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Voice grows against German standards


EUROPEAN mineral wool manufacturers have joined the chorus of complaint over Germany's latest move to reject European technical standards.

Representative body the European Association of Insulation Manufacturers (Eurima) has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission against a German bid to reject the full implementation of the Construction Products Directive (CPD) and maintain its own Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) product standards.

As Eurima represents six German mineral wool manufacturers, its objection pits industry against the German government.

John Tebbit, industry affairs director at the Construction Products Association, confirmed that Eurima had made its objections known but he pointed out that the manufacturers themselves were in favour of the CE marks.

He said: 'The insulation manufacturers seem quite happy with the standards set out by the CPD.

It is the government and specification industry in Germany that are driving the objections.'

The German government has complained that some national quality marks, including those for thermal insulation, do not reach its DIN standards and has threatened to boycott the European directive.

The harmonised European standards for thermal insulation products have been running alongside national product standards, but these are due to be dropped in favour of the European codes on March 1.

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