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Industrial Fasteners (Industrial Report) - UK - April 2013

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Industrial fasteners include a wide variety of mechanical fastening devices ranging from mass produced simple items, with little opportunity for product differentiation, to complex and ad-hoc products designed for specialist applications. The most common form of product segmentation identifies:

  • threaded fasteners
  • non-threaded fasteners

    The major types of threaded fasteners are:

  • bolts
  • nuts
  • screws

Bolts are usually used in conjunction with nuts. A variety of materials are used for their production, depending on the required tensile strength of each application. Standard bolts are made of iron or steel, with brass and copper bolts being widely used in electrical assemblies. Aluminium bolts are frequently, but not exclusively, used in the aerospace sector, and those made of nickel are used where high temperature tolerances are required.

Standard nuts utilise hexagonal heads, although square headed nuts are commonly used for woodworking applications. Different shape variations are also used to ensure satisfactory locking of bolts. In safety-critical applications and where frequent vibration occurs, self locking nuts are most commonly used. Applications for self locking nuts have increased strongly over the past few years and a wide range of such mechanisms are now available.

Screws differ from bolts in that they have the capability to be used in a threaded hole without a nut.

The most commonly identified non-threaded fasteners are:

  • nails
  • tacks
  • studs
  • staples
  • rivets
  • washers

Nails and tacks are some of the simplest mass produced fasteners, with little opportunity for product differentiation. Even so, a wide variety of materials are used in their production; dependent on the required tensile strength and corrosive resistance of the finished item. Studs and staples also tend to have similar characteristics to one another.

Rivets are one of the oldest forms of fastener, and like most fasteners they can be manufactured using a wide variety of materials, dependent on the application for which the product is required.

Washers are also classified as non-threaded fasteners, although strictly they are not fasteners, but components within a fastening system.

It is apparent that increased levels of automation in the end user industries, in particular the automotive sector, have fundamentally changed the requirements of fasteners in recent years. In the past the emphasis of production centred around time, handling and effort, but now the key characteristics are repeatability and tight performance tolerance.

The increased life expectancy of many end use products, such as the two sided galvanization of automotive bodies, better finishes, increased use of plastics, and new designs in engines and transmissions have demanded that fasteners be adapted to greater longevity. This has resulted in old practices, such as electroplating and phosphate and oil finishing, being replaced by sophisticated organic coatings. In turn, this has led to adjustments in tightening strategies and torque/tension testing.

Organic coatings include dry paint films or the subsequent oil treatment of products. Pigmented oil films have proved both versatile and capable of self-healing. Zinc rich coatings on the other hand have proved useful where a sacrificial layer is required for use against other metals, i.e. aluminium or magnesium to protect against galvanic corrosion.

All values quoted in this report are at constant prices unless otherwise specified.

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Table of contents

  1. 1. Executive Summary

    • 2. Introduction

      • 2.1 Definitions
        • 2.2 Methodology
          • 2.3 Abbreviations
            • 2.4 Market Positioning
              • 2.5 UK Economy
                • 2.6 Market Factors
                • 3. Market Size And Trends

                  • 3.1 Chapter Summary
                    • 3.2 Market Size
                        • Table 1: The UK Market for Industrial Fasteners, 2008-2012
                      • 3.3 Market Segmentation
                        • Table 2: Apparent Consumption of Threaded and Non-threaded Fasteners, 2008-2012
                        • Table 3: UK Market for Fasteners, by Type, 2008-2012
                      • 3.4 Market Trends
                          • Table 4: Residential Property Transactions in the UK, 2007-2012
                        • 3.5 Seasonality of Sales
                          • 3.6 Regional Sales
                            • Table 5: Manufacturing Businesses in Engand, By Region, 2012
                            • Table 6: Regional Value of Total New Construction Output, 2008-2012
                          • 3.7 Distribution
                          • 4. Supply Sources

                            • 4.1 Chapter Summary
                              • 4.2 Production
                                • 4.2.1 Overview
                                  • Table 7: Production of Industrial Fasteners in the UK, 2008-2011
                                • Diagram 1: Analysis of Industrial Fastener Production and Demand, 2008-2011
                                  • Diagram 1: Analysis of Industrial Fastener Production and Demand, 2008-2011
                                • 4.2.2 Segmentation
                                  • Table 8: Production of Industrial Fasteners in the UK, by Type, 2008-2011
                                • 4.3.1 Overview
                                  • Table 9: UK Imports of Threaded and Non-threaded Fasteners, 2008-2011
                                • 4.3.2 Segmentation
                                  • Table 10: Imports of Fasteners in the UK, by Type, 2008-2011
                                • 4.4 Exports
                                  • 4.4.1 Overview
                                    • Table 11: UK EXports of Threaded and Non-threaded Fasteners, 2008-2011
                                  • 4.4.2 Segmentation
                                    • Table 12: Exports of Fasteners in the UK, by Type, 2008-2011
                                • 5. Industry Structure

                                  • 5.1 Chapter Summary
                                    • 5.2 Industry Development
                                      • Table 13: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the UK Metal Industrial Fastener Industry, 2004-2008
                                    • 5.3 Structure by Employment
                                      • Table 14: Analysis of the Employment Structure of the Metal Industrial Fastener Industry, 2011 and 2012
                                    • 5.4 Structure by Turnover
                                      • Table 15: Analysis of the Financial Structure of the Metal Industrial Fastener Industry, 2011 and 2012
                                    • 5.5 Company Profiles
                                      • 5.5.1 Alcoa
                                        • 5.5.1.1 Alcoa Fastening Systems
                                          • Table 16: Financial Analysis of Alcoa Fastening Systems, 2007-2011
                                        • 5.5.1.2 Linread
                                          • Table 17: Financial Analysis of Linread, 2007-2011
                                        • 5.5.2 Avdel UK
                                          • Table 18: Financial Analysis of Avdel UK, 2007-2011
                                        • 5.5.3 Forward Industrial Products Group
                                          • Table 19: Financial Analysis of Forward Industrial Products Group UK, 2010-2012
                                        • 5.5.4 PRD Fasteners
                                          • Table 20: PRD Fasteners, 2007-2011
                                        • 5.5.5 SPS Technologies
                                          • Table 21: Financial Analysis of SPS Technologies, 2008-2012
                                        • 5.5.6 Trifast
                                          • Table 22: Financial Analysis of Trifast PLC, 2008-2012
                                        • 5.5.7 Tucker Fasteners
                                          • Table 23: Financial Analysis of Tucker Fasteners, 2007-2011
                                      • 6. Demand Structure

                                        • 6.1 Chapter Summary
                                            • Table 24: UK Car Production, 2000-2012
                                            • Table 25: UK Commercial Vehicle Production, 2000-2012
                                          • 6.3 Mechanical Engineering
                                            • Table 26: Analysis of Mechanical Engineering Output, by Type, 2008-2011
                                          • 6.4 Aerospace
                                            • 6.5 Shipbuilding
                                              • Table 27: Analysis of the Financial Structure of the Ship Building and Repair Industry, 2011 and 2012
                                            • 6.6 Railway Engineering
                                              • Table 28: Average Age of Rolling Stock, by Sector, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 29: Average Age of Rolling Stock, by Company, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 30: Number of Passenger Journeys, by Sector, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 31: Distance Covered by Freight Trains, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 32: Government Railway Funding, by Type, 2007-2012
                                              • Table 33: Private Investment in Railways, by Type, 2007-2012
                                            • 6.7 Building & Construction
                                              • Table 34: Construction Output in Great Britain, by Type, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 35: Analysis of New Public Housing Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 36: Public Housing Starts and Completions in the UK, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 37: Analysis of Private Housing Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 38: Private New Housing Starts and Completions in the UK, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 39: Analysis of Public Sector Non-Residential Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 40: Analysis of Public Sector Non-Residential Construction in Great Britain, by Type, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 41: Analysis of Private Industrial Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 42: Analysis of Private Industrial New Construction Work in Great Britain, By Sector 2008-2012
                                              • Table 43: Analysis of Private Commercial Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                              • Table 44: Analysis of Private Commercial Construction in Great Britain, by Type, 2008-2012
                                            • 6.8 DIY
                                              • Table 45: DIY Retail Sales in the UK, 2008-2012
                                            • 6.9 Domestic Appliances
                                              • Table 46: Sales of UK Produced Electrical Domestic Appliances, 2007-2011
                                          • 7. Forecast

                                            • 7.1 Chapter Summary
                                              • 7.2 The Market
                                                  • Table 47: Forecast Construction Output in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 48: Forecast Private Housing Output in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 49: Forecast Public Housing Output in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 50: Forecast Private Commercial Construction Output in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 51: Forecast of Private Commercial Construction in Great Britain, by Sector, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 52: Forecast Private Industrial Construction Output in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 53: Forecast of Private Industrial New Construction Work in Great Britain, By Sector 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 54: Analysis of Public Sector Non-Residential Construction Output in Great Britain, 2008-2012
                                                  • Table 55: Analysis of Public Sector Non-Residential Construction in Great Britain, by Type, 2008-2012
                                                • 7.2.1 Overview
                                                  • Table 56: Forecast UK Market for Industrial Fasteners, 2013-2017
                                                • 7.2.2 Segmentation
                                                  • Table 57: Forecast Market for Threaded and Non-threaded Fasteners, 2013-2017
                                                  • Table 58: Forecast Apparent Consumption of Fasteners, by Type, 2013-2017
                                              • 8. Further Sources & Contacts

                                                • 8.1 Trade Associations
                                                  • 8.2 Trade Magazines
                                                    • 8.3 Trade Exhibitions

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                                                    Industrial Fasteners (Industrial Report) - UK - April 2013

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