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Local manufacturers urged to compete on a pricing level

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th October 2006 Significant increases in the price of nickel, which causes stainless steel prices to go ‘through the roof’, as well as soaring brass prices, are some of the main challenges facing local company Boltfast. 

Self-locking threaded fasteners designed for diesel-engine applications

6th October 2006 For engine performance, reliability, as well as meeting emission standards, joint integrity must be maintained in critical areas such as turbocharger mounts, exhaust manifold joints and attachments, where extreme heat and vibration can weaken and shake loose standard fasteners. 

US distributor reports soaring ‘esales’

6th October 2006 In an industry that traditionally shuns technology, Fastener SuperStore has experienced rapid growth by embracing the Internet and developing an extensive e-commerce ready website. 

Titanium-alloy fasteners offer lightweight benefits, without compromising strength

6th October 2006 SPS Technologies, a leading manufacturer of high-strength fasteners since 1903, offers a line of fasteners manufactured from a specially processed titanium alloy. 

Antidumping duties cost UK firms £8-million in tax burden

6th October 2006 In November 2005 the European Commission confirmed the imposition of anti dumping duties on most threaded stainless steel fasteners imported from key Asian producing?countries. 

Local industry urged to capitalise on World Cup opportunities

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th October 2006 Standard manufacturer CBC Fasteners believes that the fasteners industry is relatively buoyant because of the growth in the South African economy from the construction and automotive industries. 

Local firm secures distribution rights

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th October 2006 Leading manufacture and distributor of specialised fastening systems Avlock International has been granted exclusive distributorship for Sumaki range of pneumatics tools in South Africa. 

‘Big opportunities in PPPs’

By: Matthew Hill     14th July 2006 Local facilities management (FM) firm LGM South Africa is currently finalising a significant black economic-empowerment deal, which MD Andre Steyn believes will greatly strengthen the company’s position in the country. 

Bonding fasteners for marine construction applications

7th October 2005 Sunseeker, famous throughout the yachting and boating world for the sheer beauty of its designs and the very high quality and performance built into each vessel at its extensive shipyards, has become the worldwide epitome of boating excellence – not least within the giant US market. 

Fastener division clinches exclusive distributorship  

7th October 2005 Bearing Man’s specialist fasteners division, Fast Bolt, has been appointed the exclusive distributor for the Nord-Lock bolt-securing system, distributed through a distributor network, as well as to the end user through Bearing Man branches. 

Velcro fasteners specific for industrial applications

7th October 2005 The originator of the genuine Velcro-brand fastening systems has engineered a range specific for heavy-duty industrial applications, ranging from aircraft and motor manufacture to medical equipment, packaging, carpeting and moulding. 

Fastener stalwart involved in aggressive recap programme

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 Durban-based outfit Fascor is a specialist company manufacturing and selling a wide range of fasteners. 

One of the largest stainless-steel fastener stockists in SA by far

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 “We are the biggest supplier of stainless-steel fasteners by far.” 

Exporters still in rand's stranglehold

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 Two years ago, the local fastener industry faced difficult challenges due to the rand’s instability affecting exports. 

Importer aims to become champion supplier to retail sector

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 Being one of the largest importers of all fasteners in South Africa, Jet Park-based National Socket Screws offers a range of fasteners, valued at an estimated R30-milllion. 

Any bolt or nut available at this one-stop shop

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 Since its inception 37 years ago, SA Bolt Manufacturers has become a leader in the manufacture and distribution of industrial fasteners. 

Continuing to perform in tough market conditions

By: thamashni naidoo     7th October 2005 Conditions in the South African fastener market have become difficult due to the drop in local demand. 

Cutting corners a big contributor to truck accidents

14th January 2005 What caused a truck-and-trailer rig to overturn, spewing its entire load of glass bottles across the R59 Vereeniging freeway in November last year? 

Engineering consumables group plays fastener hand

By: tom robbins     26th November 2004 Bearing Man, the engineering consumables distributor that has turned most of its divisions into market leaders, has made its intentions in the fastener market known, with the R17-million purchase of wholesaler Springset. 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

Upgrade to support 17% rise in output

By: Nicola Mawson     8th October 2004 The R5-million upgrade to Nedscroef’s Boksburg factory was completed on time, and indications are that output will increase by 17% over the planned tonnage. 

Double whammy

By: Nicola Mawson     8th October 2004 But industry positive it can beat stronger rand and higher steel prices 

Rock bolt logger developed

8th October 2004 Ideal for use in mining applications requiring stress or load measurements such as mining rock-bolt loads, weigh bridges, structural concrete and steel stresses, Vangard Digital has developed the VDG load cell logger. 

70-t multistage part-former commissioned by E Rand firm

By: Nicola Mawson     8th October 2004 In August this year South African Nut Industries (Sani) commissioned a 70 t multi-stage part-former – the only one of its kind in South Africa. 

Firm doubles its warehouse capacity on strategy change

By: Nicola Mawson     8th October 2004 Fastener supplier group Bolt & Engineering Distributors (BED) is this month upgrading its head office as part of its current strategy to upgrade all of its branches. 

New standard opens the way for use of local fasteners in the building sector

By: Nicola Mawson     8th October 2004 Contractors in the building industry will soon be able to use class 10,9 and 10,9S hot-dip galvanised bolts without the cost of importing them from Europe. 

SA steel prices set to rise again in November

8th October 2004 Steel producer Ispat Iscor announced in September that it would adjust domestic prices on certain steel products by between 2,5% and 8% effective from November 2004 – in line with international price movements. 

Firm accredited under an auto-related quality system

8th October 2004 Boksburg based Avlock International was recently accredited to two internationally recognised quality management systems standards. 

The nuts and bolts of exporting to China

By: Nicola Mawson     4th October 2004 There is a widely-held perception that South African manufactured products are increasingly uncompetitive when compared to products manufactured in territories such as Asia. 

The nuts and bolts of exporting to China

By: Nicola Mawson     1st October 2004 There is a widely-held perception that South African manufactured products are increasingly uncompetitive when compared to products manufactured in territories such as Asia. 

Nedschroef Johannesburg

9th April 2004 Automotive fastener and special forgings manufacturer Nedschroef Johannesburg, which currently boasts a production output of between 450 t and 500 t, is hoping to increase its output to 1 000 t by year end. 

Peter Swanson, Nedschroef Johannesburg

6th February 2004 Full name: Peter Andrew Swanson Position: Managing director since 2002 Main activity of the company: Cold forging of wire rod for fasteners and related special shapes Date and place of birth: March 26, 1958, Port Elizabeth Education: General Smuts High, Matric, 1975; BSc Stellenbosch University,... 

Auto component firm upgrades its facilities

By: Zonika Botha     23rd January 2004 Following a R5-million investment, automotive fastener and special forgings manufacturer Nedschroef Johannesburg has upgraded and refurbished its manufacturing facility in Boksburg North, on the East Rand. 

Currency blues Fastener production volumes decline as rand surges

By: zeena isaacs     10th October 2003 The last year has been challenging for fastener manufacturers and the industry as whole, due to the instability of the rand influencing the profitability of exports, as well as the general state of the industry. 

Opening of thermodiffusion plant expected early next year

By: zeena isaacs     10th October 2003 One of South Africa’s leading fastener manufacturers, CBC Fasteners, in conjunction with Distek South Africa, anticipates the opening of a thermodiffusion zinc-coating technology treatment plant in the first quarter of next year. 

OEM support poor, says fastener manufacturer

By: zeena isaacs     10th October 2003 Fastener manufacturer Nedschroef expresses concern that the local automotive original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs’) support for the fastener industry is poor. 

Fast-growing company secures Transnet contract

By: zeena isaacs     10th October 2003 Specialised fastener company Corrosion Resistant Fasteners has been awarded a contract to supply its MiningCote fasteners to Transnet, and has received specification approval as a superior product to hot-dip galvanising by Siemens and Eskom. 

New fastener distributor

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2003 South Africa’s largest engineering components distributor Bearing Man has launched a new fastener distribution business called FastBolt. 

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