Industrial Fasteners

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This study analyzes US supply of and demand for industrial mechanical fasteners. Historical data (2008, 2013, and 2018) and forecasts (2023) are provided in current dollars for demand, shipments, and net exports for industrial fasteners overall and for the aggregate standard-grade and aerospace-grade fastener product categories.

Nuts and Bolts

Products covered in this study include:

  • standard-grade and aerospace-grade externally threaded fasteners, such as bolts and screws
  • internally threaded fasteners, such as nuts and threaded inserts
  • nonthreaded fasteners, such as rivets, pins, and washers
  • application-specific (or specialized) standard-grade fasteners, including miscellaneous formed fasteners

For the purposes of this study, the term “aerospace-grade” refers to a category of high-performance industrial fasteners manufactured to the specifications of aerospace/defense companies and agencies. End-use applications for these fasteners, however, are not confined to the aircraft/aerospace industries; they can also include:

  • construction
  • high-performance automobiles
  • industrial machinery
  • various other settings where the capabilities of such fasteners are warranted.

Excluded from the scope of the study are:

  • nails, brads, spikes, tacks, and related items
  • adhesives and other joining/bonding products
  • nonindustrial type products like buttons, paper clips, and zippers

Although these products are excluded, they are discussed for their potential impact on industrial fastener demand.

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