Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings celebrates 30th anniversary with $2.5M investment
Telford, 04 November 2015 – Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings (AFSR), Telford Industrial Fasteners Operations, celebrated its 30th anniversary last month, with the announcement of a $2.5M investment in the business.
Established as Huck Fasteners in 1985, the company was acquired by Alcoa and renamed Alcoa Fastening Systems in 2002. In 2014, it became Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings (AFSR) following the acquisition of global jet engine part maker Firth Rixson.
The new equipment investment, which began at the start of 2015 and will be completed by quarter one of 2016, includes the addition of an optical inspection machine, a collar header and a shoulder bolt cell, enabling AFSR to strengthen its foothold in the automotive, construction and civil engineering sectors.
Throughout its 30 year history in Telford, AFSR has maintained regular contact with the local business and education community. Through its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects with primary schools, support for Young Enterprise Shropshire, offer of technical and manufacturing apprenticeships leading to degree-level study, as well as its community engagement through the Alcoa Foundation, AFSR promotes the benefits of working in engineering to all ages. The employees it attracts, mainly from the Shropshire and West Midlands region, are trained to the highest level across all disciplines, a business ethic which has maintained its consistent staff retention rate of 85 percent since 1985.
Jonathan Craven, operations director at AFSR, said: “Our aim has always been to provide world class fastening solutions for complex geometries, to fulfil challenging corrosion performance requirements, as well as providing safety-critical and multi-material combinations for hybrid structures across a variety of markets. These customer expectations are exceeded and delivered by a highly-trained, organised, happy and empowered workforce, with health and safety at the heart of everything they do. I see this every day and that’s why, 30 years on, we are still a company with ambition, potential and bags of ideas.”
Pictures: Jonathan Craven, operations director at Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings.
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About Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings
Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems and rings, including specialty fasteners, fluid fittings, assembly components, installation systems, and seamless rings for aerospace and industrial applications. Headquartered in Torrance, California, the company has approximately 8,700 employees at 39 manufacturing and distribution/logistics locations in 13 countries. For more information, visit www.afsr.alcoa.com. Follow @AlcoaAFSR on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoaAFSR
Among the products offered by the AFSR industrial fasteners division are the internationally successful brands Huck-Spin®, Camloc®, Recoil®, Keensert®, Simmonds® and SNEP®. The Huck fastening elements from AFSR are used among others in private cars, trailers, commercial vehicle construction and railway carriages. The heavy-duty systems were designed to solve problems due to extreme tension and vibration between joined materials. They provide high stability and facilitate more lightweight, stronger and more durable structures. The Huck family includes small and large diameter lockbolts, medium and heavy-duty blind rivets and accompanying installation tooling. The product range based on Lou Huck’s original drawing of the first lockbolt made 50 years ago, and now known worldwide as a HuckBolt®, has been continually improved.
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defence vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our approximately 59,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
For more information Alcoa Fastening Systems & Rings, contact:
Jay Sahadew, marketing manager
Tel: +44 1952 204607