World’s First for FloPlast


1 November 2006

FloPlast are leading the way in demonstrating quality standards for air admittance valves by becoming the first company in the world to achieve BSI Kitemark® certification for their air admittance valves for above ground drainage systems, to BS EN 12380

FloPlast Limited was founded in 1991, and from its inception has established itself as a manufacturer of high quality plastic building and plumbing products for the construction industry, in particular for domestic new build and refurbishment projects. FloPlast Building and Plumbing Products are widely used by major housebuilders and are specified both locally and nationally to provide the building industry with solutions for domestic new build and refurbishment projects.  

BSI and the Kitemark® are well established in the industry for testing and certification of a wide range of construction products. With over 100 years of experience and market exposure the Kitemark® can help manufacturers to gain and retain market access, manage risk and increase revenue and profitability.

The testing programmes for the air admittance valves Kitemark® scheme are designed to ensure effective product performance in installation and includes endurance testing to assess the ability of the valves to operate at extreme temperature conditions. Valve opening pressure and vacuum/ pressure testing are also assessed.

Neil Harrison, FloPlast Quality Manager comments: “Quality is at the heart of all that we do here at FloPlast and we are very proud that just 4 weeks on from our application we have been awarded with the Kitemark® for air admittance valves. BSI’s flexibility and partnership approach has meant that we have been able to maintain focus and demonstrate compliance with the rigorous Kitemark® scheme requirements.”

FloPlast were also recently awarded with a Kitemark® licence for their PVC-U rainwater drainage systems to cover gutters, gutter brackets, down pipes and fittings (to BS EN 607, BS EN 1462 and BS EN 12200) and have a quality management system which has been assessed and registered by the BSI as meeting the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2000.

Andy Butterfield, BSI scheme manager commented: “BSI are delighted that FloPlast have achieved Kitemark certification for their air admittance valves. The award of this Kitemark® is the latest acknowledgement of FloPlast’s commitment to quality and a testament to BSI’s partnership approach with clients. We wish FloPlast well with their continued business development, particularly with their use of the Kitemark® to expand and grow their business.”

Stewart Norris, FloPlast Managing Director, commented: “By working in close partnership with BSI we benefit from BSI’s world class expertise in standards and product certification. We take great pride in consistently delivering high standards and Kitemark® certification for our products plays a key role in meeting this objective. In competitive markets the Kitemark is often used to differentiate quality products and for this reason the value and importance of the Kitemark in enabling us to access new markets cannot be underestimated.”