Charges under Fair Trading Act
Wellington, January 23, 2018
The Commerce Commission confirms that 59 charges under the Fair Trading Act have been laid against Euro Corporation Limited (EuroSteel) for making false and misleading representations about its steel mesh product known as SE615.
The charges were filed in the Auckland District Court and relate to representations made between 2012 and 2015.
The Commission alleges that EuroSteel represented on product labels, identification tags and its website that its SE615 steel mesh was 500E grade steel when it was not, as it did not comply with the testing and sampling requirements for 500E in the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4671:2001.
From April 2013, EuroSteel represented that each batch of its SE615 mesh was independently tested. The Commission alleges that not all batches were independently tested.
The first appearance was made earlier today and the matter will next be heard at 9 am on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
As the matter is before the Court the Commission will not be commenting further.
The Commission has filed charges against a number of companies relating to false and misleading representations about 500E steel mesh.
In 500E the ‘E’ stands for earthquake, and the Standard specifies strength and ductility (elasticity) requirements for steel reinforcing materials.
The Standard also specifies the procedures (i.e., sampling and testing) that must be followed to comply including (a) manufacturing methods that must be used by steel manufacturers and (b) chemical, mechanical and dimensional requirements of mesh.
-The Commerce Commission, Wellington