More than riveting technology 15 December 2023

A strong partner when it comes to fastening technology, for industry and trade, HONSEL today is more than riveting technology – with the company’s guiding principle to provide customers with the entire solution for fastener and processing tools from a single source. 

HONSEL has become well known within the industry for its riveting capabilities, with the company always looking at how it can expand and develop its extremely wide range. “In addition to standard products from the catalogue – blind rivets, blind rivet nuts and studs, as well as associated tools from manual riveting tools, cordless riveters or pneumatic tools, self-clinching elements and machines – we can develop process monitored automation components for industrial applications,” explains Knud Möller, head of marketing at HONSEL Distribution GmbH & Co KG. “As a manufacturer, we always have the opportunity to implement individual adaptations and complete special solutions together with our customers. It is important to note that we have also retained a high degree of flexibility and agility in order to be able to react quickly to requirements and changes.”

Knud adds: “From the requirement analysis, via sampling, to the adaptation of products – if necessary, as well as optimisation in the application, and ensuring needs-based delivery, with ongoing service, HONSEL is able to provide a complete service and ensure it is meeting the needs of its customers.”

A prime example of how HONSEL can provide unique solutions to meet customers’ requirements is the HONSEL blind rivet nut headless, which was created from customer demands for a completely unprotruding connection in which components can slide over each other without interfering edges. “From the individually developed solution we have now gone into serial production and have also included the product in the new 2024 catalogue,” reports Knud. “This is a typical example of how we can work with customers to create solutions that meet real needs and how these products can become key product lines within the market.”

Through the constant modernisation of its large production facility at its Fröndenberg site, for example with additional 6-stage presses of the latest generation, HONSEL is also able to continually improve its production capabilities and massively increase output. “Our manufacturing capabilities and service are underlined by the fact that the assembly of several tools of our cordless riveter family now takes place in Germany at the Neumünster facility – where design, development and product management, as well as the service centre for maintenance and repairs, are also located,” mentions Knud. “Clear communication and short distances enable quick interventions in production and the rapid implementation of individual special solutions, as well as the close support of our private label partners.”

Knud adds: “The ongoing expansions and modernisations at all our locations are the basis for HONSEL’s constant growth and the implementation of new technologies. Following the focus of the automotive industry in North America, we are currently establishing a subsidiary with production capacities in the USA. Across all areas of the Honsel Group the key factor has always been quality. This enables us to create perfect products and a comprehensive service, whilst relying on the great know-how of the HONSEL team.”

New developments

HONSEL’s commitment to quality is further underlined by the company expanding its range of blind rivets with ETA structural approval, which are available from stock. HONSEL also became a member of the new AMPShare alliance with batteries powered by Bosch in 2022. The ultra-fast and lightweight Rivdom eBZ 1, for blind rivets up to 5mm, and the eVNG 2, for blind rivet nuts from M3 – M12, are the first two HONSEL cordless riveters to be equipped with the AMPShare batteries from the beginning of 2024, which will make them compatible with over 300 tools from what is now over 30 partners.

Sustainability ambitions

When it comes to sustainability, HONSEL has also set itself some ambitious self-imposed environmental and climate goals. “One of them is to act completely CO2 neutral as quickly as possible,” explains Knud. “To this end, we have already initiated and implemented a large number of measures, from which the company benefits today. This includes the PV systems on all production and logistics halls; to the avoidance of environmentally harmful substances in production and administration; as well as the introduction of a vehicle fleet consisting of electric vehicles. In addition, the production facility in Fröndenberg – located directly in a local recreation area on the Ruhr – meets the highest environmental standards.”

Knud concludes: “At HONSEL we want to sharpen the awareness of sustainable action to each employee in each area – down to the smallest details. We also demand this sensitivity from our suppliers and partners and evaluate them on an ongoing basis.”  

Will Lowry Content Director t: +44 (0) 1727 743 888

Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector – interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe. Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the brand is renowned.