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Global Sourcing Overview

Services Include:

  • Factory audits (scheduled and non-scheduled)
  • Procurement
  • Pre-production and pre-shipment testing (samples approved by your engineering team prior to mass production)
  • Customs clearance
  • Flexible delivery — from direct container shipment to a Fastenal-managed point of use program
  • The quote is inclusive of all logistics and freight expenses; and as importer of record, Fastenal assumes all risk until the product is delivered
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Core Competencies - Customer Per-Print Parts

Our fully-licensed trading company (FASTCO) provides custom-manufactured solutions for customers in a spectrum of industries ranging from HVAC and heavy equipment to aerospace and transportation. Below is a sampling of commonly supplied products:

  • Machined parts
  • Injection molded parts
  • Stampings
  • Other commodities (e.g. gloves, chain, wire rope slings)
  • Forgings
  • Rivets
  • Fittings
  • Fasteners
  • Castings
  • Metal fabrications
  • Bearings
  • Casters
  • Kitted components
Quality Systems

Fastenal's corporate functions are centered on the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and we're registered at locations worldwide, including our global sourcing operations. Below is a look at the quality systems we've put in place to identify best-in-class manufacturers, closely monitor their performance, and develop strong partnerships built on a shared commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

Product Standards & Testing
  • Review technical and engineering drawings/prints
  • Create product testing plans
  • Engage with suppliers to ensure consistent manufacturing processes and identify cost savings
  • Auditing potential and existing suppliers' quality management systems to ensure consistent, quality product is delivered
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited Laboratories
  • Labs in Taiwan, Shanghai, Malaysia, and the Czech Republic (in addition to North America)
  • Responsible for testing pre-production and pre-shipment samples
Supplier Quality Engineering
  • Coordinate with suppliers to improve performance and implement process controls
  • Provide additional engineering and technical trainings to suppliers
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