Issue: #146 March 2024


Will Lowry Content Director t: +44 (0) 1727 743 888
A spotlight on fastener machinery 12 March 2024

Purchasing additional machinery is always a big investment, but can often be an essential part of a business taking the next step in its development. With automation, digitisation, sustainability and Artificial Intelligence key topics within the market, plus the upcoming wire® Düsseldorf show, we felt it was a perfect time to put a spotlight on the latest developments within fastener machinery.

In our special Fastener Machinery Spotlight feature, we look to provide a unique insight into key areas within the fastener machinery sector, as well as give visitors to the wire® Düsseldorf show, due to take place from 15th – 19th April, the opportunity to see what they can expect from exhibitors at the show.

The feature includes articles on every aspect of the fastener production process – heading and forging, tooling and dies, threading and secondary operations, turning and milling, heat treatment, as well as inspection and packaging – ensuring that readers will find the latest news on whatever machinery they are looking to update.

Our Cover Story also concentrates on a fastener machinery expert – the world-renowned manufacturer of multi-station cold forming machines for high-precision metal components and fasteners – SACMA Group. The article focuses on how the Italian manufacturer has used a commitment to quality, modularity, excellence, reliability, customer centricity, continuous improvement, innovation, team working, and employee engagement, as its core values to make it the business it is today.

Within the Manufacturing Technology section, we also have a great article from Peter Standring, technical secretary, Industrial Metalforming Technologies, who asks the question ‘why heading and forging’ and looks at how even today heading and forging holds secrets that can be easily overlooked. 

In addition to sourcing new machinery, a key factor for a lot of readers currently is looking at new suppliers, especially with the global tensions currently around the world. With that in mind, we have an exclusive Made In India feature that not only looks at the current economic situation within India and the Indian fastener market, but also showcases some of the key Indian fastener manufacturers and the steps they have been taking to ensure they can support both existing and new customers going forward in order to take advantage of the opportunity within the market.

To add to this, we have articles from our usual contributing authors – Barbara Sorgato in Construction Fixings and Jason Bader in Management + Systems. We also have special insight articles on Fabory UK, PennEngineering®, Apex Stainless, Remaches Tudela and International Hi-Tech Consulting Srl, as well as features on structural steel and cladding fasteners, rivets and rivet nuts, plus so much more.