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UKCSA expands its quality membership (April 2010)

Procter Cast Stone has become the latest full member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading manufacturers.

UKCSA chair Andy Cotton says: “Procter’s membership underscores its commitment to high quality design and manufacture, as well as exceptional standards of customer service”.

A key difference between UKCSA members and other cast stone manufacturers is in the compressive strength of their products. The minimum standard required by UKCSA is at least 40% stronger than that demanded by the British Standard BS 1217. It’s backed by rigorously monitored quality assurance and testing – the results of which must be logged with UKCSA. The UKCSA standard is the benchmark for cast stone quality and ensures the strongest cast stone available.

The NHBC says that the starting point in specifying cast stone is to ensure that it’s produced to the relevant British Standard or, better still, to the higher standard adopted by UKCSA members. The message is clear. Whatever the product make sure it conforms to the appropriate standard – and the higher standard the better.

“It’s critical that people can trust what they’re buying” says Andy Cotton. “There are around 140 cast stone manufacturers in Britain. Most operate without adequate quality assurance or testing regimes, and may not be working to proper standards. Using their products risks poor product performance, costly remedial action or claims. The UKCSA Standard ensures building professionals are getting the best cast stone and service.”

Procter’s managing director Jeremy Procter said: “Over many years we have built a strong reputation for the quality of our products and exceptional standards of customer service. Now our full membership of UKCSA gives customers even greater confidence in our abilities. Moreover, it demonstrates that we maintain the highest standards in the industry, whether customers are buying from our standard range or we are manufacturing bespoke units to an architect’s designs.”

Last year UKCSA expelled Meadowstone (Derbyshire) Ltd for non compliance with the basic membership requirements, including failure to comply with test result submissions.

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