Ceram and the Steel Construction Institue (SCI) to Partner for Optimum Testing and Assessment Services

Ceram, the international materials technology company and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), the leading technical authority in steel construction, are to work in partnership to deliver an optimum testing and assessment service for their clients.

Keen to provide a more complete service from initial concept and analysis through to structural design solutions, the partnership recognises the relevance of Ceram's testing facilities to the steel sector and in particular its needs for CE marking, as well as the SCI's steel design engineering expertise.

By combining Ceram's facilities with SCI's specialist knowledge of the steel construction sector and its needs, clients will be better served going forward in what seems an ever more complicated regulatory environment.

Ceram has well established structural testing capabilities and been involved with numerous major projects, including most recently, The 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre. Ceram has a very large UKAS accreditation schedule and is a Notified Body for the testing of steel lintels, and other building components in relation to CE marking.

SCI has experience of developing European Technical Approvals to cover unique construction products. A manufacturer can then progress towards CE marking, supported by a Notified Body who undertakes the assessment of factory production control. In partnership with a Notified Body, SCI can assist manufacturers in the CE marking process by developing the necessary European Technical Approval where a harmonized standard does not exist.

About Ceram

Ceram is an independent, international materials technology company that focuses on innovation, sustainability and quality assurance of materials.

Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.

Ceram operates in a wide variety of sectors around the world. www.ceram.com

About SCI

SCI is the leading provider and disseminator of best practice to the steel construction sector. We work in partnership with clients, members and industry peers to help build businesses and provide competitive advantage through the commercial application of our knowledge. We are committed to offering and promoting sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions. www.steel-sci.com

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