Commerce Commission looks into Steel & Tube mesh certificates

Steel mesh is used for reinforcement in driveways and concrete floor slabs.

Steel mesh is used for reinforcement in driveways and concrete floor slabs.

The Commerce Commission is investigating another incident with steel mesh, this time involving Steel & Tube.

The steel product manufacturer revealed this week that it had issued test certificates with the logo of a testing company which had not tested the product.

"We are aware of the issue and we are looking into it," a commission spokeswoman, Diana Price, said.

"Making misleading representations, such as claiming a product was tested by a company that has not tested it, is prohibited under the Fair Trading Act in New Zealand. As this is an active investigation we are unable to comment further."

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The commission said it was not concerned Steel & Tube had done its own in-house testing, which was commonplace in the industry.

Steel & Tube's chief executive Dave Taylor said on Thursday that he was confident his firm's products met the standards, and he stood behind Steel & Tube's inhouse testing process. 

The system was devised by Holmes Solutions, the company whose logo was at the bottom of the certificates.

"Steel & Tube in no way intended to mislead customers, and has acknowledged the error, and has removed the logo from the test certificate template," he said.

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The commission is also currently investigating whether steel mesh supplied by a range of companies complied with new "ductility" standards, which were introduced in 2012 to ensure mesh had enough flexibility in an earthquake. 

Two of the companies involved are known to be Brilliance Steel and Euro Corporation. The latter company has challenged the commission's test results.

"As part of that investigation, we will be looking at whether other products in the market comply with the standard," Price said.

 - Stuff

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