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News in Brief: March 2009

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The Galvanizing Association is inviting entries to its annual awards which have been categorised as: Sustainable Galvanizing; Galvanizing in Architecture; Galvanizing in Engineering; Galvanizing in Detail, and Duplex. Projects completed after 1 January 2007 are eligible. Full details of each category, together with entry forms, can be found at The closing date for entries is 22 April 2009.

The European Union (EU) has introduced an anti-dumping tariff of between 77.5% and 87.3% on bolts imported from China. As most fasteners that come into the EU are already assembled, nuts are classified as part of the fastener and therefore the tariff applies.

Leighs Paints has launched two new fire protection products which are set to reduce the cost per metre squared compared to its previous intumescent coatings. The additions to the FIRETEX FX range are FX1002 for onsite application and FX2002 for offsite application. They both reduce the loadings required for steel structures by up to 10%. Lower loadings result in quicker drying coatings, which can be applied in fewer coats while maintaining durability and the full 60 minutes fire protection.

Lindapter has launched the Hollo-Bolt Flush Fit, a cavity fixing that creates new opportunities for architectural design as the bolt is concealed within the steelwork with no protruding bolt head or collar. The fixing is available in sizes M8, M10 and M12, with safe working tensile loads of up to 10.5kN and sheer capacities of up to 15kN per bolt. Materials and finishes include JS 500 as standard, bright zinc plated and stainless steel.

SIGNS No. SN32 ‘Execution of Structural Steelwork’ contained an error. Key point 4 should read:
The default execution classes are:
a. Execution Class 2 – Building structures/components/details
b. Execution Class 3 – Bridge structures/components/details

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