UK plywood importer, RKL Plywood has achieved Q-Mark certification for plywood produced in China.
The Q-Mark certification, set by BM TRADA Certification, is a new, internationally-recognised quality mark which goes beyond CE marking. The scheme is set to show consistency in manufacture and production of a product that is fully CPD (Construction Products Directive) compliant for use in structural application.
The Q-Mark scheme was introduced by BM TRADA Certification as a response to a loss of confidence in the quality of products from Chinese plywood manufacturers and the appearance of CE marks on inferior products.
The first batch of production has commenced and RKL expects its first shipment of the product in November 2009.
Geraint Hawkes, managing director of RKL Plywood, said: “To be the first company to achieve Q-Mark certification for Chinese plywood is a real coup for RKL and emphasises the fact that we are looking to lead the way when it comes to certification for products.
“We have achieved the certification through working very closely with BM TRADA and we are looking forward to bringing the UK’s first Q-Marked plywood to market in the coming months.”
Mark Wilkinson, business development manager at BM TRADA said: “All boards must be individually marked and any mills found to be non-compliant with any of the requirements will be suspended from the scheme immediately. We are confident that the Q-Mark will drive up quality in the marketplace and will help restore confidence in China as a key supplier to Europe.”