Call for greater emphasis on CE marking compliance21 July 2015

The importance of CE Marking The importance of CE Marking

A leading UK-based manufacturer of materials storage and handling equipment is urging specifiers and plant managers to make sure they check their steel components suppliers are CE compliant to ensure all purchases meet the performance, health and safety requirements of their projects.

CE Marking for fabricated structural steel products has been mandatory since the deadline on the 1 July 2014. The mark demonstrates a product meets EU safety, health or environmental requirements, and was originally introduced as a consumer protection device to ensure manufactured goods were made to harmonised standards across the EU.

Much has been written about the significance of this for many industry sectors, and one year on from the deadline for compliance there are still many manufacturers working towards this goal. It has been illegal since 1 July 2014 to sell any fabricated structural steelwork products within the EU without CE marking. The implications for manufacturers and their customers can be severe, affecting their ability to trade and insurance policies respectively.

Yorkshire-based solids handling and processing specialist Portasilo has been delivering complex bulk materials handling systems, from design and manufacture to install and commission, to customers in the international food, chemical, energy, nuclear and water sectors for 60 years. Market leading clients include Mars, Heinz, Drax, Yorkshire Water, Asian Paints and Tata Group.

Portasilo's bespoke engineered products include silos, conveyors and dischargers which are built by skilled specialists at the company's manufacturing facilities in York. The company is accredited to CE mark structural steel up to Execution Class 2 in accordance with BSEN 1090-1, following a comprehensive assessment of its processes and quality management systems.

"Our ability to guarantee all our steel products with the CE mark is instrumental to us remaining a preferred supplier to many organisations who have stringent standards when it comes to the quality and safety of steel components in their plants," said Neil Gardiner, Portasilo managing director.

"The time has elapsed for manufacturers of Execution Class 2 and above products not to conform to the standards, and plant managers, engineers and other specifiers need to be sure they can rely on their supply chain to deliver compliant solutions. We're committed to driving industry standards and our robust procedures ensure our fabricated steelworks are of the highest quality in the materials handling sector."

Mark Venables

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