OBTEC GmbH, a subsidiary of the globally operating OBO Bettermann Group, is among the leading European quality manufacturers of welding studs. In the past, the company from Menden in the Sauerland region has mostly produced to order at the request of customers.
In order to counteract the scarce supply of raw materials, it ensured in the first half of the year that almost the entire catalogue range of welding studs in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 13918 standard (types “PT” and “Short Cycle”) were available from stock.
Sales manager Stephan Wennrich explains: “Our customers depend on a short‐term supply of fasteners. Therefore, we immediately took a risk at the beginning
of 2020 and ramped up our production to get our warehouses full. It was foreseeable that the availability of materials would become more difficult from Q3.”
From externally threaded bolts to internally threaded bolts to flat connectors, almost all variants are available immediately. And even if the finished bolt is not in stock, there are at least semi‐finished products available that can be finished. Wennrich says: “We always want to be able to react quickly and flexibly to the coveted internal thread bolts. Accordingly, we have prepressed blanks in various lengths, which only have to be provided with internal threads afterwards.”
OBTEC is sure this strategy will also help it get through the traditionally somewhat difficult summer months. “Our customers can depend on us to be able to supply them reliably with our standard programme,” Wennrich concludes.
This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of Torque Magazine, which you can read in its entirety online. If you are part of the fastener, tool and related industries you can subscribe to the magazine or sign up to our weekly newsletter.