Middlesbrough-based Cleveland Cable Company has become the first cable distributor in the world to be awarded Registered Stockist certification status.
The new industry certification scheme has been designed by the British Approvals Service for Electric Cables (BASEC) to raise quality standards in the industry throughout the supply chain.
Cleveland Cable has worked closely with BASEC, an organisation that partners with the worldwide cable manufacturing industry, providing testing and certification services.
The Tees firm – the UK’s largest cable stockist – piloted the assessment programme and provided valuable insight of their experiences during implementation, across UK and Ireland operations.
By meeting the stringent assessment process, Cleveland Cable has become accredited under the Registered Stockist scheme, validating its internal quality programmes, procedures and traceability lines.
Employing more than 500 people across its eight branches in the UK and Ireland, the firm regularly undertakes quality assessments to verify cable design and electrical properties to ensure they meet the required standards. This includes inhouse testing of cables held in their own stock.
The foremost supplier of industrial cable in the UK for sectors including construction and rail, the company also regularly visit the overseas factories of its suppliers to undertake audits and to ensure professional quality management systems, along with production line and test facilities, meet the high standards required by Cleveland Cable and the UK market.
The BASEC Registered Stockist scheme forms part of the company’s established Market Surveillance initiatives to drive the improvement of cable quality and safety throughout the supply chain and industry, with rigorous certification, factory auditing and testing.
Alastair Powell, managing director of Cleveland Cable, said: “We are exceptionally proud to become the world’s first cable distributor to hold the BASEC Registered Stockist status.
“We are at the forefront of the drive to deliver increased quality among cable stockists and distributors, which has now been recognised through the awarding of Registered Stockist certification by BASEC.
“The status also demonstrates to the market our working relationship with BASEC, and our backing for the company’s commitment to exceptional standards in our industry, while also providing verification of our processes and the quality of the products we supply.”