Whether you're in the construction industry or merely a hobbyist, if you regularly buy fasteners, you'll have noticed that the prices have gone up and continue to do so. In some cases, prices have increased by hundreds of percentage points in the last 12 months alone. We've already written about the actions we're taking to mitigate these price increases. Still, it's worth delving a little deeper into what's going on in the industry, why prices continue to spiral, and offering suggestions to protect yourself from the worst of the increases.
In the 20 plus years I've been in the Fasteners industry, I can never recall a period where prices were rising almost daily, yet supply is incredibly tight. Whilst this is clearly true of most of industry and construction, fasteners, whilst crucial to the job, are often the smallest item and overlooked.
There are a number of fastener materials available, all with their pros and cons. From stainless steel to brass, choosing the right fastener material is crucial to the success of your project. Each respective material has different levels of corrosion resistance, tensile strength, and brittleness, and you need to weigh up these factors before deciding which is best for your specific needs. With that in mind, here's a quick overview of some of the most popular fastener materials.
The European Commission has imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of steel fasteners from China, it announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 17th of February. This is on the basis that steel fasteners imported from china are being sold at artificially low prices.
In short, a threaded fastener uses a screw head thread to advance within a nut or pre-tapped hole to enable the connection of two (or more) parts. The fact that these fasteners are threaded means that they can be disassembled and used again if necessary. For this reason, they are considered non-permanent fasteners.
As you might well have noticed, Leyton Fasteners have recently made a foray into the marine fasteners and fixings market. After many years of supplying the industrial sector and other specialist niches, it might come as somewhat as a surprise.
When buying the business some 9 years ago, the two Directors of Leyton Fasteners started to plan the modernisation of the business. For years the systems had been paper driven, the building rather old and requiring upgrading, with investment needed in most areas. Clearly, in a small business, investment must be planned carefully, with due […]
Here at Leyton Fasteners, we specialise in the sale of high-quality marine fasteners & fixings. We supply a huge range of marine grade stainless steel (A4) fasteners that are perfect for general use in marine structural applications. As keen boaters ourselves, we understand how important it is to have fixings that are highly resistant to […]
British standard fine (BSF) is a screw thread form as a “fine” alternative to BSW or British standard whitworth. BSF and BSW were common prior to the introduction of “unified” and later metric threads. Whitworth and BSF became obsolete in 1948 following agreement between the UK, USA and Canada to standardise to the American UNC […]
The people you are most likely to talk to, if you call us are: Nigel, Jack and Ben. Nigel (above left) is one of the owners and has been with Leyton for twenty years, having managed the business before buying it in 2012. His knowledge of the industry, huge product knowledge and technical ability is […]