In conjuction with our ‘Hague Forest’ tree planting scheme, Hague Fasteners are proud to announce we are a Carbon Neutral and Carbon Negative Company.
Hague have invested into the United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change Project under CDM Project 2535: CUIDEMOS Mexico (Campana De Uso Intelegente De Energia Mexico) – Smart Use of Energy Mexico, to retire Carbon Credits which offsets our Carbon Footprint for 2021 and then retired for years 2022 through 2025.
With the addition of our tree planting scheme we are ensuring that we have a positive impact on the environment, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we create through our operation whilst supporting economic and environmental projects and development in Haiti, Kenya and Madagascar.
A Black Country manufacturer that supplies critical components to iconic London buildings, New Street Station, sports stadiums and the world’s power stations is celebrating a big birthday in style.
Hague Fasteners, which produces non-standard fasteners and bespoke bolts, turned 50 years-old last week and marked the big anniversary by investing more than £100,000 into a new three-axis CNC lathe to help it deliver more complex parts and increased capacity.
The XYZ CT 65 LTY was commissioned at the start of the month and is already being used to deliver contracts for the oil and gas sector, with the company hoping the additional turnover will help it move towards its target of £2m sales by the end of the year.
It marks what has been the busiest period in the family-run firm’s recent history, with current Managing Director Jon Hague joined at the helm by his wife Claire and sons Jack (Technical Director), Tom (Customer Service) and Max (Finance).
“My father John Hague started the business 50 years ago and back then it was founded on technical expertise, the same technical expertise that is still crucial today in helping us supply parts to more than 30 countries across the world,” explained Jon, who joined Hague Fasteners straight from school in 1989.
“I think he’d be very proud that we have been able to withstand global recessions and the recent pandemic and the fact that the business now has the third generation of Hague working here.”
He continued: “The family ethic extends to all members of our 16-strong workforce. They have been absolutely fantastic during Covid-19, allowing us to remain operational and ensuring we could continue to provide critical fasteners and bolts to the NHS and for power stations all over the world.
“The new 3-axis CNC machine is a perfect way to celebrate five decades in business and puts a marker in the sand for the technology we are trying to embed into our future capabilities.”
Hague Fasteners has been manufacturing in the Black Country for the last fifty years, its most recent move being to an 8500 sq ft factory on Monmer Close in Willenhall in 2017.
From here, the company produces specialist fasteners, headed bolts, studs, nuts and milled components in high integrity materials and critical nickel alloys.
It has built an enviable reputation for supplying products you can’t get off the shelf in small to medium batch quantities and in very fast lead times. Working with high integrity steel and superalloy bar, the company can work to customer drawings to produce parts ranging in size from 2mm to 250mm in diameter.
Claire Hague, Company Owner, went on to add: “We also wanted to do something in our 50th year that left a lasting positive legacy, so made the commitment to become Carbon Neutral by 2024.
“This has seen us create the ‘Hague Forest’, where we will endeavour to plant and grow 200 trees every year in Haiti, Kenya and Madagascar to offset the 75 tonnes of CO2 we create manufacturing specialist fasteners for use across the globe.
“It’s our little way of giving something back and this, when combined with investment in apprenticeships, will hopefully ensure we start the next five decades in a positive social shape.”
In August of 2021, Hague Fasteners partnered with (more:trees) in an effort to plant trees in some of the World’s most essential Countries with an aim to become Carbon Neutral by 2024.
This ambitious commitment to our planet will need the Hague Forest to grow by 200 trees each year which will offset Carbon emissions from our Special Fasteners Energy consumption by sequesting over 75 Tonnes of Co2 from our tree planting projects in Haiti, Kenya and Madagascar.
Planting just 200 trees each year will help improve our impact on the environment while supporting climate action. Each tree we plant sequesters an estimated 0.3 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide over its growth life – meaning that our target of 200 per year will eventually result in 60 tonnes of CO2 being absorbed from the atmosphere in the future.
Hague Fasteners are proud to have manufactured and donated new wheel studs to help in the refurbishment of a classic Guy Victory Coach originally built in Wolverhampton in 1960.
This Guy Victory is one of very few still in existence and certainly the only Victory coach in the UK.
The restoration is just one of the many projects undertaken by the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, the Museum is totally volunteer-run and self-funded and with the charitable manufacturing wheel stud donation by Hague Fasteners, the project continues which will soon see the classic vehicle back on the road.
The Museum started over 40 years ago as the West Midlands Vintage Vehicle Society, a group of owners of preserved buses who needed somewhere to keep their vehicles, and who rented a barn just north of Wolverhampton.
When Birmingham City Council found they had a redundant tram depot needing occupation, the WMVVS stepped in and the Museum was born, changing the name to Aston Manor Road Transport Museum accordingly.
After 20 years in Aston, Birmingham the council imposed an unaffordable rent on the building, so the museum found themselves having to leave. Eventually they ended up in Aldridge, where they have been in their present building since 2012.
Jon Hague, Managing Director of Hague Fasteners visited Martín Fisher, Chairman of the Museum to see the specialist wheel studs being fitted by their skilled volunteers and to see the fantastic restoration first hand, Jon said “we are proud to have made the wheel studs as a charitable donation to ensure a piece of classic Wolverhampton and Great British manufacturing preserved for future generations to see and enjoy. Whilst we work extensively with modern technologies and futuristic projects is fantastic to continue supporting classic restorations and the hard work of time hardened British Engineers. The Guy Motors plant is a piece of Wolverhampton fine manufacturing history and its great to give a little back and ensure its great history is preserved.”
The Victory was an export only chassis, and was popular in Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, and this coach is a reminder of the large number of vehicles exported from the UK, and the Midlands in particular; now, no new coach chassis are built in the UK and most UK coaches come from exactly the same areas as Guy Motors used to sell to – Van Hool from Belgium, VDL (DAF) from the Netherlands and Scania and Volvo from Sweden.
This Guy was bought from new by Franky Tours, a small coach company based in Bruges, and had a very futuristic locally built body by Jonckheere. Unfortunately, in 1965, it rolled into a ditch in Germany, distorting the body so badly it was beyond repair, so a new, all-steel welded body was fitted by Van Hool, in a record turn round of 14 working days.
This black and white photograph shows the coach in Spain when newly rebodied; the driver was Raymond Van de Geuchte, the proprietor of the company, who named the coach Raoul after his son. Raoul later took over the business and so kindly donated the coach to the Museum. After a full service life, the Guy was taken out of service in 1979 and parked in the garage, its were seats removed so that it could be used as the company office, which is how it survived in such good condition for so many years.
This photo is of the coach being loaded in Bruges for transport back to the Museum, on 28th April 2017.
Despite having the engine running within a few weeks of its arrival, restoration has not been as straightforward as the museum had hoped, with the trials of the Coronavirus prolonged lockdown not helping, but they are now looking at making serious progress. The museum continues to seek the support of local businesses to help in their numerous restoration projects and anyone who would be willing to donate their time or products are invited to get in touch.
Likewise we hope that by spreading the news of the museums hard work and numerous exhibits, people may drop by to spend their time visiting the museum.
2021 sees a massive milestone in Hague Fasteners history, 50 years of Special Bolting Production in the heart of the Black Country.
In 1971, our founder and former Chairman, John Hague, moved from his roots in Yorkshire to the West Midlands and started his new Company to supply industry with on time manufactured bolting with hotshot delivery times.
There have been many changes to the business & methods through the years but there always remains focus on providing the very best in Customer Service as the core principal.
Hague Fasteners now operate in their custom refitted production facility just a few miles from their humble roots. A true family business that is now driven by son Jon Hague and his wife Claire along with their three sons Jack, Tom & Max, the 2nd & 3rd generation of Hagues’, the true “Craftsmen in Fasteners”.
Hague Fasteners are open and fully operational following the latest last minute announcement by the UK Government.
Protocol as at 5th January 2021 – Level 3
Production Fully Operational Administration Covid secure bubble fully operational on site. Critical Supply Chain Largely unaffected Transport & Logistics Largely unaffected
Our focus remains on protecting the wellbeing of our employees and their familiess whilst maintaining as close as possible to a normal service for our clients and customers.
Following the implementation of yet another National Lockdown in England, Hague Fasteners remain fully operational with a safe and secure environment for our Production Staff.
In addition, Hague Fasteners have an Emergency Response Team that is established and will act, depending on any change to internal alert level. Hague Fasteners will respond based on the action plan that has been established for the wellbeing of employees and their families, the continuous procurement of products and services, and business continuity.
Whilst ever possible and for the foreseeable future Hague Fasteners will continue to operate within these guidelines and will make every effort to maintain contractual agreements until this decision is taken out of our control.
If you are seeking an update please revert to the news section of our website as we will look to minimise non-emergency communication should our operating level change in the future. Our current operational status and Covid situation will be updated daily here.
We hope you and your families, colleagues and friends remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
We are pleased to report that our administritive side of the business is now returning to work following the observing of a period of isolation.
Any disruption caused by the short implementation of our Emergency Covid Protocol is being prioritised to eliminate any delays and/or recover lost time to the small number of clients affected by the preventative actions taken to protect our workforce and their families.
Our production facility is also operating at normal levels again following the activation of Staff Testing earlier this month.
We thank you again for your due consideration. We are all working in unprecedented times and we appreciate the good wishes and understanding.
Hague Fasteners have implemented an emergency protocol to manage a localised Covid infection within our administration department.
Our facility closed in full for a short time from Friday 6th November following a notification of a staff member developing symptoms who had been at work earlier that week.
Following risk review the administration side of the business will remain closed for a short time with limited remote operation being implemented to help manage any disruption.
The production side of the business has not had contact with any potential infection and all staff have been excluded from work pending a negative Covid Test. All staff have now sought a test and are returning to work once they have confirmation they are Covid free.
We are confident that the provisions taken will ensure the very best in risk elimination and will enable us to provide a Covid Safe & Secure environment for our on site workers.
Our prime focus is on the well-being and health of our staff and we send our best wishes to those affected by this pandemic.
It is unfortunately inevitable that the provisions taken may have a delaying effect on some of our delivery obligations, we are working hard to minimise this impact and would like to thank our Suppliers and Clients for their understanding during these unprecedented times.
All efforts are be focused on the speedy recovery of the operation and the ongoing safety of our staff.
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