What is it?
C.E. stands for “Conformité Européenne” which, on its own, means absolutely nothing at all. Simply put, the CE Mark is a label of conformity to a harmonised European Standard.
On July 1st 2014 there are new regulations coming into effect that directly relate to the manufacture and erection of agricultural and industrial buildings. This is an enforceable Act of Parliament which means we have to comply and came about following the collapse of a number of agricultural buildings in 2010 due to unforeseen weather loadings.
Where did it come from?
CE Marking is a European directive led directly from the European Courts through to the British ones and has been developed with the Structural Steel Industry and its relevant trade organisations. Here at Tilke Engineering LTD we are members of RIDBA which are our governing association within our industry. We are also members of RIDBA’s Technical Committee so we are in fact contributing to the way that this all comes into place. In doing so we are hoping to minimise the painful effects of conforming to new rules.
Who does it affect?
Simply……ALL of us.
How does it affect us as the manufacturer?
We have undergone a massive and intensive drive on the Engineering/Welding science behind the design and manufacture of your buildings. This means coding our welders to BSEN287 and upgrading all of our factory manufacturing processes to suit the new legislation. This also includes feedback from our customers and also a new traceability system to identify and remedy design/supplier problems as they occur.
How does it affect you as our valued customer?
The major, and most important facts that our customers need to take away are:
It has been suggested by the British Standards Institute that if you decide to purchase a non CE Marked building then insurance companies will refuse to cover your building/asset.
As a valued customer of ours you will have the guarantee that all of our workmanship, processes and designs are all to the highest specification. As a result you can be assured that all of our buildings go through Quality Assurance checks before anything even leaves our yard. This follows through to the very end of our contract with you including a Certificate of Completion once our work is finished, to include the CE Mark.