We recently caught up with Steve Marshall, VolkerBrooks director, to discuss how the business is continuing to support and trade in the European Union (EU) following Brexit.
What does VolkerBrooks currently supply to the EU?
VolkerBrooks is a specialist service provider to the civil engineering and maritime sectors. Established in 1934, we offer clients around the globe a range of construction and marine plant and equipment for hire and sale.
With the UK leaving the EU, it obviously brought about a lot of uncertainty regarding whether or not we would be able to trade as freely between countries – we have achieved accreditation to declare we conform with all the legal requirements and can apply the CE mark to our structural steel products to continue our commitment to supply Linkflote™ pontoons across the world.
What accreditations does VolkerBrooks have?
As many of our valued clients are based in the EU, it was extremely important that we maintained our CE mark to ensure that our products can continue to be sold throughout the EEA and Turkey. Our production methods and processes were assessed by Element Materials Technology, Rotterdam BV, who confirmed our CE mark status.
All of our new build pontoons are manufactured to high standards and we operate a quality management system compliant with ISO 9001:2015. Our environmental management system complies with BS EN ISO 14001:2015 and our safety management system complies to BS EN ISO 45001:2018. All of our fabricated steelwork and the Linkflote™ pontoon system is manufactured in compliance with EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011.
Our team is also currently working to gain UKCA accreditation, to ensure that we will be able to continue supplying pontoons and equipment across the UK.
Can you tell us a bit more about VolkerBrooks’ commitment to quality?
As a business, we are very proud of our heritage and have a long-term commitment to delivering quality products. Our commitment to quality was cemented this month when we welcomed our new marine delivery manager, Tony Price, back to the business. Tony has a wealth of experience building and delivering the Linkflote™ pontoon system, having previously worked at VolkerBrooks during his apprenticeship, before becoming workshop supervisor and then fabrication manager. He was also instrumental in delivering our “Linkflote floating road” in Canary Wharf which was awarded the IStructE-Highly Commended Award for large projects.
With a wide range of experience in welding, fabrication, construction, managing fabrication workshops and site delivery of fabricated steel and pontoon projects, Tony will also be responsible for maintaining our CE accredited production processes in the workshop.