Driven by Purpose

The Industrial Fasteners Institute, known as the IFI, is a trade association representing manufacturers of mechanical fasteners and formed parts produced in North America. Founded in 1931 as the American Institute of Bolt, Nut, and Rivet Manufacturers, the name was changed to the Industrial Fasteners Institute in 1949.  The IFI is an engineering-oriented organization addressing the operational concerns of its members. It is involved in the setting of industry manufacturing standards with SAE, ASTM, ISO, and others, as well as developing and publishing some of its own standards in response to member issues.

Our Vision

To be the globally recognized, North American focused, leading association representing the interests of the manufacturers of mechanical fasteners and formed parts, and the key suppliers to the industry, fostering their working together to shape the future of the industry.

Our Mission

To represent North American fastener manufacturers to their suppliers, customers, the government, and the public to advance the competitiveness, products, and innovative technology of the IFI Member Companies in a global marketplace.

Our Values

To be Member driven, Board led, focused on continuous improvement in the process of serving our members in their voluntary participation in the development of business, technical and government affairs programs, and issues important to the industry’s success.


The Fastener Quality Act

The Fastener Quality Act (FQA) was signed into law by the President on June 8, 1999. Click the link to the right to learn more about this important legislation.

IFI Technology Connection (ITC)

The IFI Technology Connection is the most comprehensive online fastener data resource available today for both inch and metric products. A simple 10 second pull down menu query provides all technical information related to any given fastener including dimensions, mechanical properties, finish data, and tightening information in a single sheet which can be printed out as a .pdf file with one click.

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