A Sheffield-based manufacturer of wire joiners and tensioners for agriculture and suspension solutions for construction and the solar industry, is celebrating an incredible milestone – producing its one billionth fastener.
A celebration event was held at Riverside, Sheffield, one of Gripple’s six manufacturing facilities in South Yorkshire to mark the milestone, which included current staff and retired employees, who had been involved with the manufacture of the first generation of Gripple fasteners.
Kevin St Clair, UK Managing Director for Gripple, said: “Our 1 billionth Gripple fastener is a truly remarkable achievement. Our fasteners are used in such a diverse range of applications and it is testament to their high-quality design and our reliable quality production that they are renowned throughout the world – many of the original Gripple fasteners are still in use today.”
Kevin added: “When I joined Gripple in 2002, we were based on just one site and manufactured around 15 wire joiner variants at a rate of 20,000,000 per year. Here we are 20 years later with six sites, and in 2022 we manufactured 70,000,000 units across 100 variants. I am very excited about what the next 20 years will mean for Gripple as we are constantly innovating to solve fastening and tensioning issues for people in different industries across the world.”