The importance of Fasteners & Fixings

The importance of fasteners & fixings can be put into perspective by the fact that these tiny components comprising screws, nuts, bolts, pins, and hinges, play a big role in providing support and mobility to equipment and machines.

Securing essential fixings and joints is vital and fastener failure and breakage can result in machine and structural failure and damage to property and life. After this period of hiatus, growth trends in the market during the pre-COVID-19 period will gradually re-emerge as the economy begins to normalise.

R&D investments in fastener and fixing technology will recover steadily supported by the evolving needs of new generation products and need for new assembly line solutions.

You’d be NUTS to go anywhere else!

The Tucks Fasteners & Fixings core product range of Fasteners & Fixings (as in the name) are being extended to offer an even deeper range of products and brands to offer the Irish market. As part of their ongoing development 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 a standard offering in the Irish Market. This comprehensive bagged range covers everything the merchant will need and guarantees a high return on investment without the hassle of managing loose stock!

Tucks Fasteners & Fixings are also expanding their offering on Gas Nails including the ever Popular Paslode Range of IM360 Nails and Tools. Also their traditional IM350 range of Gas nails and tools as well as the SPIT Pulsa and both the SPIT and DeWalt PAT ranges to offer a real alternative to builder’s merchants all over Ireland.

2020 also witnessed significant growth on their comprehensive range of BPC builders metal products including Wall Starters, Joist Hangers, Wall Ties and Metal strapping. The entire range is CE certified on all relevant products and is backed with a catalogue to help merchants & trade customers easily locate the right product for the right job.

The very popular German Reisser Schraubentechnik Tub range includes top quality screwdriver bits with 2 x Wera Pz2 bits included free in every single tub! The response from the merchants has been incredible and the companys deep stock holding was evident during the summer months where demand grew significantly.

SPAX continues to develop the range of products and are now offering a range of SPAX Tubs to the Irish Market complete with a merchandising solution. Tucks have also increased their range of SPAX Construction screws and have included a NEW SPAX storage box for the tradesman to keep all the SPAX assortment in one convenient durable storage box.

New innovative Point of Sale solutions have been a huge success for the company and has helped increase sales dramatically in stores that have rebranded with their comprehensive range of Industry leading quality brands, backed up by their team of professional merchandisers.

Tucks Fasteners & Fixings is a one stop shop with all of the above product ranges and lots more available for same day delivery in Dublin and next day guaranteed delivery for the entire 32 counties.

These service levels were very much valued by their customers during the Covid-19 related restrictions. Customers can log onto their B2B Trade only web shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or contact your local sales representative or call them on 01-8845100 or via email at

The company have an even deeper range of stock available since their acquisition by the Dormole group and are Brexit-ready for 2021! If you take all of this into account, we firmly believe ‘You’d be NUTS to go anywhere else!’

Celebrating 20 years in business

John Murphy (Castlerea) Ltd /Allgrip will be 20 years in business in 2021. They will celebrate the anniversary with their staff and customers. The philosophy of customer service has remained the same over the years and is fundamental to the success of the company. Their core range is fasteners
and fixings covering their own Allgrip brand but also including other strong brands such as Paslode, Senco, Rapier Star screws, Mikalor hose clips, Thorsmann, Plasplugs and others.

For in-store presentation of fasteners and fixings they continue to offer customers the choice of both prepack and drop-down bins. The Unifix prepacks are available in smaller prepacks or in the larger trade pouches.

Their Heller drill bits superior quality offers reliability and extra durability which ensures value for the customer. The new Heller modular display helps customers navigate the range in store.

New to John Murphy (Castlerea) Ltd /Allgrip is Senco Low noise compressors which are catching the attention of many trade users and are selling very well in shops.

The company`s general hardware category continues to grow. This includes Allgrip hand tools, Allgrip wire netting, Conmetall chain and rope, Simpson Strong Tie, Exitex along with many other hardware categories.

Regarding their online B2B system, customers just need to contact them with their email address and they can self quote or order online.

Looking forward, the company say, it is a little like Groundhog day as we all face the challenges of Brexit yet again. The company are building up stock levels in order to avoid any delays that may occur with deliveries from the UK in January.

Like others we are also looking forward to the post Covid-19 era and as we move towards 2021 the company would like to thank their customers for their business in 2020.

4Fire… Fix & Clip 18th Edition compliant product solutions

The 4Fire range distributed by Olympic Fixings consists of 120-minute tested fix4fire* steel concrete screws, clip4fire* steel cable clips and steel mini trunking cable clips*. This range also includes clamp4fire steel cable clamps, steel cable ties, steel wall plugs and steel spacer bar saddles.

To assist stockists the 4Fire range is backed by an arsenal of FREE marketing tools to inform buyers and promote sales. The FREE fix4fire countertop merchandising stand comes with the first order of 20 boxes, it’s red and yellow impactful flaming design is engineered to offer a ‘grab and go’ opportunity for electricians. The stand can hold 20 boxes of fix4fire or a combo of fix4fire and clip4fire product boxes. That’s not the only thing, a FREE easy to navigate 18th Edition Product leaflet gives the buyer instant compliance information right at the counter.

The 4Fire range of products are ready to ship out with the merchandising stand and leaflets right now, grab these sales tools whilst you can, and become the local ‘go to’ place for 18th Edition Compliant Solutions from the
renowned supplier of high quality, reliable fixing products – Olympic Fixings. When you stock the new 4Fire range from Olympic Fixings you get their full support for FREE!

Competitively priced BS 5839-1 tested products from *120-minute fire rated test and approved by Warrington Fire.

Back to basics – Etag know fixings

Fixings was where it started for Etag. Their range of fixings and fasteners is one of the widest selections in Ireland, supplying fixings for concrete, masonry, and plasterboard. Setting Etag apart has always been their customer service alongside their products, adapting and flexing to their
customer`s needs.

‘We have differentiated ourselves as the go-to fixings distributor in Ireland across all technical disciplines,’ states Shaun Bonner, Sales Director for Etag. ‘We can supply a huge range of fixings, due to the fact that we have invested time in developing a network of great suppliers, such as Evolution Fasteners, Fischer and Sympafix.’ Etag also provide pull out tests for the construction industry. The tests are performed to establish the load capacity strength of fixings that have been fitted in walls, soffits, and slabs. The test ensures the correct installation of the fixings.

Etag are an approved distributor with the Construction Fixings Association in both the UK and recently in Ireland as well, as official suppliers for DeWalt, Fischer, Rawlplug, Sympafix and Spit Fixings. All of Etag’s fixings and anchors are provided with European Technical Approvals/Assessments (ETA’s) for safety critical applications. ‘Our team have excellent technical knowledge of our fixings and our customers seek products that allow them to complete their work efficiently and safely,’ Shaun continues.

Etag was established in 2004, distributing fixings, hand tools and safety equipment. Over the last number of years, Etag’s product range has grown to include insulation, PPE, mechanical and electrical containment, fixings, drywall, and general building supplies. In 2011, Etag opened in London
and began distributing construction supplies to the UK market. Etag has also continued to expand in Ireland, with a move to a 30,000 sq ft warehouse in Clonee, Co. Dublin.

Looking to the future, a recent senior management restructure will continue the growth and success of Etag.