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February’s Highlighted question
How can I tell where the staging is manufactured?
If you are interested in the manufactured origin of the staging you are thinking about buying, then the first thing to do, is to ask the supplier. “Where is this made“. You may have collated your quotes and had a demo, and you’ve made the decision of which brand to go with, but you just want to check where its actually made. Often whilst having a demo, you can make a pretty good evaluation of the quality of product you are dealing with.
Things to watch for are over heavy items, sharp corners, poor adhesion and loose or unfinished sections. You might want to know about its origin because you only buy British, or, maybe you don’t really care, but you just want to be sure its not from some sweat shop and will only last a couple of years.
The supplier has a duty to inform you where its made, the manufacture conditions its made under, and if it have full support and service if it fails. How long does that take for replacement parts, do you have to replace them yourself and so on…
CE Marking is also important, although not all products have to be CE marked. CE marking does not mean that a product was made in the EU, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market. It means the product satisfies the legislative requirements to be sold there. It means that the manufacturer has checked that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements, for example health and safety requirements.
If the staging is made outside the EU, it may seem a great price, but check if the support and spares are readily available, should something go wrong.
Many products have the country of origin labeling or “Made in xxxxxxxx” which ever country. Remember – If it concerns you, ASK!
Is there an advantage to using larger decks?
NexGen by Portable Stage are one manufacturer that has tackled this issue straight on. If you want the ease of the smaller 1x1m deck platforms, but don’t want to compromise on price, this is a good quality UK made brand. Some users do however want the larger 2x1m deck platforms, to add to existing stocks.
Using the smaller 1x1m stage platforms has lots of benefits, from smaller storage, and transport space, to light easy to handle platforms. You’ll also find that you need to check the frame extrusion on the stage platforms you intend to buy, if you already have portable staging, because you will want to attach them together. Point of note: Don’t forget you’ll need to be able to transport 2 metre long decks in a vehicle, if they are to be used in multiple venues. So 1x1m deck platforms could be worth paying that little bit more for.
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