Fasteners and Fixings performing well

New research by Plimsoll into the financial performance of the UK fasteners and fixings sector has revealed how the industry’s top companies have performed throughout 2017. The report told that the UK fasteners and fixings industry is the fifth fastest growing
metals industry and on average, each of the fasteners and fixings companies analysed in the December 2017 study improved sales by 3% throughout the last year.

Speaking of the results, Plimsoll’s senior analyst, David Pattison, said: “My feeling is that the industry is going through quite a change. On the surface, it looks like the fasteners and fixings market is doing well – in fact, we’ve ranked it as the fifth fastest growing industry in the metal sector. However, profits seem to be under pressure. Looking ahead to 2018,  fasteners and fixings firms face a challenge to protect their margins.”

In addition to this, the Autumn meeting of the British & Irish Association of Fastener  Distributors (BIAFD) focused its discussions on the implications of the UK leaving the EU, and the apparently increasing risk of a ‘No Deal’.

With Brexit looming, BIAFD this time drew on the expertise of members, who have established their own Brexit risk management teams, to catalyse discussion. Putting aside longer-term benefits or disadvantages of leaving the EU, this meeting concentrated on the
very real potential for short-term supply chain disruption.

Topics considered included UK and EU preparedness for customs inspections and  documentation processing, and the risk of border delays, both across the English Channel and with Ireland. Recent disruption at the container port of Felixstowe, which rapidly knocked on to other UK ports, resulted in significant delays in receiving containers.

Other considerations included the increased importance of rules of origin, import VAT and the potential for renewed sharp currency fluctuations. With member companies in both  Ireland and Northern Ireland, and many supplying these markets, concerns over the form an Irish border might take were understandably acute.

Source: Torque Magazine and

Tucks – Better Together

Tucks Fasteners & Fixings, having been recently acquired by the Dormole group, are going from strength to strength and have some very exciting developments.

Tucks Fasteners & Fixings are expanding their range to ensure customers can outperform their market by offering a wider and deeper range at a time when we are experiencing exponential growth in a growing market.

As part of our ‘Better Together’ strategy, Tucks Fasteners & Fixings are now offering a range of Forgefix Trade pack products in Trade bags. This new range offers an alternative to the traditional loose bin stock that has been the standard offering in the Irish Market. The Trade Bagged range includes standard Nuts, Bolts, Washers and also includes a range of Fixings including Concrete Screws, Through bolts, Screw bolts and Project and Loose bolts
to name but a few.

Tucks Fasteners & Fixings are also expanding their offering on Gas Nails including the ever Popular Paslode Range if IM260 Nails and Tools as well as the traditional IM350 range of Gas nails and tools and SPIT Pulsa and both SPIT and DeWalt PAT ranges to offer a real alternative to Hilti to builder’s merchants all over Ireland. The very popular Reisser Schraubentechnik Tub range also include a top quality bit with 2 x Wera Pz2 bits included in every single tub! There is growing frustration from tradesmen who get inferior screwdriver bits included with other tub ranges – the response from the merchants to the Reisser R2 Tubs, a quality screw with cutting point included and 2 Wera bits as standard has been

Please contact your sales representative for further details or contact 01-8845100, email to explore the many opportunities available to help you grow your sales with their top quality brands.

DS Supplies new wood floor underlays!

The Trojan XPS Folded insulation underlays are available in 3mm & 5mm thicknesses. High density and high tog rating which means that they not only reduce noise but also insulate your living space where your new wood or laminate flooring is being installed.

The folded foam packs are easy to carry and allow for a quick installation. Simply cut where necessary using a retractable knife. All products meet the requirements of the EPLF (European Producers of Laminate Flooring).

Benefits include:

  • Levels uneven subfloors
  • Reduces Impact sound and rebound walking sound
  • Insulates the room & protects against heat loss
  • Moisture resistant
  • Heavy load resistance
  • Easy to install

Bigger expansion gaps? – no problem, Trojan have the perfect solution, Big Foot extra wide cover strips.

60mm wide, Big Foot is ideal for covering wider gaps between floors coverings or as a transition strip suitable for up to 18mm height difference. Suitable for laminate, semi
solid, solid wood, lino or vinyl flooring, this universal profile can solve many problems with ease. Their next generation direct print process ensures their timber effect profiles last
significantly longer than traditional foil wraps. As with all their self-adhesive ranges, they are manufactured with a peel & stick high quality hot melt flexible adhesive that is easy to
install yet strong enough to keep it permanently in place.

100 years of RAWLPLUG

John Rawlings was a visionary, an inventor & an entrepreneur. He was a true Renaissance man in the field of fixings. He went down in the construction industry by inventing the first plug in the world, the history of fixings has been inextricably linked with the RAWLPLUG brand. For him good was never good enough. As he adopted this attitude while creating his Guide to Modern Fixing, he clearly stepped ahead of his times & promoted a new customer service standard to be applied in the fixings industry.

Rawlplug is renowned for its high quality products & technical expertise within the building industry. Their technical personnel liaise with construction professionals daily, ensuring the most appropriate anchoring solutions are selected & that future product developments reflect the trends within the industry. Rawlplug’s focus is on delivering the highest quality products effectively.

Latest product developments

Rawlplug Ireland has expanded its range of Stainless Steel Throughbolts & launched the Rawlplug HPT11 A4 Stainless steel through bolts. Rawlplug HPT11Throughbolt has high
performance in cracked & non-cracked concrete confirmed by ETA Option 1 & can be used in applications requiring fire resistance up to 120 minutes. Rawlplug HPT11 Through
bolts are suitable for reduced embedment to avoid contact with reinforcement & embedment markings help to ensure precise installation of the anchor.

Did you know if you use non-approved fixings or change a specification to another anchor without following the full selection process, you could be held accountable if an accident occurs?

Technical advisory service

Rawlplug’s technical advisory service provides a complete package of technical support, from the design stage of a project to its completion. Rawlplug’s service involves the recommendation of an appropriate product taking into account the structure, life expectancy, location, load applied, and other related criteria.

Rawlplug’s Trade Range continues to grow:

The Rawlplug Trade range offers innovative solution for both builder’s merchants & DIY stores, with colour coding, durable anti tamper packaging & barcoding for correct pricing.

Over the last 12 months they have added more categories into the range to allow retailers replace the current bins system in-store.

Trufix proudly presents…

Trufix, one of Ireland’s leading distributors of fixings are delighted to introduce Trufix Xtra-Drive, a high-performance woodscrew designed and manufactured to deliver quality and reliability every time.

Special features include a deep pozi recess (which prevents cam-out), a long cut point, a reinforced collar and 6 Ribs. A special thread design with wax coating enables fast penetration and fitting.

All Xtra-Drive screws are precision manufactured using high quality hardened steel for ultimate tensile and torsional strength.

Available in a wide range of sizes, the screw is suitable for chipboard, softwood, particle board, MDF and hardwood. Housed in a shock-proof plastic tub with innovative see-through
split lid, each Xtra Drive tub comes with 2 free high quality pozi bits.

TRUFIX is an established and highly regarded name in the fixings industry, supplying a wide range of fixings to the construction sector. Their stringent quality control combined with a policy to use only the best raw materials available ensures products that meet the highest performance standards. With over 30 years’ experience, they have a reputation for superior quality and technical innovation. Their nail manufacturing process developed
over many years is singular in solving the issue of Hydrogen embrittlement in zinc plated hardened masonry nails making it the strongest and most reliable masonry nail available anywhere in the world. No other process comes close. TRUFIX masonry nails, screws and fixings products are manufactured to the highest production quality standards. TRUFIX has been supplying world leaders in the fixing industry for many years. They take pride in a unique manufacturing process including the selection of materials, heat treatment and plating processes. When they source from other manufacturers they use their own mechanical and chemical expertise to evaluate their materials, manufacturing process and quality control procedures. This enables them to choose the best producers to ensure the
highest quality standards.

This latest product is already proving extremely popular with the industry as it returns to growth. Trufix Xtra-Drive is another product consistent with the trusted Trufix brand. The Trufix Xtra-Drive is available now from all Trufix Suppliers.

For all info contact now!