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NZ Commerce Commission completes Fletcher Reinforcing seismic grade mesh investigation

Auckland, 5 December 2016 – Today, the New Zealand Commerce Commission completed its investigation of Fletcher Steel Distribution's seismic grade (SE) reinforcing mesh satisfied the mesh had the strength and ductility required by the Australian/New Zealand Standard.

The Commission issued a warning letter relating to data recording and retesting of 19 batches of seismic mesh manufactured by Fletcher Reinforcing and confirmed no further action would be taken.

Fletcher Steel Distribution immediately amended its data recording during the course of the investigation to comply with the Commission's recommendations. The company worked with its third-party testing laboratory to ensure the testing process was amended as soon as the Commission highlighted the issue. This laboratory, owned by Pacific Steel, has recently gained IANZ (part of ILAC) accreditation to further demonstrate its commitment to testing at the highest possible standard.

Fletcher Steel Distribution General Manager Hamish McBeath said. "We are pleased the Commerce Commission is satisfied with the strength and ductility of our mesh. We are committed to manufacturing and supplying good quality, compliant reinforcing mesh material and welcome the observations made by the Commission through this process."