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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to fulfil the requirements of our varied customer base, it is important that our employees understand the manufacturing process from start to finish, as well as the tasks that their colleagues perform.
These images show Stephen Chatterton from our sales team taking part in a recent shop floor refresher training course, and proving that he is technically proficient in all aspects of bolt manufacture.
All of our staff are encouraged to undertake formal training (NVQ, HNC, Degree etc.) as well as in-house courses such as this one.
To ensure that we achieve the exacting standards that are required, we maintain our machines on a regular basis. These pictures show a major rebuild that is taking place on an Etchells double-head chamfering machine.
Our expertise in the manufacture of special and difficult to manufacture bolts was recognised and we produced the bolts pictured above for use by a multinational manufacturer of offroad vehicles.
The bolt illustrated above is M12 diameter x 505mm long, which was forged in our factory and then heat treated to achieve the mechanical properties grade 8.8. Due to the relatively small diameter and the long length of more than half a metre, distortion of the bolt shank is inevitable during the heat treatment process. This required us to check and 100% rectify the batch using a hydraulic press, which is a skilled operation.
The final operation involves a zinc plating process which provided the anti-corrosion properties that are required for the application.