Hague Fasteners
Russ Cockburn

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Black country fastener specialist set for international expansion

A commitment to investing in its people and new machinery is helping a Black Country manufacturer more than double its exports and secure 20% growth in the process.

Hague Fasteners, which now operates exclusively from its Watery Lane facility, has seen its specialist fasteners and milled components shipped for use in high-profile oil and gas, transport and infrastructure projects in Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

The firm’s ability to produce custom made critical components quickly has helped it differentiate itself from the competition and this niche has been further strengthened by the acquisition of a 4-axis CNC machining centre, the launch of a new website (www.haguefasteners.co.uk) and an online marketing campaign.

Jon Hague, Managing Director, picked up the story: “We’ve had our best ever year since relocating to Willenhall in 2008, with international sales now accounting for almost 50% of our business – more than double the levels we enjoyed prior to moving.

“This isn’t by accident either. There has been a massive shift in purchasing attitudes and customers are now actively seeking British made products and we’ve had to move quickly to take advantage of this.”

He went on to add: “Our website is currently being translated into Norwegian and this will be followed by French and Dutch versions. We are also building our network of international agents to give us even greater global exposure.

“The investment in the additional CNC machining centre gives us the ability to offer full 3D profiling, which is increasingly important for clients looking for complex and safety critical components.

“It’s great to see this growth after two really tough decades and we owe a lot to the loyalty of our key staff, including Stuart Bailey (Head of Engineering) and Mike Field (General Manager), who are both close to the 18-year service milestone.”

Hague Fasteners was formed in 1971 by the late John Hague (the father of the current MD) and has been manufacturing in the Black Country for more than four decades.

The company, which is now owned by Jon Hague and his wife Claire, produce specialist fasteners, headed bolts, studs, nuts and milled components in a wide range of high integrity materials and critical nickel alloys.

A client base spanning fabrication, oil and gas, ship building and power generation dictates the need for going that extra mile and the firm do this by offering reverse engineering, 24-hour delivery and an industry leading breakdown service.

As part of its recent growth, Hague Fasteners has worked with Bournville College to identify and train three apprentices; Emma Steventon (Business Administration), Shane Parker (Production) and Daniel Tudor (Inspection and Despatch).

This means nearly a quarter of its workforce is now made up of employees under the age of 23, something General Manager Mike Field is rightfully proud of.

“The increase in sales meant we needed new staff and we felt the time was right to try and develop our own people.

“Bournville College has been excellent in making sure we get really high quality apprentices and Emma and Shane have already completed their first year. They’ve brought some real energy and, along with Dan, are having a really positive influence on our expansion.”

Hague Fasteners, which has supplied fasteners and specialist bolts for use in the London Underground and global Subsea engineering projects, is expecting a further 20% increase in sales by the end of 2013.

For further information, please visit www.haguefasteners.co.uk, contact 01902 365865 or follow @specialfastener on twitter.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Russ Cockburn .

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