Steel Construction NZ says local structural steel fabricators are showing strong support for the quality assurance scheme the industry launched a year ago, steel fabricator certification.
Manager Alistair Fussell said yesterday 16 firms had achieved certification and 17 more were lining up to go through the process.
Industry bodies Steel Construction NZ & the Heavy Engineering Research Association developed the certification scheme, based on the European system, to distinguish the work of local members from imported prefabricated steelwork.
Mr Fussell said: “As with many construction materials, the current compliance regime for structural steelwork relies, for the most part, on self-inspection & self-certification. This approach is dependent on the expertise, ethics & quality systems of the fabricator, and on the knowledge & expertise of engineers & welding inspectors to assess if the steel supplied is compliant.
“The steel fabricator certification scheme provides independent expert certification of New Zealand fabrication companies to ensure they have the appropriate personnel & procedures to consistently produce work of the required quality.
“Booming construction activity, particularly in Christchurch & Auckland, has led to rising demand for all materials, including structural steel. However, there have been cases of imported steelwork with missing paperwork, or where the steelwork does not meet the required specification, leading to costly project delays.
“Steel fabricator certification, on the other hand, provides procurers & specifiers such as engineers, architects & contractors with more certainty of product quality and significantly reduces compliance risk.”
The latest additions to the ranks of certified fabricators were awarded their certificates at the Steel Innovations conference in Auckland yesterday: Calder Steward Steel, Milton; Culham Engineering Company, Whangarei; George Grant Engineering, Papakura; Grayson Engineering, Wiri; Integrated Maintenance Group, Waiuku; Pegasus Engineering, Rolleston, Christchurch; Pinnacle Steel, Dunedin; and Waikato Steel Fabricators, Hamilton.
Link: Steel Construction NZ
30 September 2014: Steel fabricators create certification to distinguish local work
Attribution: Company release.