Colorsteel prepainted steel has been made in New Zealand by New Zealand Steel for New Zealanders since 1982. So what is the Colorsteel difference?
Colorsteel products have been tested and proven here. New Zealand’s diverse environment provides many challenges including harsh UV, wind, rain, snow and ice. Colorsteel products meet stringent AS/NZS2728:2007 requirements, which have both accelerated and long term exposure requirements, providing the only true-to-life performance indicator. Colorsteel products have undergone four year exposure testing on NZ and/or Australian extreme exposure sites for both (UV) colour performance and long term durability. Some imported products, which claim to comply, have not been subjected to equivalent exposure testing and with only limited use in the NZ market they have not been tested over time.
Since Colorsteel products were first launched in 1982 they have been exposed in a range of environments (not just laboratory tests). Over this time lessons have been learned and improvements continually made. New Zealand Steel has stood behind Colorsteel products and honoured the Colorsteel warranty – a proven warranty.
Colorsteel products are manufactured under a third party accredited ISO9001 quality management system to ensure consistency and reliability. That means that the metal coating substrate will be of a consistent weight, top coat film builds will be even and primers and top coats will have a high anti-corrosion pigmentation which is vitally important in the New Zealand environment. New Zealand Steel uses paint systems developed specifically for Colorsteel prepainted steel. Competitors providing imported products may claim their paint systems are the same when, in fact, the only similarity is the colour and even that can differ.
New Zealand Steel supports the industry that uses Colorsteel roofing and is gold sponsor of the Roofing Association of New Zealand and proud supporter of Buy NZ Made.
A boutique steel plant, New Zealand Steel uses a direct reduction process, turning local west coast black sand into metallic iron. This process is a model of ingenuity and efficiency and exists nowhere else in the world.
Sustainable production has been an initiative at New Zealand Steel with the company’s Environmental Laboratory set up in the late 1970s, achieving ISO 14001 accreditation when the industry standard was established in 1997.
The company uses cogeneration to generate up to 70% of its electricity needs from hot waste gases. And steel is 100% recyclable again and again without losing its properties.
Mill Tours have been scheduled for March 15th, June 12th and September 12th
Interested? Phone Christine Wilkinson, Specifier Manager on 021 426 560 for details.