Tension Control Bolts lands King’s award for international trade 16 May 2024

Wrexham-based UK manufacturer Tension Control Bolts Ltd has this week been recognised by His Majesty The King with a King's Award for enterprise in the international trade category.

Tension Control Bolts currently exports some 20 million bolts to over 30 countries around the world annually, with its exports increasing by more than 700% in the last six years.  The company’s biggest export markets include the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France and Portugal.

The company’s high-tech bolts are used in the construction of some of the world’s most iconic steel structures such as skyscrapers, football stadia, bridges, and nuclear power plants. Notable projects the company has been involved in includes supplying 1 million bolts to the New Safe Confinement, Chernobyl in Ukraine, as well as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Paris Olympic 2024 infrastructure.

As well as this, Tension Control Bolts has now supplied over 9 million bolts for wind turbines across the globe, making an important contribution to a greener future, and also supplies bolting assemblies for safety critical infrastructure including rail track joints, and train and truck chassis.

“We are thrilled to be recognised by His Majesty the King for our contribution to UK exports. We are a great trading nation. The UK is home to so many manufacturing companies shipping their goods to major infrastructure projects around the world. This is something as a country we should be incredibly proud of. I’d like to pay tribute to our dedicated staff who put in long hours to produce some of the most advanced bolts available on the market today,” proudly comments Tim Stokes, managing director at Tension Control Bolts.

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