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Fasteners

Blanket increases in import duty put industry under pressure

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Although the implementation of a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty in South Africa aims to protect and support the local steel manufacturing industry, its unintended consequences for downstream customers are placing further pressure on an economy already under stress, says fastener products... 

Company to expand its fastener market share

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford’s fastener division FTS Fasteners and Fixings is working steadily to expose its customers to its new product range and aims to increase its South African fastener market share by increasing the product range, improved stockholdings as well as through... 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Cape Town-based fastener supplier Fastenright is appealing to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to remove the customs duty that was implemented on stainless steel fasteners on April 1. 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’
ROBUST PRODUCT Stainless steel fasteners are far more resistant to staining, corrosion and rust than ordinary steel

Manufacturer gears up to meet growing fastening systems demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Owing to its recent move to larger premises, fastening systems manufacturer Easyhold will increase its stockholding and provide better service for its growing customer base, says operations director Simon Barnard. 

Manufacturer gears up to meet growing fastening systems demand
SIMPLE BUT SECURE Easyhold’s wall plugs can be used with a quality cable tie to secure cables and pipes into mortar

Rutherford FTS

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd June 2017 FTS Industries – a division of Rutherford – is one of the largest importers of blind rivets. It offers an extensive range of quality rivets and riveting tools. 

Rutherford FTS

The Fastener Factory

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd June 2017 Established in 2015, The Faster Factory is a Durban-based company with sales representation through distributors in Gauteng and the rest of the country. 

The Fastener Factory

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Distributor of connection systems for steelwork Structural Fixing Systems has been providing products from UK-based fastener systems manufacturer Lindapter for South African projects since 1976. 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects
GAUTRAIN Structural Fixing Systems has supplied the Gautrain project with Lindapter products

Company eyes increase in export sales

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Plastic manufacturer Easyhold is increasing its product offering to new markets as it foresees an increase in sales levels through exports. 

Company eyes increase  in export sales
WALL PLUGS The Easyhold wall plugs can resist 122 kg of force

Company provides reliable nut and bolt solutions

     17th June 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) extensive range of fasteners, tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in diverse sectors, including light, medium and heavy industries, pulp and paper, construction, original-equipment manufacturers and... 

Distributor increases product offering

     17th June 2016 Electrical and industrial components distributor RS Components (RS), which is the trading brand of UK-based distributors Electrocomponents, has added over 800 new lines to its RS Pro range of high-quality fasteners, fixings and ironmongery, giving engineers a choice of nearly 9 000 products for... 

Distributor increases  product offering
ZINC PLATED RS Pro zinc-plated and stainless steel machine screws have been added to its list of available products

New lock washer and nut replace traditional fastening systems

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 HEICO-LOCK wedge lock products can be used as replacements for traditional locking systems because of their ability to stay secure and in place even under the most extreme vibration and dynamic load applications, says fastener distributor The Fastener Factory MD Darryl Campbell. 

The Fastener Factory

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th June 2016 South Africa-based fasteners supplier The Fastener Factory – which will be celebrating its 1st birthday in July – offers a specialist supply and support service to diverse industries throughout the country. These industries include the automotive, engineering, packaging, printing, agriculture,... 

The Fastener Factory

Fastener solutions delivered to Free State telecoms project 

By: David Oliveira     19th June 2015 Stainless-steel clamping solutions provider Banding & Identification Solutions last month delivered 200 of the company’s proprietary stainless steel Band-It ties to communication device and services provider Communication Technology Broadcasting (CTB) to tie down the cable fixture of a 120-m-high... 

Fastener solutions delivered to Free State telecoms project
SECURING SOLUTION The KE922 is an easy-to-use tensioning hand tool with a manual cutoff handle

Increased attendance at international fastener exhibition

     19th June 2015 Attendance at this year’s three-day-long international fastener and fixing industry exhibition, the 2015 Stuttgart Fastener Fair, improved by 4% compared with the previous event, which took place in 2013. A total of 11 060 people visited this year’s event to discover the latest fastener and... 

New chemical fixing solution reaches local shores

     19th June 2015 Construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa has expanded its range of chemical fixings, following the launch of the fischer Superbond chemical fixing range at the end of last year. The Superbond – a universal solution for cracked concrete – is available as RSB resin capsules or injection... 

New equipment improves fastener manufacturer’s operations

     19th June 2015 South African fastener manufacturer and supplier Impala Bolt & Nut installed a new thread rolling machine last month, with its capacity to thread 400 bolts a minute significantly improving the company’s manufacturing capabilities, says company MD Derek Cohen. He tells Engineering News that... 

New equipment improves fastener manufacturer’s operations
PUSHING ON Impala is investing in new equipment and modifying existing equipment in response to the declining demand for fasteners

Torqueing solution improves sealing specialist’s productivity

     19th June 2015 Industrial bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc announced in February that it had successfully supplied torqueing solutions to meet the challenges faced by engineered sealing solutions provider John Crane at its Bengaluru operation in India’s Karnataka province. “Prior to using Hytorc technology,... 

Company introduces stainless steel fastener solutions

     20th June 2014 Fastener solutions provider PennEngineering has launched a range of stainless steel self-clinching fasteners, the PEM Type TSO4, which provides ideal fastener solutions for stacking or spacing components to ultra-thin stainless steel panels.  The company states that the specially hardened... 

Company introduces stainless steel  fastener solutions
PEM TYPE TSO4 The fasteners install reliably and permanently into stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.63 mm

Company manufactures fasteners for renewable energy sector

By: Pimani Baloyi     20th June 2014 Johannesburg-based fastener solutions provider Swagefast reports that it has experienced an increase in business since it ventured into manufacturing fasteners for the renewable-energy market in 2013. Company FD Jay Rossouw tells Engineering News that the company has been awarded two major... 

Industry losing essential technical skills

By: Pimani Baloyi     20th June 2014 The South African fastener sector is losing specialised skills as veteran workers are retiring, without skills transfer taking place. The industry also struggles to attract skilled graduates, says local standard nuts, bolts and other special fasteners manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut. Company MD... 

Industry losing essential technical skills
Photo by Duane Daws
SCARCE SKILLS Skilled employees between the ages of 50 and 60 and will soon retire… while we have training programmes, it is difficult to attract new entrants into the industry

Local fastener manufacturing in decline

By: Pimani Baloyi     20th June 2014 The South African fastener manufacturing industry is declining because the mining and power industries – its main customers – are not expanding, says the South African Fastener Manufacturers’ Association (Safma). Safma chairperson Rob Pietersma tells Engineering News that, with the need to... 

Association encourages local innovation 

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st June 2013 Unlocking available funds to realise new local tooling initiatives remains challenging, despite adequate support from government to ensure a growing fastener and tooling industry being evident, notes Toolmaking  Association of South Africa (Tasa) Gauteng secretary,  Henk Snyman. Owing to the... 

Company feeding tooling skills base

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st June 2013 A growing demand for tooling manufacturer Hilti’s on-site and in-office training courses is evident across the fastener and surrounding industries, as the courses facilitate safety practices and improved equipment life cycles. The company trains some 1000 people a year and specifies installation... 

Imports continue to curb industry potential, despite antidumping duty

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st June 2013 Fastener imports continue to outweigh locally manufactured products, as South Arica produced 13 146 t of standard hexagon steel bolts, set screws and nuts in 2012 and imported 30 800 t of the same materials, states South African Fasteners Manufacturers Association (Safma) chairperson Rob... 

Imports continue to curb industry potential, despite antidumping duty

Lack of skills might promote future imports

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st June 2013 South Africa’s future as a fastener manufacturer could be problematic, says fastener solutions supplier Impala Bolt & Nut MD Derek Cohen, adding that, while the country has the skills to manufacture some of the fasteners it imports, a lack of people seeking technical careers and, subsequently,... 

New bolt-securing system prevents slackening

     21st June 2013 Engineering solutions provider BMG has extended its range of Nord-Lock bolt-securing systems to include Nord-Lock’s X-series washers, which are designed to safely secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. “Bolted joints normally fail owing to spontaneous bolt loosening... 

Company plans to expand in South Africa, Africa

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 More installers are becoming aware of fastener manufacturer Easyhold Fastener Systems’ products, enabling the company to increase production by 100% over the past two years, owner Clynton de Fin tells Engineering News. 

Distributor has dim view of fastener industry future

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Loyalty and quality have been replaced with price and delivery as the criteria for choosing a product in the “cut throat” local fasteners industry, asserts specialised fastener distributor UPL Group MD Richard Simes. 

Industry’s future dependent on full implementation of antidumping duties 

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 The future of the fasteners industry depends heavily on the recent provisional antidumping duties being fully implemented, South African Fasteners Manufacturers Association (Safma) chairperson Rob Pietersma tells Engineering News. 

Manufacturer confident about the future

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Manufacturer CBC Fasteners is in a position to take advantage of opportunities that will arise, should the recent provisional antidumping duties placed on the import of fully threaded set screws with hexagonal heads, excluding steel screws, from China, be fully implemented come year end, says... 

Manufacturer plans to double production by end 2013

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Industrial fasteners producer Tel-Screw Products MD Ronald Teleng tells Engineering News that the company plans to double its production by the end of next year, despite the challenges facing the industry.  

Hot dip galvanising of fasteners to be reviewed

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 The local practice of the hot dip galvanising of nuts and bolts is under review, as the industry aims to adhere more strictly to specifications set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), says Hot Dip Galvanisers Association of South Africa (HDGASA) executive director Bob... 

New clamp offers improved product life

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 The new Shield-Lok Boiler Tube Shield Clamp enables increased efficiency and product life, says industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial co-owner Terry O’Kelly. 

New lockbolt introduced for local market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fasteners division, has introduced the new Huck Bobtail lockbolt series to the South African market. 

Rising steel price worries fastener industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 Steel prices have risen steadily over the past years, compounding cost issues for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users, says South African Mining Supplies (SAMS) MD Gunther Rindfrey. 

Supplier invests R2.5m in new facility

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 KwaZulu-Natal-based services provider EiS Engineering & Industrial Supplies has relocated its Pinetown branch to a new and improved R2.5-million facility. 

Focused on customer 
service

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 Tel-Screw Products’ versatility in being willing and able to provide what its customers need has been, and remains, a key factor in its success.  

Local industrial fasteners producer geared to design, manufacture to order 

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 A key player in the industrial fastners market, Tel-Screw Products, has been manufacturing and supplying industrial fasteners of all types in South Africa for the past 40 years. “We owe our success to three main factors. Firstly, we produce by far the most diverse range of fasteners on offer in... 

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