Tier one sup­plier to the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try

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Auto Fas­ten­ers Ltd was formed in 2007. Our ini­tial aim was to sat­isfy the de­mand from au­to­mo­tive OEMS for a more flex­i­ble and cost ef­fec­tive ap­proach to the af­ter­mar­ket sup­ply of fas­ten­ers. This has since de­vel­oped into a global sup­ply ser­vice of fas­ten­ers and small parts for af­ter­mar­ket and se­rial pro­duc­tion line for both pas­sen­ger cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle OEM man­u­fac­tur­ers and their 1st Tier sup­ply chains.

The Au­to­mo­tive Af­ter­mar­ket Chal­lenge

The au­to­mo­tive af­ter­mar­ket was seen as a dif­fi­cult and com­plex area with of­ten un­pre­dictable and long term needs for prod­uct to be sup­plied of­ten in both in­di­vid­ual com­po­nent and kit form. The large multi­na­tional fas­tener man­u­fac­tur­ers sup­ply­ing the OEM and 1st Tier pro­duc­tion lines con­sis­tently fell short of meet­ing the spe­cific needs of af­ter­mar­ket sup­ply. Auto Fas­ten­ers saw un­re­li­able vol­ume pre­dic­tions, stock­hold­ing, kit­ting of­ten in­clud­ing 3rd party prod­uct, bag­ging, brand­ing and la­belling all caus­ing prob­lems for com­pa­nies bet­ter suited to high vol­ume sched­uled pro­duc­tion. This of­ten re­sulted in poor ser­vice qual­ity and a high cost of af­ter­mar­ket sup­ply which neg­a­tively im­pacted on the OEMS rep­u­ta­tion and ve­hi­cle resid­u­als.

The AFL Af­ter­mar­ket So­lu­tion

The Auto Fas­ten­ers so­lu­tion was sim­ple, to move the sup­ply chain away from the large in­flex­i­ble vol­ume man­u­fac­tur­ers to smaller more flex­i­ble man­u­fac­tur­ers then man­age them through a cen­tral qual­ity, stock­hold­ing and distri­bu­tion cen­tre. By be­ing able to multi-source glob­ally costs were kept down and through cen­tral man­age­ment ser­vice lev­els in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. The so­lu­tion was sim­ple, el­e­gant and ef­fec­tive.

AFL Small Parts & Se­rial Pro­duc­tion Line Sup­ply

Auto Fas­ten­ers now ben­e­fits from work­ing with some of the World’s lead­ing au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers of both car and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. From ini­tially sup­ply­ing only fas­ten­ers, Auto Fas­ten­ers have ex­panded into sup­ply­ing a wide range of other small com­po­nents and sub-assem­blies. Now with a proven and es­tab­lished high qual­ity global sup­ply chain, Auto Fas­ten­ers is now ac­tively sup­ply­ing di­rect to au­to­mo­tive OEM se­rial pro­duc­tion lines as well as af­ter­mar­ket sup­ply.

The Fu­ture Of Auto-fas­ten­ers Ltd

Auto Fas­ten­ers is go­ing from strength to strength with care­fully con­trolled ex­pan­sion to en­sure qual­ity of prod­uct and ser­vice is main­tained at all times. The busi­ness model has proven to be a ma­jor ben­e­fit to Auto Fas­ten­ers OEM and 1st tier cus­tomers. They are able to re­duce the num­ber of sup­pli­ers, re­duce cost and im­prove ser­vice whilst still main­tain­ing the high­est qual­ity stan­dards. The UK ware­house, lo­gis­tics and qual­ity con­trol cen­tre has grown sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years, yet by us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and IT sys­tems over­heads have been kept to a min­i­mum and ser­vice lev­els im­proved. The fu­ture looks very good for Auto Fas­ten­ers as we con­tinue to tackle our cus­tomers most dif­fi­cult sup­ply chal­lenges and pro­vide them with fast and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions.

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