Steel in­dus­try to tackle qual­ity con­trol head on

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New Zealand’s struc­tural steel fab­ri­ca­tors aim to set them­selves apart from im­ported pre­fab­ri­cated steel­work with the launch of the Steel Fab­ri­ca­tor Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (SFC) scheme.

The scheme aims to en­sure par­tic­i­pat­ing fab­ri­ca­tors not only man­u­fac­ture prod­uct to the spec­i­fied qual­ity stan­dard, but have ap­pro­pri­ate per­son­nel and qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems in place rep­re­sent­ing in­ter­na­tional best-prac­tice.

Steel Con­struc­tion New Zealand (SCNZ) man­ager Alis­tair Fus­sell, says: “As with other con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, the cur­rent com­pli­ance regime for struc­tural steel­work re­lies, for the most part, on self-in­spec­tion and self­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“This scheme raises the bar by pro­vid­ing in­de­pen­dent, ex­pert cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of New Zealand fab­ri­ca­tion com­pa­nies.”

Fus­sell says the SFC scheme cre­ates an im­por­tant point of dif­fer­ence for lo­cally fab­ri­cated steel com­pared with im­ported pre­fab­ri­cated steel­work.

The ini­tial group of steel fab­ri­ca­tors cer­ti­fied un­der the SFC scheme are:

Chap­man En­gi­neer­ing, Christchurch; D&H Steel Con­struc­tion, Auck­land; East­bridge, Napier; Jensen Steel Fab­ri­ca­tors, Mt Maun­ganui; John Jones Steel, Christchurch; MJH En­gi­neer­ing, Lower Hutt; Red Steel, Napier, and Whakatiki En­gi­neer­ing, Up­per Hutt.

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