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  • Get ready for Fastener Fair India 2016

    Get ready for Fastener Fair India 2016

    By Fastener + fixing magazine| 2016-05-04 15:51:57

    With two months to go until Fastener Fair India opens its doors in New Delhi – its new location for 2016 – organisers are expecting another high-class show that will promote the very latest fastener and fixing technologies and solutions. Building on three successful editions in Mumbai, Fastener Fair India 2016 will take place at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre from 19th – 20th May 2016. Due to high-levels of sales and interest in the exhibition, organiser Inter-Ads Brooks Exhibitions Pvt Ltd has announced that an additional hall has recently been opened for prospective exhibitors, with limited stand space still available. Exhibitors from Germany, Italy, the UK, China and Taiwan will join some of India’s leading companies for the industry, giving the show, once more, a truly international feel. Fastener Fair India covers a wide product range of industrial fasteners and fixings, assembly and installation systems, storage and logistics services, fastener manufacturing technology and construction fixings. At Fastener Fair 2015 in Mumbai, 128 companies from eight countries were in attendance. Both exhibitors and visitors deemed Fastener Fair India 2015 a resounding success. Over 4,100 highly qualified visitors attended the exhibition. 54% of these visitors were company owners or at director level and an additional 36% had specifying or purchasing responsibilities. Furthermore, exhibitors were quick to comment on the excellent quality of these visitors. Fastener Fair India is organised by Inter Ads – Brooks Exhibitions, a joint venture of Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd in the United Kingdom and the Indian-based Inter Ads – Brooks Exhibition Company. Additional information on Fastener Fair India 2016, including details of exhibition stand options, is available on the show website.Organisers of Fastener Fair India have also announced that the exhibition will return to Mumbai in 2017. Fastener Fair India 2017 will take place from 28th – 29th April 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
  • BLECH India will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India in 2017

    BLECH India will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India in 2017

    By Fastener + fixing magazine| 2016-04-27 13:26:09

    Organiser Inter Ads-Brooks Exhibitions Pvt Ltd has announced that BLECH India will take place from 27th – 29th April 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. Mumbai provides the perfect location for the fifth edition of the event. The city is located in the state of Maharashtra, which is India’s leading industrial state – contributing 13% of national industrial output. Furthermore, a large number of foreign companies have already settled in the Mumbai region. The previous edition of BLECH India was in 2015 and was held from 22nd – 25th April 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, and attracted 3,798 visitors. The four day event drew both global visitors and exhibitors, with 147 exhibitors from 16 different countries present at the exhibition. The majority of exhibitors were Indian-based companies. However, there were also exhibitors from Germany, Italy, the USA, China, Turkey and Switzerland. The exhibitors showcased a comprehensive range of machines, tools, and solutions, for the complete sheet metal forming and fabrication process. An enormous amount of live machine demonstrations were also on display. The organisers point out that the overall impression and feedback from the visitors and exhibitors on BLECH India 2015 was extremely positive. A high percentage of the visitors to the exhibition were company owners or had buying and specifying responsibilities. The greatest number of visitors came from industry sectors that included: Mechanical engineering (31%), sheet metal products, components and assemblies (27%), steel and aluminium construction (7%), automotive industry and related suppliers (5%), as well as iron and steel production (3%).
  • CFM in 2016 General Meeting of Shenzhen Stainless Steel Fastener Association

    CFM in 2016 General Meeting of Shenzhen Stainless Steel Fastener Association

    By CFM| 2016-04-22 00:00:00

    On the night of April 16th, 2016, the 2016 General Meeting of Shenzhen Stainless Steel Fasteners Association was held in Hotel Vienna in Shenzhen. Totally 150 representatives of members attended this meeting. First of all, the meeting began with a speech by Kejian Weng, the Chairman of Shenzhen Stainless Steel Fastener Association. He expressed his great gratitude to those who attended this meeting and then announced the major agenda of this meeting. The first agenda was the summary of  the association of 2015  and the work planning report of 2016 made by the secretariat. The second agenda was the Awarding Ceremony for the new Association Enterprises. At last, the third agenda was the releasing of the Association Journal. The guests took photos together.
  • A subsidiary for UIP is established in India

    A subsidiary for UIP is established in India

    By Fastener + fixing magazine| 2016-04-20 15:25:26

    In October 2015 UIP GmbH & Co KG established a subsidiary in India. Vikram Lyer, managing director at UIP India, and his team commenced their operational activities in Vadodara, 400km north of Mumbai. From there, they are supporting clients on the Indian subcontinent. UIP India’s first decision was to appear at the Zak doors & windows exhibition in Mumbai in December 2015. The fair is dedicated to windows, doors, glass, facade systems and accessories, aluminium, insulation materials and manufacturing technologies. “The fair was the ideal place for us to meet architects, builders, developers and contractors. We had the chance to build networks and get detailed and comprehensive information about the latest trends and products in the industry. Plus, it was a great opportunity to communicate with the main players in the sector,” mentions Vikram Iyer. Vikram continues: “With our products we offer a professional solution for any fastening requirement and any substrate. The products are innovative, reliable and match the highest quality standards. They are a result of our continuous innovation as well as research and development, which is why we are able to constantly create new and efficient solutions for our customers.” UIP India has a vast range of fasteners that are divided into various brands, including chemical anchors, mechanical anchors, universal screws, nylon plugs, cladding anchors (special undercut anchors that can also be used for very thin claddings) and other interesting products for a myriad of applications. “Our chemical anchors use innovative chemical injection technology to fasten heavy loads in concrete, masonry and natural stone,” explains Vikram. “Our mechanical anchors are simply outstanding – especially for fastening heavy loads in concrete. In addition, our universal fasteners come with first class technology for fixing light, medium and heavy loads in aerated concrete, concrete, masonry and wood.”

Industry Activities

By Fastener + fixing magazine ,2016-04-18 10:57:56

John Becker, partner at American Industrial Partners (Optimas’ majority shareholder) and Optimas board member, commented: “We are extremely excited to partner with Anesa as the CEO of Optimas. In her prior role as the president and CEO of facilities maintenance at HD Supply, Anesa and her team transformed the business and grew revenue and EBITDA from approximately US$840 million and US$90 million, respectively, to US$2.5 billion and nearly US$500 million, respectively, over the span of a decade. Anesa is an extremely talented CEO and her experience and capabilities are particularly well suited for Optimas.” John Becker continued: “We would like to thank Ian Clarke for his significant contribution to Optimas over the past seven years. Optimas is a leading global provider of supply chain solutions serving many of the world’s most demanding original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers. The company is well positioned to continue advancing on its growth trajectory.”   “I am very excited about becoming the CEO of Optimas and look forward to working with our best in class employees and suppliers to deliver winning solutions for our customers,” said Anesa Chaibi. “Optimas’ scale, diversity, strong customer relationships, talented employee base, and differentiated technical capabilities, are unique in the distribution space and I look forward to providing exceptional service to our customers and creating long-term value at Optimas.” Anesa Chaibi brings 27 years of professional experience gained at General Electric Optimas is a leading, global provider of integrated supply chain solutions and engineering support focused on delivering highly engineered custom fasteners and other ‘C’ Class components – to a global customer base of large, industrial companies as well as small and medium sized companies. Formally the business was the OEM-Supply segment of Anixter. Optimas serves over 2,200 customers, employing nearly 2,000 people operating across 70 global locations. In fiscal 2015, Optimas supplied its global customers over 8 billion components from more than 100,000 SKUs sourced from over 3,800 vendors. and HD Supply, ranging across a variety of business functions including manufacturing, operations, production, marketing, corporate initiatives, global sourcing, and Six Sigma Quality. She was a business leader within GE silicones, plastics, power systems, industrial systems, water & process technologies and infrastructure before joining HD Supply. Most recently she served as president and CEO, facilities maintenance for HD Supply Holdings Inc – one of the largest industrial distributors in North America with over US$9 billion revenue. The facilities maintenance business serves diverse end markets with over 60,000 SKUs, over 5,000 employees, 44 distribution centres, and a dedicated fleet of more than 700 delivery trucks.

By Fastener + fixing magazine ,2016-04-14 16:46:11

Tata Steel UK Limited today announced the signing of an agreement to sell its Long Products Europe business to the family investment office, Greybull Capital. The sale for a nominal consideration, would be in exchange for Greybull Capital taking on the whole of the business, including assets and relevant liabilities, and securing an appropriate funding package. The deal would be completed once a number of outstanding conditions have been resolved, including transfer of contracts, certain Government approvals and the satisfactory completion of financing arrangements. The Long Products Europe business employs 4,800 people – 4,400 in the UK and 400 in France. Bimlendra Jha, Executive Chairman of the stand-alone Long Products Europe business, said: “Today marks a significant milestone in the sale of the Long Products Europe business. This sale is the best possible outcome for employees who have worked relentlessly to ensure the business’s survival, and helped to make it attractive to a potential buyer.” The agreement follows an accelerated process of negotiations between Tata Steel UK and Greybull Capital who have worked constructively together. The agreement is an important milestone on the road towards continuing steelmaking in Scunthorpe and steel processing in other locations in the UK and France. The sale covers several UK-based assets including the Scunthorpe steelworks, two mills in Teesside, an engineering workshop in Workington, a design consultancy in York, and associated distribution facilities, as well as a mill in northern France. Hans Fischer, Chief Executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, also welcomed the news. He said: “Under these current challenging market conditions in Europe with the soaring levels of imports from China, we are happy that Tata Steel UK and Greybull Capital have entered the final stage of completion of the sale of shareholding in Longs Steel UK. This transaction will offer a future for the Long Products Europe business and its 4,400 employees in the UK.”

Raw Materials

By CFM ,2016-04-23 00:00:00

Recently, the steel price has surged wildly and it attracts the attention of the industry. We learn from some industry insiders that the price of deformed steel bar of many areas has been surmount to 3000 RMB per ton, such as Changsha, Xian, Chengdu and etc. Based on the data from the Statistical Bureau, the price of deformed steel bar has gone up by 4.6%, comparing with the previous period. And, the price of wire has risen by 4.3%. The rise of the steel price is the normal price returning Regard to the reason for the continuous rising of steel price, the vice-chairman of China Iron and Steel Association gives his perspective. On the one hand, since the early year, the supply-front reform of the steel industry kicks off, so there is some reduction of the supply. On the other hand, due to the restoring production of the enterprises since the new year and the leading of the state investment policy, there is increasing demand of the downstream industry and it prompts the rising of steel price to some certain extent. In a view of the factors of investment and seasonality, it is the normal price returning of the recent rising of steel price in the country. Faced with the sudden steel price storm, the fastener enterprises how to improve their own competitive power? Previous preparation: Control the production cost and save the resources. Medium-term preparation: Faced with the continuous rising of the production cost, they need to aware that it is not the long-term solution to increase price. It is much more important to improve the product quality and advance the industry transformation. Later-period preparation: There is no doubt that the fasteners are in huge need. What we should do is to locate the exact market segment.

By New Equipment ,2016-01-20 09:41:12

Recently, when a Georgia-based wire and cable manufacturer contacted NuStar Inc. for a new way to remove copper reels 6-feet in diameter from a spooling machine using the material handling equipment manufacturer’s electric Extra Duty Power Pusher, which can move 9-ton loads resting on carts with two swivel and two fixed casters. The issue was that the Power Pusher is a rather stout battery-powered tug; the operator is usually about five feet from the wheeled object being moved. “From a safety standpoint, they don’t want people getting too close to these large machines,” says Ryan Blesi, vice president of material handling for NuStar, who personally assisted the client with by providing a customized Extra Duty Power Pusher, a battery-powered tug which allows two operators to move up to 9 tons. “There is increased risk of serious injury or death if operators are forced to come within close proximity of the wire feeding equipment during the loading and unloading procedure.”  source: Nu-Star Inc. The solution was to engineer a U-shaped attachment that would clasp onto the backside of the reel. Workers manually engage and disengage the arms’ latches through a linkage system and hand controls, able to pull the behemoth spools backwards without entering the safety danger zone. The client was so pleased, it ordered four of the Super Duty Power Pushers to handle 20,000-lb reels for another facility. This is a win-win for both the client and provider, but most of all, for the workers themselves. The median hourly pay for a material handler is $13, hardly enough to risk being drawn and quartered by machinery. A company who focuses on safety would be able to allay fear of injury or worse, and thus, improve that worker’s mental state.  The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) takes the same the position, concluding that “safety and health management programs improve a company's bottom line, including productivity and employee morale.” The Power Pusher has been around since 1971, just a year younger than OSHA itself. It’s origin is rooted more in productivity more than safety. “The main use was pushing disabled automobiles,” says John Adams, vice president of sales and marketing at NuStar. “Rather than taking four or five guys out of the service area earning money for you, you had them pushing a vehicle into the shop.” With the Power Pusher, it took only two: One behind to operate the tug’s throttle and one to steer the car. It wasn’t until the early ’90 that the company realized it had material handling applications, Adams says. The actual body remained largely unchanged, save for a few tweaks. Single-speed controls evolved to variable-speed for more versatility, the 12 V battery has grown to 24 and 36 V for more power, and the steel grip handle has metamorphosed into a more ergonomic butterfly control, similar to a pallet jack.  The Power Pusher can be found in virtually any industry, indoor or outdoor, from roller coasters at Disney Land to space shuttles at Cape Canaveral. The trans-axle design provides stable operation throughout. The three different models, standard for up to 4,000 lb and a 3% grade, Extra Duty for 18,000 lb and 5% grade, and the Super Power Pusher for up to 50,000 lb and a 20% grade. The Extra Duty’s gear ratio of 6:1 generates 600 lb of push force to give, while the Super version has a 3:1 ratio with three times the wattage. If you’re worried about pushing a heavy load like a tractor trailer up a large incline with a relatively small tool, that’s understandable. Automatic braking and anti-runaway keep you from getting flattened, assures Blesi. The Power pusher’s biggest safety feature, though, is its communication process with its clients.  “Our units are built individually for specific applications,” Adams says. “Each is handled by an engineer to make sure customer is getting the right product.” This has led to potential life-saving changes for one client in the vacuum-packed food industry. In its packaging facility, the rail-guided rolling baskets containing the cans of food would need to be manually pushed into the retort oven, where they would be steamed and pressurized.  source: Nu-Star Inc. Anytime a worker enters a confined space that like that, they leave the door open for tragedy. In 2012, a worker at Bumble Bee Foods was accidentally killed in a similar type of oven. That process implemented pallet jacks to handle the baskets and required the worker to enter the space. Here’s the Department of Labor accident report.  NuStar helped its client avoid making the same mistakes that Bumble Bee made by making the Power Pusher operation remote controlled. “The person no longer needs to go into the oven,” Adams says. “It became a very needed safety feature.”  And safety is more important than ever now, Adams insists.  “The safety manager used to be the guy sitting in the back room with a desk full of dust,” Adams continues. “Now he’s become the prominent guy on the floor.” He knows this by dealing with them for the past two decades. In that time, he has noticed that many of the companies who inquire about the Power pusher do so re-actively, not as a preventative measure. That is to say, some poor material handler, making $2 less than fast food workers have recently demanded, just incurred a serious back or shoulder injury. The Power Pusher is the way to keep this from recurring. OSHA advises that you should: Limit the weight of loads so the necessary pushing force is less than 50 pounds. The greater the force that is necessary to push the load, the greater the risk of injury. So while preventing your crew from getting turned into taffy or cooked alive are the more sensational benefits of the Power Pusher, or any similar material handling device, the ability to reduce the more common nagging injuries to backs and shoulders may be its greatest feature. And getting one before worker injuries, not after, may end up not only saving your employee from a lot of pain and surgery, but also will affect your bottom line. “Workman comps claims are extremely expensive,” Blesi reminds. “The cost of our equipment compared to the price of an injury claim, whether it’s the loss of production or medical bills, there’s a dramatic difference. We are much less expensive.”

Company News

By CFM ,2016-04-27 00:00:00

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By Fastener + fixing magazine ,2016-04-27 13:26:09

Organiser Inter Ads-Brooks Exhibitions Pvt Ltd has announced that BLECH India will take place from 27th – 29th April 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. Mumbai provides the perfect location for the fifth edition of the event. The city is located in the state of Maharashtra, which is India’s leading industrial state – contributing 13% of national industrial output. Furthermore, a large number of foreign companies have already settled in the Mumbai region. The previous edition of BLECH India was in 2015 and was held from 22nd – 25th April 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, and attracted 3,798 visitors. The four day event drew both global visitors and exhibitors, with 147 exhibitors from 16 different countries present at the exhibition. The majority of exhibitors were Indian-based companies. However, there were also exhibitors from Germany, Italy, the USA, China, Turkey and Switzerland. The exhibitors showcased a comprehensive range of machines, tools, and solutions, for the complete sheet metal forming and fabrication process. An enormous amount of live machine demonstrations were also on display. The organisers point out that the overall impression and feedback from the visitors and exhibitors on BLECH India 2015 was extremely positive. A high percentage of the visitors to the exhibition were company owners or had buying and specifying responsibilities. The greatest number of visitors came from industry sectors that included: Mechanical engineering (31%), sheet metal products, components and assemblies (27%), steel and aluminium construction (7%), automotive industry and related suppliers (5%), as well as iron and steel production (3%).

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