Association of civil construction, building materials and non-metal industries- AGGREGATES ARE A SUBJECT OF CONTROL OF THE FACTORY PRODUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE MANUFACTURER
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Association of civil construction, building materials and non-metal industries- AGGREGATES ARE A SUBJECT OF CONTROL OF THE FACTORY PRODUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE MANUFACTURER

 The Association of civil construction, building materials and non-metal industries held a meeting on the 5th of April, 2017 with companies that have concessions for exploitation of mineral raw materials- limestone, quartz, sand and gravel on different locations in order to present the provisions of the Law on building products that introduce changes in the way the production control of building products is performed in a way that puts rather more responsibility on the manufacturers of the building product in terms of quality control and maintenance of continuity of the characteristics of the building product.

The obligations of the aggregate manufacturer were presented in accordance with the Law on building products and particular accent was put on the obligations of the manufacturer before the aggregate is placed on the market because the Law was adopted two years ago (2015), while the aggregates are a basic raw material for production of all building materials such as: concrete, concrete elements, mortar, asphalt and other products.


As stated in the statistical data, in the past two to three years, the production of limestone varies from about 1.000 thousand to 1.110 thousand tons, the one of construction sand varies from about 120 thousand to 150 thousand tons, while the production of macadam used as an aggregate for concrete, covering the roads and other uses varies from 350 thousand to 400 thousand tons. Just to compare, the amount of produced macadam in the year of 2012 was 60.000 tons and in 2013 it was about 100 thousand tons. The increase of the production is naturally related to the increased investments in building capital infrastructure facilities, but also for building high buildings.

A presentation was prepared by the working group composed of: Marjana Topalovska Angelovska from GEING, Zlatko Ilievski from GIM and Lile Siljanoska from ZIM who have great experience in the implementation of the Law and have particularly acquired experience in the examination of building materials while working in the laboratories in their companies.

The presentation encouraged and opened a lot of issues and it was especially highlighted that the new legal provisions put a greater part of the responsibility on the back of the manufacturer that should continuously control the quality of the aggregate, regardless of whether the control will be performed in the laboratory of the manufacturer or in another accredited laboratory.

In order for the manufacturer to be able to place its product on the market, he/she should get an assessment and confirmation for the characteristics of the building product that is implemented by a certified person from the appointed Certification institution, i.e. this Institution should perform an initial control (inspection) of the production and the factory production control (FPC), but it should also constantly supervise, assess and control (evaluate) the factory production.
Several dilemmas were discussed, such as the wearing examinations, their mineralogical and petrographic examinations.

It was agreed that companies should consult the accredited laboratories regarding these professional data.

 Considering that several questions were posed at the meeting for which a further educational discussion is needed, Mr. Andrea Serafimovski, president of the Association of civil construction, building materials and non-metal industries, proposed the follow-up activities to be undertaken within the Group for aggregates, concretes and asphalts (GABA). Therefore, it was proposed for a new president of the Group of aggregates, concretes and asphalts to be elected because the previous president, Mr. Ivan Angelov from Cementarinca Usje- Skopje, has been working on another workplace for a longer period of time and his responsibilities are directed towards the topic of occupational health and safety. On behalf of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, on behalf of the members of the Chamber and on his own behalf he extended his gratitude for his engagement and contribution of the Group of aggregates, concretes and asphalts, shortly GABA.

 Serafimovski stated that in this moment, without any conflict of interests and in consultation with several experts, Nikola Krajchevski, employed in Sintek Specific- Skopje who has a great experience in the field the Group GABA works in, was proposed president. The motion was unanimously adopted.

Marija Petroska