Our History

Rageem Fastener Co Pty Ltd was originally known as RAGM Co when the Company doors were first opened in Willis Street, Arncliffe in 1965 by William R A Gilbertson, known affectionately as Lofty. RAGM Co distributed engineered fasteners and pop rivets to Westeels Paul & Gray Pty Ltd for the aeronautical industry.

In 1969, RAGM Co took on the new name Rageem Fastener Co Pty Ltd and an agreement was signed with Firth Cleveland Engineered Fasteners, to become the official nationwide distributor of their range of ‘Spire’ Spring Steel fasteners. These fasteners were used in mass production lines of automotive, white goods, blue goods, brown goods, electrical and general engineering fields.

In 1969, Rageem Fastener Co moved to new premises on Princes Highway, Rockdale. 

In 1979, Malcolm ‘X‘ McLaren joined the Company as Manager after leaving the Ajax Nettlefolds/ Firth Cleveland group where he held the position of State Manager.

Rageem Fastener Co progressed to be the leading supplier in the Speed Nut and Light Pressing field in Australia.

Lofty Gilbertson retired in 1995 when the Company was bought by Malcolm ‘X' McLaren.

The closure of major manufacturing industries in Australia from 1999 onwards, fuelled the need to diversify into a larger range of general fastener items.

In 2010, Rageem Fastener Co moved to larger premises in Lindsay Street, Rockdale, where we remain today.

Malcolm ‘X’ has officially retired, but you can find him in the office most days.

The current team has over fifty years industry experience, so you can be assured of the highest level of industry knowledge. 

The McLaren’s are still at the helm and proud of the family legacy.

In 2019, we celebrate Fifty Years of Rageem Fastener Co Pty Ltd, an outstanding achievement of which we are proud.

Keynote Presentation c1973

Back in the days before video conferencing, before the internet, before computers and even before over head projectors,  salespeople travelled far and wide, educating their target market about their firms' innovations. One such salesperson was my Dad, and his firms' innovation was the Speed Nut. Dad hand drew his posters and presented them to the market on an easel. These posters have been preserved, and take pride of place in our showroom at Rockdale. The Speed Nut revolutionised manufacturing.