Threaded inserts and fastening solutions since 1956.

Tappex Thread Inserts Limited, UK-based, an integral part of a privately owned SME group of companies established for over 60 years now and serving both UK and International OEMS and their manufacturing supply chains, from its Stratford upon Avon HQ. Tappex Group Co's include also: Pressavon Ltd, UK ( , Sweden (C Edgren & Tappex-Finland ( Globally, Tappex has also has an International network of independant technical-sales distributors, country-representatives & sales agents.

Tappex® is an original equipment supplier of it's own-manufactured threaded inserts, supported by in-house CAD design, prototyping, tool-making and mechanical test-facilities that few other fastener manufacturers can match. Tappex extensive range of brass thread inserts, steel & stainless-steel threaded inserts are available, often from stock, for moulding-in, post-mould self-threading and/or physical press-fit installation (24 standard of geometries, metric M1.4 to M30, as well as Unified & British Standards thread forms also available).

OEM applications in most engineering plastics, composite materials and now light metal alloys can be supplied from both Tappex 'standards' as well as Tappex can develop bespoke solutions; this in order to suit customer's critical application(s) if necessary. Tappex are able to support the requirements of customers whether in small quantites or for significantly higher volumes, on a global basis.

An experienced technical and customer-service team who are available to guide / help customers to the appropriate technical solutions (we have native speakers of English, Bulgarian, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Russian & Swedish languages).

Thread inserts for plastics Read more →

Tappex® offer a broad range of threaded inserts for plastics to suit mould-in and post-mould installation dependant customer's application requirements as well as in-house manufacturing process considerations. Design guidance available.


Thread inserts for metals Read more →

Tappex® has a specific thread inserts designed for critical applications in Light-metal alloys such as: Castings, Extrusions, Machined & fabricated parts produced from 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. Design guidance available.


Thread inserts for woods and composites Read 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 patented bulge control feature).Design guidance available.


Thread inserts for special applications Read more →

For some applications where, for example, stress-prone or brittle glass-filled Thermoplastics are specified, Tappex has developed special threaded inserts just to suit these more demanding of plastics. These threaded inserts an be supplied either from Brass or Steel(s) for post-mould / press-in installation, typically into either machined or moulded plastics at ambient temperature , with HEAT applied. Alternatively, some Tappex thread inserts can be installed with self-threading function; some 'press-in' thread inserts also have a 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 inserts Read more →

The Tappex range of installation tools include: Heat Installer (074 HIV), FlexiArm® (035 series) , Production drivers (029) and Hand tools (030/031 series) which enable the installation of its threaded inserts by either Pressing-in or self-threading methods this to suit a wide range of plastics, laminates, woods & non-ferrous metals. The Tappex FlexiArm® is particularly suitable for batch/medium-volume production operations , offered with a wide range of standard, special production drivers & can incorporate up to x3 Pneumatic, Torque-settable screwdrivers these being Pantograph mounted. Tappex has also designed its own range of manual / hand-installation tools to meet the needs of R & D and low volume requirements for it's comprehensive range of threaded inserts.

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Latest News
  • Additional Manufacturing Operators & Maintenance Fitter required for Multi-Spindle Turning Operations! Posted 14th February 2017 Due to the continued & strong growth in demand for its products, globally, Tappex now require additional Manufacturing associates to help to sustain this exciting phase of development of this well-established, independent, SME company. Operators would be expected to work morning and 'late' shifts on an alternate weekly basis and can look forward to competitive rates of pay and conditions commensurate with a progressive Midlands-based Manufacturing organisation. Read more
  • Season's Greetings from the Tappex Group of Co's. Posted 19th December 2016 The Directors and staff of Tappex wish all of its Customers, Distributors & Suppliers a like a very peaceful Christmas & Prosperous New Year 2017. Read more
  • Tappex Group of Co's - Exhibiting @ Automechnika 2016 , Birmingham NEC, 7-9 June 2016 Posted 29th April 2016 The Tappex Group will present it's UK-based Manufacturing & International Distribution capabilities @ the forthcoming International Automechnika Show in June @ the NEC - our stand is '9A56'. Alongside both exhibiting OEMs & Automotive Manufacturing Tier 1 & 2 companies, Tappex Group shall demonstrate its well-established supply chain operation, now in their 60th year, and still of private / independent ownership! Read more
  • FAST SHOW WITH PPE, Manchester, 21st April 2016 - TAPPEX EXHIBITING. Posted 7th March 2016 Tappex Thread Inserts Ltd will be exhibiting @ the PPME / FAST Show, Concorde Suite, Nr. Manchester Airport April 21st 2016, 08.30 - 14.30 hrs. See Tappex Blog: 'tappexthreadinserts' Read more
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