Throughout our 26 years of operation we have successfully designed and installed numerous large-scale mezzanine floor systems throughout the UK. These days, we are often called upon by organisations throughout Europe to help expand their warehousing and logistics hubs. In this post we discuss some of the technical, practical and ethical factors we must consider when designing and installing a mezzanine floor abroad.
Earthquake Resistant Construction and Other Government Regulations…
Something some our customers may not know is that our estimators are fully qualified to design to seismic activity specifications. But what exactly is seismic design and how does it affect the construction of a mezzanine floor?
Seismic activity refers to earthquakes, the vibrations they cause on the earth and its crust. In certain countries where this type of activity is more prevalent local authorities require engineers to adhere to guidelines which allow for this type of activity when designing structures.
Our estimator Georgios comments on the seismic design process, “In order to design for seismic according to Eurocode 8 – EC8 information regarding the specific area of the floor is required, such as the soil type, the ground peak acceleration and the overall importance of the structure. Seismic loads are quite significant as they add a relative high horizontal load to the structure. We use a dynamic analysis software to calculate the total horizontal loads acting on the structure, these forces are then taken into consideration during the final design“.
Here at Hi-Level we have the technology and expertise to design for seismic activity, which allows us to install our floors across the globe!
In addition, other government building regulations to consider may include specific health & safety laws and working hour restrictions.
Conducting Business Abroad
We understand that cultural differences can impact business negotiations abroad, we must consider a number of elements such as potential language barriers and behavioural differences to avoid confusion and conflict. We always work to the following guidelines;
- Understand The Clients Requirements – Having a clear understanding of the client’s needs from the outset is crucial to delivering a successful build, we ensure communication is consistent throughout the design and build process to ensure the clients expectations are managed and met without disappointment.
- Familiarise Ourselves With The Country’s Culture – With endless resources and online information it’s easier than ever to educate ourselves on a particular country’s cultural differences, having even a slight understanding can set us apart from competitors and leave a positive impact on our client.
- Communication Is Key – It goes without saying that communication is key for business, but the ability to communicate effectively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds can sometimes prove difficult, particularly if there is a language barrier. Here at Hi-Level some of our in-house staff are bilingual in several languages, but we also believe it’s important to learn the basics of the language within a new market, additionally visual communication can be a powerful tool for interacting when language barriers arise.
We are currently one of the only and most competitive UK based mezzanine floor companies that can design for seismic activity.
For International business enquires or more information on our floors please call us on +44 (0) 1730 190
How Do Steel Prices Influence The Cost Of Our Mezzanine Floors?
As a designer and installer of structural steel mezzanine floors, we are continually mindful of the potential factors influencing the price of steel. Which is why we are actively monitoring the market daily to ensure we are ahead of the game when it comes to providing the most competitive mezzanine floor quotations for our customers. In this feature, we discuss some of the basic but key elements that affect the price of steel and therefore influence our overall estimating process.
Global Supply and Demand
Supply and demand is arguably the biggest factor affecting the price of commodites such as steel.
When less steel becomes available, such as when certain countries experience stagnant growth, production slows down which ultimately drives a higher demand and increases the price. This is the case in the Chinese steel industry which rapidly expanded to become the second largest steelmaker in the world (accounting for 823 million tons of the world’s total in 2014). As a result, China produced far higher quantities of steel than the country inherently needed, driving down demand and ultimately leading to steel prices falling significantly.
Cost of Raw Materials
Steel is made up of several metal components, the availability of these materials can change depending on a number of factors. If access to these materials becomes limited, naturally demand will exceed supply resulting in a higher price.
Following on from the above, the materials used to create steel as well the product itself can be expensive to ship. Shipping overseas can be costly; labour costs and fuel also play a pivotal role in determining price.
Industries that rely on steel such as construction, automotive and manufacturing may also directly influence steel pricing. If one industry is particularly strong this could drive higher demand for steel and ultimately increase the price of the end product.
Of course, it takes time and experience to the monitor the above factors as well as many others not mentioned in this article. At Hi-Level we have over 25 years’ experience designing, sourcing materials and installing mezzanine floors, if you have any questions or concerns relating to the information above please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Steel: http://britishsteel.co.uk/
Tata Steel: https://www.tatasteeleurope.com/en/
Steel Market Update: https://www.steelmarketupdate.com/
UK Steel Price Increase October 2016
As you may have already been made aware, this week British Steel announced that they will be raising the transaction prices for structural sections by £30 per metric tonne as of Tuesday 1st November 2016.
If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will endeavour to answer any questions on this matter.
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