Thread inserts and fastening solutions

Tappex Thread Inserts Limited based in the UK is a key part of a privately owned SME group of companies established for over 57 years serving both UK and International manufacturing supply chains and OEM customers alike, successfully, from it's Stratford upon Avon, HQ.

Tappex is an original fastener supplier of threaded inserts with in-house capabilities for the design and prototyping of both brass thread inserts and steel threaded inserts.

OEM applications in most plastics, composites and now light metal alloys are supplied with both off-the-shelf thread inserts or bespoke solutions to suit customers exacting requirements on a global basis. Tappex are able to provide mechanical testing and comprehensive manufacturing facilities suitable for both low & high volume demands.

Our experienced technical and sales staff are available to guide / help customers to the appropriate technical solution using our thread inserts & fastening products.

Thread inserts for plasticsRead more →

Tappex® has a broad range of inserts for plastics to suit mold-in and post-mold installation dependant customer's application requirements as well as in-house manufacturing process considerations.


Thread inserts for metalsRead more →

Tappex has a specific thread inserts designed for critical applications such as: Castings, Extrusions, Machined & fabricated parts produced from light metal alloys i.e. Aluminium, Zinc & Magnesium.

Our thread inserts have been extensively trialled and supplied to customers around the world, on land, sea, air & even in space. Our thread inserts are of the self tapping type installed into either cast or pilot drilled holes to suit customer's product manufacturing processes.


Thread inserts for woods and compositesRead more →

Tappex as a fastenings technical-leader has identified bespoke requirements for mechanical joining of contemporary materials such as Glass reinforced plastics (GRP), combinations of metal alloys/plastics, structural foams/wood/paper-based sandwich constructions and Carbon/Kevlar fibre laminates. Tappex is able to offer both standard and bespoke fastening product solutions, to suit OEM and other critical industrial applications.

Tappex Inserts for Woods & Composites fall broadly into 2 categories, namely: Self Threading Inserts, Case-hardened Screws and special Rivet Nuts (with bulge control feature).


Thread inserts for special applicationsRead more →

For some applications where, for example, stress-prone or brittle glass-filled Thermoplastics are specified, Tappex has developed bespoke Thread inserts just to suit these more demanding of plastics. These Threaded inserts either of Brass or Steel(s) manufacture can be 'post-mould' installed into machined or moulded plastics by 'pressing in' at ambient temperature , with HEAT applied or in some cases as self-threading/self-tapping type; some press-in thread inserts that have special external helical-knurl features to suit. Tappex can also supply Threaded inserts for plastics with special geometries to suit a customer's very specific installation/mechanical arrangements upon request.


Installation tooling for thread insertsRead more →

If a customer chooses not to in-mould a Tappex Threaded insert it still has the option of post mould press in or self threading types, each of which can be installed with bespoke tooling designed specifically for the purpose by Tappex. The Tappex range of installation tools for it's Threaded inserts includes hand tools (for R & D or Maintainance staff), Heat installation & Pantograph-arms carrying up to x3 Pnuematic, Torque settable screwdrivers (R & D and low/medium batch quantities, to suit).

Tappex HQ, Stratford-upon-avon
Tappex Thread Inserts Limited
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Tappex can supply samples to suit your application. To request samples, please choose a product then configure it to your specification using our product selector, then choose Order sample and complete the sample/quotation form.


For more Tappex videos, visit our Tappex YouTube Channel

Latest News
  • PDM Show Telford, 18-19th June 2014 Posted 18th May 2014 Tappex Thread Inserts will be exhibiting at this forthcoming Plastics Industries trade show, Telford International event centre, Wednesday & Thursday 18-19th June - stand nos E045. Read more
  • Tappex, Stand 11 at the FAST Show , Gaydon Heritage Motor Museum 27.3.14 Posted 14th March 2014 Tappex will be exhibiting at the forthcoming FAST Trade Show on the 27.3.14 , Gaydon Heritage centre, CV35 0BJ. Their link: This is a new new venue for the FAST Show and a return by Tappex Thread Inserts Ltd to annual event. Technical staff from Tappex will be on hand all day to discuss / support visitor enquiries for Thread Inserts for Plastics, Metals & Composites along with applications know-how over past 57 years of supplying the OEM, Plastics Industries & Global-Manufacturing supply chains. Read more
  • SMMT Automotive/Open Forum, Worcester 19.3.14 - Tappex Group Exhibiting. Posted 17th February 2014 Tappex Thread Inserts Ltd & Pressavon Ltd together, as the two UK based manufacturing companies of the Tappex Group, will exhibit together at the forthcoming SMMT Automotive / Open Forum, 19.3.14 @ Worcester Rugby Club, WR3 8ZE. Tappex Companies will present their range of Automotive & Industrial supply capabilities and will have experienced, technical-sales staff on hand to further help visitors with their enquiries & information requirements. Read more
  • Tappex - follow us on YouTube Posted 16th February 2014 Tappex has developed for accessibility on YouTube, videos of it's Threaded Inserts for Plastics, light- metal alloys & Composite materials. Enter on the YouTube search word box: either Tappex or Threaded Inserts and this will lead you to our page. Tappex Thread inserts can be viewed being installed into a variety of plastic materials utilising bespoke Tappex installation equipment and insertion processes i.e. COLD & HOT press-in and self-threading inserts utilising their widely-acclaimed FlexiArm with Pnuematic Torque settable screwdrivers. Tappex the home of Threaded Inserts for Plastics since 1957. Read more