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Article Date: 10th August 2016

The VEKA UK Group - 20 years of Kitemark Certification

Kitemark Certification - PVC-U System - PVC-U Frames - BSI Kitemark

The VEKA UK Group - Network VEKA's John Ogilvie, BSI Chief Executive Howard Kerr and The VEKA UK Group's Mark Barsby.

The VEKA UK Group is continuing a series of notable anniversaries in 2016 as it celebrates 20 years of its products bearing the BSI Kitemark™; one of the UK's most widely recognised and respected symbols of safety and quality.

The Group, which also marks 30 years of UK manufacturing in 2016, is consistently at the forefront of PVC-U system development. In 2005, for example, VEKA profile was used to fabricate the UK's first BRFC 'A'-rated window. And in 2007 the company opened a dedicated UK recycling plant, processing the old PVC-U frames that ultimately go into VEKA's pioneering Infinity profile.

Dave Jones, Managing Director of The VEKA UK Group commented: "The BSI Kitemark is an invaluable mark of quality for all sorts of products, but particularly materials and hardware for the construction industry. It's of paramount importance that contractors and end users can place complete trust in the fabric of their buildings, and we're proud that for an unbroken 20 years, VEKA products have carried that instantly recognisable sign of confidence."

Figures from BSI (British Standards Institution) show that 93% of UK adults believe products that hold the Kitemark are safer, with 88% placing their trust in the symbol and believing it to indicate a reputable company. Furthermore, 75% of UK adults believe the Kitemark makes choosing between products easier.

Graham Wackett, Construction Products Group Manager, BSI commented: "It's a huge feat to maintain BSI Kitemark status for such a significant period of time, and The VEKA UK Group should be proud of this achievement.

"The Kitemark is a voluntary certification, therefore it's a great indication of a company that pro-actively prioritises quality and safety in its products. To hold the Kitemark licence, companies have an initial audit, then are regularly re-audited to ensure their standards are maintained. That way, customers are assured when making a purchase, and Kitemark licence holders are able to grow their businesses with our certification."

Dave Jones added: "There's an underlying principle throughout The VEKA UK Group that our actions should benefit all links in the supply chain. The BSI Kitemark certainly fits that bill, instilling homeowners, contractors, specifiers and more with confidence in our products. We're excited to continue into our next 20 years of Kitemark certification."

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