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Standards: the key to global market entry

Improved technology in transport and communication have seen the fall of geographical borders – so much so, that many businesses now find themselves not only competing locally for work, but globally as well. Now, remaining competitive in what has become an increasingly crowded market for the New Zealand’s steel industry has become a prominent challenge…

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Scholarships set to drive SFC certification engagement

We’re excited to share SCNZ’s recent announcement to offer 15 training scholarships in their commitment to support the steel construction industry and expansion of the Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme. This news comes following a unanimous resolution by SCNZ members late last year for all Steel Constructor members to become certified under this scheme over…

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Steel industry ups it’s game by making quality certification compulsory

The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme continues to grow strongly with the latest group of three structural steel fabricators to achieve certification recognised at the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) AGM in Napier on 16 September. Since SFC’s introduction, 23 fabricators – representing 75 percent of New Zealand’s structural steel output – have become certified.…

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Radio NZ raise questions on structural bolts

As members may have heard from Radio New Zealand’s interview of Stewart Askey on 19 August 2016 -concerns have again been raised on the quality of steel imports. Whilst the interview was largely on steel products used in reinforced concrete construction, comments were made in the closing remarks about sub-standard structural bolts. The Kathryn Ryan-led interview outlined in a…

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Notice – AS/NZS ISO 3834: The allocation of quality management tasks

Last month’s HERA News provided an overview of the concept of the “welding co-ordination team” as applied in a quality management system that meets the requirements of the AS/NZS ISO 3834 standard. The organisation of a fabricator’s welding co-ordination team is usually shown by an organogram; a chart showing the structure of the team and…

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Notice – The welding coordination team in AS/NZS ISO 3834

The welding quality management standard AS/NZS ISO 3834 is one of the key technical requirements of the now well-established Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme and of AS/NZS 5131 Structural Steelwork – Fabrication and Erection currently in the final stages of development. With 21 fabricators now certified to the SFC, and with several more in the process of gaining certification,…