Sunday, January 10, 2010
Warning: Now it's Chinese Steel
The following are quotes from Kiplinger News, "New Threat from China: Shoddy Steel Imports":
“Steel imports from China that fall apart easily are making U.S. manufacturers and construction firms more than a little nervous. Reports of failures during initial fabrication and questions about certifications documents will mean closer scrutiny, The American and Canadian institutes of steel construction have already advised member companies to be vigilant and report any problems.”
“The biggest concern is hollow structural sections widely used in construction of skyscrapers, bridges, commercial and school buildings.”
“Chinese high-strength steel tubes and pipes are also a potential problem."
“Inferior high-strength steel could cause catastrophic failures of buildings, pipe lines or in power plants’ boiler tubing.”
And it goes on and on and on.
We all, in construction or not, must obtain proof that Chinese steel has been tested here in U.S. and that it is 100% in accord with ASTM standards and requirements.
Val Tuhari, of Construction Advisory Group warns, "We don’t need Chinese manufacturers' certifications since they cannot be trusted; we need American certifications, and then, guess what, check them as well."
"We must get to the bottom of this," Tuhari warns. "I urge my colleagues at Construction Advisory Group, and every else, to diligently follow this matter."