TR Fastenings enjoys a 4th successful year at Automechanika Birmingham
TR Fastenings (TR), the global specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial and Cat C fastenings, has completed its fourth successful appearance at Automechanika Birmingham, which ran from 4th-6th June at the NEC. Organisers claim that this year’s show was the busiest ever, since it began in 2016. The next event will be in 2021, as the show moves from an annual to bi-annual format and TR has already booked its place.
TR has 31 business locations within the UK, Asia, Europe and the USA including eight high volume, high-quality and cost-effective manufacturing sites. As a Full Service Provider (FSP) to Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses supporting global OEMs in the automotive industry, TR delivers comprehensive support to its customers giving an end2end service.
Having exhibited at all three previous Automechanika Birmingham shows, TR sees it as a must-attend event and the place to be seen for suppliers, Tier 1s and OEMs in the automotive supply chain. As well as exhibiting, TR team members also attended a number of high profile VIP events and networking receptions at the show, hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Department of International Trade (DIT).
This year, the TR team was keen to showcase its product range suitable for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging units
and EV batteries (EVBs) as the EV market gathers considerable pace. The product required for these areas are already within TR’s portfolio and the team held several meetings at its stand with existing, new and prospective customers to discuss these and other solutions.
Glenda Roberts, Global Sales Director for TR’s parent company, Trifast plc comments:
“Attending and exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham over the last four years has enabled us to further establish our excellent position within the automotive industry. Our strong links with organisations such as the SMMT, the DIT and the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) ensure we are constantly talking to the key players in the industry and keeping on top of emerging trends, issues and technologies.
“Despite the often negative commentary around the health of UK automotive manufacturing, we believe the opposite is true. The growth of the EV market plus astonishing developments in engineering and materials makes this an incredibly exciting sector to be operating in and we are hugely proud of the role we play in the industry.”
TR Fastenings is exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham for the 4th time!
NEC, 4-6 June, Stand F92
TR Fastenings (TR) will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham
from 4th-6th June 2019, when the successful exhibition for the automotive supply chain returns to the NEC for its fourth year.
TR is part of Trifast plc and is a global specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial and Cat C fastenings principally to major global assembly industries. TR has 31 business locations within the UK, Asia, Europe and the USA including eight high volume, high-quality and cost-effective manufacturing sites.
TR will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham on Stand F92, having enjoyed successes at the previous three events. TR sees the event as “the place to be seen” and it is an important part of its annual calendar of events and promotions.
As a Full Service Provider (FSP) to Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses supporting global OEMs in the automotive industry, TR delivers comprehensive support to its customers giving an end2end service.
A key focus this year will be on components for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging units
and EV batteries (EVBs) as the EV market gathers considerable pace. The product required for these areas are already within TR’s portfolio and we will be able to support and advise on applications.
Glenda Roberts, Trifast’s Global Sales Director, comments: “The growth of the EV market and the electric highways being created has led TR into new areas of development, in particular with battery production, the fixings that are required and the finishes. Our strength as a manufacturer and distributor is further enhanced by the design and technical support that we are providing to our customers as part of the FSP service. We have heavily invested in recruiting fastener engineers over the last few years and this is proving to be a much-needed support that we can offer to our customers, from the initial design right though to VA /VE initiatives on mature products.”
TR's qualified engineers and Product Managers will be on hand at Automechanika to advise designers, production and purchasing teams, encouraging them to bring their fastener application issues to us so we can offer solutions and demonstrate our knowledge.
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TR Fastenings returns to Automechanika Birmingham for the third time
NEC, 5-7 June, Stand D17
TR Fastenings (TR) will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham from 5th-7th June 2018, when the successful exhibition for the automotive supply chain returns to the NEC for its third year.
TR, a Trifast Plc company, is a full service provider (FSP) to the automotive industry, manufacturing, supplying and providing technical and logistical support to the Tier 1 market. TR’s global reach extends to 31 sites including 8 manufacturing facilities, a number of which are accredited to TS 16949. Globally, TR produces more than 60 billion components annually to over 6,000 customers.
TR will be exhibiting at the show (Stand D17) for the third time, having enjoyed considerable success at both the 2016 and 2017 events. Once again the key focus areas for TR this year will be the promotion of its product ranges and the technical and logistical support it provides on a global basis. Having a global footprint enables TR to support platforms on 3 continents which is prerequisite for many Tier 1s, giving TR a leading edge.
TR’s 2018 stand will also feature for the first time its capability of supplying from stock many of the components that are used in the manufacture of charging units for Electric Vehicles (EVs).
Glenda Roberts, Trifast’s Global Sales Director, comments: “The growth of the EV market and the electric highway has lead TR into new areas of development, in particular with battery production and the fixings that are required. TR's qualified engineers and sales staff will be on hand at Automechanika to advise designers, production and purchasing teams, encouraging them to bring their fastener application issues to us so we can offer solutions."
TR is a member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and has benefitted greatly from its association with the organisation. Automechanika Birmingham has enabled TR to further cement its position within the automotive industry, allowing it to access and converse with wider audiences, from design through to aftermarket.
Chris Black, Automotive Sales Director at TR Fastenings comments: “Automechanika Birmingham has always proved to be a very successful event for us. In both 2016 and 2017, we made extremely promising connections at the show and we were quick to sign up again for 2018. With the developments in the automotive market, particularly surrounding Electric Vehicles, we look forwarding to meeting and networking with existing and new companies, welcoming them to our stand to discuss shared opportunities and demonstrate our capabilities.”
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Automechanika 2017 delivers further success for TR Fastenings
Global fasteners firm TR Fastenings (TR) has enjoyed yet another successful year at Automechanika Birmingham, which returned to the NEC for the second time from 6-8th June.
TR, part of Trifast plc, is a full service provider to the automotive industry specialising in supply to the Tier 1 market. TR’s global reach extends to 27 sites, with manufacturing facilities accredited to TS 16949. Globally, it produces more than 50 billion components annually to over 5,000 customers. The company returned to exhibit at Automechanika after a highly successful stint in 2016 and again reported great results, following introductions to a number of potential partners and customers at its stand. This year, in a new move for the show, companies such as TR were placed in a new supplier zone, meaning that visitors were more targeted and suited to businesses supplying Tier 1 companies.
Glenda Roberts, Group Sales and Marketing Director at TR, commented: “We exhibited at the show in 2016 and we were very pleased with the exposure and results it gave us. Returning this year, we found that the although the footfall was less due to the supplier zone being segregated from the aftermarket area, the visitors to our stand were more aligned to design and manufacture. On the stand, our Automotive sales engineers were able to engage with companies wanting to discuss specific applications, and who were interested in the extensive range that we supply to this industry. The networking this year exceeded our expectations and once again proved to us that this was the place to be seen in this sector. It goes without saying that we’ve already booked our place at next year’s show!”
As well as showcasing its products, TR also featured a Honda RC-51 SP2 motorbike on its stand, ridden by Superbike racer Ryan Strafford, who is sponsored by TR. Ryan, who competes in the prestigious Golden Era Superbikes series run by Thundersport GB, was present at the TR stand alongside his motorbike to sign merchandise and answer questions from visitors. Find out more about Ryan Strafford here
TR is a key supplier to Boon Siew Honda, manufacturer of the Honda Motorcycle 2-wheelers, and has just been awarded its Best Quality Supplier Award
See the highlights from Automechanika 2017 here
See the 2017 post show statistics here
TR Fastenings Attending Automechanika Birmingham for Second Year
Fastenings firm exhibiting in new ‘supplier zone’ at 2017 show, stand 6E42
TR Fastenings (TR) will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham from 6th-8th June 2017, when the successful exhibition for the automotive supply chain returns to the NEC for its second year.
TR, part of Trifast plc, is a full service provider to the automotive industry specialising in supply to the Tier 1 market. TR’s global reach extends to 27 sites, with manufacturing facilities accredited to TS 16949. Globally, it produces more than 50 billion components annually to over 5,000 customers.
Glenda Roberts, Group Sales and Marketing Director at TR, said of the 2016 show, “We were very impressed with the organisation of the exhibition, and the footfall which generated business opportunities. The showcase gave us a great platform to demonstrate the range of our products and our capabilities to a wide and discerning audience, and we had no hesitation in booking a stand for 2017.”
Having considered feedback from major delegates including TR following the 2016 exhibition, Automechanika organisers have introduced a dedicated ‘supplier zone’ to the 2017 show, increasing opportunities for suppliers dealing with Tier 1 firms rather than purely the aftermarket audience. This show will be an ideal chance for UK customers to meet the TR team and find out more about its Automotive fastening solutions. TR is encouraging companies to bring their design or application issues to the show where they can be discussed with the team of fastener engineers, who will be hosting a “Fastener Surgery” at the stand.
As well as showcasing its products, TR will also be giving visitors the chance to view the Honda RC-51 SP2 motorbike, ridden by Superbike racer Ryan Strafford, who is sponsored by TR. Ryan, who competes in the prestigious Golden Era Superbikes series run by Thundersport GB, will be present at the TR stand alongside his motorbike to sign merchandise and answer questions about the machine and his successful racing career. TR is a key supplier to Boon Siew Honda, manufacturer of the Honda Motorcycle 2-wheelers, and has just been awarded their Best Quality Supplier Award.
TR is a member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and has benefitted greatly from its association with the organisation. Automechanika has added another dimension to TR’s position within the automotive industry, giving it greater exposure to an even wider audience.
Glenda Roberts adds: “One of the appeals of the exhibition to TR was its worldwide reach and popularity. With 27 sites across the world, TR is a truly global business and what appeals to our customers is that we can support them in multiple sites to ensure a consistent and efficient service. Automechanika was a hugely successful event for us last year, providing us with valuable opportunities to make new connections with major decision makers from global powerhouse firms. The addition of the supplier zone this year also ensures we can attract and engage with the right audiences for our business, allowing us to showcase our knowledge and expertise. We are thrilled to have Ryan and his bike with us on the stand this year as an example of our close connections with the automotive industry.”
Automechanika Birmingham Proves a Great Showcase for TR Fastenings
Recently returned from exhibiting at Automechanika in Birmingham – the first time this leading exhibition for the automotive supply chain has come to the UK - Glenda Roberts, Global Sales Director at TR Fastenings, reflects on how the show proved to be an extremely effective opportunity to raise the company’s profile, forge new business connections and engage in discussions about the state of the automotive market generally – and where it’s heading.
“At TR Fastenings, we manufacture and distribute fastenings and components that are widely used within the automotive sector. It accounts for 35% of our UK turnover, so it’s a hugely important sector for us and one we are keen to develop. Our particular focus is on supporting the Tier1s as a full service provider; giving end2end support from design and manufacture through to smart logistic solutions in order to reduce the total cost of ownership. So, when we heard that the Automechanika show was taking place at the NEC this June and the concept was to have a strong contingent of component suppliers there, we felt it would be a great chance to promote what TR is doing for the booming UK automotive industry.”
“We viewed Automechanika as a great showcase for our own manufactured cold forged special fasteners and so we invested in a new ‘British’ styled stand and manned it with mostly technical people, as that was our target audience - specifiers and designers. We showcased many of the special automotive parts that we manufacture and supply to Tier1s. These range from complex multi stage cold formed parts, special forged seating and safety critical components to other bespoke parts, such as clips and plastic fasteners.
“We were busy within the first hour and this continued over the whole three days of the show. We are now busy following up with the many visitors we had on the stand, and are dealing with the specific product and technical requests that were generated. Consequently, we have signed up for next year and are looking forward to seeing the components halls expand. In short, a well organised show which we took full advantage of.”
Echoing Glenda’s positive comments, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, stated, “The UK automotive industry has hit record sales over the last few years. Britain’s car industry is booming, exporting more than ever, and it’s encouraging to see this opening up huge opportunities for the UK supply sector.
“A strong domestic supply chain is critical to a successful automotive sector and we are confident that, with the right political and economic conditions, significant supply chain investment can be secured, delivering more jobs and growth.”
Automechanika TV Interview
Interview held with Glenda Roberts, Global Sales Director and Chris Black, Director of Global Automotive Business Development at Automechanika Birmingham exhibition 2016.
TR Fastenings to Exhibit at Automechanika Birmingham
Come and meet us on Stand 9M49A
TR Fastenings will be exhibiting at Automechanika at the NEC Birmingham from 7th-9th June - the first time this leading exhibition for the automotive supply chain has come to the UK. TR Fastenings, part of Trifast plc listed on the London stock exchange, manufactures and distributes fastenings and components that are widely used within the automotive sector. Their particular focus is on supporting the Tier1’s as a full service provider FSP, giving end2end support from design, manufacture and right through to smart logistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership. Their new website fully illustrates their capability, scope of supply and is fast becoming the “go to “place for engineers and designers. This show will be an ideal opportunity for UK customers to meet the TR team and find out more about TR Fastenings automotive fastening solutions.
Thinking locally; operating globally
With a footprint of 26 global locations, of which 8 are in manufacturing , TR Fastenings is well-equipped to support both technical and logistics personnel locally. Together with its manufacturing capabilities and global sourcing expertise, it can supply almost every fastener required for a vehicle assembly. TR specialises in producing fasteners to go into both interior and exterior assemblies e.g. seating components, IP console, trim, braking systems, airbag assemblies, and highly engineered complex parts for engine and powertrain fastenings. This together with its key AVL vendors enables TR to manage a complete bill of materials.
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