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As its president, Anders Karlsson reminded his seminar audience at Fastener Fair Stuttgart: “EIFI is 40 years old”. This year the European Industrial Fastener Institute (EIFI) will celebrate the anniversary of the historic meeting that resulted in its foundation.

Chaves Bilbao S.A, better known as Chavesbao, has established itself as a reference wholesaler – supplying an ever-expanding range of fasteners to the global market. Here we speak to Jorge Camara, export manager at Chavesbao, about how the company’s products and services are constantly evolving to meet customers’ demands.

 

The 7th Fastener Fair Stuttgart ended after three very successful show days. A total of 11,709 visitors from 91 countries visited Stuttgart to discover the latest trends and products from all areas of fastener and fixing technology – representing a further growth in visitor numbers by 6% compared to the last event in 2015.

The Adhesive Technologies business unit of Henkel has started the construction of a new production facility for aerospace applications at the site in Montornès del Vallès, Spain.

Henkel’s new line will serve the growing demand for high-impact solutions supporting key trends in the global aerospace industry such as light weighting and automation. The facility will include new buildings and equipment for additional production and warehouse capacities. The first customer deliveries are projected for 2019.

For more than 40 years, the Henkel Adhesive Technologies business unit has been developing and supplying engineering materials and products, such as structural adhesives and surface treatment technologies, for global aircraft manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the industry. Through close customer collaboration and involvement as early as the design phase, Henkel offers added value across the entire value chain. This ranges from material development and qualification all the way through the assembly and manufacturing processes at the customers’ sites.

 

Aerospace – a fast growing market

“The global demand for passenger aircraft is expected to double by 2034, making this a very attractive growth market for us,” explained Jan-Dirk Auris, executive vice-president at Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “Aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers are ramping up capacities to support this significant increase in the build rate. Our investment in Montornès will provide additional production capabilities in order to further support global growth in the aerospace market. We believe that our high-impact materials and our expertise are essential for our customers to effectively increase efficiency and to respond to the key market trends.”

Montornès – know-how and customer proximity

Henkel Adhesive Technologies is well established within the Montornès site, which includes a production facility that caters to the automotive industry. In addition to excellent logistical connections, the company will also be able to build on the broad local expertise in production, technology, and validation, with adhesive solutions for demanding industries. Additionally, Montornès’ proximity to several sites belonging to global key customer Airbus make it the ideal location for Henkel’s European hub for the aerospace industry.

Due to the increasing global demand for modern aircraft, manufacturers are working intensively on using automation to accelerate their production processes. With the new plant in Montornès, Henkel Adhesive Technologies will further support the process and cost efficiency of its customers by leveraging its broad experience with the automotive industry and its innovation capabilities for high-quality products.