The change in fastener technology has benefitted the manufacturer.
Millions, if not billions of fasteners are produced and sold worldwide every day. Designed in response to the constantly evolving needs of manufacturers, these integral components to our cars, fridges, computers and telephones are the lynchpins of our modern existence, without which our 21st Century lives would, literally, fall apart.
Advances in product technology and design, combined with economic and even environmental factors, mean that the successful fastener manufacturer and supplier has to be nimble enough to adapt its range constantly to manage its customers' needs, and stay ahead of competitors.
TR has been at the forefront of the industry since it was founded and today, regularly supplies over 5,000 companies with components, each with specific needs in both product and quality.
In recent years one major development in manufacturing industry has been the trend for using fewer, and lighter, materials. Already a market leader with our extensive range of metal fasteners and fixings, TR has recently launched a range of plastic fasteners, which looks set to become a core product range in its portfolio.
Where a fastener is needed to be versatile, light and yet strong, plastic is often the optimal solution. For example within the automotive sector the latest trend is for 'lightweighting' – a lighter car uses less fuel, is more economic and more environmentally friendly. TR recently supplied plastic fasteners to the UK car manufacturer Ariel Motors' Atom sports car, the objective to take weight out of the structure to enhance its world-famous performance.
The Atom is just one example of how we are currently approaching our clients and asking to work with them to understand their processes and see if we can use our engineering skills to improve production benefit. Plastic fasteners have the advantage of being multi-functional – why use a nut, bolt and a washer, when you could use a two-piece plastic rivet that takes less time to apply That is where the innovation is.