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NORTH AMERICAN NEWS


Skeletal Dynamics medical implant relies on self-locking fastener


Skeletal Dynamics specifies Spiralock self-locking fastener to withstand up to one million loading cycles for its new elbow replacement implant.


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keletal Dynamics recently developed its Align Radial Head System, an artificial elbow joint designed to restore the natural function of the native radial head. “We aimed to fill a gap in the market by providing the ability to orient the joint to its natural position during surgery, and then locking it in place for the rest of the patient’s life,” explained Tom Norman, vice president of engineering.


“We considered traditional fastener thread forms, but lacked confidence that they would stay in place for the up to a million load cycles an active patient could subject them to in their lifetime.” said Norman. Skeletal Dynamics chose a self-locking Spiralock fastener. Spiralock, whose self-locking fasteners are used for design


challenges in medical, aerospace/military, automotive, heavy truck, food processing, agriculture, construction, rail, and oil drilling industries, is part of Emhart Teknologies.


Würth Group ranked 50th


biggest German firm in the U.S.


The German American Chamber of Commerce announced the Würth Group is the 50th German company in the U.S.


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Würth’s North American sales in 2010 totalled US$794 million. The Würth Group first tried to establish distributorships in


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the U.S. in 1969, using successful European formulas. In the 1990s Würth sought to expand in North America by acquiring well-known distributorships, including Eastern Fasteners of Connecticut; RevCar Fasteners Inc., Virginia; Snider Bolt & Screw, Kentucky; Adams Nut & Bolt Co., Minnesota; and Indiana-based Service Supply Company. Würth increased 2010 sales in North America by 12% by


adding 700,000 order lines, to increase its total to 6.7 million. All five of Würth’s divisions grew in 2010: Trade, wood, metal, auto and industry. The wood division encompassed 46% of North American sales. Würth projects worldwide sales of US$28.7 billion by 2020 and 100,000 employees.


ürth Group joins well-known names such as Daimler Group, Siemens, Allianz and BMW on the list. In the U.S. Würth has 98,000 active customers and employs more than 2,300 people.


NFDA drops international membership


The National Fastener Distributors Association announced it would drop its international membership recruitment and inclusion program started in 2009.


common goal, but as sourcing of products worldwide has become more commonplace, it is not necessary for the NFDA to provide international businesses access to our membership.” Lenhart told GlobalFastenerNews.com that the NFDA will continue


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to help North American fastener distributors and manufacturers “expand their global footprint.” The NFDA led a delegation to Fastener Fair Stuttgart earlier


this year and has a trade mission scheduled for Fastener Fair Brasil (8th


November 2011). The NFDA is one of three charter members of the Global Platform


for Fasteners with the Taiwan Fastener Trade Association and the European Fastener Distributors Association. The GFP goals are to “promote an environment where fastener


manufacturers and distributors can work together to achieve a strong and reliable worldwide fastener supply chain.”


UK firm to acquire Reid Supply UK-based Filtrona plc has signed an agreement to acquire Reid Supply Co. for as much as US$32 million. M


uskegon, MI-based Reid Supply distributes fasteners and other standard industrial components throughout the US and 57 other countries, and will become part of Filtrona’s Protection & Finishing Products (PFP) division. “The acquisition of Reid Supply is an excellent addition to the PFP division,” stated Filtrona CEO Colin Day. “These products will significantly enhance PFP’s offering both in the US and Europe, with Reid Supply’s customers also gaining


access to PFP’s US distribution network and product range.” Founded in 1948 Reid Supply supplies fasteners and other standard industrial components to manufacturing, CAD and


engineering, transportation construction, food processing, packaging, energy, government, aerospace and medical markets. Filtrona is headquartered in Milton Keynes, England, and supplies speciality plastic and fibre products. The company has 3,160 employees in 29 manufacturing facilities, 41 sales and distribution operations and six R&D centers.


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FDA executive vice president Mark Lenhart explained: “When the decision was originally made to expand NFDA membership worldwide, the board believed this would be an effective way to unify the international fastener industry toward a


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