Established in 1949, the Galvanizers Association (GA) provides authoritative information and advice on hot dip galvanising for users and potential users within the construction industry. GA represents the industry in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland and the association’s advice is regularly used to educate and inform members.
Since its inception, members of GA have enjoyed a long and fruitful connection with the association, with different types of membership available to suit different companies. Membership types range from Galvanizer (UK and Ireland) and Galvanizer (International), to Suppliers of Materials & Equipment and Zinc Producers/Suppliers.
Benefits of joining the association include access to training courses, the advantage of free technical support, the provision of health and safety resources and information specifically for zinc. In addition GA members receive Hot Dip Galvanizing magazine, a certificate of membership and they are presented with numerous networking opportunities.
In order to recognise all the latest movements within the industry, the GA operates the Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards (GAGAs), a free, annual competition designed to recognise those who are leading the way forward in the galvanizing sector. From architects to artists, the awards celebrate the best that the galvanizing industry has to offer, with a great range of projects submitted.
A spokesperson for the Galvanizers Association said:
“Galvanizers Association (GA) has provided authoritative information and advice on hot dip galvanizing to users and potential users since it was first established in 1949. Hot dip galvanizing makes a vital contribution to our built environment. We provide free information and advice on design, specification and performance of hot dip galvanizing.
“Whether you need an instant response or advice about long-term issues, we can provide cost-effective answers whenever they are needed.
“Our highly qualified staff are able to respond quickly and efficiently to any enquiries you might have regarding coating performance, specification and design detailing. We deal with over 2,000 enquiries annually on our free technical helpline.
“For work processes by our UK and Irish members we can also offer free on-site inspections checking for compliance against the relevant standards.
“GA were founder members of the RIBA CPD Providers Network and we have continued to provide presentations and information for new generations within the industry. We are recognised by the RIAI with our Structured CPDs. Our presentations are now also available interactively online.”
As well as providing an informative service, the association is also a forward-thinking organisation with a sustainable future being one of its key drivers.
A spokesperson said:
“Galvanizers Association has been a major contributor to the European Initiative for Galvanizing in Sustainable Construction. Many independent experts have contributed to this initiative including advocates of green and natural building. The aims of the initiative are to help architects, specifiers, engineers, developers and their clients consider how to use galvanized steel in the context of sustainable construction.”
For more information about the Galvanizers Association, or for details on how to become a member, please visit: www.galvanizing.org.uk.
Joseph Ash Galvanizing
Joseph Ash Galvanizing was founded in 1857 with the company specialising in hot dip galvanizing, spin line galvanizing, shot blasting and powder coating.
Technical expertise and customer care are the guiding principles of Joseph Ash Galvanizing. These remain at the core of everything that the company does and are not only in evidence through the quality of the technical work they deliver, but through the additional services they provide, which include:
- On site storage facilities.
- Bundling, packaging and export containerisation.
- Collection and delivery.
- A Technical Support Department.
- A one stop shop service for shot blasting, galvanizing and powder coating.
The company has always worked on a large variety of projects, big and small, for large construction companies and fabricators, to fencing and agricultural specifiers, government departments and even metal sculpture artists. They galvanize everything from motorway guardrails to industrial flooring; structural sections to lighting columns, and bridging to agricultural fencing. High profile projects that Joseph Ash Galvanizing have worked on include The Shard, Birmingham New Street Station, Hampden Park Stadium, the Olympic Park and huge sculptures for the likes of Andy Scott.
Joseph Ash Galvanizing was a founder member of the Galvanizers Association, and to this day is as active as ever in serving on various GA committees, including the Marketing Committee, the Technical Committee and the Board.
Commenting on their work with the Galvanizers Association, Mick Jackson from Joseph Ash Galvanizing said: “Steel is galvanized to protect it from rust and to prolong its life, and when people invest the time and money to have a fabrication galvanized they should be provided with a quality and expert finish. The process of designing steel for galvanizing is not always straight forward though and so our aim – as part of the Galvanizers Association – is to help mould and strengthen the Association’s service, guidance and technical support to specifiers and end users of galvanized steel.”