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News in Brief: June 2008

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Andrews Fasteners’ partnering factory has gained CE Approval for its non pre-load fasteners (BS EN 15048) ahead of the deadline of October 2009.

Non pre-load fasteners refers to standards such as BS 3692, DIN 931, 933, 934 and BS EN 4017. These are products in grades 4.6 – 10.9 which are not tightened to specified loads. The changeover period is up until October 2009 and products after this date should be manufactured to the new standard BS EN 15048.

Michael Carey, Quality Director at Andrews Fasteners, said: “We were one of the first companies in the world to get CE Approval for preload fasteners and we believe we are the first to get approval for non preload fasteners showing how the company is always progressing to meet out customer needs.”

The annual Metal Industry Awards took place on 14 May at The Cutlers’ Hall in Shef- field. The 2008 Career Develop- ment award went to Teri-Leigh Gillespie, 20, an advanced ap- prentice in metallurgy at Corus Engineering Steel (CES). Craig Conlon, 21, an apprentice roll forming technician at Metsec took the Craft Skills award. Run- ners up in each category were Nathan Wilkinson, a fourth year apprentice at Corus Construc- tion and Industrial and Leanne Green, an advanced apprentice in electrical engineering at In- dependent Forgings and Alloys.

Working on behalf of main contractor Laing O’Rourke, TAAG has recently completed steelwork for an extension to the Terminal One building at Manchester Airport. Structural engineer WSP designed a new security area which required new curved rafter beams that span approximately 20m. A three storey extension has also been built. The first phase of the project was opened in May and the final phase is due to be handed over in July.

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