Classified broadly as fasteners, nuts, bolts and screws are easy to overlook but ubiquitous in industrial activity, from assembling a table or chair to building a skyscraper or a cross-sea bridge. Illustration: Henry Wong
Classified broadly as fasteners, nuts, bolts and screws are easy to overlook but ubiquitous in industrial activity, from assembling a table or chair to building a skyscraper or a cross-sea bridge. Illustration: Henry Wong

China’s fastener firms, ‘the rice of industry’, grapple with the nuts and bolts of a slowing economy

  • Handan city produces more than half of the nuts, bolts and screws used in China’s construction and manufacturing industry
  • Fastener manufacturers are seeking to expand foreign sales to make up for weaker domestic demand as China’s economic growth has hit record lows

Classified broadly as fasteners, nuts, bolts and screws are easy to overlook but ubiquitous in industrial activity, from assembling a table or chair to building a skyscraper or a cross-sea bridge. Illustration: Henry Wong
Classified broadly as fasteners, nuts, bolts and screws are easy to overlook but ubiquitous in industrial activity, from assembling a table or chair to building a skyscraper or a cross-sea bridge. Illustration: Henry Wong
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