Tappex Thread Inserts and the PPME Exhibition


Tappex are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the PPME Exhibition (Plastics, Prototyping and Metals Exhibition) being held at the Concorde Centre, Manchester Airport on the 21st April 2016.

The exhibition will be open between 8:30am and 2:30pm.


The Tappex sales engineers will be on hand to offer technical advice and support for your current, or upcoming applications involving thread inserts for plastics, metals, wood or composite materials.


Tappex are a proud UK manufacturer who have specialised in the field of Threaded Inserts for nearly 60 years. Our product range includes mould-in, hot or cold pressed, self-tapping and ultrasonically installed inserts, manufactured from Brass, Eco-brass (lead free), case hardened steel or stainless steel (303/316 grades).


To find out more about the exhibition please click here

Entry is by Pre-registration only, so click here to register for free entry, VIP Visitor badge, free parking, free bacon roll and drink on arrival. Registration also includes an exclusive tour of the iconic Concorde aircraft.



The Tappex Group’s Website’s and Email Servers are back on-line!

We’re pleased to report that all of the Tappex Group’s websites & Email servers are back up and running with full functionality.

Please feel free to take browse using the links below…

Tappex Thread Inserts

Tappex US Site


Apologies for any inconvenience caused by our recent IT issues.

If you’d like any further technical advice or assistance please get i n touch by email : sales@tappex.co.uk or give us a call on +44 (0) 1789 206 600.

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Tappex continues to build for the future.

Construction of a new factory  Summer 2015 / Winter 2016 (re-located to the main Tappex-parent company site, also Masons Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, UK:

New Factory photo Spring 2.5.15 Summer 2015

Photo in side construction Sept 2015 Autumn 2015

Photo North side construction (2) Early-Winter 2015/16

32 Mid-Winter 2016

New Pressavon Bldg finished Winter2016 Late Winter 2016 – ‘fully operation with customer product going out of-the-door.



Pressavon website (new) – due for release in Spring 2017…www.pressavon.co.uk

Northern Manufacturing Exhibition 30th September & 1st October 2015

The Tappex Group of Companies, incorporating Tappex Thread Inserts and Pressavon are pleased to confirm that we’ll be exhibiting at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition.


The exhibition is to be held on the 31st September & 1st October 2105 at Manchester’s Event City, and tickets are free when you pre-register by clicking here…


Tappex, the Uk’s leading manufacturer of threaded inserts for plastics, composites, metals and woods have specialised in thread insert fasteners since 1956. Our knowledgeable sales engineers will be on hand to answer any queries you might have about about selecting the right insert for your application, to discuss your latest projects involving inserts and to demonstrate our range of installation tooling, including the Flexi-Arm pneumatic screwdriver, heat inserter machine and hand tools. We have some useful videos of our installation tooling on our You-tube channel, but why not come and try the tools out for yourselves.

Pressavon are a first and second tier supplier of bespoke progression tooled bracketry, primarily to the automotive industry and based in Stratford-Upon-Avon for more than 50 years.

Our Pressavon engineers will be available to discuss our range of products and services including bespoke progression Tooled Bracketry, second operation welding and sub-assembly and our speciality – fluid pipe bracketry for automotive applications .

We look forward to seeing you there. 

In the meantime, if you have any more urgent requirements, give us a call on 01789 206 600 or email us sales@tappex.co.uk

Tappex Heat Installation Machine for Press in type Thread Inserts

Introducing the high quality heat inserter machine from Tappex Thread Inserts Ltd.

A machine that’s built to last, the body and foot are manufactured from cast aluminium with an epoxy powder-coated finish and the post is made from steel. The machine can be used to install any of the Tappex press in range of inserts – (Multisert, Dedsert, Microbarb or Suresert ranges) from M2 upto M12.

Heat installation machine, exclusively from Tappex

Heat installation machine, exclusively from Tappex

The machine’s features include…

Installation Speed Control – an adjustable damper that prevents the insert from being pressed in before the material has had chance to melt.

Installation Complete Indicator – A green LED illuminates when the insert has been installed to the correct height, this ensures optimum cycle times are achieved.

Variable temperature range – Upto 400 degrees C – ensures the machine can be used on a great variety of materials. (Temperature is limited to 400 degrees prior to delivery, machine is capable of higher temperatures but may affect the lifespan of the heater element).

Other specifications…

  • Stroke depth of 75mm
  • Adjustable height / Stop Position
  • CE Marked
  • Voltage 230V AC 50Hz
  • Output 400w
  • Complete with Three Heat Tips (manufactured in house so we can offer additional tips and bespoke designs to suit)

Heat InstallerTo see the machine in action, follow this link to our youtube channel.. 

Alternatively if you’d like some advice on heat inserting, product selection or to request an on-site demonstration of the heat inserter machine, then please give our sales office a call on +44 (0) 1789 206600, or drop us an email to sales@tappex.co.uk.

Tappex Thread Inserts – Coming to an Exhibition near you – PDM 2015

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The Tappex Group of Companies will be exhibiting at this years Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition – PDM2015.

Tappex group includes the following two operations both based in the West Midlands and of independent family ownership since 1956.

Tappex Thread Inserts Ltd are manufacturers of fastening product solutions for the OEM/Plastics Industries. Our comprehensive range of Threaded Inserts & Compression Limiters can be used for mouldings including Injection, Compression, SMC & DMC, Wood Laminates, Composite material constructions & Light Metal Alloys.

OEM applications include Automotive vehicle Electronics/Control enclosures, Interiors trim & dashboard constructions, Exterior fitments & Chassis parts. Many of our components are found in critical applications across a range of industries including aerospace, marine, rail, domestic appliances, telecommunications medical instruments and motorsport to name a few.

Threaded Inserts may be specified for inclusion within bespoke mould tooling, post-mould installation whether by physical press-in (at Ambient temperatures, or with Heat or Ultrasonics) alternatively they may be of the self-threading type.

Tappex Threaded inserts are suitable for a very wide range of Thermoplastic & Thermoset materials, including the latest engineering plastics and composite materials.

Tappex have in-house applications engineers, prototyping, mechanical test as well as relevant project management experience to look after OEM/Automotive AQP requirements.

Tappex product both standards & specials are supplied to OEM & their supply chains including JLR, VW Group, Mercedes Benz, MAN & JCB – Tappex works with Tiers – 1,2 & 3 to suit.

Our knowledgeable sales engineers will be on hand at the PDM exhibition to demonstrate our range of installation machinery and also to discuss your current or upcoming projects involving threaded inserts.

To see the Tappex range of products please follow this link… www.Tappex.co.uk

Pressavon Ltd – Progression-tooled metal pressed parts for OEM/Automotive Industries. 1st & 2nd supplier to Automotive & Brown Goods Industries.

Long-standing experience of developing solutions for fluid pipe/tube bracketry & sub-assemblies (currently supply via Tier-1 into Mazda such a volume part). Some specialization also with 2nd.Op. welding (including Robot),Vibro-deburr & mechanical sub-assembly. Capable of handling material sections up to 6mm thickness with 25-220Tonne Hydra-Mechanical Presses. Knowledge of tooling & process requirements for Cold/Hot formed steels (including high tensile grades) & also non-ferrous materials.

Experienced project managers who will take responsibility from concept to series supply of customer’s parts. For more information on Pressavon please follow the link to our website here… www.pressavon.co.uk

Both the Tappex & Pressavon companies operate under BS9001-2008 & ISO 14001 accredited controls, hold IMDS registration and undertake PPAP/ISIR’s as required.

Tappex Hand Tools – For installing Brass and Stainless Steel Self-Tapping Thread Inserts

Tappex Patented hand tools are designed to allow the quick, easy, accurate and repeatable installation of Tappex self tapping thread inserts for plastics, metals or composite materials.

Tappex Range of hand tools - available in metric thread sizes of M2 to M10. Other thread forms are available upon request.

Tappex Range of hand tools – available in thread sizes M2 to M10. Other thread forms are available upon request.

The Tappex range of hand tools feature….

  • A Metric hexagon drive and so can be used with either a socket drive tool or tap wrench
  • Extended nose design to help where access is restricted
  • Centered to aid alignment with pillar drill or mill
  • Alignment bush retained by an O ring which allows removal of the shroud if space is limited
  • A nose designed to install the insert to the correct depth – ensuring consistently that the best performance is achieved

For a video showing the Tappex hand tool in use, please follow this link to visit our you tube page.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your application further, then please do give our technical sales office a us a call on 01789 206 600 or drop us an e-mail to sales@tappex.co.uk.