NEW EUROPEAN guidelines will reduce the quality of concrete fixings when they become compulsory next summer, manufacturers have claimed.
'Our products already exceed the requirements of the new European Technical Approval Guidelines (ETAG). The introduction of these will enable us to refine our product, making significant cost savings, ' said fixing specialist Fischer UK managing director, Dr Pietro Grandesso.
European Technical Approvals (ETA) - which will eventually replace AgrÚment certificates and their European equivalents - will be given to those who comply with the new ETAGs. Many hi-tech products across the construction industry will be affected. By aiming to guarantee a level of performance, ETAs are intended to generate a more harmonised market.
The European Organisation of Technical Approvals (EOTA) is the EU appointed legal body to co-ordinate ETA adoption.
EOTA has now finalised the metal anchors for use in concrete ETAG with a final consultation this December.
In 1998 the guidelines were initially agreed and since then there has been a period of coexistence, where both national building regulations and ETAGs apply. This period ends in July 2002, with fixing manufacturers then having to operate to the new guidelines.
Alan Sparks INFOPLUS www. fischer. co. uk www. eota. be