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Challenge (Europe) Ltd

Challenge (Europe) Ltd is an ISO9001 stockist and distributor of threaded fasteners, with an emphasis on supplying manufacturing companies located within the UK with specialist standard or custom components.

This includes extensive stock and application specific supply capability for screws and bolts of all types including machine screws, self-drilling screws, hammer drive screws, wood screws, self-tapping, thread-forming screws and sems. Bolts include Hex head, construction floor anchors, coach bolts and studding. They have an extensive stock of socket head screws as well as nuts, cage nuts, rivet nuts, Tee nuts, weld nuts, u nuts, wing nuts, barb nuts and combi nuts. Washers are stocked in depth from flat and shake proof to mudguard, copper grip and terminal cup types, to crinkle washers, sealing and Belville washers, spring and cup washers, as well as O rings. Rivets include blind and tubular, alongside split cotter pins, dowel/groove pins, weld studs, tension pins, self-clinching and brass threaded inserts.

Challenge also carry useful ancillary products such as grommets, plugs and screw caps, carrying handles, valve knobs, cable ties and the range of Action Can lubricants, sprays and aerosols.

Challenge operates Project Manufacturing Partnerships for sub-contract manufacture, sub-assembly and logistic supply. These have developed over many years from simple kitting processes to cover supply chain management including co-operative product development, tooling control and global sourcing through to stock monitoring.

Project Manufacturing Partnerships have developed in a number of ways from the original threaded fastener distribution function, while threaded product ranges have expanded to include more sizes, more materials, and more finishes. New products have been included, such as rivets/pins and sole UK distributorship of the Dubo ring, together with associated products such as the toothed collar ring, Korrex nut caps, and insulating bushes. Challenge are now suppliers to customers in many market sectors - this includes associations with the electronics industry, building products, construction industry, automotive industry and white goods manufacturers.

Quality has always been a top priority for Challenge, reflected both in the product range they stock, and in the service they provide. Challenge gained the ISO9001 award for quality in 1996, and the company is a member of the Engineering Industries Association. The Challenge service enables them to supply systems such as Vendor Managed Inventory, Kanban, JIT, and Linefeed. The company also offers a specialised sub-assembly and packing service, allowing customers products to be supplied in the most efficient format. Combined with the availability of their own UK delivery fleet, the service that Challenge offer cannot be surpassed.


Products

Threaded products - screws

Threaded products - screws

Machine screws, self-drilling screws, hammer drive screws, wood screws, self-tapping screws, thread forming screws for plastics, thread forming screws...

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Threaded products - bolts, studdings and fixings

Threaded products - bolts, studdings and fixings

Hexagon headed high tensile bolts, hexagon headed high tensile set screws, hexagon serrated flange set screws, hexagon plain flange bolts, constructio...

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Socket Products – Screws & Bolts

Socket Products – Screws & Bolts

Socket button head screws, socket countersunk screws, socket head cap screws, socket shoulder screws, socket set screws, socket pipe plugs, taper pres...

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Nut products

Nut products

Dome nuts, full and half nuts, self-locking nuts, flange nuts, rivet bushes, rivet nuts, cage nuts, square nuts, tee nuts, weld nuts, u nuts, wing nut...

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Washers and Dubo Ring

Washers and Dubo Ring

Flat washers, shakeproof washers, mudguard washers, copper grip washers, terminal cup washers, crinkle washers, sealing washers, belleville washers, c...

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Rivets and Pins

Rivets and Pins

Blind rivets, tubular rivets, slotted steel tension pins, split cotter pins, dowel and groove pins, weld studs, self-clinching pins, brass threaded in...

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Ancillary Products

Ancillary Products

Korrex nut caps, korrex protective caps, korrex insulating bushes, grommets, plugs and screw caps, instrument carrying handles, chrome handles, clamp ...

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"O" rings

"O" rings

Ubiquitous for their excellent sealing qualities, “O” rings come in a wide range of materials to suit arduous applications sometimes involving moving ...

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Action can products

Action can products

Action Can industrial lubricants, cleaning sprays, foams and many related aerosols such as copper grease, cutting fluids, car cleaner, anti-static spr...

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Barb nuts

Barb nuts

Combining the benefits of an externally toothed shakeproof washer with a hex nut in a pre-assembled unit. These are generally cold formed steel hex nu...

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Belleville washers

Belleville washers

Disc spring conical shaped washers which provide a degree of continuous load and anti-vibration performance to a threaded fastener assembly. High qual...

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Blind rivets

Blind rivets

A variety of flange sizes and stem configurations are available dependent on the material being riveted. These control the clamping force and act to s...

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Brass threaded inserts

Brass threaded inserts

Used to provide a robust thread in moulded/fabricated plastic components where the softness of the substrate precludes a tapped thread. Brass threaded...

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Cable ties

Cable ties

Cable ties or cable wraps are available in high grade nylon to many standard lengths/widths and in many colours. A variety of locking mechanisms are a...

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Cage nuts

Cage nuts

Also known as captive nuts, these are used as a “spring-in-fit” nut in square or slotted holes in sheet steel or other rigid materials. They provide a...

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Captive screws

Captive screws

Captive screws are retained by means of a having a reduced diameter shank following on from a standard screw thread – usually with a raised head for t...

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Chrome handles

Chrome handles

Foldable light duty steel handles – chrome plated. For use on instruments, cases, trollies etc.

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Clamp screws

Clamp screws

Matching screw and nut combinations specifically for clamping of components by hand operation rather than for screwing into a component. Available in ...

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Coach bolts

Coach bolts

Coach bolts are also known as carriage bolts. They feature a square neck under a dome head which provides a degree of security. Generally available in...

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Combi nuts

Combi nuts

Sometimes known as carp nuts, these combine a plain or domed washer assembled into a hexagonal nut so saving time, operations and loss of washers. The...

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Construction floor anchors

Construction floor anchors

Two basic types of construction floor anchors are offered, the Shield Anchor and the Throughbolt; both working on a similar principle of an expanding ...

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Copper grip washers

Copper grip washers

Used for electrical terminations where a cable end is clamped and locked into place between the tabs of two interlocking washers. As the name implies ...

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Crinkle washers

Crinkle washers

Also known as wavy washers, they provide a degree of anti-vibration resistance and load spreading. Generally in stainless steel or Beryllium Copper in...

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Cup washers

Cup washers

Cup washers or screw cup washers provide a decorative finish and a light load spreading function. These washers are generally available in brass with ...

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Custom specialist machined parts

Custom specialist machined parts

Produced in most metals and sometimes plastics – non-standard items are specials to customer drawings or non-standard sizes to international standards...

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Dome nuts

Dome nuts

Dome nuts are also known as acorn nuts and protect the end thread of a screw and provide a decorative finish. Sizes from M4 to M24 in zinc plated stee...

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Dowel and groove pins

Dowel and groove pins

Dowels are a solid pin that are traditionally used for accurate location and alignment relying on the tightness of fit to stay in position. These are ...

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Dubo Retaining Rings

Dubo Retaining Rings

This product is proving to be an increasingly popular method of meeting the dual requirements of sealing and locking. Applications range from the simp...

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Dubo Toothed Collar Rings

Dubo Toothed Collar Rings

The DUBO-toothed collar ring is a unique addition to the DUBO-retaining ring, and is intended for use in combination with high quality steel nuts (8.8...

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Engineers studs

Engineers studs

Engineers studs - threaded studding with a plain length which makes them suitable for accurate location of sheets, flanges or other components. Some s...

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Challenge Europe announce manufacturing partnerships for threaded fasteners

Challenge Europe announce manufacturing partnerships for threaded fasteners

At a time when reshoring is very much a topic of concern, Challenge Europe are delighted to announce their partnership capabilities for sourcing and s...

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Challenge Europe – wire thread inserts for high-strength threads in soft materials

Challenge Europe – wire thread inserts for high-strength threads in soft materials

Specialist threaded fasteners often need help in forming the best attachment to soft core materials such as aluminium or magnesium alloys. Challenge E...

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Challenge Europe address the dangers of “internet specification” of threaded fasteners

Challenge Europe address the dangers of “internet specification” of threaded fasteners

With all the benefits of the internet it has become apparent that there are dangers – who of us has not come across the life-critical disease “we have...

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Challenge Europe address problems of over specification in threaded fasteners

Challenge Europe address problems of over specification in threaded fasteners

Ultimately, one can never know completely how a fastener will function in-situ until you try it which is why accelerated ageing trials and extended ex...

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Machine Screws - Challenge Europe discuss what you would use these products for

Machine Screws - Challenge Europe discuss what you would use these products for

Machine screws are used almost everywhere! They are ubiquitous in assembly roles world-wide, especially for fixing accessories to castings, fixing cas...

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Challenge Europe – ex-stock threaded fasteners for challenging times

Challenge Europe – ex-stock threaded fasteners for challenging times

Challenge Europe have always had a belief that “you can’t sell from an empty basket” and so have had a long-term policy of stocking heavily to ensure ...

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Challenge Europe discuss the risks of reliance on the automatic specification selection feature in CAD systems

Challenge Europe discuss the risks of reliance on the automatic specification selection feature in CAD systems

Challenge Europe come across the risks of excessive reliance on the automatic specification selection feature in many CAD systems at the design stage....

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Challenge Europe – specialist guidance re screw materials and finishes an important factor in successful applications

Challenge Europe – specialist guidance re screw materials and finishes an important factor in successful applications

The team at Challenge Europe are used to dealing with questions of specification regarding materials and finishes of threaded fasteners. This preferab...

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Ex-stock and custom Machine Screws – Challenge Europe discuss their future

Ex-stock and custom Machine Screws – Challenge Europe discuss their future

Machine Screws represent a technology that is now conventional, so that Challenge Europe believe it is interesting to ask “what is their future?” We ...

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US/UK/EU The future for Imperial and Metric Screws

US/UK/EU The future for Imperial and Metric Screws

Sorting out the multiplicity of screw thread designs has been such a big issue for so long that there are lots of guides to give approximate conversio...

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Self-drilling/self-tapping screws stocked in depth for metals and plastics at Challenge Europe

Self-drilling/self-tapping screws stocked in depth for metals and plastics at Challenge Europe

Self-drilling/self-tapping screws for metals and plastics – ex-stock from Challenge Europe are often used in the construction industry, e.g. for fixin...

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The Challenge Europe difference between Thread-forming screws and Self-tappers

The Challenge Europe difference between Thread-forming screws and Self-tappers

Challenge Europe are delighted to hold in stock both metal thread-forming screws, e.g. for castings etc where they secure components by forming a mach...

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Challenge Europe announce ex-stock star/multi-splined (TORX) drive screws

Challenge Europe announce ex-stock star/multi-splined (TORX) drive screws

Challenge Europe are pleased to offer ex-stock Hexalobular Internal Drive screws (generically of the TORX style) as part of their manufacturing supply...

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Socket Head Screws from Challenge Europe

Socket Head Screws from Challenge Europe

Ex-stock production supply specialists Challenge Europe are pleased to offer five types of socket screws from stock to support the engineering/assembl...

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Service packages – the most important component in manufacturing

Service packages – the most important component in manufacturing

Here at Challenge Europe are delighted to offer a fastener sourcing and supply chain service to manufacturing design and production engineers and cons...

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Custom Nuts - Challenge Europe provide the solution

Custom Nuts - Challenge Europe provide the solution

Custom nuts from Challenge Europe meet many widely varying needs in materials such as steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminium, plastic or exo...

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Custom Fasteners – a speciality from Challenge Europe from screws and bolts to formed and threaded rods

Custom Fasteners – a speciality from Challenge Europe from screws and bolts to formed and threaded rods

From some of the simplest and most commonly available fasteners such as the humble machine screw to the more specialised and often heavily customised ...

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Production, products and service – Kevin Moorcroft of Challenge Europe explains the nuts and bolts of successful manufacturing relationships

Production, products and service – Kevin Moorcroft of Challenge Europe explains the nuts and bolts of successful manufacturing relationships

Manufacturing philosophies are subject to change and fashion, but Challenge Europe find that the one constant is the need for trust between suppliers ...

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Challenge Europe – construction floor anchors – types and usage

Challenge Europe – construction floor anchors – types and usage

Challenge Europe are pleased to announce that they stock a number of basic types of construction floor anchor including the Shield Anchor and the Thro...

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Custom special threaded fasteners – a “stock” service at Challenge Europe

Custom special threaded fasteners – a “stock” service at Challenge Europe

The team at Challenge Europe recognise that manufacturing today is very much a partnership operation, based on mutual respect and trust, succeeding on...

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Action Can from Challenge Europe for manufacturers and installers

Action Can from Challenge Europe for manufacturers and installers

As specialists in the world of industrial threaded fasteners, the team at Challenge Europe are pleased to announce stocking of the Action Can range of...

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Challenge Europe address urgent need for "O" rings

Challenge Europe address urgent need for "O" rings

The team at Challenge Europe have found that alongside their core threaded fastener range, there is a demand for sealing "O" rings on an urgent basis ...

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Challenge Europe offer thread locking devices, ex-stock

Challenge Europe offer thread locking devices, ex-stock

Challenge Europe are pleased to offer ex-stock thread locking solutions for general industrial assembly purposes. One of the most common and simplest ...

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How to choose a screw drive – a brief guide from Challenge Europe

How to choose a screw drive – a brief guide from Challenge Europe

Kevin Moorcroft, M.D. at Challenge Europe, explains some features of different screw drive types Anyone regularly using simple slotted drive screws –...

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Challenge Europe – specialist screws in various materials and finishes

Challenge Europe – specialist screws in various materials and finishes

Industry screw specialists Challenge Europe recently announced the breadth of screw materials and finishes they work with on behalf of their industria...

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Challenge Europe take aim at theft, vandalism and equipment tampering with Hafren fasteners

Challenge Europe take aim at theft, vandalism and equipment tampering with Hafren fasteners

The need to safeguard against theft, vandalism and tampering is an increasingly essential part of many design specifications. Hafren security fastener...

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Threaded and helical inserts ex-stock from Challenge Europe Ltd

Threaded and helical inserts ex-stock from Challenge Europe Ltd

Challenge Europe are delighted to carry an ex-stock standard range of metric and imperial threaded inserts for use in the manufacturing and installati...

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Hex drive bolts and screws - Challenge Europe announce stock/supply capability

Hex drive bolts and screws - Challenge Europe announce stock/supply capability

Hex headed high tensile bolts and screws, together with hex drive socket head cap screws, are the mainstays of industrial fastening and as such are st...

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Industrial Screws range ex-stock from Challenge Europe

Industrial Screws range ex-stock from Challenge Europe

Challenge Europe – “the nuts and bolts of your business” people, are pleased to announce they are stocking industrial screws in metric sizes to ISO an...

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Safe and secure – fasteners from Challenge Europe

Safe and secure – fasteners from Challenge Europe

Challenge Europe, in conjunction with their sales partners Hafren, are delighted to offer safety and security through the medium of their primary fast...

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Manufacturing Partnerships

Manufacturing Partnerships

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  • Shuttleworth Road
  • Bedford
  • Bedfordshire
  • MK41 0EP

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