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Challenge (Europe) Ltd has recently been launched as the result of a management buyout. Its predecessor was originally set up in 1972 as a stockist and distributor of threaded fasteners, with an emphasis on supplying companies located within the UK.
Recently, Challenge have developed Project Manufacturing Partnerships for sub-contract manufacture, sub-assembly and logistic supply. These have developed from a simple kitting process to cover supply chain management from co-operative product development, tooling control and global sourcing through to stock monitoring.
Project Manufacturing Partnerships developed in a number of ways from the original threaded fastener distribution function. These 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 ISO9002 award for quality in 1997, and the company is a member of the Engineering Industries Association. The Challenge service enables them to supply systems such as 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.