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I had to make the decison to close the company on the 15th November 2019 after loosing our largest customer, an injection moulder, based in the US supplying Toyota after their decision to re-source locally.

Thanks to all my loyal customers and suppliers who worked with me over the last 30 years, it's been a 'roller-coaster' of a ride.

Philip Schofield - CEO & Founder

 

 

 

first-fitsco-offices (699px * 267px)Our CEO and founder Mr Philip Schofield established Fitsco Industries Ltd in 1990 with just a single ‘port-a-cabin’ office and just a few shelves of threaded inserts in stock. His aim was to become the leading independent supplier of high performance threaded inserts for use in plastics, wood and sheet metal applications.

In 1991 the offices moved to Bidford-on-Avon and in 2000 a manufacturing facility was acquired in Stourport-On-Severn to make and manufacture threaded inserts to companies all over the globe.bidford-office (758px * 289px)

During 2001 Fitsco introduced its own branded range of threaded inserts, namely the MultiFit, HeatFit, PressFit, ScrewFit, MouldFit and WoodFit ranges of threaded inserts.

In October 2004 the company expanded its manufacturing capacity and relocated both original sites to a single facility in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and continued the manufacturing of threaded inserts.

In 2008, a new product range, RotoFit (inserts for the rotomoulding industry) was added to the other six current threaded inserts product brands and in 2009, another range of inserts were introduced; PlasFit, which are Thread Forming Screws for thermoplastic mouldings, commonly known as PT Screws.

In 2014, Fitsco moved into machining Marine Stainless steel threaded inserts. These threaded inserts are more suitable for use in marine environments as the material is less prone to salt corrosion.

2017 was a 'milestone' in the threaded insert business, which hasn't changed for over 50 years; we launched our new 'patent-pending' polymer threaded insert called LiteFit. This new concept in polymer inserts, offers an 80% weight-saving over the more familiar metal threaded inserts, which is of particular interest to the automotive, aerospace and medical industries.

In January 2019, Fitsco made the significant decision to move into a new manufacturing, engineering and resource centre based in Telford, Shropshire. Telford is recognised as the "The Birthplace of Industry", due to it having the Ironbridge Gorge area within its boundary, the famous bridge being the first of its kind fabricated from cast iron. The company currently manufactures up to 750,000 threaded inserts per month having increased the manufacturing capacity by a further 40%, with the potential to grow even further in future.

Over recent years, Fitsco has seen the market change and business move away from the UK, which at times has been hard, and the company continues to adapt to market changes in order to keep their position of being one of the UK's leading manufacturing companies. These changes have Shropshire-Chamber-of-Commerce-Finalist-Logoclearly paid off as the company has a strong brand, that continues to grow with more business returning to the UK.

During June 2019, the company was a finalist in two Shropshire Business Awards, as it reached the final four for the categories of 'Best Manufacturer' and 'Best Small Business'. 

Over the summer of 2019, Fitsco launched its WhatsApp service, allowing customers, suppliers, clients and partners to contact the company directly with any specialist information, drawings, requests, requirements or threaded inserts related problems with the press of a few buttons on their mobile device. This service, which is one of the first of its kind in the industry globally, helps those who have threaded inserts, compression limiters or speaker spikes related issues the opportunity to contact the company from anywhere at any time, providing they have mobile signal or WiFi. 

In October 2019, Fitsco acquired their latest brand of threaded inserts, as KwikSert threaded inserts were added to the wide-range of inserts that are already on offer