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IMS Nederland, first Dutch organisation to earn the BSI Kitemark certificate for glass balustrades.

 

IMS Nederland B.V., a well-known name in the steel trade is the first Dutch organisation to be awarded the BSI Kitemark™ certification for Protective Barrier Systems (widely referred to as balustrades). The Kitemark™ for balustrades is a certification scheme for manufacturers and suppliers of glass and/or metal systems for use in or around building developments, demonstrating compliance with the latest safety requirements. IMS Nederland also becomes the first company in the Benelux to achieve this BS 6180:2011 Kitemark™ certification.

 

Kitemark certified products include all UNIQ profiles for the clamping of glass balustrades. Glass balustrades can be used inside and outside buildings, in utility, housing and renovation projects.

 

The Kitemark™ for Balustrades, developed by BSI in December 2016, demonstrates that UNIQ balustrade profiles meet the requirements of BS 6180:2011 (Barriers in and about buildings Code of practice) and that the company has the quality control procedures and processes in place that guarantee the products have been manufactured to a consistently high standard.

 

“Glass balustrades fit perfectly in the current architecture of light and transparency but they are first and foremost a fall-through protection“, commented Bert Wijbenga, product developer at IMS Nederland. “BSI is a worldwide renowned institute. The BSI Kitemark for balustrades proves the quality and safety of our product. We distinguish ourselves from suppliers who are not allowed to use this symbol of trust, which makes it easy for users to choose the best product“, added Wijbenga.

IMS Nederland has successfully completed a factory audit and an onsite test audit and invested in independent testing to verify the design and manufacturing integrity of their UNIQ product range. An annual interim audit will be conducted by BSI to verify compliance.

 

“The BSI Kitemark is respected in the UK and many other countries as a quality mark. Therefore it is an important support for our market access and sales activities“, concluded Wijbenga.

 

Dave Hagenaars, BSI’s country manager in The Netherlands added: “We congratulate IMS Nederland with their achievement. The dangers of an unsafe balustrades are both financial and life threatening. Certification can therefore offer true value to consumer, businesses and to the entire supply chain“.

 

GLASSTEC Düsseldorf - 23rd to 25th of October 2018

 

UNIQ exhibits at the large international trade fair Glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany. A trade fair that is definitely worth a visit. From glass production, glass for construction to beautiful works of art: the endless possibilities of glass are highlighted at this exhibition.

 

Come and visit us in hall 10, stand A45. Our team will be happy to show you the unique features of the UNIQ balustrade profiles. 

 


 

 

BATIMAT Paris - 6th to 9th of November 2017

 

UNIQ exposes on Batimat! At this very large international fair in Paris - 2000 exhibitors, 330,000 visitors - all facets of the construction world are represented and of course, the innovative profiles for glass balustrades of UNIQ can not be missed.

 

A fair that is definitely worth visiting.

 

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UNIQ tested and approved

 

Safety has been one of the major starting points for the development of UNIQ profiles, with a clamping strip to secure the glass instead of using wedges.

 

A unique idea, which has been extensively calculated and was improved several times. Still, it is a little exciting when the end result is subjected to heavy practice tests. Would it really work as designed, drawn and calculated?

 

From now on, the answer to that question is YES! The profiles have been extensively tested. For each country, other rules apply and the tests are done in different ways, but the result is the same: UNIQ profiles meet the highest standards and are now approved for use in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

 

The tests for France and the United Kingdom will follow soon.

UNIQ tested and approved