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TECFI: ETAs important to the construction market

In the July edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine (Issue 106) TECFI SpA focused on the design of anchorages for concrete in seismic hazard zones. Here the Italian-based company talks about why it believes ETAs are an important part of the construction market.

A European Technical Assessment/Approval is a third party accredited technical estimation for use of a product, released only after the fulfilment of many important needs. These technical compliances are the needed requirements in order to complete the procedure for CE Marking.

CE Marking guarantees the performance consistency of a construction product and its conformity with a European harmonized standard or a European Technical Assessment. With the new CPR (Construction Product Regulation), each company must issue a Declaration of Performance (DoP) – a document that summarizes the main details, characteristics and performances of the product.

The main objective of the CPR, CE Marking and DoP are to make the characteristics of the product more precise, stable and clear in order to growth the safety in the field of the construction industry.

In the last 5 years, the importance of a DoP/ETA in the construction sector has stunningly improved and this trend will carry on further in the coming years. Every day we receive clear proof with the constant demand of products with ETA from our clients, as well as the increase of products with ETA in the market. Today, the demand for ETAs is also growing in the hardware market and even in the DIY sector there is a necessity for products with ETA.

Of course, the percentage of demand for ETAs in Europe is much higher in richer countries, but the trend is growing everywhere.

Out of Europe, the situation is much different. In the hardware sector the demand for ETAs is actually poor, while in heavy construction ETAs are a must. This is true above all in the Middle and Far East, where the demand is very strong due to the influence of European designers, architects and engineers in the construction field.

Users know that the main benefits of ETAs today are safety and reliability, and more and more end users are entrusting the responsibility to qualified manufacturers. The reason is that the tests for ETA certification are performed by an accredited laboratory, while the issuing of an ETA is the responsibility of a Technical Assessment Body. By achieving the ETA, a company is subject to annual inspections by a third party, a Notified Body, in order to confirm that the product is manufactured in accordance with the samples tested and that it is subjected to a constant control procedure, following the basic principles of quality.

For several years Tecfi SpA has offered a wide range of ETA certified products, continually growing the responses to the requests and requirements of its clients, and driven by the potential of the European and non-European markets.

The products available from Tecfi include:

  • HXE CONCRETO: Concrete screws, ETA-CE Option 1 (ETA – 11/0336), R120 fire resistance and C2 & C1 performance category for use in high seismic areas.
  • HVE ROCK: High performance steel anchors, ETA-CE Option 1 (ETA – 10/0060), R120 fire resistance and C2 & C1 performance category for use in high seismic areas.
  • AJE: Special wedge anchors, ETA-CE Option 1 (ETA – 11/0319), R120 fire resistance and C2 & C1 performance category for use in high seismic areas.
  • ZJE: Steel and A4 stainless steel wedge anchors, ETA-CE Option 7 (ETA – 13/1012).
  • DXE: Sleeve anchors, ETA-CE Option 7 (ETA – 10/0453).
  • DSE: Sleeve anchors, ETA-CE Option 7 (ETA – 08/0058).
  • VS Handy plug: Façade nylon anchors, ETA-CE (Use Category: a, b, c, d) (ETA – 13/0135) and R90 fire resistance.
  • ZZE: HDPE anchor for ETICS, ETA-CE (Use Category: a, b, c, d, e).
  • SWE01: Dual component styrene-free epoxy resin, ETA-CE Option 1 (ETA – 12/0253) and Option 7 and C2 performance category for use in high seismic areas.
  • XXDGE: Dual component vinyl ester and polyester resins, ETA-CE (ETA – 11/0533).
  • EHE: Vinyl ester glass capsules, ETA-CE.
  • KT, KW, KS, KZ: Connectors for wooden structures, ETA-CE.