About Us

ND—The Solutions Provider

Solving our customers’ toughest problems through innovative technologies, competitive pricing, and industry-leading service

Company History

A family-owned business since 1955, ND Industries specializes in the development of innovative materials and processes which increase the safety and reliability of fastener assemblies. Headquartered outside Detroit, Michigan, ND serves a global market with 13 divisions in the continental US, facilities in Taiwan, China, and Turkey, and licensees around the world.

 

ND’s core business revolves around the application of a wide variety of materials onto fasteners and assemblies to aid in functions such as locking, sealing, masking, lubricating, and noise and vibration dampening. ND also manufactures a line of bottled adhesive and sealant products under the Vibra-Tite brand name for MRO and retail use.

 

As a fully integrated supplier ND is a cost effective, highly responsive alternative to products and services from companies such as Loctite®, 3M®, Nylok®, and Long-Lok®. We exceed our customers’ expectations by providing personalized engineering consultation and customer-centric product research and development. Our specialized team of chemists and laboratory facilities are second to none.

The ND Advantage

ND’s success in the Pre-Applied fastener industry is due in large part to the strength of its resources. Whether a customer’s project requires chemical engineering, chemical manufacturing, mechanical engineering, inspecting and sorting, bottling and packaging services, or A2LA lab testing, no other fastener processor can match ND’s in-house capabilities.

Product Insurance

Even the best-designed fastener assemblies can succumb to a range of negative side effects including rattling, leaking, loosening, seizing, stripping, corroding, or shearing. Each of these issues could potentially lead to a product failure and costly warranty claims or recalls. Because product quality matters, turn to ND Industries to provide solutions for all these problems and more.

Innovative Products

From two base products in 1965 to currently over 220, ND has built one of the most extensive product portfolios in the industry through continual research, lab testing, and customer feedback. ND's wide selection and chemical manufacturing capabilities make it easy to find a material, or have one formulated, to solve even the toughest assembly challenges.

Product Divisions & Services

Providing high-volume material application in a quality conscious environment

 

ND’s Pre-Applied Application Centers are where it all comes together. Once a customer has selected the ND product which meets their specifications, un-coated fasteners are shipped from a manufacturer or distributor to one of ND’s thirteen worldwide divisions or licensees.

 

Once on-site, ND Plant Supervisors and Machine Operators carefully direct and monitor each part as it is processed—sometimes for multiple materials. To maintain consistent quality, ND divisions operate under strict ISO or AS certifications and, if appropriate, utilize smart factory technology, including vision inspection systems, for in-process checks.

 

ND also offers services like part sorting, color coding, and even partial assembly, specially designed to make subsequent assembly simple, fast, and more accurate.

Investing in ND’s future through the development of cutting-edge products and services

 

To ensure the highest product quality standards possible, we assembled a team of degreed scientists and PHD chemists dedicated to the development and testing of all our chemical formulations. With more than 55 years of experience in the Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace and Military markets, ND has built one of the most extensive product portfolios in the pre-applied fastener industry. Each ND material has been specifically designed to solve a unique customer application issue.

 

Not one to rest on its laurels, ND’s in-house R&D and Chemical Manufacturing staff continually works to optimize existing materials and formulate new products through rigorous lab and Quality Control procedures. The ND Technologies Group holds an A2LA ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation and is able to assist customers by performing independent testing for a wide range of criteria.

Responsive, on demand chemical manufacturing and toll blending

 

Once a product formulation is complete, production moves next door to ND’s chemical blending facility where scale-up takes place. The close proximity and collaborative workflow greatly reduce manufacturing time and allow for the customization of materials to customer specifications. ND’s chemical blending operation annually manufactures over one million pounds of a wide variety of adhesives, microcaps, anaerobics, epoxies, urethanes, ultraviolets, acrylics, and more.

 

ND chemical toll blending services provide customers with the opportunity to have their own chemical formulations blended, packaged, and prepared for sale.

Building the equipment that applies ND’s custom formulations

 

When developing a pre-applied product, formulating the right chemical blend is only half the challenge. Just as important is the process of applying that material onto fasteners. That’s where ND’s Design Engineering Group steps in. They work along side R&D to build the custom application equipment that gives ND the ability to meet virtually any processing requirement.

 

ND machines operate at some of the fastest rates in the industry while the parts processed exhibit both excellent visual and performance qualities. ND prides itself on the fact that we are able to achieve these goals and still maintain highly competitive pricing.

 

Companies that qualify for ND’s licensing program can gain access to equipment and materials which will put them ahead of their competition.

High-tech inspection & sorting equipment designed by Linear GS

 

Always searching for new ways to assist customers, ND has brought in-house a line of cutting-edge inspection, sorting and packaging equipment built by Linear GS.

 

Customers utilizing both pre-applied processing and inspection can expect to see lower shipping and handling costs, improved part turn around time, and a reduced possibility of processing touch marks or damage from handling versus outside services.

Convenience:

ND’s divisions are strategically located near industrial centers to reduce shipping time and cost and provide better customer service and support. With eight processing facilities spread across the US, three additional centers in Taiwan, China, and Turkey, as well as licensees around the world, there’s a location nearby to assist your company.

 

Unlike many competitors’ foreign operations, ND’s Asian facilities are wholly owned divisions and have the full support of ND corporate and its resource centers.

Our Process

ND’s Pre-Applied Process

Steps involved in the pre-application of fasteners

  • 1

    Select

    Product Selection

    Our Sales and R&D staff will help you find or custom formulate a product to meet your performance specifications.

  • 2

    Deliver

    Send us your parts

    Once a material selection has been made, have your fasteners shipped to one of our worldwide processing centers.

  • 3

    Process

    Processing

    Utilizing custom, high-speed equipment, we apply the selected material to your exact specification.

  • 4

    Return

    Complete Parts Returned

    Once processing is complete, parts are shipped back ready for distribution or assembly.

Years
58

Privately Owned and Operated

ND Divisions
13

Global Processing Centers

Pounds
1000000

Materials MFG Annually

Products
320

Bottled & Pre-Applied Formulas