One of the major benefits of visiting fastener factories, says Executive Editor Phil Matten, is discovering things you would not otherwise learn from websites or brochures. Occasionally, it has to be said, what is unearthed can be negative. Other times a visit is rewarded by the discovery of capability far exceeding expectations – most certainly the case with Dega Demir. A family business, Dega Demir was found in 1982 in Istanbul – a medium sized factory specialising in stitching and low and high carbon steel wires, including for cold heading. For the last eight years the company has occupied an impressively modern 20,000m2 production facility in Esenyurt, around 30km west of Istanbul airport. Today Dega Demir is very evidently an accomplished fastener manufacturer, controlling all the processes from wire preparation through to heat treatment and electroplating. The company’s knowledge in wire production is evident from its bank of annealing furnaces and, significantly for its higher grade fastener output, its preference to clean cold heading wire using abrasive blasting rather than acid pickling. The company can draw wire to diameter independently or inline with any of its fort...