NZ tight­ens steel mesh stan­dards

China Daily (USA) - - BUSI­NESS -

Steel mesh sold in NewZealand will have to meet higher stan­dards from next year, the govern­ment said on Tues­day, cit­ing con­cerns over con­struc­tion safety in the wake of earth­quakes in 2010 and 2011. “We’re in­creas­ing the num­ber of sam­ples which need to be tested, clar­i­fy­ing how that test­ing is done and re­quir­ing test­ing be done by in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­cred­ited test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries,” Building andHous­ingMin­is­ter Nick Smith said in a state­ment. The up­dated Ver­i­fi­ca­tionMethod and Ac­cept­able So­lu­tion is to ap­ply to all steel mesh of Grade 500E be­ing sold in NewZealand, whether made lo­cally or im­ported.

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