UPM-Kymmene has recently started CE marking its construction plywoods. The first CE marked plywood products were sent from UPM-Kymmene's Pellos plywood mill to a Danish customer in the first week of July. By the end of September, all UPM-Kymmene plywood mills will have the facilities to CE mark their products.
The major purpose of the CE marking system is to remove technical barriers to trade caused by the divergent national requirements of the EU member states regarding building materials. The aim is to create an open market for building materials covering the whole European Economic Area.
"For consumers, the CE mark on their plywood communicates reliability. It means the product has been tested and the results reported according to the guidelines of the pan-European harmonised product standard and that the product complies with the essential safety and health requirements set out in the Construction Products Directive," says Timo Heikkilä, Vice President, Marketing at UPM-Kymmene's plywood manufacturing subsidiary Schauman Wood.
UPM-Kymmene was the first producer in Europe to start CE marking construction plywood, which the company sells under the WISA brand. The mark will be obligatory as of 1 April 2004.
Harmonised product standards leading to CE marking are also being envisaged for construction timber products. The aim is to start CE marking of strength-graded timber in 2005 via a limited transition period.
For further information, please contact: Timo Heikkilä, Vice President, Marketing, Schauman Wood Oy, tel. +358 (0)400-244 701.