The high quality of Marley Eternit’s JB Red roofing battens has been given further independent endorsement with its latest successful BBA audit. The six-monthly BBA audit was carried out at the JB Red manufacturing facility in Gainsborough, where inspectors assessed all aspects of the quality control and manufacturing processes involved with producing the battens.
The BBA Agrément certificate gives independent assurance to specifiers, architects and contractors that JB Red battens meet its strict quality criteria and that they comply with all the requirements of BS 5534.
Jenni Forrest, quality manager at Marley Eternit, explains, “It is important for all of our customers to know that BBA isn’t just a one-off certification. They continually audit the manufacturing process to make sure it stays consistent and meets the high quality standards that have been set. As part of the audit, the BBA checks our manufacturing line from beginning to end – from the raw material coming in, to its treatment and grading, through to the finished product ready to deliver. This includes looking at our testing procedures, quality checks, equipment calibration and materials traceability.
“The BBA accreditation is stamped on every batten, reassuring specifiers, architects, contractors and merchants that they can rely on red to not only be BS 5534 compliant, but also provide them with extremely high manufacturing standards.”
As part of its rigorous quality control checks, JB Red roofing battens are put through a state-of-the-art laser grading machine called Goldeneye, which scans the battens in intricate detail, by the millimetre, to deliver a high level of accuracy, consistency and ultimately, quality assurance. For maximum strength and durability, only slow grown imported redwood or whitewood is used for JB Red battens and all are cut from kiln dried sideboards to prevent distortion.