The UK has a proud history of fastener manufacturing with a core group of companies still ‘flying the flag’ as experts in delivering niche products and services to a global customer base. With the impact of a post BREXIT world to consider, we decided it was the perfect time for a trip around the UK to speak to these key manufacturers.
The Made in the UK feature starts with the Confederation of British Metalforming, the leading trade association for UK manufacturers in fasteners, forgings, sheet metal, pressings and cold rolling, explaining how it is tackling the fastener manufacturing skills gap. There are also articles on the UK divisions of leading global companies including: Barton Coldform, an Optimas company, and how it is now structured for growth; GESIPA UK demonstrates its excellence in threaded fasteners; SPIROL explains how it ensures strength and flexibility; and Arconic describes how it has positioned itself as a solutions provider.
To add to this, Brooks Forgings highlights its versatile manufacturing operations; RLS Tooling concentrates on what it takes to be at the cutting edge of the industry; Smith Bullough talks about the re-organisation of its operations; and WTI Fasteners focuses on a new addition to its extensive product portfolio. Plus, a variety of other articles from manufacturers within the UK market.
Underlining our commitment to ‘being there’ we have first-hand reports from key fastener related shows. Executive Editor Phil Matten reports from Fastener Fair USA in Cleveland, Ohio, on what he rated as one of the most polished first-time fastener exhibitors he has attended; Deputy Editor Claire Aldridge reports on wire® Düsseldorf and how it is still a must attend event for fastener manufacturing technologies; and I had the pleasure of visiting Kaohsiung to experience the lively atmosphere of Fastener Taiwan, which is undoubtedly a key event within the fastener calendar.
The Cover Story focuses on how Nord-Lock Group’s ability and willingness to adapt to market changes helps ensure strong growth across all its technologies and markets in the future.
Also in this issue, we have an exclusive interview with David Furness, managing director at Rapierstar Ltd, who discusses the company’s 25th anniversary and how it became a major player within the fenestration market; and Andreas ‘Andy’ Baehler talks about his 50 years experience within the fastener industry, after announcing his retirement.
Plus, we have an article from Arthur D. Little that concentrates on integrating Lean principles into digital transformation; Christie L. Jones, market development manager at SPIROL International Corporation looks at how to properly pin a shaft and hub assembly, and there is also an excellent feature in Products + Tools on security screws.