Young Black Ltd, leading distributor of collated fastening systems for the timber frame industry, is investing more than £150,000 in a CE marking programme with BM TRADA Certification .The programme also covers Young Black’s European partners.
The driver, said Director Lawrence Young, is the forthcoming Construction Products Regulation, which from 1st July 2013 will make CE marking mandatory in the UK. ‘This is the most major investment Young Black has made in its 30-year history, but to beat the deadline we have to start the process now. Given our position in this sector, we feel it is our duty to set a high standard for the industry and to make our customers aware of the implications CE marking will have on their business.’
Young Black’s three-year testing and certification programme will cover not only CE marking to the newly revised product standard BS EN 14592: 2011 Timber Structures – Dowel Type Fasteners – Requirements, but also third-party BM TRADA Q-Mark certification for some product ranges. Young Black intends to have all its fasteners for timber and steel frame buildings and portable prefabricated buildings CE marked by 2013, rolling out the Q-Mark over the period of the contract.
CE marking will require initial type testing (ITT) to establish performance characteristics and compliance with BS EN 14592, carried out by a Notified Test Laboratory within the EU for all existing and new products or production methods. Mr Young said, ‘We looked at other test houses in Europe, but TRADA Technology was the clear technical choice as our partner in this process.’
Another requirement of CE marking is a documented factory production control (FPC) system and Young Black is working closely with its manufacturing partners overseas to meet the criteria. Mr Young stressed, ‘The Q-Mark goes significantly beyond CE marking in that it also demands regular audit testing of both the FPC system and quality on the production line. We will therefore be able to give our customers a guarantee of consistent quality as well as CPR compliance.’