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NEWS Sterling Bolt acquires Parkers of Peterborough


Peterborough, UK, based fastener distributor Sterling Bolt & Nut Co. Limited has acquired the assets of Parkers of Peterborough from the administrator.


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ouglas Samuel, the current executive chairman, established Sterling Bolt in June 1990. He told Fastener + Fixing Magazine that the acquisition had already extended the company’s opportunities in the Peterborough area. “We were able to take advantage of an unfortunate situation,” he said, “assisted by the flexible approach from our bankers with whom we have a long and solid working relationship.” Parkers of Peterborough had operated for 44 years in


the area but had got into increasing difficulties leading up to the appointment of the administrator. It mainly serviced the construction and maintenance and repair market, which has resulted in an immediate increase in business at a newly refurbished Sterling Bolt counter. “Weekly sales, now we have brought everything into Sterling’s premises, have doubled,” says Douglas Samuel. “One of the great benefits has been, that in addition to the sales to accounts that were new to Sterling and those previously shared by the two companies we are now able to offer an extended range, including consumables, hand tools and construction fixings, to longstanding Sterling customers.” The staff level at Sterling Bolt has risen to thirteen, which required reorganisation of office and counter areas as well as integrating


new ranges to the Sterling warehouse. “The people that have joined us have brought valuable experience and contacts particularly in new market and product sectors.” Sterling Bolt & Nuts Co Limited is ISO 9001:2001 accredited and is a longstanding member of the British Association of Fastener Distributors. The company prides itself on its commitment to quality and to a “can do and will do” attitude backed by a genuine depth of expertise. “The next phase,” says Douglas Samuel, “is to select a new computer system that will provide us with the additional capacity and strengthened managerial information, which can support us in fully taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the acquisition.”


Gesipa UK celebrates 40th W anniversary


Gesipa Blind Riveting Systems Ltd was established as a UK subsidiary for the German Gesipa Group in 1971, setting up its manufacturing base in Keighley, West Yorkshire.


ith the initial aim of providing German technology to the UK fastening sector it began its existence as piece part manufacturer but over the years has evolved into a modern industrial production facility able to offer a full process from concept through to design, manufacture and testing in addition to standard off the shelf products. Gesipa Blind Riveting Systems Ltd now manufactures and delivers an extensive range of rivet, rivet nuts, rivet nut


studs, associated tooling and bespoke based solutions. With ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 accreditations Gesipa offers a complete range of engineering solution for specific fastening requirements to the automotive, construction, railway, white goods, electronics and many other varied industries. “A great deal of the credit for the company’s enduring success has to go to the highly experienced team of staff working


throughout the organisation - a high proportion of who have been with the company for over 10 years. Gesipa engineers are always looking for innovative and cost effective ways to help solve customer’s application fastening issues.” Commemorating this event Gesipa Blind Riveting Systems Ltd in Keighley will be hosting a couple of events in June 2011 for its customers showcasing its versatility as a manufacturer and thus demonstrating its experience in the fastening sector.


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Fastener + Fixing Magazine recently relocated 4.8 kilometres to new offices which are closer to Mack Brooks Group headquarters in St Albans.


ommenting on the move Jamie Mitchell, publishing director said: “We have been looking to move to new bigger premises for several months and have finally found offices that are in an ideal location.” Jamie added: “We moved at the beginning of May and are now fully connected to the Mack Brooks server and telephone system, so all calls will now go through the Mack Brooks switchboard.”


The new offices mean that all postal information for Fastener + Fixing Magazine should now be sent to the following address:


Fastener + Fixing Magazine Romeland House Romeland Hill St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4ET


22 Fastener + Fixing Magazine is also now approved by the Forestry Stewardship


Council (FSC), meaning that all the paper used in the production of the magazine is from responsible sources. The FSC is an international, non-governmental


organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.


Fastener + Fixing Magazine • Issue 69 May 2011


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