The Story of the Blind Bolt Company
It all started 8 years ago. The place was a potting shed at the bottom of a garden in leafy Gloucestershire. The problem was how to attach a bracket to a box section. The solution was the Blind Bolt, a brand new type of fixing.
It didn’t happen all at once, of course. As with most questions worth asking, this one needed some trial and error before it was answered. The solution we finally landed upon was simple but ingenious. In basic terms, it was a metal bar which is threaded at one end and fitted with a toggle which pivots out from a slot in the bar and holds it firmly in place.
To put it another way, the Blind Bolt is a highly effective fixing which can be used either horizontally or vertically in all types of constructional cavity. Its success is based upon the simplicity with which it operates. Applying the Blind Bolt amounts to just three simple steps – drill, rotate, and tighten. The fact that no special tools or oversized holes are required makes the Blind Bolt ideal for use when working at height or with restricted access. The speed with which it can be used and the effectiveness of the fixing it offers means that it saves time and money whenever it is applied.
Blind Bolts are available in sizes running from M8 to M24 in diameter and all are manufactured from High Tensile Steel. When the bolt is to be applied in an especially corrosive environment we offer the option of a Magni 560 type coating, which offers approximately 1,000 hours of protection from salt spray, while particular sizes of bolt are available in corrosion resistant A4 Stainless Steel.
The success of Blind Bolts is most clearly demonstrated by the number of high profile construction and engineering projects in which they have been used.
- The Bull Ring Project in Birmingham - the largest building project in Europe
- The new multi-million pound Walks Shopping Centre in Basingstoke
- The Toyota Factory in Derby
- Leeds railway station
- The Equinox Project, Glasgow
- Tay Bridge
Blind Bolts have also been used by Shell UK Ltd., British Waterways and BP/Amoco Oil Production Co. Network Rail, which owns and operates the rail infrastructure throughout the UK, has approved the use of Blind Bolts on steel sleepers which handle trains running at speeds of up to 125mph.
We’re proud of the range and quality of people who’ve chosen, and are choosing, to use Blind Bolts. We feel it’s a choice driven by our unique combination of high performance and low costs. Increasing demand means we not only produce more Blind Bolts but also supply to an increasingly wide cross section of industries and for an ever more diverse range of applications.