Steel production is the heart of Qatar Steel’s operations, and product quality is therefore of the highest importance. ‘Quality’ at Qatar Steel includes several important elements: full understanding of and conforming to the requirements of our customers; delivery of defect-free products; and timely service. We achieve quality via two broad strategies:
- use of only high-quality raw materials as input for our operations.
- implementation of rigorous quality-control systems.
All products, including reinforcing bars, are manufactured from selected raw materials with defined chemical compositions pre-tested for quality at different stages of the production cycle. We have long-term contracts with our suppliers for key raw materials that allow uninterrupted operations in our manufacturing facilities.Inspections of samples are conducted throughout the manufacturing process, with‘sample testing’ of output performed to ensure compliance with quality standards and customer requirements. Qatar Steel also uses sophisticated quality-control laboratories to ensure delivery of high-quality products. Our labs are ISO17025 accredited, and are equipped with modern computerised testing and analytical instruments, including chemical testing analysers and mechanical testing machines.
Maintaining Product Quality through Certifications
Use of stringent quality-control systems qualifies Qatar Steel for several international management systems and certifications, listed below.
|Management System / Certification||Description|
|BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System||One of the world’s most respected quality frameworks, implemented at Qatar Steel in order to effectively manage and meet customers’ requirements and achieve improved customer satisfaction, staff motivation, and continual improvements. Qatar Steel has maintained its quality certification since 1995.|
|UK CARES Quality and Operations Assessment Schedule||The CARES Quality and Operations Assessment Schedule is centred around the essential elements of the quality management system, and additionally incorporates requirements for process control and product testing agreed upon by all relevant sectors of industry. The Schedule consists of the application of three main elements of CARES Product Certification:
Qatar Steel has maintained compliance with the CARES Quality and Operations Assessment Schedule since 2006.
|ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Laboratory Accreditation||This certification was attained in 2014. It specifies the general requirements for competence in carrying out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. The accreditation covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods,non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods, and is designed for development of laboratory management systems for quality, administrative, and technical operations.|
|UK CARES Product Certification||CARES Product Certification was developed to meet the needs of customers using steel products for the reinforcement of concrete. CARES has acquired extensive experience in designing and operating certification schemes which cater to the reinforced concrete industry.|
|Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)||By attaining this certificate, Qatar Steel has ensured that its products meet SASO standards and can be exported to the Saudi market.|
|Dubai Central Laboratory||The Dubai Central Laboratory was established in 1997, guided by a simple objective: ‘Enhancement of Quality of Life in Dubai’. Qatar Steel ensures that its products are aligned with the standards (BS 4449:2005B500B & ISO 6935-2:2007 B500B-R) and can be exported to the Dubai market.|
% of billets scrapped due to quality parameters
% of reber scrapped due to quality parameters
Qatar Steel scrapped only 0.21% of its rebar production and 0.03% of its billets production for quality control purposes in2014. This achievement was due in part to an improved focus on quality and improvement, and in part to Qatar Steel’s decision to scrap old non-moving rebar stock imported from turkey & QS FZE. This outdated stock did not meet quality parameters in areas such as colouration and material integrity.