Rawlplug UK achieves new technical certificate 28 November 2022

With UKTA approvals and UKCA Markings now applicable for companies and products within the UK, due to replace the CE and ETA systems completely by the end of the year, Rawlplug’s British subsidiary, Rawlplug Ltd, points out it has become the first fixing manufacturer operating in the UK market to have obtained several United Kingdom Technical Assessment (UKTA) technical approvals. 

The UKTA is required for products available in the UK market as an equivalent to the former European Technical Approval (ETA) certification, while the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) Mark is a new product marking that has replaced the former CE Marking scheme and is applicable to products placed on the UK market. Both these marking systems have been mandatory for products delivered into the UK market since January 2021, but starting from January 2023, they will also apply to any product that can be used in the UK. The former CE and ETA Marking schemes will only be recognised up to that point.

Hardy Giesler, CEO at the British Board of Agreement (BBA), and Bill Hewlett, the organisation’s Technical Director, visited the Rawlplug Academy in Reading, UK, to present Rawlplug Ltd’s Managing Director, Dr Pietro Grandesso, with the UKTA certificate applicable to selected products from within the Rawlplug portfolio. 

Deputy Editor

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889


Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.