Structural steel industry launches latest quality initiative: SCNZ structural distributor charter

All of Steel Construction New Zealand’s (SCNZ’s) Distributor members have now been independently audited to satisfy the requirements of the SCNZ Structural Distributor Charter.

SCNZ general manager Darren O’Riley says that the Charter is the latest quality assurance initiative led by the structural steel industry, complementing the Steel Fabrication Certification scheme launched in 2014.

“The Charter marks another important milestone for our industry, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality and compliance,” says Mr O’Riley. “It ensures that structural steels supplied to the local steel construction sector are sourced using best-practice procurement; it represents a mark of excellence for structural steel distributors in New Zealand.”

The Distributor members are:

• Alrite Steel & Services NZ

• H.J. Asmuss & Co

• Steel & Tube

• United Steel

• Vulcan Steel

• Fletcher Easysteel

The Charter covers the sourcing of steels for structural and general engineering applications, including structural long sections, plate product, merchant bars and welded sections.

The initiative requires that chartered structural steel distributors operate a Quality Management System (QMS) and satisfies an audit checklist. For example, they must undertake due diligence of new suppliers and monitor their performance, maintain product traceability, engage competent personnel, and appoint an appropriately accredited QMS assessor to undertake the audit process.

Evidence of compliance with the Structural Steel Distributor Charter comprises a valid QMS certificate as well as written confirmation from the distributor’s assessor that the scope of certification meets the requirements of the initiative.

For more information on the SCNZ Distributor Charter go to