Construction Products Imported into the UK via distributors
According to latest figures from Statista, the value of raw building materials imported into the UK between 2009 and 2019 increased over time. With the important value of raw building materials standing at just over £290m, the highest value in the period. Covid-19 brought inevitable fluctuations, but the trend remains.
So, what happens if you’re a manufacturer outside of the UK borders, with a clear goal to break into the UK market?
Building regulations and legislations in the UK have detailed requirements that cover specific topics like structural integrity, fire protection, accessibility, energy performance, acoustic performance, protection against falls, electrical and gas safety and are defined by the UK Government.
Because of that, there is a standard that all manufacturers of products in the industry need to comply to, to meet the necessary criteria. 3rd party certification, like the BBA’s Agrément Certificate, provides a way to verify that product’s fitness-for-purpose. So, in the case of working with a distribution network of white labelled products, that product may appear under a different brand name, but requires the same verification of suitability. The BBA makes that possible through what is known as a reproduction certificate; a certificate that verifies that the distributed product is identical to the original product manufactured outside of the UK; giving both the manufacture and the distributor the reassurance of that product’s credibility.