New UK Manufacturing Technologies and Services ‘Mini-Expo’ 25 July 2019

The Confederation of British Metalforming Fastener Sector will stage a brand new event in October, when it invites UK fastener manufacturers to a ‘Mini-Expo’ of fastener manufacturing technologies and services.

The one day event will take place on Wednesday 16th October at the National Metalforming Centre, West Bromwich, opening to visitors at 10:00 and running until 16:00. Over a buffet lunch, UK fastener and precision component manufacturers will be able to explore the benefits of CBM membership.

For this first ‘Mini-Expo’ CBM aims to feature at least twenty leading UK-based suppliers of manufacturing technologies – cold heading and thread rolling machinery, process monitoring systems, tooling and dies, coating systems, inspection and test equipment, lubricants, as well as wire and rod materials. Services are expected to include heat treatment, coating and threadlocking applicators, testing and inspection, and simulation software.

Many CBM Fastener Associates, who receive complementary space as part of their membership, have already confirmed participation. They include Carlo Salvi/Hatebur, National Machinery, The Phillips Screw Company, Total UK, Heat Treatment 2000, and Petrofer.

A limited number of spaces will be made available to non-members. A two by one metre space, including back boards and dividers, will cost a modest GB£300. CBM is confident all participating manufacturing technology and service companies will see an excellent return on this small investment – and will also quickly realise the benefits of membership. As a further incentive the ‘Mini-Expo’ fee will be redeemable against CBM membership for 2020.

CBM Chief Executive Geraldine Bolton comments: “With the energetic and knowledgeable support of Phil Matten, CBM has been very pleased to deliver increasing value to its fastener members over the last two years. We’ve held a series of well attended sector meetings, including visits to and presentations from Dudley College, British Steel, and WMG University of Warwick. The next of which will be on 25th September at the exciting Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield.”

“Our new event aims to fill a gap by providing a time efficient showcase of UK fastener manufacturing technology and services and a dedicated meeting place for UK fastener and precision component manufacturers. Holding it at the National Metalforming Centre, itself a tremendous resource for our members, means we can keep costs low.”

“We’re sure fastener and precision component manufacturers from across the UK will find it really valuable to find out what’s new from specialist UK suppliers and from the CBM, while taking this unique opportunity to network with production and engineering colleagues.”

UK based suppliers of fastener manufacturing technologies or services can find out more about exhibiting by emailing “Spaces are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible.”

Entry for engineers, production and general management from UK fastener and precision components manufacturers will be free by advanced booking, which will open at the end of July.

“Look out for more information and booking links at and, as well as in the next issue of the CBM Metal Matters magazine. CBM and exhibitors will also be sending sending qualifying managers an invitation link.”

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Phil Matten Editorial Consultant t: +44 (0) 1727 814 400


Having held senior management roles in leading automotive and fastener businesses, Phil joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine as editor in 2002. Convinced there is no substitute for ‘being there’, over 17 years of visits and interviews around the world means he has accumulated an extraordinary knowledge and perspective of the global fastener industry, reflected in his incisive and thought provoking reporting.