Responding to market feedback, SFS has
invested in a new assembly facility in
Leeds to provide high quality, colourmatched
AP rivets for rainscreen
cladding. SFS reports that the full range of AP
rivets are now available in three days lead time
in more than 120 standard colours.
Andy Stolworthy, director of product and
market development for SFS, commented:
“The company’s new investment brings key
manufacturing processes to Yorkshire that
were previously handled in France. The move
has been driven by UK customer feedback for
shorter lead times on high quality coloured
rivets and illustrates how SFS is equipped to
listen to the challenges that its customers face
and respond in the most effective way”.
The result for customers is the convenience of
being able to source AP rivets in a wide range of
RAL colours in considerably reduced lead times.
AP rivets are now available in 120+ standard
colours that can be powdercoated ready for
despatch in just three days on orders placed
before 12.00 noon, up to a maximum of 5,000
pieces. Additional volumes and bespoke colours
can be easily accommodated too, with lead
times depending on the specific requirements.
SFS’s AP rivet leads the market for
securing rainscreen support systems in facefixed
rainscreen applications. The grade 5
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AP rivets in 3 days
lead time on 120+
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aluminium body delivers ease of installation,
durability and long term assurance. Three
flange sizes – 11mm, 14mm and 16mm – and
a range of rivet lengths provide a solution for
securing the most widely specified rainscreen
panels to a support frame. SFS says its
powdercoating processes ensure there is no
paint on the mandrel.
Darren Gunga, head of operations at SFS,
said: “We’re always listening to our customers
and continuously looking at what we can do
to make their lives easier and businesses more
successful. Our new UK production facility for
AP rivets is the tangible result of our approach,
adding to our existing world-class painting
technology for fastener systems.
“The new plant transforms the supply
chain for specifiers and installers working on
rainscreen projects. It is the first time that the
market has been able to access the highest
quality rainscreen fixings, complete with a
premium colour finish, in such short lead times.
Crucially, it means customers no longer need to
compromise to suit tight build schedules.
“Our closeness to the market means we
are in touch with the practical demands that
customers face, which is why we’ve invested
significant resources in Leeds to streamline the
process from ordering to delivery on-site.”