The history of Mustad began in 1912, the year in which the Mustad family purchased the company in Pinerolo, in the province of Turin, to manufacture horseshoes nails using a hot forging process. The company was called “O. MUSTAD & FIGLIO”.
1924: The first major development
The horseshoe nail manufacturing process was converted from hot forging to cold forging.
1928: The first screws for wood
A range of screws for wood flanked the manufacture of nails. They were iron recessted screws.
1933: Expansion in Balangero
The production capacity was no longer sufficient to meet the market needs. Another factory was purchased in Balangero, also in the province of Turin, the “Viterie e Trafilerie Riunite”.
1944: The War, destruction and reconstruction
During the Second World War, the Balangero factory was set on fire and destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1947.
1952: The first self-tapping screws
The manufacture of self-tapping screws for metal materials was set alongside the established manufacture of screws for wood.
1967: The first carbonitriding furnace
The new self-tapping screws needed a decidedly more complex manufacturing process. The first furnace for carbonitriding heat treatment flanked the forging departments.
1976: The manufacture of horseshoes nails was terminated
1977: The first rolling machines
The lathes, used up to this point for threading the screws, were replaced by the more efficient rolling machines, which are capable of producing threads without removing shavings, by using the cold forging technology.
The use of these fast and precise machines enabled the development of the first special screws that industry began to order.
The eighties: The major industrial development
During these years, major investments were made to adapt the manufacturing process and the range of products to the needs of large industrial users.
The better performing screws for chipboard panels, which were heat-treated and could be screwed in using electric screwdrivers, replaced the screws for wood. The Phillips cross head and Pozidriv head replaced the single recessted screw head.
1990: The Lubex® lubrication treatment
These years saw the development and application on an industrial scale of the Lubex® lubrication treatment which, when applied to screws for wood and metal, enables the tightening torque to be reduced, thus lowering the friction coefficient of the screw.
1996: Obtainment of ISO 9000 certification
1997: The manufacture of screws for wood was terminated
2000: A signature on every screw
All screws were “signed” on the head by forging the company logo as a guarantee of quality and origin of the product even after its use.
2003: Obtainment of specific ISO/TS 16949 certification for the Automotive sector
2012: Obtainment of CE marking for the screws for wooden structures
2017: High-performance eco-friendly finishing treatments
The technical development of the finishing treatments was completed to guarantee ever-increasing corrosion resistance and compliance with the constantly evolving environmental laws.
2018: Obtainment of specific IACSK 16949 certification for the Automotive sector
MUSTAD TODAY: 100% MADE IN ITALY
MUSTAD SpA is now one of the largest European manufacturers of casehardened screws with its two production plants in Balangero and Pinerolo, both in the province of Turin. Every day, these plants manufacture millions of pieces which are sold both to the largest industrial companies and to distribution through qualified wholesalers in Italy and Europe.
The company’s philosophy based on continuous improvement has become the mentality of all Mustad employees and, in time, has been applied fully to the manufacturing process, irrespective of the screw manufactured and its purchaser.
The product range includes both special screws, based on a specific customer design, and various families of screws, designed to meet the needs for fixing to various types of material (wood, plastic, sheet metal and other types of metal…)
Over the past few years, the company has also paid greater attention to the “service” aspect, fundamentally important and present along the entire production chain. From the continuous broadening of the ranges, always in line with the development of materials, to the management of large warehouses always ready for immediate delivery, from the IT connections with the largest customers to consultancy for customers by specialized technicians to resolve fixing problems and consequently design specific custom-made products.