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CFA now a company limited by Guarantee

Since its formation in 1979 the CFA has been affiliated to the Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers. The members have recently left that body and formed a non-profit making company with the imaginative title "The Construction Fixings Association". To all outward appearances there is no change in our operation or our aims, still summarised by the phrase "Ensuring best fixings practice". 
Detaching ourselves from the Federation has freed up resources to enable us to be even more active than before in supporting those who matter most to us- specifiers, contractors and distributors. 

Pietro Grandesso of fischer fixings UK Ltd, who has been Chairman of the CFA for two years now, continues in that role while Mark Salmon, of Independent Fixing Consultants, will be responsible for running the affairs of the CFA on a day to day basis. Mark has been responsible for the representation of the CFA in European forums for longer than he cares to remember and is responsible for running the website and writing most of what you see here including the Guidance Notes. 

We will still be active in representing the interests of the industry in European and national bodies involved with fixings practice be it at the level of regulations, standards or specific industries. However the change coincides with the Association moving forward on two key fronts - offering Associate Membership to key distributors and mounting a campaign under the banner "Safer Installations" to help contractors do just that.

The Associate Membership Scheme will enable distributors who share our key objectives to link themselves more directly with the CFA and to provide the wealth of knowledge from the Association to their clients. Users looking for their nearest distributor who is an Associate Member will be able to find them on the website. 
This programme will go live during the first half of this year.

The "Safer Installations" campaign is a programme which will gather momentum throughout this year. We have already uploaded a series of Sample Method Statements which can be used to complement the manufacturer's pictograms to help make sure an installer knows exactly how he should be setting anchors correctly. To assist engineers to specify anchors in such a manner that the installer can obtain the right products and install it to the correct parameters we have also uploaded a series of specification formats - in word - as a template for specifications on drawings or in project instructions.

Our Guidance Notes have long held a reputation for clear and comprehensive advice on a wide range of topics, the recent addition of "Anchors for Steeplejacking" brings this total up to seventeen. We are now in the process of drafting new ones and updating others that have been around for ten years!

European Technical Approvals have been available since 1997. The CFA has been involved in the process of developing them, and their forerunners the Agrément M.O.A.T.S., since 1986!!

The most frequently accessed page on the website is the FAQ page which we will continue to develop and refresh. 

We are steadily adding to the series of authoritative articles on the website. A mixture of specially written articles is being blended with those previously published in Fastener & Fixings Europe which is now widely regarded as the prime source of fixings news for distributors of construction fixings.

Above all the CFA will continue to work with who ever needs our help in making sure construction fixings are selected, installed and used in the safest and best ways possible thus living up to our key aim:

Ensuring best fixings practice.

News Archive

DeWalt joins CFA.(17 April 2015)
DeWALT, part of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., whose tools have for some time become a familiar site on UK construction sites, has now the Construction Fixings Association in recognition of the fact that there is now also a wide range of anchoring products available under the DeWALT brand.

Insight - new quarterly newsletter launched.(29 09 2014)
To communicate even more effectively with all stakeholders interested in the correct use of Construction Fixings the CFA has launched a quarterly newsletter.

British Standard for fixings.(23/3/2012)
BS 8539: Code of practice for the selection and installation of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry; is published in draft form by BSI for review and comment by all interested parties.

New Guidance on Scaffold anchors published.(31/5/2011)
The CFA and NASC have published a revised version of their joint publication TG4 Anchors for scaffolding now pithily designated TG4:11. Go to the Guidance Notes section to download a copy.

First Approved Distributor Event.(2/10/2008)
The first Approved Distributors annual Event was held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 25 September 2008 and attended by 32 delegates. Presentation topics included world fixings markets, resin anchoring systems, avoiding fixing failures and the new CFA scheme for Approved Testers.

International Members welcomed into CFA.(17/7/2008)
Although essentially a UK based organisation the CFA includes as Full Members companies with European roots and world wide marketing interests. International Membership has been set up for companies in overseas markets who sell Full Members products - even under own branding arrangements - who share our key objective of ENSURING BEST FIXINGS PRACTICE and meet our high standards in Customer Service - Technical Support and Commercial Integrity.

CFA now a company limited by Guarantee.(26/2/2007)
The Construction Fixings Association is now a Company Limited by Guarantee. In order to move forward even more strongly and build on the reputation which the CFA has gained since its inception in 1979 the members have formed themselves into a non-profit making company. Click for more details.