Fastener Manufacturing

We are proud to be one of the last few fastener manufacturers left in the UK. Based in Aston, Birmingham, we are dedicated to the design, advice, prototyping and manufacture of all types of male threaded fasteners from 4mm up to 200mm long, M1.5 to M18, in all popular metals – also available in the imperial equivalent. See our product range for a comprehensive table of products.

We work with a variety of materials including:

  • Boron Steel
  • Mild Steel
  • Brass
  • Stainless Steel 304/316/430
  • 34/42 Carbon
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Phosphor Bronze

We are a key supplier to the automotive, aerospace, telecommunication, civil engineering and security sectors, to name but a few. With a wealth of experience, we can offer our customers a unique design, development and trial service; this is achieved through having our own in-house tool room, wire drawing, manufacturing and testing facilities. We are very proud of our setup, and if you have 30 minutes available, we welcome you to pop down or up (depending on where you’re based) to see our extensive plant of machines and diverse tooling room: Click here to request a site tour.

We operate systems that meet the requirements of ISO9001:2015 and we are certified by a UKAS accredited certification body. We can offer full traceability on all parts and all accompanying quality documentation including ISIRs, FMEAs and PPAP Level 3

Our Capabilities

Our product range is extensive and includes many standard and non-standard parts supplied in accordance with BS/EN/DIN/ISO, or any other recognised industry standards.

Our expertise lies in the manufacture of:

  • “SEMS” screws and captivated washer assemblies
  • double ended studs
  • tri-lobular and paint clearing threads
  • bolts and general threaded fasteners
  • self-tapping and wood screws
  • bespoke security fasteners including all tamper-proofs

Our Process

Heading Process

Cold forging (or cold forming) is a process that takes cold heading quality wire on heading machines which is cut to required lengths. The “cut off” is transferred through a series of dies (the more complex the part, the greater the number of dies), which produces a “headed blank”. This part of the process determines the size and length and the head configuration i.e. countersunk, cap, pan etc. The recess is also formed at this stage i.e. socket, 6-lobe, pozi etc.

  • specialised forgings
  • cap screws
  • security screws

Threading Process

Thread rolling machines feed the headed blank through a hopper and rails, passes it through a set of dies which form rather than cut the thread geometry. This process produces a thread form that is inherently far stronger and has a better grain flow than a cut thread. This part of the process determines the pitch and major/minor diameter of the tread form.

Coatings and Finishings

All parts can be offered with various plated or surface protected finishes.

These include:

  • Zinc with colour options
  • Chemi-Black
  • Phosphating
  • Most organic finishes
  • Nickel-Chrome
  • Thread lock sealing/patches
  • Mechanical

Quality

Quality is paramount at Forward Fastener Manufacturing; we have invested hugely in our state-of-the-art inspection lab and optical sort machines to continually monitor our KPIs on parts-per-million. From the initial APQP with our quality engineers we can offer warranty, ISIR and full PPAP level 3 and all our products can be fully traceable all the way back to the raw material.

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Product Range

Our broad range has evolved and now we are proud to offer sizes and finishes from 1.5mm to 18mm in diameter and up to 200mm in length.

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Our Experts

Our team of experts have been manufacturing fasteners for years. Meet the team behind Forward Fastener Manufacturing.

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