The CE mark, which certifies that a product has met certain EU requirements, will be mandatory on all sawn timber intended for use in the framework of a building as of the fall of 2012.
The CE mark indicates that a product is in compliance with the relevant harmonised product standard and that it complies with the essential requirements of the Construction Products Directive.
According to Tommi Sneck, Director of the Timber Industry division, Koskisen has until now mainly graded its sawn goods according to visual quality. Timber used for framework was already previously graded according to the CE standard into various C-strength-grade categories upon payment of an additional fee.
“In the future, the grading of sawn timber will include both strength and visual data. Timber will continue to be packaged primarily on the basis of visual quality, but the pieces will also include a mark indicating the strength grade. Of course we will still supply timber that is solely strength-graded to a specific order,” Sneck explains.
The extra service, to start in the beginning of October, and the additional information it provides on the products will give customers new opportunities to make use of sawn timber and to reach several target groups with one product.
“Importers and wholesalers can, for example, sell the same CE-marked timber as a strength-graded product to the construction industry or as a visually graded product to the wood-working industry. Similarly, consumers can use the pieces they have received in their package for various end-uses, based either on the visual quality or strength grade. No one offers this kind of service yet, but in the near future, it could even become standard,” Sneck estimates.