Manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut recently initiated an expansion programme to increase its warehouse and production facilities by nearly 3 000 m2.
The investment includes new plant and equipment, testing facilities and the implementation of a QR code product identification system to ensure effective batch control, says Impala Bolt & Nut MD Derek Cohen.
The company’s investments will ensure that it is well equipped to provide better service to customers, with increased capacity and extended capabilities in terms of the types of products and cost of manufacturing.
“In providing solutions for applications such as mining, renewable energy, railway and construction, we supply standard off-the-shelf bolts, nuts and washers in accordance with both DIN and ISO specifications.”
He also mentions that Impala Bolt & Nut similarly supplies a range of fasteners designed specifically for customer applications when standard fasteners are not suitable.
“These specific fasteners generally provide effective solutions for complex mechanical challenges,” says Cohen.
He notes that customers appreciate the company’s ability to design products and tooling using a cutting-edge three-dimensional modelling package, which accelerates the design process.
The company’s purpose-built machinery can design and manufacture complex parts, for which there is growing demand, says Cohen.
He explains that, in recent years, imports have presented a major challenge to local manufacturers. However, with the advent of the recently imposed safeguard duty on imports, there is a return to local sourcing in the fastener industry.
Many projects stipulate a high percentage of local content, to which the company can cater by using locally produced raw materials sourced direct from ArcelorMittal.
Manufacturing locally enables Impala Bolt & Nut to meet tight delivery schedules, undertake new product development, and troubleshoot technical challenges, all of which are difficult when dealing with imported products, Cohen concludes.