A family run producer of bespoke staircases, balconies and railings is flying the flag for quality-compliance in British manufacturing.
Derbyshire based British Spirals & Castings has put itself on the top rung by becoming one of the first spiral stair manufacturers to achieve the CE Mark for its products.
The CE, or Conformité Européenne, Mark can be seen on products ranging from TVs to Teddy Bears. It is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product meets certain public safety requirements. Achieving the CE standard enables the free movement of products within the European market, because it signifies that a manufacturer meets EU safety, environmental and health protection requirements.
Initially a voluntary declaration system, the CE Mark became mandatory for fabricated structural steelwork on 1 July 2014. Manufacturers have responsibility to make sure that their products comply with the relevant safety requirements (in this case BS EN 1090) and products are then independently assessed for conformity.
Some manufacturers have been ‘slow off the mark’ and seem still to be unaware of the requirement, but British Spirals & Castings (BS&C) has already been assessed and accredited by The Steel Construction Certification Scheme, an approved Notified Body for the assessment of structural steel companies seeking to apply the CE mark to their products.
As the largest manufacturer of bespoke cast balconies and spiral and straight stairs in Europe, BS&C, with the assurance of the CE Mark behind it, can now forge ahead with its European business.