchasing, and sales analysis.

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Perfect tightening control NOF METAL COATINGS EUROPE explains how the growing use of light alloy parts, the increase of tightening speed, and high preloads, require more and more efficient topcoats.


or many years now, the topcoat PLUS® VL applied on the basecoat GEOMET® 321 has become a key requirement in the German automotive industry – providing excellent anti-corrosion performances and perfect tightening control at a very competitive price. Long before the implementation of the European directive concerning the recycling of end of life vehicles (2000/53/CE), NOF METAL COATINGS Group – the only supplier of zinc flake anti-corrosion coatings whose chemical compounds are in an aqueous phase and contain only a few Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) – has offered completely chromium-free (chrome VI and III) solutions under the trademark GEOMET®.

When in an automated production process the preload on aluminium can vary or sometimes even be out of tolerance, which can become critical for security relevant assemblies such as chassis and suspension parts. To provide more precise requirements Volkswagen included additional criteria in the last version of the 01131-1/2 standard including: • The need for five consecutive tightening procedures onto e-coat surfaces. • An assembly onto aluminium with a torque exceeding the yield point. • A list of reference parts (bolts, nuts, aluminium and e-coat plates) from a sole supplier.

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Other car manufacturers have also developed their own internal test procedures to make sure the friction behaviour fulfils the complex requirements of real assembly situations.

As a result, PLUS® VL was tested and approved by Volkswagen in 2004 after industrial trials on different types of fasteners. In 2006, the new internal standard VW 01131 was published and some tightening criteria was included in the VDA235-203 standard. GEOMET 321 + PLUS VL became the most widely used zinc flake system in Germany and Europe thanks to a network of highly qualified applicators united by the unique quality system of the NOF METAL COATINGS Group.

Materials evolution and precise tightening conditions Today an important number of assemblies are made with increased rotation speeds but also with a torque-angle sequence procedure. Certain bolt geometries, in combination with volume produced e-coat surfaces, may present a higher tendency for stick-slip occurrence. In addition, the obligation to decrease vehicle weights has led to an increased use of light materials such as aluminium either for the bearing surface of the screw or for the thread tapped into large parts where the threaded length is larger than 2.5 times the thread diameter of the screw.

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PLUS® VLh: The standard for consecutive tightening NOF METAL COATINGS Group decided to improve PLUS VL, which already showed excellent results, by taking into account these new requirements. PLUS® VLh solves the problems mentioned on assembled, cataphoretically pre-coated surfaces and also provides exceptional tightening results on and into aluminium and even aluminium critical assemblies.

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At the same time, topcoats were also developed with improved anti-corrosion performances and close control of friction coefficients. However, the increased use of cataphoretic coated steel showed new problems when tightening such as stick-slip. Volkswagen therefore introduced additional testing procedures that would help detect potential problems in real assembly situations: • Pre-tightening at 200rpm and final tightening at 20rpm. • Consecutive tightening. • Loosing at 150ºC.

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A P P L I C AT I O N T E C H N O LO G Y This topcoat is applied under the same technical conditions and temperatures as its predecessor. The coat uses the same IMDS number, as the optimisation of the properties was achieved by a very subtle evolution of PLUS VL. All product characteristics such as nominal friction value, corrosion resistance, the influence on dimensional tolerances, remain unchanged and as a consequence, the new topcoat PLUS VLh can easily be used as a complete replacement of the existing solutions. Industrial line trials at Volkswagen and Daimler proved the general usability of PLUS VLh and also its capability to solve the most critical tightening circumstances. The torque values remained in the specified range and the torque-angle sequence procedure showed a significantly lower variation and better repeatability of the final load. Since the end of 2013, PLUS VLh is used according to the Volkswagen (TL245 t647) and Daimler (DBL 9440.40) standards. Other carmakers are currently testing this topcoat in order to include it in their technical anti-corrosion/ tightening standards in the near future.

Unique performances even in offshore atmospheres Business sectors such as offshore, wind power and building are also very interested in this system. Indeed, GEOMET 321 + PLUS VLh was certified by the institute Germanischer Lloyd who confirmed corrosion resistance according to DIN EN ISO 12944-6:1998, C5-M High, as well as salt spray testing being extended from 1,440 hours to 2,016 hours. This demonstrates that it provides excellent performance in marine and offshore atmospheres. PLUS VLh is already applied in serial production by a worldwide GEOMET licensed applicator.


AFS helps shape iconic Kelpies monument The Huck® brand C50L® fastener from Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) is one of the key components in a major iconic Scottish construction project, due to be officially opened later this year.


he Kelpies is a 30 metre high steel monument paying homage to central Scotland’s horse-powered heritage and providing a dramatic gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal entrance, on the country’s east coast. With recommendation from design company Atkins, Huck products were supplied by AFS distributor Permalok Fastening Systems Ltd. “The internal frame was designed, fabricated and installed around a tubular steel skeleton. A tubular steel secondary frame carried the many brackets to which the stainless steel ‘skin’ was attached using C50L fasteners,” explains John Rickers, systems development manager at AFS. “The C50L’s powerful clamp strength combined with Huck’s hydraulic tooling enabled the sheet to be immediately

shaped into place during installation, thus eliminating the additional time it would have taken using a conventional nut and bolt system. Not only did the solution meet the mechanical requirements of holding everything in place, but the fasteners were quick and easy to install.” Tim Burton, sales and marketing manager at SH Structures had considered more conventional fixings. However, he believed that the C50L provided a perfect, structurally sound, tamper-proof solution. “The most time-consuming part of the work was the fact that the plates were flat and had to be cold formed or bent to match the complex profile created by the brackets. Using the C50L fasteners with the hydraulic rig definitely helped the process as drawing the connection to

close required a significant load, which the combination was able to deliver faultlessly every time.” David Tyas, managing director at Permalok Fastening Systems, added: “Permalok is extremely proud to have been involved with this prestigious project, supplying over 12,000 Huck C50L lockbolts and the hydraulic installation tooling required to complete the construction of the two sculptures. The C50L lockbolt is historically a heavy industry fastener, and this application showcases the enormous strength of the product – as shown in its ability to bend the sheets to the supporting frame – and the ease with which it can be installed. It is also interesting to see how the fastener has been incorporated into the aesthetics of the sculptures.”

Three in one – the new HesoMatic-9 stud welding station As specialists for fastening and joining technology with over 40 years of technical experience, Heinz Soyer Bolzenschweißtechnik GmbH has recently launched a new mobile stud welding station named HesoMatic-9.


his pioneering technological development combines energy source, control unit and feeding unit in a single compact housing. The fully automatic welding of weld studs from 3mm – 8mm in diameter or 8mm – 40mm in length is greatly facilitated due to less space requirements and a clearly arranged operating panel. As there is no elaborate cabling between the units, the risk of error and the susceptibility to damage are significantly minimised. Additional performance features of the HesoMatic-9 include: • No cumbersome and time-consuming manual feed. • Requires 50% less space owing to a compact design in a single housing. • Maximum operating comfort and significant time savings. • Large diameter feeder bowl of 300mm for long studs and large filling capacities. • Trouble free transport due to stud feed via steps and low noise operation.

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Spirol ground hollow dowels provide transmission solution Spirol was recently approached by an automotive industry OEM to identify cost reduction suggestions for locating the transmission to the back of the engine. Its solution – using Series GD100 ground hollow dowels.


he automotive OEM was previously using a 16mm outside diameter ground solid dowel to locate the transmission to the back of the engine. The application was demanding due to the weight of the two components to be aligned, and the use of manual guided hoists that resulted in the possibility of damage to the dowel or component misalignment. The initial investigation was to determine if the lowest cost solution would work – a standard Spirol spring dowel. Although this was the lowest cost, the overall alignment in this application was in the 60 micron tolerance range and the specified tolerance for alignment had to be within 20 microns. The thin wall of this product also was susceptible to possible damage from the

two heavy components being brought together. Spirol’s standard Series GD100 ground hollow dowels are heavy wall, precision ground products offering a more rigid configuration and are more robust – better suited to the style of assembly used. The customer was able to attain a 30% cost savings on the programme, and the assembly equipment for the dowel needed little to no alteration. The function of the assembly remained consistent with the previous product. Spirol’s value originated from the roll forming process where parts are fabricated from roll formed strip steel with little to no scrap. This process is usually 50% – 75% faster than machining and the hollow dowel uses less material than the solid dowel, allowing further cost savings and overall vehicle weight savings.


MacDermid’s zinc nickel coatings Engineers choose zinc-nickel in automotive and aerospace applications due to its excellent corrosion and abrasion resistance. This results in the coating retaining its corrosion protection even after handling and assembly operations.

Zinc-nickel coatings demonstrate the following features: • Exceptional corrosion resistance for relatively thin coatings. • Hard coating, good for mechanical resistance properties. • Good grounding properties for electronic applications. • Galvanic compatibility with aluminium. • Lubricated to modify friction properties. MacDermid says that it leads the way in electroplated zinc-nickel technology with the Enviralloy and Kenlevel Ni range of products. These are suitable for all applications including bulk fasteners and post plate deformed tubing. The range of Enviralloy and Kenlevel Ni range includes: Enviralloy NiSpeed – High speed alkaline zinc-nickel process, particularly recommended for rack applications. Enviralloy NiSpeed delivers both with a bright deposit, coupled with even alloy and deposit distributions. By using new polymer technology, combined with inexpensive steel anodes, Enviralloy NiSpeed delivers fast plating rates for improved productivity. Enviralloy Ni 12-15 – Alkaline zinc-nickel process, recommended for barrel applications where process consistency and ease of use are key processing criteria. Production proven and automotive approved for over 10 years now, Enviralloy Ni 12-15 provides zinc-nickel coatings for global manufacturers such as Ford, GM, Renault, PSA and VW-Audi. Enviralloy NiFlex 12 – Alkaline zinc-nickel process specifically for applications where the plated layer is post-plate deformed. Enviralloy NiFlex 12 produces a unique deposit morphology that allows the coating to react dynamically and in sympathy with the substrate. This low stress structure means parts can be manipulated, formed, bent and swaged with minimal loss of corrosion. Kenlevel Ni 12-15 – Acid zinc-nickel process for cast iron applications. Kenlevel Ni 12-15 combines the benefits of acid zinc electrolytes with zinc-nickel alloy deposits. This allows the rapid covering of components such as brake callipers.

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SCIGRIP sponsors World Cup Solar Challenge boat team SCIGRIP, a supplier of smart adhesive solutions, has announced it is sponsoring the Polish Green Solar Team in the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge 2014 taking place in the Netherlands this summer.


articipants must complete the 250km staged course from 28th June – 5th July in highly customised vessels powered only by energy from the sun and driven by solar panels. SCIGRIP will be supporting the Green Solar Power Team, now renamed the SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team, with technical advice and the supply of high performance structural MMA structural adhesives throughout the prototyping phase and build process. SCIGRIP repair packs will also be provided to all teams throughout the regatta. This bi-annual race attracts teams of composite engineers, boat builders, designers and technical students from all over the world. As a result, the event is highly competitive and generates some of the most dynamic boat designs and constructions in terms of lightweight composite development and sustainability. Mark Rogan, European sales and marketing manager at SCIGRIP, remarks: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce our sponsorship of the SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team. This partnership enables us to support, collaborate and deliver the most high performance structural adhesives to some of Europe’s most skilled and innovative marine developers.”

TR Fastenings’ organic black coating TR Fastenings says it is now able to offer a unique superior black organic finish for all its metal fasteners.


his UV resistant coating delivers a high level of corrosion resistance, no hydrogen embrittlement issues and can be applied over most metallic materials, as well as over zinc plating/phosphating or mechanical plating to form a black, decorative finish that can withstand up to 240+ hours of salt spray. Typical applications include hardware, automotive components, springs, clips and rivets – wherever fasteners are on show and need to be both cosmetically outstanding and of the highest quality. Customers who have already requested this finish from TR Fastenings include the luxury marine brand, Sunseeker.

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Large-scale fastener projects Berdan Civata, based in Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey, is a highly equipped and competent company that manufactures special and standard industrial fasteners for an extensive range of sectors.


erdan Civata is well known in the global market with the ability to manufacture high integrity and large-scale fasteners for world renowned projects – becoming a project partner with A-class customers. Thanks to this ability to provide both standard and specialised parts in large sizes, the company has become a one stop shop for the wind turbine sector. Through its vast experience Berdan Civata is able to manufacture high-quality, safety critical, fasteners that are required for the mild to harsh climate conditions of the wind turbine market. With Berdan’s project oriented team the company also has the flexibility to adjust to this specialist sector’s continuously changing demands. All whilst still providing a wide range of highly reliable parts Berdan Civata can currently supply all the fasteners needed for wind turbines, both standard and custom designed, including fasteners for the blades, nacelles, tower constructions and foundations. The products available include:

bolts and accessories are also delivered in complete sets, all with CE certification. Blade-to-hub connections – A range of blade-to-hub bolts and nuts are available, either reduced shank or full shank, in property classes 8.8 and 10.9 or according to project specification without any dimension limit.

Nacelle bolts and studs – Berdan manufactures a range of ISO 4014 and ISO 4017 bolts in classes 8.8, 10.9 and 12.9 in accordance with custom specified conditions. A range of special studs from diameter M12 up to M84 in property classes 8.8 and 10.9 or in accordance with project specifications can also be supplied.

Tower construction – Berdan is continuously supplying assembly lines with certified heavy hexagonal bolt sets in different systems – EN 14399-3 and 14399-4. HV-HR System

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Foundation – Berdan specialises in foundation anchors and has the ability to produce 8.8 and 10.9 or other customer specific foundation anchors in diameters from M36 and up, securing the base of the tower. The company also supplies the total anchor cage with the load spreading plates, precisely cut, as well as the nuts, washers, and protection tubes of the studbolts. Berdan Civata also has the capability to carry out all secondary processes and finishing in-house. Hot dip galvanisation, electro-galvanisation and zinc flake coating are applied in the company’s coating plant in accordance with standards as well as customer specifications – with total control over the whole process. All parts are then tested in Berdan’s in-house laboratory, which was recently awarded with an accreditation certificate according to EN 17025.


May 2014

Sockets + Hexagon Bolts This issue’s Focus On is dedicated to Sockets + Hexagon Bolts. Suppliers of products within this market sector have provided details of their capabilities along with up to date contact and product information.

Coming up in the next issue…

Construction Fixings Contact Arfan Qureshi Tel: +44 (0) 1727 814 508 email:

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Stainless and carbon steel bolts manufacturer. Bontempi VIBO Spa’s mission is simple: growing its always available range in order to satisfy all our customer needs.

Albert Pasvahl offers you their experience and expertise in special connection elements and accessories, resulting from over 80 years in business. During the course of this time, they have become a leading stockist of special standard screws.

We recently added M33 Hexagon bolts up to 300mm. We are going to increase in the next future M27 and M33 Socket bolts up to 300mm.

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Our always available standard range consists of: DIN 931, DIN 933, DIN 960, DIN 961, DIN 912, DIN 7984, ISO 7380 in 8.8, 10.9 and 12.9, A2-70, A4-70, A2-80, A4-80 from M5 to M36. All of our items are available in plain or zinc plated (Chrome VI free). Other surface treatments (yellow zinc plating, zinc and manganese (dry or oiled) phosphate, geomet, delta protekt, pre-applied adhesive and sealants, etc.) could be available upon request. Our quality is granted by the ISO 9001:2000 certification which will soon be followed by an ISO TS 16949 certification and a full traceability. Our outstanding service is granted by our brand new fully automated warehouse which contains more than 15,000 pallets. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information or enquiry. Your satisfaction is our goal!

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Eurobolt, your second warehouse for Steel Fasteners in Europe with over 30 years of experience.

Fastbolt is a range specialist – our focus is on a small number of areas within the comprehensive spectrum of fastener types available. Being a specialist and not a generalist enables us to be competent in those areas that we encompass. Our current stock range covers a portfolio of ten product groups. Beside our range of small screws we offer:

Eurobolt, Your second warehouse for: • Hexagon head bolts (DIN 609, 931, 933 and ISO 4014,4017) • Socket head cap screws (Din 912, 6912, 7984) • Socket set screws (913, 914, 915 and 916) • Hexagon head bolts FP (Din 960, 961) • Hexagon bolts (Din 601, 558, 7990) • Special head screws (Din 571, 603, 6921, 7380, 7991) • Nuts (Din 4032, 934, 985) also in Fine pitch • Washers and springs. (Din 125, 127, 440R, 7989, 9021) • Lift eye bolts and nuts. (Din 580, 582) • Special bolts • Structure Bolts EN 15048 in HDG and Zincplated. Naamloos-4 1

Depending on the product, we have grade 4.6 up to 12.9 plain but also Zinc plated, HDG, Yellow zinc plated and Geomet. We export to all European countries and exclusively to distributors. With 25,000 pallets in stock, we have substantial stock levels including a lot of intermediate sizes. Please send us your enquiries. We will answer right away. Tel: + 31 3146 75730


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American & British Inch sized Hex Head and Socket Screws in Grade 5 (8.8), Alloy and Stainless Steel!

pgb-Europe extended its range of fasteners as defined in Eurocode 3 with non-bolt assemblies according to EN 15048. Starting from 01/07/2014, this norm will be obliged for all structural steel constructions. The EN15048 range covers sizes from M12 up to M24 available from our stock, in both zinc plating and hot dip galvanizing. Bigger sizes are available upon request. The full range is packed in solid carton pgb-boxes with clear label with all CE information. The Declaration of Perforamance (DoP) can be downloaded from our website.

Immediately available from stock or can be supplied at short notice. Furthermore we also supply special items to drawings or pattern. This broad spectrum spans from the simple slotted screw to the MS/AN/NAS specifications and specifically finished items. In practically every design, material and type of thread. Over 30 years experience in trading and supplying. Do not hesitate to ask us – we shall be pleased to help you.

SOCKET SCREWS pgb-Europe stocks a wide assortment of socket screws in steel and stainless steel and non-ferro. The range covers hexagon set screws with different points, cap head socket screws, flat head socket screws, button head socket screws and pressure screw plugs. For more information and a full scope of our product range, please visit our website or contact us directly for any enquiry!


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Everything is difficult before it becomes easy From the very beginning Anzi Sinolink Europe BV had the intention to innovate in all fields of its business.


he company’s first goal was the development of a series of battery tools that could set all the blind rivets in the current range. This objective was realised last year, with Anzi Sinolink’s pull-link PB50 and PB64 battery tools used across almost all European countries. Anzi Sinolink has now taken the first steps to develop a new generation of hand tools. The company believes that the traditional models are becoming out of date and has started to work on a new technique and an up to date unique design – focusing on quality, light tools, which are comfortable and offer easy operation. “The unique patented power transmission and protected design, realised by Dutch designer Niels Maier, guarantees high-quality performance. The timeless and renewed design will please today’s users. This new line of IP-models, hand tools for blind rivets, blind rivet nuts and bolts, will be presented to the industry later in the year.”

The new vertical tool for rivet nuts At Fastener Fair Hannover Rivit Srl launched its brand new vertical RIV949 hydropneumatic tool, designed for placing Rivsert female rivet nuts from M3 – M12 and Rivbolt male rivet nuts from M4 – M8.


IV949 is equipped with an innovative technical device combining two systems in a single tool, i.e. pressure regulation (force) and stroke adjustment. The tool gets started with one-phase button, which allows the automatic execution of the entire working cycle (screwing, deformation, unscrewing). RIV949 is ideal for fixed workstations, having to place rivet nuts on horizontal sheets. The availability of a balancing arm is important to allow a quick and precise positioning and an optimal placing of the fastener.

Technical data and features: Air working pressure: 6 bar Min/max air pressure: 5/7 bar Stroke: 6.5mm Max power (6 bar): 21,000N Weight (without handle): 2kg Total weight: 20kg Hose length: 2.5m Box dimensions: 500mm x 300mm x 210mm Vibrations: < 2.5m/s2 Noise level: 76dB (A)

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Celsus Fasteners launches quality label – ‘Human Driven’ Celsus Fasteners launched the quality label ‘Human Driven’ during the recent Fastener Fair Hannover. The Dutch company hopes that many entrepreneurs will connect with this durable quality stamp with the slogan ‘Everbody’s Important’. In this way, they respond to the important developments on the market and increase their competitive position.


ompanies with the ‘Human Driven’ quality label actively look to attract disadvantaged people or those who are distanced from the labour market. They also work according to sustainable production methods and use environmentally friendly materials. They are passionate about the manufacturing industry and the world around them. Attention for people distanced from the labour market is an important point. Celsus has committed itself to this growing group. “We think it is important that everyone counts in society and at the same time we notice that it is commercially interesting,” explains Director Owner Jan Mateboer. “People make the difference, not the machines. Thanks to human hands, we can respond quickly to demands from the market and accelerate the logistics process. We expect ‘Human Driven’ will soon be an indispensable quality label for companies that supply fastenings.” Jan Mateboer adds: “Suppliers must meet increasingly high standards when it comes to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Otherwise they have no chance at winning contracts. With ‘Human Driven’ companies guarantee that they meet a large number of the requirements.”





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GESIPA® Speed Rivet Technology GESIPA® has added a new member to its vast product range – GESIPA® Speed Rivet Technology.


peed rivets are the ideal connectors for all applications with low strength requirements and fast rates. They are used in the switch cabinet building, lighting, electrical engineering, household appliance building and lightweight constructions industries, among others. Alongside the cost-efficiency achieved through the use of the tried and tested GESIPA® TAURUS® modular system, GESIPA focussed on user safety and convenient working. The standard safety lock relieves tension on the chuck jaws, allowing mandrels to be replaced safely. GESIPA points out that the optional cut off valve and tool-less access to the chuck jaws also makes maintenance and repairs especially fast and convenient. The extremely lightweight construction of the TAURUS® 1 Speed Rivet – the device weighs just 1,800g – and the automatic rivet feed means that the worker always has a free hand and therefore a secure hold on the work piece. The large diameter of the device base also guarantees secure standing. The TAURUS 1 Speed Rivet offers low vibration and is sound insulated. Its ergonomic construction and comfortable softgrip areas also make working pleasant and fatigue free even for longer periods. All mandrels, speed rivets and nosepieces common on the market can be easily adapted to the GESIPA TAURUS 1 Speed Rivet.

However, with occupational safety and process reliability in mind, GESIPA recommends using GESIPA speed rivets and GESIPA disposable mandrels.

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Redefining speed with BECK The BECK Fastener Group is a family business founded in 1904, with a primary focus to develop products that meet each customer’s individual needs – with customers benefiting from BECK’s service oriented distribution policy, which is characterised by a high degree of flexibility. Metal roof SCRAIL® system

BECK says that its brand new metal roof SCRAIL system marks the beginning of a new era in wood to metal roof fastening. It allows users for the first time to apply waterproof, extremely corrosion resistant metal roof to wood connections faster than ever before by using the specially designed air-driven FASCO tool. Combined with the aggressively designed, patented steel thread and the innovative 0° plastic sheet strip collation of metal roof SCRAIL® fasteners, BECK states that the system has the potential to redefine speed when it comes to metal roof to wood fastening. Features of the metal roof SCRAIL® system include: • Two times faster than collated screws. • Eight times faster than bulk screws. • Exceeds 400lbs in holding power. • Available in all colours upon request. • Collated SCRAIL® strips eliminate fastener waste. • FasCoat® good for exterior applications. • Leak proof EPDM washer (-40°C to 120°C). ®

BECK slate roof hooks system

Collated slate hooks are a world first from BECK, which brings the previously difficult and time-consuming manual installation of slate roofs to a whole new level. Roof hooks can now be driven

with pneumatic equipment due to collation through a magazine system. This leads to faster installation with pneumatic equipment, which helps to save time and money.

BECK fence stapling system

Another powerhouse in BECK’s fastener family is the new, extremely durable BECK fence staple product – offering strong holding power and corrosion protection. The fence staple can be used for standard fences, chain link fences, animal cages and enclosures. Additional features of the BECK fence staple product include: • Galvanised wire (class 4) with a zinc coating of at least 350g/m (50µm) ensuring maximum life span of the staple. • The patent-pending Diamond coating, and the precise, divergent points (D-point) increase the holding force in comparison to manual fixings. In addition, the brand new F46 40-315 fence stapler from FASCO (BECK’s tool development and distribution company) is now available, which BECK says is the perfect complement to its fence stapling system. The F46 40-315 fence stapler is a pneumatic stapler that can drive in 40mm staples in pressure treated wood. The adjustable depth drive enables different types of wire fence to be processed in different strengths.

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Spotlight on CONNECTORS brand NORMA Group has launched a new website that focuses on its CONNECTORS brand. CONNECTORS Verbindungstechnik AG, with headquarters in Switzerland, specialises in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The company is a fully owned subsidiary of NORMA Group.


ernd Kleinhens, board member business development at NORMA Group, explains: “The CONNECTORS brand enjoys an excellent reputation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. The challenge was to clearly distinguish the brand from our other quality brands and still position it unequivocally as part of NORMA Group. I believe that we have succeeded to do so with our new web presence.” The centrepiece of the new website is a 3D animation of a production line that gives interactive insight into the product portfolio based on different application examples. White, grey and light blue colouring to match the CONNECTORS products for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry dominate the website design. The ergonomics of the website follow those of NORMA Group’s corporate website: Large pictures on the landing page draw attention to the CONNECTORS products. User-friendly navigation gives ready access to information on the company and

its distribution offices, as well as documents for downloading and assembly instructions. The website also features press releases on CONNECTORS and NORMA Group as well as links to its social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The website has been optimised for all mobile devices and adjusts dynamically to the size of the screen. “CONNECTORS is the first NORMA Group brand with a newly designed website,” adds Kleinhens. “Other brand specific websites will follow in order to strengthen the individual brands’ profile.” NORMA Group SE acquired CONNECTORS Verbindungstechnik AG in April 2012. Headquartered in Tagelswangen, Switzerland, CONNECTORS has been selling joining elements to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for over 25 years. Its product range includes clamps, valves, tubes, connecting solutions and magnetic drive mixers for aseptic technology applications.

New A4 sealed blind rivet TR Fastenings Norway, part of the TR Group, is a manufacturer and supplier of industrial fastenings and fixings, serving the thriving offshore industry in Europe and Scandinavia.


aving recently undergone a major strategic restructure, the company has made the decision to focus on sourcing and supplying this thriving sector, enabling customers to benefit from both TR Norway’s dedicated and technically skilled staff, who have a combined total of over 40 years’ experience in the industry, as well as the firm’s extensive international resources and manufacturing operations. TR is able to offer customers in the offshore sector a wide variety of both standard and special fasteners, all from approved vendors, quality assured and which comply with the required legislation. TR’s newest addition to its portfolio is a stainless steel A4 sealed blind rivet, which is highly corrosion resistant and ideal for sheet metal work used in offshore industries. TR Fastenings’ range of offshore components are available in a wide range of exotic materials, including super duplex, titanium alloys and cupro nickels, as well as various platings, such as chrome, phosphate, powder coat, nickel and Xylan®. TR Fastenings’ offshore components are typically used in a number of applications, from cranes and rigs, to drill plugs and subsea applications. Furthermore, TR’s convenient local presence enables it to offer a fast delivery, typically next day, the option of Direct Line Feed, plus 24 hour technical support. TR Fastenings’ Norway office spearheads the offshore offering of the TR Group’s worldwide, which also includes TR Fastenings in Scotland, which supports offshore in the North Shore’s UK territories and also TR Southern Fasteners in Ireland, which can serve customers in its region.

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10,000 additional items in the REYHER product range With 80,000 items ready for delivery, distributor F. REYHER Nchfg GmbH & Co KG offers a wide catalogue range of products in the field of fasteners and fixing technology.


ue to customer and market requirements across all industries, REYHER is adding an additional 10,000 items to its range – including inch fasteners, items of material 1.7218 and BUMAX high-tensile stainless steel products, as well as lots more. In order to already meet the needs of tomorrow, the REYHER catalogue is set out based on ISO standards. All catalogue items can also be conveniently ordered via the webshop RIO – REYHER Internet Order. With over 125 years experience, REYHER is one of Europe’s leading distributors of fasteners and fixing technology supplying customers worldwide. The 600+ employees at REYHER’s central location in Hamburg ensure efficient procurement procedures by providing individualised customer care, flexible solutions, and a daily fill rate of over 99% – thus also guaranteeing C-parts availability.

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SINARD prioritises the customer Spanish based S.A SINARD says that the key to its success over the past 65 years has been based on its relationship with customers and potential customers.


hrough its daily work actions, commercial visits across the world by its team in Sabadell, Barcelona, and by its commercial agents in different countries, SINARD has been able to establish long-term relationships with customers. The company exhibits at a variety of exhibitions each year and presents its wide range of products and manufacturing capabilities. At the recent Fastener Fair Hannover the company presented its SINARD Quick Attachment Devices 2014 catalogue. Quick Attachment Devices are pieces specially designed to install and fasten all type of electric material including cables, pipes, trays, and specially, false ceilings with metal or concrete structures. In addition to Quick Attachment Devices, SINARD also specialises in heat treated spring steel stamping. Its wide range of products includes standard pieces according to Norms (spring pins ISO 8752, disc springs DIN 2093, aranlocks, rings and washers DIN 137, 6798, 6799), production of special pieces from design, and production of tools for the stamped piece. “You can only create long lasting relationships with customers if you are able to provide the correct product range, along with quality, service, and competitive prices.”

Self-clinching stainless steel standoffs provide stacking solution PennEngineering says that its new PEM® Type TSO4™ self-clinching stainless steel standoffs provide ideal fastener solutions for stacking or spacing components to (or from) ultra-thin stainless steel panels.


hese specially hardened stainless fasteners install reliably and permanently into stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.025 inches/0.63mm with only a single mating screw required for final component attachment. They ultimately enable lighter designs by minimising hardware count and offer the added benefit of excellent corrosion resistance for an assembly. PEM Type TSO4 standoffs are manufactured from heat treated 400 Series stainless steel for use in stainless sheets with maximum hardness of HRB 88 on the Rockwell ‘B’ scale or HB 183 on the Brinell scale. With the fasteners harder than the host stainless sheet, successful clinching results in the fasteners becoming integral parts of an assembly without risk of loosening hardware. The PEM Type TSO4 standoffs are available in several styles, including thru-threaded or blind threaded versions, and in various lengths with thread sizes from #2-56 through #6-32 and M2.5 through M3.5. The fastener’s thread design at the barrel end minimises the length of the required mating screw and thread type variations can be specified creating oversized fastener bodies to achieve increased bearing surface, wall thickness, and performance. The standoffs mount simply and quickly by pressing the fastener into a round hole in the host sheet and applying sufficient squeezing force, using a standard press, to embed the standoff’s head flush in the sheet and complete the process.

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Scapa’s ‘Toffee’ tape Scapa 0485 Instant Stick Adhesive Strip (aka Toffee tape) is a double sided, pressure sensitive, rubber resin based, hot melt adhesive.


xtruded into tape to form a roll with paper backing, it is used in a wide variety of fixing and bonding applications within many different market sectors. Scapa points out that 0485 reduces bonding time by instantly sticking, helping to significantly reduce production time compared to other fixing methods. It also offers excellent adhesion to most surfaces and to irregular surfaces. Scapa 0485 Instant Stick Adhesive Strip bonds well to surfaces that are traditionally difficult to bond to (e.g polythene and fabric). It is clean and easy to apply and offers an alternative to other adhesives and fixing methods, with minimal waste. It is 100% solid (at temperatures under 40˚C) and is moisture resistant, as well as being environmentally friendly as no solvents are used in its manufacture. Applications for 0485 include: • Fixing roof bars to commercial vehicles. • Fixing carpets, upholstery and trims. • Fixing signs, boards and displays. • Bonding protective sheeting together. • Mounting or 3rd hand fixing.

New heavy duty F-Clamp provides secure fixing Flexicon Ltd has launched a range of heavy duty conduit fixing clamps – F-Clamps – to make it easier to secure flexible conduits as part of a convenient modular cable protection system.


vailable for use with flexible conduit diameters from 16mm – 80mm, the F-Clamp is in two halves, which can be simply bolted together to secure and clamp the conduit. A central rib in the clamp fixes the corrugated conduit, preventing longitudinal movement and any risk that the conduit will be pulled through. The F-Clamp is particularly suitable for applications where a conduit is subjected to higher than normal stresses, movement and/or vibration. The clamping system has been designed for compatibility with Stauff products and accessories – thus offering a truly modular clamping solution for corrugated conduits. The F-Clamps can be used individually or stacked when used with weld plates and cover plates, which are also available from Flexicon as accessories. When stacking there are a number of mounting possibilities to offer a modular mounting arrangement to secure multiple flexible conduit runs.

Colin Legg, marketing manager for Flexicon, comments: “The new F-Clamp system is ideal for applications where engineers need a heavy duty solution to secure conduit runs. Cable protection systems of different sizes can now be combined with other services in one area since our system is compatible with the widely used Stauff system.” He adds: “These new products are particularly suitable for dynamic applications which are subject to heavy movement and high mechanical forces or vibration, such as for rail vehicles.” Constructed from PA66 the clamps are halogen, sulphur and phosphorous free and are a low fire hazard product suitable for use with Flexicon’s corrugated range of non-metallic flexible conduits in either fine or coarse pitch derivatives. The clamps are suitable for outdoor use and offer UV resistance and high impact resistance, making them ideal for exterior applications. They can be used in temperatures from -500ºC to +1,35OºC.


CLUFIX launches third generation assembly process fastener CLUFIX SAS, which designs, develops and produces fixing and assembly solutions for sheet metal and plastic parts, has launched a new fastening device that it says will revolutionise the assembly process in a range of manufacturing sectors, including the automotive industry.


he Leankeasy blind rivet bolt is a single, ready to set, pre-assembled component comprising both a screw and a nut. CLUFIX points out that the Leankeasy is completely unique, as crimping the nut and screwing the screw occur in the same step, providing a wide range of benefits, including significant cost savings. Éric Massebeuf, director of CLUFIX, explains that the launch of Leankeasy represents a new era for assembly process fastening products. “The first generation of products comprised just basic nuts and bolts. The second generation – which emerged in the 1920s and is still used today – involved engineered fasteners (self-clinching nuts, cage nuts, blind rivet nuts, weld nuts, threaded inserts, etc) preparing the metal sheet support by setting a threaded component, but still using nuts and bolts separately. The third generation has now arrived with the launch of Leankeasy.”

The key change is that, whereas using second generation products involves not only two components – the separate nut and bolt – but also two steps. With Leankeasy the pre-setting of the nut and the final assembly is only one component and requires one simple step. Massebeuf adds: “Leankeasy is the first truly game changing innovation in this field for about 90 years. That is why this product is wowing people.” Since the start of 2013, as part of the validation process prior to its launch, CLUFIX has tested Leankeasy with around ten different customers, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to the automotive industry, as well as manufacturers of elevators, tractors and electricity generators.

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HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Lock Nut At the recent Fastener Fair Hannover, HEICO Befestigungstechnik GmbH added its newest products to the HEICO-LOCK® portfolio for bolt securing systems – the HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Lock Nut and the HEICO-LOCK® Wheel Nut.


he HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Nut provides a high-quality, user-friendly bolt securing system for the most demanding of applications and, HEICO says, is ideal for repeated use. The captive and rotary combination of the nut and the original HEICO-LOCK® Wedge Lock Washers makes securing bolted joints more efficient, effective and easier even under the most extreme vibrations and dynamic loads. The HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Nut is supplied pre-assembled. The nut and the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Washers are combined in a captive and rotary way, ensuring the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Washers and the nut are fixed permanently in the correct position with the wedge lock washers securing the bolted joint using the proven HEICO-LOCK principle without loss of quality or function. The securing principle of the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Nut and the HEICO-LOCK Wheel Nut is based on preload instead of friction. Below, the functional principles are explained step by step:

Pre-assembled locking system The HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Nut is supplied pre-assembled and provides the user with the clear benefit of always being in the correct locking position – particularly important if being installed and removed repeatedly.

Difference in hardness: HHEICO > HMaterial

In comparison to the surface of the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Nut the surface hardness of the clamped parts has to be lower (class 8, class 10).

Difference in angles: α > β

The wedge angle (α) between the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Washers is greater than the pitch (β) of the bolt thread. This angle means the expansion in thickness of the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Washers is greater than the possible longitudinal movement of the bolt along the thread.

Difference in friction: μa > μi

The wedge shaped surfaces have a considerably lower friction coefficient (μi) than the toothed outside of the washers (friction coefficient – μa). Loosening due to dynamic loads causes movement between the two washers in the region of the wedge shaped surfaces.

Difference in preload: Fdyn > Fstat

An expansion in thickness of the HEICO-LOCK Wedge Lock Washers as a result of loosening leads to an increase in the clamping force. This causes an increase in the preload compared to the static state and thus causes the bolt to self-lock.

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Hague Fasteners’ free Screw Thread Calculator App Hague Fasteners has announced the availability of a new utility for fastener professionals and design engineers all over the world with the release of the Hague Screw Thread Calculator App for iPhone.


ague Fasteners has been manufacturing custom fasteners for global industry since 1971 and has continually adapted its operation to adopt modern practices and technological advancements, both in its production facility and commercial administration offices. With the new Screw Thread Calculator App, customers can throw away thread data tables and screw thread books, as all the data for Unified and Whitworth Imperial Screw Threads, along with ISO Metric and Custom threads, are now available on their iPhone. This handy calculator shows all the data for Standard UNC, UNF, UNEF, BSW, BSF, Metric Coarse and Metric Fine Threads. The free App was officially unveiled at the 2014 European Offshore & Energy Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, and is available in the iPhone App Store now, with updates already being worked on for imminent release including the facility to create any non-standard custom thread size/thread pitch combination.

Oxford Steel Nail Company The Oxford Steel Nail Company is located in the UK, on the outskirts of the historic university town of Oxford. The company is a division of Alfred Kennedy that has been in business since 1995 (formerly Alfred Kennedy Ltd).


lfred Kennedy first started to sell Rose head nails in 1997 and expanded its range into cut nails, bloc nails, building nails, and boat nails. Oxford Steel Nail Company says that it is Europe’s largest supplier of Rose head nails, cut bloc nails, and cut building nails, and continues to use the original British made machines. The Bloc nails manufactured by the Oxford Steel Nail Company are mainly used in autoclaved aerated concrete block. Manufacturers of these aerated concrete block (480kg/m3 – 760kg/m3) now recommend the use of cut nails for fixing wooden window frames and other wooden fixtures into their bloc. Rose head nails are used on period property restoration, conservation projects, oak framed buildings, wooden floors and boat building. The highest grade steel is used to produce the nails, with all tolerances strictly adhered to within approximately +/-5%. The nails can also be hot dipped galvanised according to BS729. “We are one of the most experienced Rose head nail manufacturers in the world and believe the quality of our nails are unmatched – having been tested and confirmed by our customers to be fit for purpose.”

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London Screw Co ............................... 134 M&W Fastener Co.,Ltd......................... 35 Marinetech Edelstahlhandel.............. 112 Mecavit Srl.............................................. 7 MEKR´S, s.r.o. (Ltd.)............................. 53 Merlin Business Software.................. 107 Mitsutoyo Kiko Co Ltd........................... 91 MKT....................................................... 71 Mubea Tellerfedern GmbH................... 33 Nakashimada Engineering Works........ 37 National Machinery............................... 83 ND Industries........................................ 27 NOF Metal Coatings Europe............... 111 Nordlock................................................ 17 Norm Civata AS..................................... 11 NORMA Group..................................... 119 omniTechnik........................................ 115 OTTO ROTH GmbH & Co KG................. 65 Peter Schröder GmbH.......................... 31 PGB....................................................... 77 Pinstructure Ltd.................................... 15 Polyprofils zi.......................................... 96 Precision Technology Supplies Ltd..... 113 PRK Technologies GmbH.................... 133 Rexlen Corp........................................ 136 Reyher................................................... 23 Rivco Ltd............................................. 127 Rivit Srl................................................ 143 Rosmil Industrial................................ 133 Rotor Clip Ltd...................................... 117 Sacma................................................... 95 SAIMA Corporation............................. 134

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