by Stephen Cook
THE COMPANY accused of using suspect cement imported cheaply from overseas in its precast concrete products has gone into damage control mode as the spotlight shifts to its role in the whole controversy
With nine years in the business, Concretech New Zealand Ltd claim to be one of this country‚Äôs leading pre-cast concrete suppliers with ‚Äústrict quality control systems‚Ä¶ to meet any challenge, no matter how architecturally demanding.‚ÄĚ
However, rhetoric is one thing ‚Äď reality can be quite another.
The focus is now on Concretec‚Äôs role in the whole scandal after claims from industry insiders the company may have unwittingly used suspect cement from Vietnam in pre-cast concrete products it later supplied to several major construction companies.
That cement, which had higher than usual alkali levels, was imported by Drymix who control about five percent of the $400 million-a-year cement market and through Mitre 10 supply the domestic market with the highly-popular ‚ÄėSuper Easy Mix In The Bag‚Äô range of cement products.
In January, February and March this year Drymix imported tens of thousands of tonnes of cement, which according to their own test samples, failed to meet recognised industry standards.
Drymix supply cement to a company called Techcrete, who make readymix concrete which they supply to Concretec who supply precast concrete products to companies like Watts & Hughes and Ebert Construction,.
Both these companies are also facing questions after concerns that suspect cement may have been used in the $40 million Manukau District Court upgrade and Yashili‚Äôs $250 million plant at Pokeno.