01 August 2014
ARFORD Steel Profiles has become one of the first of businesses of its kind to achieve a new quality standard for the steel industry.
Fresh EU rules require manufacturers of structural steelwork to show they conform to strict legislation as part of plans to harmonise the safety performance of construction products.
And Arford has clinched the key BSEN1090-1 accreditation ahead of many of its rivals.
Owner and managing director Diane Kimberley described the achievement as a clear demonstration of the company’s good working practices and commitment to customers.
She said: “This is much more than an official document confirming products and processes at Arford Steel Profiles comply to industry standards.
“It means customers now have independent assurance that our products and services meet their own obligations under new rules for the EU construction market.
“And it shows we have everything in place to deliver on our promise of precision, professionalism and service.”
Ms Kimberley thinks the acquisition of the quality standard will keep Arford ahead of the game in a competitive market.
She added: “Every firm producing steel profiles will need to have BSEN1090-1 and some of our customers are already insisting on it.
“It applies to all manufacturers and covers all products and processes, so it’s essential that we have it and it’s a bonus to have secured it already.
“And because we have this important assurance in place now, it will make it easier for customers to deal with us in future.
“The majority of these EU regulations are already standard practice here, but at least now it’s official.”
Arford had a separate quality standard relating to management systems, the ISO9001, renewed for a fifth time earlier this year.
It followed a hugely successful six-month period which prompted the company to adjust its aspirations for the future.
The arrival of a £300,000 plasma cutting machine sparked fresh levels of trade and Ms Kimberley now has plans to double the size of the business in three years.
“Our figures have been strong since the Autumn and we’re really optimistic about the future,” she said.
“New machinery has given us a perfect platform for sustained growth and now we’re in a strong position to move forward.”
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