The Hilti Corporation, a multinational manufacturer that services the construction industry, has become the first business to be issued with a UK Technical Assessment (UKTA) certificate, from the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Simon Wroe, the BBA’s head of key accounts, described it as a ‘big step forward’ in helping product manufacturers – including those within the glazing industry – prepare for the transition from CE marking to the new UKCA marking standard.
A representative of the Hilti Corporation said that UKTA certification ‘upholds its commitment to supporting the industry in building a better future’. In a joint statement, Hilti’s Rickard Bergeryd, structural codes and approvals manager, and Olga Katsanova, who works for Hilti Northern Europe, said: “Being awarded the first UKTA certification by the BBA makes us very proud and further strengthens our market-leading position, providing high-quality technical products and services to the UK market. It also contributes to a higher level of safety and accuracy of our products.”
While UKTAs are not mandatory, the BBA argues that it will be an important channel for manufacturers to achieve UKCA Marking. The BBA is the first organisation in the UK to gain approval from the department for levelling up, housing and communities to issue UKTAs.
Simon added: “We are delighted to issue Hilti with its UKTA certificate. This is a big step forward in supporting our clients and the industry in getting ready for the upcoming CE to UKCA transition. Issuing UKTA Certificates enables the BBA to respond quickly to client demands due to pressures on them to futureproof their businesses.”