BRALO parts in the automotive sector 07 August 2017

BRALO S.A is a Spanish manufacturer of rivets and fastening systems that works hand in hand with the automotive sector – providing a complete service and quality products, as well as above all a partnership built on trust.

For BRALO its key objective has always been process optimisation, aimed at products with an added value: Pieces created in a sustainable process and with a safety and efficiency guarantee.

Each step of the process across the board comes from a personalised service with a follow up on development, from transport and reception of the materials, up until the corresponding feedback from the client. All of this with the aim of being part of the organisational processes and strategies of tier suppliers or OEMs, through the ‘Just in Time’ method synchronising BRALO production with the sector, reducing inventory times, storage, and minimising losses in value of unnecessary stock.

Quality materials, competitive prices, quick delivery, cutting-edge technology and the suppliers’ capacity for innovation are just some of the requirements the sector demands. However, the automotive sector is more and more demanding. Firstly, its suppliers are evaluated in terms of quality, as well as media, technology and processes, followed by an evaluation of the financial situation of the supplier as a whole, their socio-labour climate, location, transport alternatives, R&D capacity, availability and customer satisfaction. Secondly, technical specifications are required to meet product and reliability demands, along with service specifications.

BRALO has offered a wide range of services for the automotive sector for more than 35 years. Its link to this sector has enabled it to grow, creating an interactive client-supplier relationship, based on close collaboration with manufacturers – allowing it to confidently suggest opportunities as a supplier, as well as meet expectations for innovative products using the latest technology.

The company’s manufacturing facilities follow the highest standards of quality; the department of quality, pperations and the R&D team at BRALO Spain are responsible for the design, manufacture and development of each part.

Manufacturing rivets, insert nuts and special cold stamping parts, the automotive sector makes up 50% of BRALO’s production - specialising in various product areas, such as parts for the body, chassis, and mechanisms. In terms of the vehicle body, special parts made by cold stamping, which are used for the skeleton of the vehicle stand out, a key element in assuring safety and reliability; parts that make up the closing mechanism on the exterior of the vehicle’s door, front ends and roof; and dashboards on the inside. Chassis products make up the lower part of the structure, and the mechanisms form part of the suspension systems, axles, and airbags - all made with standard manufacturing products supplied by BRALO, according to ISO 9001 Norms and undergo 100% individual visual inspections.

BRALO is constantly focused on durability, passive safety, recyclability and developing innovative production methods with more resistant materials and the manufacture of plastic parts, which enables it to meet the changing demands of the sector, as well as create a personalised service based on the designs and specifications that are supplied in order to create a specific model.

Today, the OEMs possess specialised equipment that conform to designs according to European and industry standards, such as ISO TS-16949, a standard used by BRALO since 2007. Additionally, the company’s recent ISO 1400 regulation endorses the Spanish manufacturer in all aspects where environment and sustainability are concerned.

Will Lowry Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 814 509

Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 10 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector – interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe. Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the brand is renowned.