Various pieces of manufacturing plant in transit to our factory. This equipment will extend and improve our capability.
More detail to follow in the coming weeks.
Two good days were spent at the Torque Expo Fastener Exhibition, which was held at Silverstone on the 13th and 14th of October 2015.
John Hilton and Tim Garton represented us at the exhibition. Many attendees from the fastener distribution industry showed interest in our range of manufacture, which includes non-standard and special metric fasteners, as well as the BSW, BSF, UNC and UNF imperial sizes for which we have been traditionally known. The distributors were pleased to learn of our policy of only supplying to the distribution trade.
The gala dinner was very well attended by more than 200 people, who were entertained by a magician and an after-dinner speaker.
A Ferrari racing car was available for some of the exhibitors and their guests to drive on part of the Grand Prix track. A very understanding instructor accompanied all the prospective ‘Lewis Hamiltons’. Tim was fortunate to have a drive on this iconic circuit and his memories from the instructor were to ‘keep the power on’ as he approached Stowe, at the end of the Hangar Straight at a speed well in excess of 100 MPH!
On the 10th February 2015, Smith Bullough were featured on Sky News as an example of a fast-growing firm, as PM David Cameron hailed business as the country’s “job engine”. Click the image above to watch the video on the Sky News website.
During a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Cameron outlined steps taken by the Government to support UK businesses and pledged to launch a financing scheme to help fast-growing businesses.
Smith Bullough recently supplied some square head bolts with special head dimensions that were needed for renovation of the famous Grand Fountain in Paisley, Scotland.
For this heritage restoration project, the replacement bolts had to match the original ones exactly.
The square head bolts were manufactured in our forging & machine shop.
The fountain was originally installed in 1867 and is now restored to its former glory.
We would like to congratulate Bernard Walsh, of our Production department, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday.
Bernard started working at Bullough Fasteners in Atherton in 1966 and has remained in the industry all of his working life.
We are pleased to say that Bernard will continue to work for Smith Bullough on a part-time basis. Retaining experienced employees is very important to Smith Bullough.
One of our customers was recently undertaking some research when he came across the above newspaper article from May 21, 1943, reporting Sergeant Thomas Haig Smith, 26, missing from the RAF after an air operation.
The article also states that, before the war, Sergeant Thomas Smith was involved in the family business – Thomas Smith & Sons, which as you may know was merged with Bullough Fasteners in 1995 to become Smith Bullough.
Bullough Fasteners and Thomas Smith & Sons were both founded in the 1800s in Atherton and originally manufactured nails, before progressing into bolt manufacturing.
Today, Smith Bullough is still at the forefront of UK bolt manufacturing and is located in a purpose-built factory in Hindley Green, Wigan.
Smith Bullough were pleased to contribute towards refreshments on a fun day for local children, which took place at Haigh Country Park as part of National Play Day on Wednesday 6th August.
The children took part in events ranging from golfing games and orienteering to arts and crafts. Other activities included a climbing wall, junk modelling and crazy golf, and the children also got to see birds of prey.
The event was organised by WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust). WLCT is a charitable trust and social enterprise which manages and supports leisure and cultural facilities, initiatives and events on behalf of Wigan Council, Selby District Council and Cannock Chase District Council.
This M48 diameter x 200mm long grade 12.9 hexagon bolt is a great example of our special bolt machining capabilities.
We manufacture standard & special fasteners in a vast array of materials and threadforms (including Metric, BSF, BSW, UNC & UNF) and surface finishes and to any customer specification. From forging special head shapes to machining and threading, we can provide a solution that meets your requirements.
In house facilities include CAD design & drawing, tool design & manufacture, forging, threading and machining followed by heat and surface treatments and full quality testing facilities.
For further information, contact our experienced technical sales staff and we’ll be happy to find a solution to meet your needs.
These images show details relating to our new induction heater being explained to Barry Taylor, Forging Manager, by the commissioning engineer from Ambrell.
This unit will significantly increase our forging throughput and ensure that we maintain our position as the leading domestic manufacturer of special bolts in all grades of steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous materials.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.