Traditional craftsmanship meets the latest in forging technology
Forging is one of the oldest metalwork processes in the world, and at RCF we combine the latest industry advances with the skills of traditional craftsmanship.
Our products are designed to meet the high expectations of our clients. To make that possible, we manufacture all of our own tooling to optimise efficiency, minimise costs and maintain an unrivalled level of precision.
Designing our own manufacturing machinery means we’re also capable of customising existing construction fasteners to create bespoke bolts for structural engineering – essential for projects where older systems are being replaced, using components that are difficult to source. Our machining capabilities are the reason why we’re one fo the most trusted bolt and fastener manufacturers in the UK, servicing clients and projects that require specific, uncommon or even entirely bespoke types of fasteners.
Our alloy steel is sourced from Fundia in Sweden, before it reaches the skilled hands of our experiences machine operators. Each fastener is forged individually, giving us a superior level of quality on every product.
We manufacture fasteners from various grades of material to suit individual applications, including 4.6, 5.8, 8.8, 10.9, 12.9. Gr’5′, Gr’S’/’R’, Gr’T’, SAE ‘8’, B7/L7, Stainless steel A2-304, A4-316.
Our range of finishes include zinc plating, zinc and yellow, galvanising, sheradising, Sheraplex Blue, Rilsan, and PTFE coating.
Made to exact tolerances
with exceptional quality
Supplying nuts and
bolts to the heart of
fast moving industries
Who we service
Our clients are as diverse as our product offering – and they demand reliability, durability and precision. We supply bolts and fasteners for a range of heavy-duty applications including energy production, agriculture and construction, marine and water industry, petrochemical and highways.
Staying agile as a business gives us the ability to serve clients managing key infrastructure projects, where precise timing and clear communication are key. Our experienced client management team make sure we share our customer’s challenges, matching client requirements to cost-effective solutions.
Specified to meet
Water systems, marine engineering and agriculture applications are vital parts of the country’s infrastructure, so they require the highest quality construction components. We work with industry-leading Sheraplex plastic-coated bolts, offering the best in corrosion-resistant fixings with alteration capabilities for individual applications. Our clients work on projects including water pipelines and filtration systems, hydro-electric and offshore construction, naval engines, earth moving and agricultural machinery.
We also serve clients in need of components that work with older systems but boast contemporary precision. We maintain machines specifically designed to replicate vintage components, paired with comprehensive manufacturing and follow-up support.
Evolving to answer new challenges
We’re one of the foremost bolt manufacturers in the UK, producing fasteners and fixings to service fast-developing industries that keep the nation moving. Amongst our diverse client portfolio you’ll find operations managing overhead power structures, heat exchangers and boilers, oil platforms and processing equipment, and petrochemical valves.
We also operate in the transport sector, managing client accounts in the rail industry – where we supply components including ferrules, baseplates, blocks and chairscrews – alongside highways projects working on key infrastucture applications like bridges and gantries. Our wide range of bolts for stuctural engineering means we’re always stocked with the construction fasteners you need. If not, we’ll work with you to develop them.
Case studies from some of our industry sectors
Paulton’s Park Log Flume
The Raging River Log Flume at Paulton’s Park theme park attraction, near Southampton, was constructed in a three million pound project that RCF supplied key components for. Paulton’s Park has been voted the UK’s favourite theme park for four consecutive years between 2016 and 2020, offering thrilling rides and family attractions set on a beautiful, […]Read more
Hinkley Point B
The nuclear power plant Hinkley Point is located on the northern shores of the Somerset coast, along the estuary of the River Severn. RCF supplied the project with a complete set of foundation bolts including nuts, flat washers, square plate washers and protective cones. The project required small but significant modifications to the heads of […]Read more
Frankley Water Treatment Works
The Frankley Water Treatment Works supplies drinking water to the city of Birmingham – the second-largest in the UK – and its surrounding area. The plant is operated by Severn Trent Water and treats liquid from the Elan Valley in Wales, which arrives at Frankley Reservoir by gravity feed along the Elan aqueduct. RCF supplied […]Read more
The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare
Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier was a tourism icon of South West England for over a hundred years before it sustained devastating fire damage in 2008. RCF was one of the suppliers whose components helped rebuild the structure in a 39 million pound project. The new Grand Pier reopened in 2010 to widespread acclaim, with praise directed […]Read more
Warrior and Challenger Tanks
RCF Bolt and Nut has experience on military contracts, supplying special-grade axle bolts to BAE systems for use on the Warrior infantry rank and the Challenger 2 battle tank. We’re proud to have played a part in the construction of vital weapons vehicles, contributing to the security of British troops. The FV4034 Challenger 2 (designated […]Read more
West Midlands Metro
In operation for over 20 years, the West Midlands Metro is a public tram network that runs south-east from Wolverhampton to Birmingham for 13 miles. It broadly follows the corridor of the national rail route from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Snow Hill. RCF Bolt and Nut supplied fixings for the first phase in the metro line […]Read more
Superior quality for every sector
Proud to be a Black Country manufacturer
RCF is a heritage company founded and based in Tipton in the West Midlands, the backbone of manufacturing in England. We’re proud to be not only a Black Country manufacturer but also one of the most prominent bolt and fastener manufacturers in the UK. Over 40 years of expertise in forging fasteners and fixings means we truly speak the language of bolt manufacturing.
That’s why we’re accredited by Made in Britain, a campaign that supports and promotes British manufacturing, enabling buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify British-made products. By working with us, you’ll be supporting not just our local team of production managers but the long history of Midlands manufacturing.
Committed to the highest standards
Quality is the hallmark of RCF steel-forged components, which is why we take standards seriously. Our expert manufacturing teams ensure every item off the production line is identical, and our quality control team make sure every order meets the exact specifications and uncompromising standards of our clients.
As well as being accredited by Made in Britain, we’re assured for high manufacturing standards by Lloyds Register, UVDB and the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).
The Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EU), as per Article 1, sets out harmonised rules on the expression of the performance of certain construction products in relation to their essential characteristics.
Not all construction products are required to be CE marked, as Article 8 states that the CE mark can only be affixed where a declaration of performance has been drawn up and, as per Article 4, the deceleration can only be drawn up where the product is covered by a harmonised standard. So RCF Bolt & Nut shall ensure the CE mark is affixed where required.
The Quality Management System is applicable to the manufacture of hot forged fasteners and factoring of other types of fasteners into various market sectors. Manufacture of hot forged fasteners from M12 to M100 in all grades in accordance with NHSS 3 requirements.
The Made in Britain Campaign supports & promotes British manufacturing, enabling buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify British-made products.
Achilles UVDB provides a fair, open and transparent means of supplier selection for potential tender opportunities.
The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is the supplier pre-qualification service used by buyers of all products and services throughout the GB rail industry.