Clearview North May 2013 - Issue 138 - Page 38

INDUSTRYNEWS CE Marking Reminder Following recent concerns that many companies are unsure of their responsibility to comply with the incoming Construction Products Regulation (CPR) - that will require companies who manufacture to a harmonised European Standard to CE mark - Giles Willson, GGF Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Technical Affairs, has said, “The GGF is keen that our Members and the wider industry are fully aware of their responsibilities which will be mandatory from 1 July 2013. “The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD); if a product has a harmonised European Standard (a hEN) with an Annex ZA you will need to make a declaration of performance and CE mark your product. “This is to enable the European Economic Area (EEA) to operate as a single market and to allow free trade between member states. Failure to comply with the CPR if within scope from 1 July 2013, could lead to a prosecution resulting in a fine and possibly even a custodial sentence. “Check to see if you need to demonstrate compliance with the CPR; if you do need to comply and you have not done anything yet, contact the GGF as soon as possible info@ ggf.org.uk or call 020 7939 9101.” www.ggf.org.uk Route to certification now includes replacement windows and doors The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), through its agreement with the NAPIT Registration, now offers one of the most comprehensive routes to Competent Person Scheme registration in the UK. The Department for Communities and Local Government has authorised the extension of the scheme to include replacement windows and doors, replacement roofing, installation of insulation measures and installation of mechanical ventilation and air conditioning systems in non-domestic buildings. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Competent Person Scheme registration demonstrates quality and competence to customers, and businesses can proudly promote the fact that they are registered. The range of registration and certification services available will help them to access new business opportunities in the expanding low-carbon building and refurbishment market.” Berry added: “Being registered with a Competent Person Scheme is also likely to be very cost-effective for any company that submits four or more Building Notices every year for work that could be self-certified, with the savings typically covering the initial registration cost.” Berry concluded: “We know it can be difficult for small businesses to understand their best option when it comes to demonstrating high standards of workmanship and a strong customer service record. That’s why we want to offer members access to a range of registration and certification services.” Visit www.fmb.org.uk/certfication, call 020 7092 3891 or email certification@fmb.org. uk. Engineering plastics market to increase by 5% through to 2020 Volumes within the engineering plastics global market have been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5% through to 2020, increasing from a valuation of $67 billion at the start of 2013 to hit a market value of $113.7 billion by 2020. Key factors contributing to this market growth include the increasing demand for lightweight products and the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions. Engineered plastics represent one of the most ubiquitous raw materials used in a wide gamut of industries ranging from construction, automotives, and industrial manufacturing equipment, to mechanical engineering. Engineering plastics possess superior mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties along with light weight and high strength characteristics that allow these plastics to replace metals and glass in many applications. Engineering plastics offers dimensional stability with high impact, temperature, flame, and moisture resistance. The presence of such diverse properties makes them suitable for use in myriad and diverse applications. Emerging regions such as Asia, South America, MiddleEast and developing regions from Europe have been witnessing sizeable growth prospects for engineering plastics. Growing purchasing power in the developing economies is seen as a key driver of demand for engineering plastics in these regions. For example, the Asian economy has been thriving primarily due to advancements in the traditional sectors of automobiles, building and construction, business machines, electrical & electronics, household appliances, telec չѥ́Ʌхѥ((()Q!5d́%MMUMA=9M=I dUI1`()Qɕɔ٥ͥЁܹ٥ܵլ((