Getting a grip on fasteners and their coatings within the transport sector
By Sven Brehler, Engineering Project Manager at TR Fastenings
As a full service provider with a worldwide reach from the USA to Asia and Europe to the UK, TR Fastenings works closely with automotive Tier 1 companies to respond to their needs and global developments. Supplying 10,000 different fasteners annually into the automotive sector, TR is playing a central role in shaping the future of the fastener industry within this changing space.
The global electric vehicle (EV) industry is expanding rapidly with 60% year on year increase and sales growing to 2.1 million units in 20181. As a result, advanced technology is now a top priority for competing OEM’s and the role of fasteners is significant.
Transport technology companies around the world are under pressure to innovate as a result of rising cost pressures, and trends such as lightweighting, autonomous driving and electro mobility growing apace.
Suppliers into Tier 1, such as TR Fastenings are increasingly required to come up with technical innovations for fasteners that work harder and ‘smarter’ that can be produced quickly and cost-effectively.
The key fastening applications within automotive include sub tier manufacturers; seating; power trains; thermal management; HVAC; high-end performance cars and the EV market - the latter being the fastest growing sector for TR Fastenings to which they supply automotive grade fasteners to OEM specification. It’s an evolving application that is leading the fastener industry to greater sophistication.
One solution does not fit all
Automotive quality standards
Source 1: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/automotive-and-assembly/our-insights/expanding-electric-vehicle-adoption-despite-early-growing-pains
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