New regulations came into effect at the beginning of July which affect the light fabrication of any and all structural steel components for use in the EU.

However, they should not affect the availability of such components from UK steel stockists, because the industry has already been working hard to prepare for this landmark date.

The British Constructional Steelwork Association, for instance, has made it a requirement of its membership for firms to carry out CE marking in line with the regulations.

And while light fabrication is a new addition to the CE marking regulations, many of the materials used have been marked in the same way for at least a year.

July 2013 saw the introduction of quality marking for several other construction materials, including steel beams and bolts.

As such, many of the materials available from UK steel stockists already should carry the CE mark, if necessary.

With this new addition to the rules, those carrying out light fabrication of structural steel must also comply, bringing an extra layer of peace of mind to customers buying fabricated structures for use in building projects.

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