Responding to market feedback, SFS has invested in a new assembly facility in Leeds to provide high-quality, colour-matched AP rivets for rainscreen cladding. The full range of AP rivets are now available in 3 days’ lead time in more than 100 standard colours.
Andy Stolworthy, director of product and market development for SFS, said: “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 being able to source AP rivets in a wide range of RAL colours in considerably reduced lead times. AP rivets are now available in 100+ standard colours that can be powder-coated ready for despatch in just three days on orders placed before midday, up to a maximum of 5,000 pieces. Additional volumes and bespoke colours can reportedly be easily accommodated too, with lead times depending on the specific requirements.
SFS says its AP rivet leads the market for securing rainscreen support systems in face-fixed rainscreen applications. The grade 5 aluminium body is said to deliver ease of installation, durability and long-term assurance. Three flange sizes: 11mm, 14mm and 16mm and a range of rivet lengths are said to provide a solution for securing the ‘most widely specified’ rainscreen panels to a support frame. SFS says its powder coating 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.”