The Future of Tall Buildings
03/12/2021

How does the elevator industry change with Brexit?

“The long-term impact of Brexit on the UK economy will be worse than that of the Covid-19 pandemic.” The recent words of Richard Hughes, president of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) have been really harsh; according to many economists, recent data, dated 2021, confirm the forecasts made by the OBR, according to which the long-term impact of Brexit would have reduced GDP by about 4% (to which must be added a 2% caused by the pandemic) . How will the entire industrial sector react to these trends? What will be the consequences in the field of import / export? The crisis afflicting the British economy is causing the media to speak of an impending “winter of discontent”, in reference to the strike wave of 1978-79 that brought the British economy to its knees. The industrial world in the UK currently denounces this serious shortage of workers, especially in the transport industry, logistics, hospitality and the food sector. But this is not the only difficulty in the sector. In fact, from 1 January 2021, the so-called UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) brand came into force, the new British product brand required for goods placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). This is a conformity assessment ‘stamp’ for Great Britain and applies to most goods that previously required CE marking. In particular, among the areas covered by the UKCA brand there are, in addition to medical devices, electrical equipment, radios, many products… including elevators. Companies will therefore have to check, and if it is necessary to change, their conformity assessment or the branding applied to products intended for the UK market. Will all this lead to difficulties or perhaps limitations? We also remind you that the UKCA mark, as well as the CE mark, must be affixed directly to the product and in some cases it must be included in the manuals. Responsible for the use of the mark is the manufacturer, who must keep all the documents necessary to demonstrate that the product complies with the legal requirements. The technical file containing this information can be requested at any time by the authorities to verify product compliance, up to a maximum of 10 years after placing it on the market.