In the world of automotive fasteners, there are several critical aspects of every successful fastener company. The first is, of course, the quality and wide range of components used in the modern manufacturing process. The second one is the supply chain and concept of timely delivery of all needed C-Parts, kits and assemblies to the world’s biggest automotive brands. Due to the fact that most companies use a “just in time” approach and are in need of constant deliveries on a daily basis, Auto Fasteners has developed a unique process designed to save time, minimalise complexity and eliminate errors.

What Are C-Parts?

C-Parts are connecting components and small fasteners (nuts, bolts, screws) used in almost any manufacturing process. Even though the single unit is very cheap, during production, the average car company uses millions of units daily. This means that costs related to C-Parts can be pretty significant. Waiting times, delivery fees, packaging, unpacking, storage and potential delivery and production errors are all very costly and dangerous for the primary production process. The same goes for all other kinds of automotive fasteners, kits and components.

Kits And Assemblies

To make fastener supplies more precise and easier to install, we also offer kits or assemblies. Those are assortments of precisely chosen fasteners packed in special kits which are required for installation or servicing. When the manufacturer receives such a kit, it can be sure that it includes all needed parts for the particular process, which makes assembly or servicing faster and more convenient. A similar approach is used for assemblies which are a number of elements packed together and then completed by the manufacturer.

Global Sourcing – Single Supply

AF has developed a unique strategy for dealing with supplying C-parts, kits, assemblies and all other needed fastener components to OEM manufacturers and Tier 1 brands. It is called the “Global Sourcing – Single Supply” model. It is based on a network of our partners located worldwide and our central hub, which monitors all production processes, deliveries, communications and stock management.

This concept has many advantages over the traditional business model. First, it is far more flexible and adaptive to changes and requests from our customers as well as our suppliers. Working closely with our partners, whether from the ranks of OEM manufacturers or fastener suppliers, we can quickly adjust the overall process to maintain the high standards we have accomplished. Second, this doctrine allows us to supply the needed components in the shortest possible time since our network is global. Fast delivery is always imperative since it shortens production periods and enables the manufacturer to complete the process as soon as possible. Keeping waiting times and idle assembly lines at a minimum is extremely important for our clients and for us, as well.

Due to the fact that all orders go through our central hub, we can control the communications, double-check the orders, delivery estimates, packaging and labelling. This is very important since it offers our clients an extra layer of security, knowing that what they will get is precisely what they ordered. Mislabelling is a considerable problem in large-scale manufacturing since it can stop the assembly lines, which everybody wants to avoid.

Reduced Costs And Improved Delivery Times

The results of such a unique approach are outstanding. The overall costs of manufacturing are significantly reduced, and delivery times are improved. Due to clever management, careful packaging, and producing kits and assemblies, AF helps OEM manufacturers with already prepared components that are easy to install and save time (money) during the overall production process. However, this wouldn’t mean a thing if the deliveries were late. Fortunately, our hub controls that part of the process as well and makes sure that everything is right on schedule.

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