Historia

the history of fastening

Although BAND-IT was founded in 1937 in Littleton, CO, the need for durable, reliable industrial fasteners pre-dates recorded human history.

500,000 BCString

Prehistoric man twists together various plant fibers all around the world to create the first twines or strings.

500,000
String
String

4,000 BCGlue

Early tribes repair broken pottery with tree sap and natural resin.

4,000
Glue
Glue

3,400 BCNails

Ancient Egyptians make and utilize bronze nails in the construction of shelter, vehicles and tools.

3,400
Nails
Nails

2,000 BCWelding

The Ancient Egyptians also pioneer forge welding: joining two pieces of metal by heating and then hammering them together.

2,000
Welding
Welding

1921Band clamps

Commander Lumley Robinson of the British Royal Navy patents the first band clamp (or hose clamp.)

1921
Band clamps
Band clamps

1937BAND-IT

BAND-IT sets up a little shop with a dirt floor to produce stainless steel band and buckles and the C00169 standard banding tool to fill the growing fastening needs of the Gates Rubber Company.

1937
BAND-IT
BAND-IT

1947Deep sea drilling

Kerr-McGee Oil Industries completes its historic Ship Shoal Block 32 well, out of sight of land, requiring high-quality fasteners for the transport of oil from the harsh saltwater environment.

1947
Deep sea drilling
Deep sea drilling

1961Space exploration

Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel in space, in a McDonnell Douglas space capsule outfitted with thousands of hoses and band clamps.

1961
Space exploration
Space exploration

1964Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

The longest suspension bridge in the world, connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn is constructed using giant BAND-IT clamps.

1964
Verrazano–Narrows Bridge
Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

1970Airbags

GM's Oldsmobile Toronado is the first domestic vehicle to include a passenger airbag, which demanded absolute fail-safe fastening.

1970
Airbags
Airbags

1979BAND-IT goes global

BAND-IT President Pete Merkel develops relationships throughout Europe to penetrate new markets and grow the BAND-IT brand globally.

1979
BAND-IT goes global
BAND-IT goes global

2017Life on mars

Fortified by BAND-IT fastening solutions, the Mars Rover Curiosity has been exploring the red planet since 2012.

2017
Life on mars
Life on mars

The future

Today, BAND-IT is thriving as an IDEX company, partnering with a wide variety of emerging industries to develop durable new fasting solutions for driverless cars, communication technology, defense tools and even more ambitious space exploration.

Future
The future
The future