Huck Celebrates Ten Year Relationship With Volvo Truck

A UK manufacturing company celebrate ten-years of working in 2003 with one of Sweden's most successful brand names - Volvo Truck.

Telford based Huck Fasteners Ltd, engineer high-quality, high-performance fastening systems for a variety of applications predominantly in the truck, trailer, commercial vehicle body builder, auto and railcar markets. Huck has a dedicated commercial sales team and well-established distribution network throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Production Göteborg part of Volvo Trucks Global Manufacturing Division, sell to 130 markets worldwide, employ 2000 people and produce 20,000 Volvo FM and FH trucks per year. Volvo Truck were the first company in the world to utilize Huck-Spin in serial production and ten years later they are still using the fastener to secure the fifth wheel to all of their chassis.
 
Alf Kangas, who has worked for Volvo Truck since 1971 and as a Design Engineer for Chassis and Vehicle Dynamics since 1978, explains the application. He said: "When Huck first approached us about using their fasteners, we liked the idea of replacing a nut and bolt that could potentially loosen, with a secure fastener. We decided on the Huck-Spin fastener in our fifth wheel application because it easily passed the rigorous testing cycles on the Volvo endurance truck."
 
The use of Huck-Spin also affected Volvo Truck's assembly operation. Alf continues: "Prior to using the new fastener, bolt holes had to be reamed and bolts hammered into place at a different factory site. This was costly and disrupted production. The alternative of using Huck-Spin and Huck tooling on the production line has, therefore, saved us a great deal of time and money and due to the quiet installation procedure, also met our strict health and safety regulations."
 
Anders Fredlund, Customer Manager for Huck in Scandinavia and Benelux, said: "Volvo Truck are a highly valued customer for Huck in Sweden and it is encouraging to see such obvious benefits to them from using our fasteners. They have very high standards, which I hope we will continue to match for another ten years!"



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Installation of Huck-Spin fastener on the Volvo Truck production line.



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Huck-Spin fastener after installation, showing the Volvo Truck fifth wheel.



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Hans Holmgren, Sales and Marketing Manager Danielson & Stickler AB, Huck distributor; Alf Kangas Des