Ken Stanley, inventor of the bigHead Bonding Fastener and founder of UK company bigHead, has died aged 94.

Stanley created the new fastening solution for composite materials back in 1966, when composites were in their infancy. Having invented the bigHead, he then went on to establish the company by the same name that he and his wife Dorothy, who survives him, then developed over a 40-year period.

Stanley retired from running bigHead in 2006. “Many in the industry will remember Ken for his wonderful energy, determination and great sense of humour,” reads a bigHead statement. “Those who worked at his company will remember him for being a generous and supportive leader who looked after people and always did the right thing.”

A frequent visitor and strong supporter of bigHead after his retirement, Stanley’s legacy has been a solid foundation for the company’s future. “We will miss him but will continue to follow his shining example,” says bigHead’s managing director, Matthew Stevens.

bigHead fasteners are used across a range of industries, including automotive, construction and marine. Sunseeker, for instance, uses bigHeads to fix interiors across their full range of yachts and powerboats.