Read the latest press releases and case studies from TR Fastenings.
The nuts and bolts of medtech
Ian Bolland spoke to Jeremy Scholefield, director of strategic business at TR Fastenings about the company’s role in the medical device supply chain
Explaining when the company comes into the process, Scholefield explains: “It’s important for us to get involved very early on with our customers, whether it’s at the design stage or the conceptual stage and then it’s working through to supply the products to the point of use.
TR VIC continues to invest in the latest high precision fasteners machinery
TR VIC spa part of the Trifast plc group of companies, has made a substantial investment in the very latest fastening machinery in response to increasing and evolving requirements from European customers.
The high precision Carlo Salvi cold former is the newest addition to its growing portfolio of machinery, which further increases manufacturing capacity for high level applications within automotive, household appliances and electrical sectors in Europe.
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Fixing the mobility future
By Ian Parker
Catastrophe theory is a branch of mathematics which looks at sudden and often unexpected change. Such events are usually both good and bad. They can be anything from a bent ruler suddenly flexing the other way to the spread of a new virus. And they’re not unforeseen by everyone.
Glenda Roberts - 30 years with TR Fastenings
2020 marks 30 years with TR Fastenings for Glenda Roberts. She recently stepped down from the Trifast plc Board, as she considers her retirement plans and will be working on special projects.
She has seen the company grow from a UK business to become a global Full Service Provider. Here editor Will Lowry, speaks to Glenda about how the Group, and the market, has developed over the last three decades, and about future opportunities.
TR achieves prestigious aerospace AS9120 Certification
TR Fastenings has achieved the AS9120 Certification following an extensive audit of its operations and in response to customer demand.
AS9120 recognises the continuing commitment to aerospace quality and conformance and places TR amongst a select group of companies that have been recognised for practicing the highest quality standards required in this sector.
Getting a grip on fasteners and their coatings within the transport sector
A focus on automotive and the EV market 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.
TR responds to unprecedented global sheet metal fastener demand
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic created a surge in global demand for medical equipment, with the subsequent knock-on effect of a huge demand for sheet metal fasteners, specifically for those companies producing essential equipment, including ventilators.
TR has been leading the sheet metal fastening industry for over 45 years, providing products to more than 5,000 global customers from 32 business locations in 18 countries.
TR Fastenings - keeping it local
For over 45 years TR Fastenings’ UK manufacturing plant in East Sussex has produced millions of products, including its own highly regarded Hank® brand.
The current purpose built factory which opened in 1992 houses 50 single and multi-spindle machines and produces 3 million parts each month. The multi-spindle machines can form, turn, drill, knurl and part off a steel component in as little as 1.2 seconds.
TR Formac expands presence in Thailand and joins Electric Vehicle Association
TR Formac has expanded its global presence by moving into larger premises in Prawet, Bangkok, in response to strong growth across Asia and winning new business from global OEMs.
The new facility provides around 3000 sq. ft. of space enabling the company to trade more efficiently and to help further strengthen its position in the growing EV market.
Chris Black of TR Fastenings invited to participate in new NEAA trade group
Chris Black, Director of Automotive Business Development at TR Fastenings has been invited to be the industrial lead for the new Trade Working Group set up by the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA).
This recently launched trade group is a key part of the NEAA’s 5 year strategy to better understand and support the trade activity of its members.
TR Fastenings Easter Egg Hunt Competition Results 2020
Congratulations to Michael Dixon from Martin Manufacturing UK who has won our Easter Egg Hunt competition.
Thank you to all who entered our competition. View the full list of answers here.
TR Fastenings proud to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020
IWD 2020 is being celebrated across the world today, March 8th 2020 and TR is marking the occasion by sharing latest information on our female apprentices across our UK locations.
Our apprentices make a huge impact on TR, at all levels of the business. We are immensely proud of their achievements and commitment to the company.
TR Fastenings provides bespoke fastening solution to leading Tier 1 automotive company
Faltec Europe employs TR Fastenings to deliver competitive fastener supply and tooling solution
TR provided ongoing support throughout the initial trial phase and was asked to assist in technical evaluation ready for onsite production at Faltec. This project is indicative of TR’s service which goes far beyond product supply and applications.
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition 2020
Congratulations to Samantha Parker from Fife Fabrications who has won our annual calendar competition!
Check out the answers to see if you managed to find where Terry Torque and Ruby Rivet were hiding too, we would like to thank everyone who took part in this years competition!
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As the automotive revolution gathers pace, new opportunities arise
With the global market for electric vehicles (EV) growing at approximately 60% per year since 2014
As a full service provider with a global reach from the USA to Asia and Europe to the UK, TR Fastenings is consistently developing established relationships with partners and customers throughout the world within the automotive space.
Face2Face: Mark Belton
CEO, Trifast plc
Not many people’s career paths will have started from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but that is where it all began for Mark Belton who in February celebrated 20 years at the global fastenings group Trifast, known in the industry as TR Fastenings.
Insight: The role of quality
Maddy Webb, director of quality at Trifast Plc, speaks to Editor Will Lowry about the importance of quality within the fastener industry
How the Group’s quality strategy is helping it work closer with customers to find optimal solutions.
TR Fastenings Provides Bespoke Fastening to Leading Tier 1 Automotive Company
Faltec Europe Employs TR Fastenings to Deliver Competitive Fastener Supply and Tooling Solution.
As a global full-service provider TRF was able to identify the original equipment source and submit a competitive supply solution. TRF was awarded the initial business.
TR Fastenings passes HM Government’s Cyber Essentials audit
Certification allows TR to bid for Government-level and other contracts handling sensitive information
TR Fastenings has passed an audit by HM Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. The certification means that TR is now qualified to bid for Government and other sensitive contracts, given its high standard of base controls in cybersecurity.
TR Fastenings Easter Egg Hunt Competition Results 2019
Congratulations to Matt Wyre from Haughton Design Ltd who has won our Easter Egg Hunt competition.Thank you to all who entered our competition. View the full list of answers here.
Celebrating Women and Apprentices at TR Fastenings
Today (8th March 2019) is International Women’s Day. It also marks the end of National Apprenticeship week.So, as we are hugely proud of our female employees and our apprentices, we thought we’d have a double celebration today and share some great TR statistics about both!
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition 2019
Congratulations to David Taylor who has won our annual calendar competition.View David's tie breaker and the answers to our hidden TR's competition 2019.
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TR Scotland reaches 30 year milestone
TR Scotland is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having first opened in April 1988. It was the third TR site to open in the UK, following Uckfield and Belfast.
The Scotland team originally consisted of just ten people, spanning warehouse, sales and management positions.
TR Fastenings supports growing EV sector with tailored resources for charging units
Global fastener firm has the extensive product ranges and expertise needed to support the design, manufacture and development of charging units for Electric Vehicles.
Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor, TR Fastenings, is working with a number of firms involved in the design, manufacture and development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) with the main focus on the associated charging units.
TR’s Geoff Budd shares insights and experience at Fastener Taiwan 2018
Geoff Budd, European Managing Director of global fasteners manufacturer and distributor TR Fastenings was one of the featured speakers at the Global Fastener Summit in Taiwan in April.
The three day 2018 Taiwan International Fastener Show is the world’s third-largest and Asia’s second-largest professional trade show.
TR Fastenings launches Technical and Innovation Centre in Gothenburg
New facility is located in the thriving Lindholmen Science Park, a hub for automotive innovation
TR Fastenings (TR) has opened a new Technical and Innovation centre in Gothenburg, the heart of Sweden’s automotive industry.
TR Fastenings Easter Egg Hunt Competition Results 2018
Congratulations to Joanne Griffiths who has won our Easter Egg Hunt competition.
Thank you to all who entered our competition. View the full list of answers here.
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition 2018
Congratulations to Nicola Pritchard who has won our annual calendar competition.
View Nicola's tie breaker and the answers to our hidden TR's competition 2018.
Janus Perspective - Mark Belton, CEO of Trifast plc, parent company of TR Fastenings
Interview by Will Lowry, Editor for Fastener and Fixing Magazine.
The key word that sums up 2017 for us as a business is growth.
BIAFD: 'Women in the Industry' - An interview with Glenda Roberts, Group Sales Director of TR Fastenings Ltd
Interview by Will Lowry, Editor for Fastener and Fixing Magazine.
"I could see from joining TR that the company was growing and it just felt the right thing to do"
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TR Fastenings invests in new state of the art SLA 3D printer
Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor, TR Fastenings, has invested in a new 3D printer.
The printer is an SLA (StereoLithic Apparatus) machine which delivers a far superior quality to the FDM (Fused Deposit Modelling) equipment replacing the existing model.
TR Fastenings embarks on automotive trade mission to Mexico
TR took part in a British trade mission to Mexico this summer, as part of a group of businesses representing the UK's automotive industry.
The trip hosted by Santander and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), was organised to champion British automotive expertise to Mexican businesses and allow the trade delegates to establish key connections in the region.
TR Fastenings prioritises information security with ISO 27001 certification
Company’s UK IT service desk and technical teams achieve internationally recognised information security certification
Global fastenings manufacturer and distributor TR Fastenings (TR) has demonstrated its commitment to information security by gaining ISO 27001 certification for its IT service desk and technical teams in the UK.
TR Fastenings Enters World of 3D Modelling with Brand New Product Animations
Global fastener firm TR Fastenings is upgrading its online product catalogue with the introduction of exclusive new 3D models and animations to its website.
The models and animations, which allow users to move the product images around and see how they are installed and used with other materials or components.
TR Fastenings Easter Egg Hunt Competition Results 2017
Congratulations to Lee Garlick who has won our Easter Egg Hunt competition.
Thank you to all who entered our competition. View the full list of answers here.
Still learning after 40 years – and proud of it
Geoff Budd joined TR Fastenings forty years ago, as a temporary packer. Within ten years he was a director of the rapidly growing business.
Cut Geoff Budd and each corpuscle spilled would carry a TR logo. That’s by no means blind loyalty – here is a man who can be disconcertingly critical as well as disarmingly generous, as his colleagues and extensive contact network across the global fastener industry will attest.
TR Fastenings Cleans Up With New EBAC Washing Machines Deal
TR Fastenings (TR) has secured a partnership with British firm EBAC, the only UK manufacturer of washing machines.
TR has been appointed as the company’s sole supplier of fasteners and fixings for its new range of domestic washing machines, which is being rolled out throughout the country this year.
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition Results 2017
Congratulations to Christine Cope who has won our annual calendar competition.
View Christine's tie breaker and the answers to our hidden TR's competition 2017.
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Global Company Joins Sussex Chamber of Commerce
TR Fastenings has joined the Sussex Chamber of Commerce 43 years after the company started with five employees and a rented room in Uckfield.
Today TR Fastenings retains headquarters in Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, but as part of Trifast plc has 27 locations worldwide.
TR Fastenings Expands Into Spain as Part of Global Strategy
TR has expanded its global logistics and customer technical support resources with the opening of a new distribution facility in Barcelona, Spain.
The new operation's initial focus will be on the burgeoning Tier 1 automotive sector, which continues to be an important growth-driver for the company.
TR Fastenings Sponsors Stylish Swedish-designed Sidebuddy
The new exo-solution for city transportation.
As our cities become increasingly congested with traffic and pollution, bicycles are proving an increasingly popular way to get around town more quickly and easily - and with the added benefit of zero emissions.
TR Fastenings' New Website: The Go-to Resource for Engineers
TR is a major manufacturer and supplier of mechanical fasteners for the automotive, electronics, telecoms, domestic appliance and general industrial sectors, with an annual output of 50 billion components worldwide.
As a leading global assembly partner, TR fully understands the requirements of engineers.
TR Norway's Space Odyssey: Supplying Fasteners for the New Mars Rover
TR Fastenings Norway, is pleased to have been asked to supply essential rivets and tools for a Radar Imager for the new NASA Mars Exploration Rover which launches in 2020.
This is the first time components that TR have supplied have gone into space, and it is exciting to be a small part of future history.
TR Fastenings Belfast: Specialists in Fastenings Solutions
TR Fastenings Belfast specialises in the supply of fasteners to the Crushing & Screening, Earthmoving, Agriculture and Materials Handling Equipment sectors throughout Ulster & Leinster, stocking high tensile grades 8.8 and 10.9 bolts up to M48.
These complement the company's standard fastener range which can be found on its website.
TR Perspective on UK Fastener Market
By Geoff Budd, Trifast Director and European Managing Director.
With over 40 years' experience in the fastener industry, we have witnessed numerous changes within the UK market and always strike to respond to the ever-changing requirements of the domestic manufacturing sector.
Investment in New X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer Reinforces TR Fastenings' Commitment to Ensuring Compliance & Customer Confidence
TR is seriously committed to ensuring all its products comply with the necessary substance-based legislation.
These European directives restrict the amounts of hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous elements in products.
Pushing the Boat out at TR Fastenings Poole with New Product Range
A member of British Marine and park of the global TR group, TR Poole has one of the largest portfolios of marine components on the South Coast.
The company is always looking to develop and improve its service, quality and products and has recently introduced a range of +315 Deg C silicone masking caps and plugs.
TR Fastenings Helps Make Hair Straighteners Safer
Durability of Burn-Prevention Invention Enhanced by Bespoke Solution.
Designed to protect young children and pets from serious burns, the DAIO is a revolutionary hair appliance organiser with a clever universal bracket.
TR Fastenings Easter Egg Hunt Competition Results 2016
Congratulations to Fiona Elliott who has won our Easter Egg Hunt Competition.
Thank you to all who entered our compeition. View the full list of answers.
TR Launches New Website: The go-to place for Engineers, Designers & Buyers
More features, more products and more data
Leading global manufacturer and supplier of industrial components TR Fastenings is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, www.trfastenings.com designed to be the ultimate go-to resource for engineers, designers and buyers, with improved navigation and functionality throughout.
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition Results 2016
Congratulations to James Asbury who has won our annual calendar competition.
View James' tie breaker and the answers to our hidden TR's competition 2016.
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Maximising Fastener Potential in the Automotive Sector
By Chris Black, Director of Global Automotive Business Development at TR Fastenings
According to a recent report into the automotive industry by leading management consultants Strategy & Co, despite the fact the automotive sector globally has been enjoying a period of relatively strong growth and profitability for the past few years, OEMs face some serious challenges ahead.
Working in Partnership: New Dual Branded Trailer
SDV Ltd, a leader in global supply chain management, has recently rebranded one of its trailers to feature a specially designed joint SDV and TR Fastenings logo.
As one of TR Fastenings’ major suppliers of international logistics, SDV has been providing a door-to-door service for the company’s logistical needs over the past five years.
TR Fastenings Welcomes MP Nus Ghani to its Uckfield Headquarters
TR was delighted to welcome the recently-elected MP for Wealden to its HQ in Uckfield
Hosted by Geoff Budd, European Managing Director at TR and a Director of Trifast, the visit was both an opportunity for Nus Ghani to tour the manufacturing plant based in Uckfield which specialises in producing the company’s own-brand Hank rivet bush and to speak to members of staff at the firm.
TR Fastenings Welcomes China Fastener Industry Association on First Visit to UK
TR has strengthened its position as a global leader in the fastener industry following the success of the recent VIP visit by Mr Feng Jin Yao, Chairman of the China Fastener Industry Association (CFIA) to its headquarters in Sussex.
Accompanied by his colleagues Mr Jinyao Wu, Mr Shen Jia Hua and Ella Leung, editor of China Fastener magazine, Mr Feng Jin Yao was taken on a private tour of TR’s manufacturing plant in Uckfield.
TR Fastenings Calendar Competition Results 2015
Congratulations to Caroline Wilson from Calsonic Kansei who has won our annual calendar competition!
Caroline's tie breaker was: What I like about TR... 'A service with a smile, they always see a job through with great customer service, for our bolts and screws.'
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Geoff Budd, European Managing Director of TR - New Chairman for BIAFD
At its recent meeting the Executive of the British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors elected Geoff Budd as its Chairman for the next two years.
Geoff Budd is a Director of Trifast plc and European Managing Director of TR Fastenings, with more than 38 years wide-ranging experience in the fastener industry.
TR Fastenings Invests in 3D Printing
TR has invested in a highly sophisticated 3D printer for the purpose of creating testing and prototyping parts, predominantly for the automotive industry.
The 3D printer will use molten plastic to produce the prototypes, enabling customers to see what a particular part might look like before they commit to ordering a large quantity.
TR Fastenings: Holding Industry Together
An interview with Malcolm Diamond, MBE, Executive Chairman, Trifast plc
TR Fastenings designs, manufactures and distributes mechanical fasteners on a global basis and delivers to more than 50 countries through its 25 locations across Europe, Asia and the US.
TR Southern Fasteners Joins British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors
TR Southern Fasteners is delighted to announce that it has become a member of the British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors (BIAFD).
A highly-respected trade organisation which represents its members on issues directly related to the fastener industry, including raw material and supply chain trends, legislation and regulation, and product development.
Why Fasteners Fail After Passing the Stress Test
By Dr Lou Raymond (Ph.D., P.E. (CA), FASTM, FIAE)
When a fastener fails because of hydrogen embrittlement, the blame often tends to be unfairly pointed at the supplier.
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Imagine a world without fasteners
2013 has been a landmark year for TR Fastenings as it celebrated 40 years at the forefront of the fastenings distribution and manufacturing business.
TR’s products are used by electrical engineers every day and advances in product technology and design means that TR is constantly adapting and expanding its range in response to customer demand.
Sticky Fingers at TR Fastenings!
Innovative Team-Building Ideas Prove Recipes for Success.
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry beware! Employees at TR Fastenings, a global manufacturer and distributor of industrial fasteners and fixings, are proving they are as adept at baking as they are at business, with the success of two new initiatives.
TR Group majors on the design
TR supplies over 150 million components every day, majoring on the design, manufacture and distribution of mechanical fasteners on a global basis.
This competitive combination has fuelled sales and geographic expansion over the past two decades and today the TR Group has over 5,000 customers and has attained ‘Preferred Vendor’ status with over 30 global customers; offering a cradle to grave solution, from design through to VMI logistics service and aftercare.
A World Of Opportunity
TR Fastenings Ltd, Headquartered in Uckfield, UK, celebrated its 40th Anniversary last month.
Will Lowry visited the company to find out how it has developed from a buying and selling operation initially set up in an old convent - to a global fastenings manufacturer that supplies 150 million components to customers worldwide every day.
Sunseeker and TR Fastenings – A Partnership Forged on Excellence
Synonymous with the ultimate in marine luxury, Sunseeker is an iconic, global brand whose success lies in its tireless pursuit of excellence and innovation.
One of Sunseeker’s key supply partners is TR Fastenings, with which it has worked closely for many years. A leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial fasteners and fixings. TR Fastenings is well-positioned to supply Sunseeker with a vast range of essential fasteners and chandlery fittings.
Bridge Failure Sparks Concern Over Hydrogen Embrittlement
Engineers know hydrogen embrittlement is a bad thing. However, ask many to explain what it is and how to avoid it, and you may be met by silence.
The phenomenon occurs when hydrogen atoms penetrate the crystalline molecular structure of metals and weaken the bonds.
Global fastenings manufacturer TR Fastenings celebrates its 40th birthday this month and reveals ambitious future growth plans.
TR Fastenings supplies around 150 million components to customers worldwide every day.
The multi-million pound business has grown over the last 40 years both organically and through strategic acquisitions. In addition to its own-branded product ranges, TR Fastenings owns a number of prestigious world-class licences, including the Pozidriv® trademark for the UK, Pozi® in the EU and the MAThread® and Torx®
TR Fastenings Advises Manufacturers to Prepare for RoHS 2
EU Member States now have 18 months to introduce the revised directive ‘RoHS 2’
With the European Commission formally adopting an extension to the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, many more electronic devices will be impacted by the strict new regulations on the use of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals.
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Growth Bucks Trend
According to the latest NCB Purchasing Managers’ Index, Irish manufacturing activity contracted at its sharpest rate in two years during September.
However, TR Southern Fasteners, leading global manufacturer and distributor of industrial fastenings, based in Mallow, Southern Ireland, is bucking this trend with the business reporting over 35% growth over the last two years.
My five lessons – Jim Barker, Chief Executive, Trifast plc
An established presence in China is undoubtedly a bonus when getting to grips with the market opportunities there. Read Jim Barker's 5 lessons from the Trade Exchange.
Having an established presence in China is undoubtedly a bonus when getting to grips with the market opportunities there.
Micro solutions to massive growth - Fastener and Fixing Technology editorial
Electronics light the way - India’s economy has been booming leading to growth in a wide range of industry sectors. As a result India has become an exciting innovative marketplace for fastenings.
India’s economy has been booming leading to growth in a wide range of industry sectors. As a result India has become an exciting innovative marketplace for fastenings. Jeremy Scholefield, Director of Strategic Business – Electronics Sector, TR Fastenings, explains.