Tightening control over steel quality

08:05 | 04/03/2014 Science - Technology

(VEN) - To improve productivity, quality and competitiveness, Vietnam’s steel industry is focusing on adopting national technical regulation on steel bars for concrete reinforcement QCVN 07:2011/BKHCN issued on September 22, 2011 according to a compulsory roadmap from June 1, 2014.

The application of QCVN 07 contributes to improving the quality of steel products

Aiming at many targets

According to the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA), competitiveness in the steel market now is fierce. There are about 30 steel producers across the country, however, many of those still produce steel by using un-standardized materials, resulting in lower production costs and variable quality steel. Vice Chairman of the VSA Nguyen Tien Nghi said in the steel market, there are also rolled steel containing Boron (Bo) element imported from China under the cloak of steel alloys to enjoy preferential taxes. This makes the products cheaper and has pushed Vietnamese steel producers into further difficulties.

To protect domestic production and consumer rights, the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology issued QCVN 07:2011/BKHCN to force Vietnamese steel bars producers for concrete reinforcement to provide standardized products to the market.

Many steel enterprises said the implementation of QCVN 07 would increase production costs. However, this is not a very big issue as the application of the regulation will bring them and consumers more practical benefits. QCVN 07 will become a technical barrier to prevent low quality steel imports and protect the domestic market.

Deputy Head of the Directorate of Standards, Metrology and Quality Tran Van Vinh believed that the implementation of QCVN 07 will force the enterprises to make changes and enable genuine enterprises to produce high quality products so that they can improve competitiveness, strengthen their position in the market and help ensure equality and transparency for the steel market.

Compulsory application

The Ministry of Industry and Trade asked the VSA and other businesses involved in steel bars for concrete reinforcement to seriously apply QCVN 07 from 2014. Specifically, it is obligatory for steel bars for concrete reinforcement to circulate in the market from June 1, 2014 with an aim to protect the legal rights and benefits of genuine steel producers and consumers.

Nguyen Tien Nghi also said if measures to tighten control over steel quality are not timely taken, there will surely be unexpected consequences which will firstly affect the steel businesses. Therefore, the compulsory implementation of QCVN 07 will help them strengthen their position and product quality in the market, helping to guarantee the equality between domestically-made and imported steel products.

Tran Van Vinh added that by the time for compulsory implementation of QCVN 07, if any business that have not sold out the products without QCVN 07 application, they have to make a list of sealed inventories for further treatment. The businesses that do not follow the regulation will receive punishments according to Decree 80/2013/ND-CP on administrative violations in the field of standard, metrology and quality of products and goods. Inspectors of cities and provinces where the businesses are located are responsible for checks, inspections and sanctions following theregulations.

Serious and efficient application of QCVN 07 demands strict observance of the producers, importers, and businesses using this product as well as the participation of certification organizations and state management agencies. QCVN 07 is expected to contribute to improving the quality of steel bars for concrete reinforcement, removing poor quality products, enhancing sustainability in civil and industrial construction works and facilitating domestic production./.          

Lan Anh

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