PREVIEW: Las Vegas’ NIFMSE 2016 – ND Industries

US-show mainstay NIFMSE – the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo – is back at Las Vegas next week and it’s going to be a significant one.

When the show opens in Sands Expo and Convention Center on 25 October it will be the first under new ownership, having been taken over by experienced exhibition company Emerald Expositions last November.

So the pressure is on – what will the new owners make of the fastener industry show stalwart? The early signs were encouraging – while last year’s show hit a new high of 600 exhibitor companies from 20 nations, the new owners expect this show to break new records and be up 10% in attendance and 15% in terms of exhibitors.

There are a host of new features being introduced to NIFMSE this time around, including the Rising Star programme, Exhibitor Invites and the Bring Your Own Distributor scheme. There’s also going to be a Source-Global Area at NIFMSE, a global business matchmaking desk where you can get in front of international manufacturers from the likes of China, Taiwan and India and get face-to-face with factories.

Not only that, but the new organisers have identified the trend for more distributors adding machinery, tooling and speciality tools to their product line-ups and have planned a welcome reception in the Machinery & Tooling area for manufacturers and suppliers.

Regular readers of Torque Magazine may remember we quizzed Karalynn Sprouse, Executive Vice President of the show’s new owner Emerald Expositions in a previous issue (Issue 7, July-August 2016). She told Torque Magazine: “We are a reflection of the industry we serve. As such, we will continue to listen and learn from the industry and produce a show that fits the industry. Whether it’s expanding into other related product categories, creating new opportunities or building new partnerships with our industry, we strive to continue to be a leader in our market and at the same time stay true to our roots. It’s an exciting time and we are looking forward to the future.”

On that tantalising note, let’s take a look at some of the exhibitors that will be showcasing their wares at this year’s show…

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For those unfamiliar with ND Industries, the family-owned business specialises in the development of innovative materials and processes which increase the safety and reliability of fastener assemblies. Headquartered outside Detroit, Michigan, ND serves a global market with 13 divisions in the US, with facilities in Taiwan, China, and Turkey and licensees around the world.

ND’s core business revolves around the application of a wide variety of materials onto fasteners and assemblies to aid in functions such as locking, sealing, masking, lubricating, and noise and vibration dampening. To ensure the highest product quality standards possible, ND assembled a team of degreed scientists and PhD chemists dedicated to the development and testing of all of ND’s chemical formulations.

With over 60 years’ experience in the Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace and Military markets, ND has an extensive product portfolio in the pre-applied fastener industry, with each ND material specifically designed to solve a unique customer application issue.

Three new products that ND Industries has developed this year and will be promoting at the 2016 NIFMSE are:

ND GALVANIC PATCH – ND Galvanic Patch prevents galvanic corrosion in assemblies with dissimilar metals, such as aluminium and steel, by electrically insulating the fastener. Specially bonded to the fastener, ND Galvanic Patch is durable, chemical resistant and non-conductive.

THREAD ARMOR – Thread Armor is an advanced anti-galling and lubricating thread coating, designed to extend the life of bolts up to 15 times while under intense torque and high friction loads. Thread Armor helps to ensure consistent clamp load. This product works well on stainless steel fasteners.

THERMOLOC 1500 – Thermoloc 1500 is ND’s highest temperature chemical threadlocker. Initially, it performs like a vibration dampening compound. Once temperatures reach 750°F (400°C), a secondary activation begins, causing the fastener to be permanently locked in place. Thermoloc has been tested to over 1,500°F (850°C).

Stay tuned to for more on next week’s NIFMSE 2016. 


The Vegas Fastener Show – the National Industrial Fasteners & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE)

Sands Expo & Convention Center

25 – 27 October 2016


Rising Star Programme, Exhibitor Invites and the Bring Your Own Distributor scheme and the SourceGlobal Area.

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