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US Industrial Fasteners Market

  • October 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 260 pages

US demand to rise 4.3% annually through 2017

US demand for industrial fasteners is forecast to increase 4.3 percent per year to $14.8 billion in 2017. This considerable improvement from the performance registered during the 2007 to 2012 period will be driven by improved outlooks in a majority of the industries in which industrial fasteners are utilized. Sales growth will be supported by rebounding levels of motor vehicle manufacturing, along with rising aerospace equipment and machinery shipment levels. Fastener producers will also benefit from renewed strength in both construction activity and fixed investment spending. In addition, gains will be bolstered by fastener manufacturers offering highly engineered, advanced fastener products that can be sold at a premium. On the other hand, demand will be held back by competition from producers in lower-cost regions, and from moderating raw material costs, both of which will serve to restrict industrial fastener price increases. Furthermore, these products will continue to face competition in a number of applications from alternative joining technologies, such as adhesives, clinching, and welding.

Motor vehicle market to post above-average growth

The large US motor vehicle market for industrial fasteners is expected to post above-average yearly growth through 2017. This will be a major improvement from the lack of sales gains experienced from 2007 to 2012. Market expansion will be the result of modest annual increases in motor vehicle production through 2017, a major turn-around from the output declines posted during the 2007 to 2012 period. In many cases, motor vehicle manufacturers will continue attempts to decrease the number of fasteners per vehicle in order to reduce weight and simplify production. However, fastener producers will find opportunities for growth by offering lighter and more durable product designs, as well as fasteners specifically for the increasing electric and hybrid vehicle market.

Standard fasteners to outpace aerospace-grade

The market for standard fasteners is expected to outpace aerospace-grade fastener sales through 2017. This will largely be a reflection of the improved conditions in the motor vehicle market, which uses primarily standard fasteners.

Externally threaded and applicationspecific standard fasteners will post the fastest gains through 2017, although the outlook is positive for every major product category. While not forecast to match standard products, aerospace-grade fastener sales will fare better than they did during the 2007-2012 period.

Suppliers will benefit from increasing levels of commercial aircraft production. The growing use of composite materials in plane manufacturing will reduce the total number of fasteners required on a per plane basis in many cases, but this will be partially offset by sales of highervalue fastening products designed specifically for use with composites.

Imports to grow slightly faster than exports

Shipments of industrial fasteners from US manufacturers are forecast to slightly lag the rate of growth in domestic demand through 2017. Gains will be supported by improved market conditions and the reshoring of some fastener-using manufacturing operations. However, competition from foreign suppliers will remain intense. Import growth will narrowly outpace export growth through 2017, and the US trade deficit in industrial fasteners will expand.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Industrial Fasteners, is priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by type and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 32 US industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

US Industrial Fasteners Market




General 4
Economic Environment 5
Cyclical Trends 9
Long-Term Trends 12
Market Dynamics 14
OEM 14
MRO 18
Construction 22
Pricing Patterns 26
Fastener Materials 29
Metals 30
Plastics 32
Technology 33
Basic Fastener Technology 34
Specialty Fasteners 36
New Fastening Technologies 37
Competitive Joining Technologies 38
Legal and Regulatory Environment 41
International Environment 44
World Supply and Demand 46
US Foreign Trade 48
Imports 49
Exports 52


General 55
Standard Fasteners 59
Externally Threaded 62
Standard Screws 65
Standard Bolts 66
Other 67
Internally Threaded 68
Conventional Nuts 70
Other 71
Nonthreaded 72
Rivets 74
Washers 76
Other 77
Application-Specific 77
Market Share 79
Aerospace-Grade Fasteners 81
Externally Threaded 84
Internally Threaded 86
Nonthreaded 87
Market Share 89


General 91
Original Equipment Manufacturing 94
Motor Vehicles 97
Industry Outlook 98
Fastener Market 102
Machinery 105
Industry Outlook 106
Fastener Market 108
Aerospace 110
Industry Outlook 111
Fastener Market 112
Fabricated Metal Products 115
Industry Outlook 115
Fastener Market 117
Electrical and Electronic Products 118
Industry Outlook 119
Fastener Market 122
Furniture and Wood Products 124
Industry Outlook 125
Fastener Market 126
Other OEM Applications 127
Maintenance/Repair/Operations 129
Services 132
Sector Outlook 132
Fastener Market 133
Industrial 135
Sector Outlook 135
Fastener Market 137
Public/Institutional Sector 139
Sector Outlook 140
Fastener Market 141
Construction 142


General 146
Industry Composition 148
Market Share 150
Product Development and Manufacturing 154
Marketing and Distribution 157
Cooperative Agreements 159
Financial Issues 162
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Industry Restructuring 164
Company Profiles 167
AAA Aircraft Supply, see Precision Castparts
Acument Global Technologies Incorporated 168
Air Industries, see Precision Castparts
Ajax Metal Processing, see Cold Heading
Alcoa Incorporated 171
Allfast Fastening Systems Incorporated 175
Anixter International Incorporated 176
Aoyama Seisakusho Company Limited 179
Atlas Bolt and Screw, see Berkshire Hathaway
Avibank Manufacturing, see Precision Castparts
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 181
Cherry Aerospace, see Precision Castparts
Cold Heading Company 185
Deerwood Fasteners International, see Berkshire
Delo Screw Products, see Park-Ohio Holdings
Doncasters Group Limited 187
Emhart Teknologies, see Stanley Black and Decker
ERICO International Corporation 190
Facil and Cie GCV, see KAMAX-Werke Rudolf
Kellermann and and Raymond (A.) Group
Fastenal Company 191
Fastener and Automotive Products, see MNP
Fatigue Technology, see Precision Castparts
Federal Screw Works 193
Ferry Cap and Set Screw, see Doncasters Group
General Fasteners, see MNP
Hilti AG 194
Huck Fasteners, see Alcoa
Ifastgroupe 196
Illinois Tool Works Incorporated 199
Indiana Automotive Fasteners, see Aoyama Seisakusho
Infastech, see Stanley Black and Decker
KAMAX-Werke Rudolf Kellermann GmbH and Company 208
Lamons, see TriMas
Link Solutions for Industry 211
MacLean-Fogg Company 214
Marmon Group, see Berkshire Hathaway
MNP Corporation 217
Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, see TriMas
Nelson Stud Welding, see Doncasters Group
Nifco Incorporated 220
Nucor Corporation 222
NYLOK, see Berkshire Hathaway
Pan-American Screw, see Berkshire Hathaway
Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation 223
PennEngineering and Manufacturing Corporation 225
Piolax Incorporated 229
Powers Fasteners, see Stanley Black and Decker
Precision Castparts Corporation 231
QRP, see PennEngineering and Manufacturing
Raymond (A.) Group 237
RBandW Manufacturing, see Park-Ohio Holdings
Robertson, see Berkshire Hathaway
Rockford Products LLC 241
SFS Holding AG 242
Shur-Lok, see Precision Castparts
Southco Incorporated 244
Specialty Bolt and Stud, see Berkshire Hathaway
SPS Technologies, see Precision Castparts
Stanley Black and Decker Incorporated 246
Sure Drive USA, see Berkshire Hathaway
3V Fasteners, see PennEngineering and Manufacturing
TriMas Corporation 252
TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation 255
Ty-Lan Enterprises, see Berkshire Hathaway
Würth (Adolf) GmbH and Company KG 257



Summary Table 3


1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Industrial Fastener Demand, 2002-2012 11
3 Manufacturers' Shipments 18
4 Private Fixed Investment by Sector 22
5 Construction Expenditures 26
6 Industrial Fastener Price Deflators 28
7 Industrial Fastener Demand by Material 30
8 World Industrial Fastener Demand by Region 47
9 US Foreign Trade in Industrial Fasteners 49
10 US Industrial Fastener Imports by Source 52
11 US Industrial Fastener Exports by Destination 54


1 Industrial Fastener Supply and Demand 58
2 Standard Fastener Supply and Demand 61
3 Externally Threaded Standard Fastener Demand 64
4 Internally Threaded Standard Fastener Demand 70
5 Nonthreaded Standard Fastener Demand 74
6 Application-Specific Standard Fastener Demand 79
7 Aerospace-Grade Fastener Supply and Demand 83
8 Externally Threaded Aerospace-Grade Fastener Demand 86
9 Internally Threaded Aerospace-Grade Fastener Demand 87
10 Nonthreaded Aerospace-Grade Fastener Demand 89


1 Industrial Fastener Demand by Market 93
2 OEM Industrial Fastener Demand by Market 95
3 Motor Vehicle Indicators 102
4 Motor Vehicle Fastener Demand 105
5 Machinery Shipments 108
6 Machinery Fastener Demand 110
7 Aerospace Equipment Shipments 112
8 Aerospace Fastener Demand 114
9 Fabricated Metal Product Shipments 116
10 Fabricated Metal Product Fastener Demand 118
11 Electrical and Electronic Product Shipments 122
12 Electrical and Electronic Product Fastener Demand 124
13 Furniture and Wood Product Shipments 126
14 Furniture and Wood Product Fastener Demand 127
15 Other OEM Fastener Demand 129
16 MRO Fastener Demand by Market 131
17 Selected Service Revenues 133
18 Service Sector Fastener Demand 135
19 Industrial Sector Outlook 137
20 Industrial Sector MRO Fastener Demand 139
21 Government Spending and Investment 141
22 Public/Institutional Sector Fastener Demand 142
23 Construction Sector Fastener Demand 145


1 Selected US Industrial Fastener Sales by Company, 2012 149
2 Capital Spending Patterns: Selected Industrial Fastener
Manufacturers, 2010-2012 157
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 161
4 Composite Financial Ratios: Selected Industrial Fastener
Manufacturers 163
5 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 166



1 Industrial Fastener Demand, 2003-2012 12
2 Industrial Fastener Price Deflators, 2002-2012 29


1 Standard Fastener Demand by Type, 2012 62
2 US Standard Fastener Market Share, 2012 80
3 Aerospace-Grade Fastener Demand by Type, 2012 85
4 US Aerospace-Grade Fastener Market Share, 2012 90


1 Industrial Fastener Demand by Market, 2002-2022 93
2 OEM Industrial Fastener Demand by Market, 2012 96
3 Value Growth by OEM Market, 2012-2017 97
4 MRO Industrial Fastener Demand by Market, 2012 131


1 US Industrial Fastener Market Share, 2012 151

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