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Outokumpu gets the first CARES certificate for rebar

Time:[4/4/2012]   Hits:1723
Finnish stainless steel global leader Outokumpu has become the first stainless reinforcing steel producer to be granted certificate by CARES for sustainable reinforcing steel.

Stainless steel has excellent properties enabling more sustainable solutions for the built environment. Green building systems are becoming more common and these schemes evolve towards more stringent requirements. Furthermore, customers and designers are increasingly asking for material and suppliers’ sustainability credentials.

CARES helps to communicate the exceptional sustainability performance of Outokumpu stainless steel reinforcement bar and contributes to the establishment of ever more sustainable construction. The CARES certification allows Outokumpu to offer stainless steel to a wider range of green specified building projects.

Dr Stephen Jones from Outokumpu said “Sustainability is an integral part of the decision-making process in today’s construction industry. Customers choose suppliers based on cost, schedule, quality and sustainability. The CARES certificate gives us a competitive advantage as we are the first stainless reinforcement bar producer to hold this certificate.”

To achieve CARES Sustainable Reinforcing Steel certification, a producer’s quality and environmental management systems are assessed, as well as the company’s social responsibility and sustainable sourcing practices.

The CARES Sustainable Reinforcing Steel certification scheme meets the requirements of British Standard BS 8902:2009 as well as a number of private and public sector sustainability initiatives. UK-based CARES is also used widely in other areas, such as Hong Kong and the Middle East.